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Old 01-07-2017, 07:58 PM
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Well, here we are after a 14 degree F morning and the gas cylinder/supplemental spring setup isn't enough to unlatch the rear hatch again. I guess I'll test the lifetime warranty with FCP on the gas cylinders I bought from them. The eBay sourced springs seem to be permanently compressed.

Anybody else having issues with them?

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Old 01-07-2017, 08:50 PM
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Cold WX brings out the worst in those gas struts.

I sourced some low dollar springs, couldn't be more than ~$4 each, from the Ace Hardware spring bins and they are still doing great to give me just a little extra pop to keep the hatch latch from re-seating itself.

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What's the ID, OD, compressed and uncompressed lengths of this spring? I feel that McMaster can get me one for way less than $30/pair
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Off hand I don't know the dimensions but I can measure it and post them up in a couple days.

It was easy for me to eyeball what I needed when I went through the Ace Hardware spring bins. The ID just has to be right about the diameter of the shock ball to get the spring to pass over it onto the shaft.

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Off hand I don't know the dimensions but I can measure it and post them up in a couple days.

It was easy for me to eyeball what I needed when I went through the Ace Hardware spring bins. The ID just has to be right about the diameter of the shock ball to get the spring to pass over it onto the shaft.

Mike
Just an FYI (in case I'm misreading your post)...the "shock ball" screws off the shaft/rod. So if you're adding a "helper" spring...it only needs to fit over the shaft/rod...you screw the shock ball off...then slip the spring onto the shaft/rod.

You can see pics of this in post #65 on page 7.
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Old 01-08-2017, 09:57 AM
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Oh cool! I did not realize that the shock ball unscrewed!

Learn something new everyday.

Now when I replace those springs I can find smaller ID versions.

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Had mine for about a year now. I am always showing it off...haha

Still working fine.
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Well, here we are after a 14 degree F morning and the gas cylinder/supplemental spring setup isn't enough to unlatch the rear hatch again. I guess I'll test the lifetime warranty with FCP on the gas cylinders I bought from them. The eBay sourced springs seem to be permanently compressed.

Anybody else having issues with them?



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Yeah not going to work in the cold. Got to wait until the warmer weather.
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Yeah not going to work in the cold. Got to wait until the warmer weather.
With newer struts or higher strength ones, the springs open our hatch @ -7F as of last weekend with stock replacement struts. Struts could be the difference?
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