Before we bought our van we'd rented a late westy last summer which had the internal "H" frame replaced by a gas strut system which worked great. I never had a problem raising Winnie's roof with the standard westfalia H although it was pretty stiff, but Maya found it almost impossible. Insert your own joke here about "getting it up" or being "too stiff" etc. As we were taking the roof off for cleaning and re-fixing the canvas i thought this would be a good opportunity to get a similar kit. I found a few options out there; gowesty in the usa sell one although its for a later t25 (vanagon as the yanks call it), also serial-kombi have one, plus space roofs do a kit. There may be other kits out there too but these are the ones i found. There are basically two types - one that "assists" the standard mechanism with a short strut that mounts to the front of the hinge, and one that replaces the H entirely with a large strut that is capable of supporting all of the weight of the roof. links: go westy: http://www.gowesty.com/ec_view_details.php?id=4505&category_id=&category_parent_id= Serial kombi: http://www.serial-kombi.com/en-GB/t...h-fitting-kit-5/1979-7/1992-westfalia-n314673 Space roofs: http://www.spaceroofs.co.uk/type-2-baywindow-elevating-roof.htm I bought the kit from Space Roofs. Pete was great to deal with and very helpful. £140 plus vat plus postage. Good instructions and pretty easy to fit. I'm a bit of mechanical numpty but i managed it without any problems. Once you un-clip the roof and give it a little push upwards to get it going, the struts take over and the roof rises on its own. Getting the roof down you have to pull to compress the struts but its no harder than closing the boot of a car. Very pleased with the results. Pics: gas strut - body mount by lotus-gt, on Flickr I used rivnuts and bolted these on so they are removable - the kit comes supplied with poprivets. gas strut - roof mount by lotus-gt, on Flickr I added an aluminium strip and bolted through this - it should spread the load but it probably isn't needed. .. and here's the finished article: "space roofs" westfalia gas strut kit by lotus-gt, on Flickr Added benefit of this is that now the "H" frame is removed there is a weight saving, plus there's more head space when the roof is down.