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Re: Door gas shocks
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2013, 11:12:00 PM »
This is going to depend on how heavy your doors are.  If you use glass instead of plastic windows (or no windows at all) or heavier interior framing for safety and stability can all make a difference.  Also how you decide to finish the interior (door panels) can have an impact on the weight of the door.  Inexpensive gas door shocks can pop the doors up when unlatched with a door popper when the weight of the door is less than the force exerted by the shock and fulcrum point on the door. 

The issue with using a door shock that is too strong is the risk of door always pushing up on the latch (might lead to a door opening accidental) or more practically, pulling the door back down into the latched position once you are sitting in the car.  Picture yourself standing outside the car and pushing down on the door and how different this is than sitting in a car and trying to pull down on the door.  Ideally the weight of the doors should be balanced with the strength of the shock so they'll pop up nicely by themselves when unlatched but require minimal pull force when trying to pull them closed. 

Some members have suggested using the McMaster-Carr Reducible-Force Gas Springs with Fittings that allow you to let some gas out of the shocks to achieve that perfect balance.



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Door gas shocks
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2013, 09:41:15 PM »
Hate to make a new thread about this but found nothing on it in existing threads. But what is the length and load capacity in lbs. for the door shocks that you get when you buy a kit from Carkitinc? Thanks.

Also i tried contacting Jackie via email and telephone to no avail.