Re: [DML] Door Strut Length
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Re: [DML] Door Strut Length

The door will go much further than the strut will let it.  Without the 
strut, I can hold the door completely above my head, and I'm 6' tall.  Of 
course, at that height it starts to rub the roof panel.  In theory, I 
could flip the door over to the other side of the car and crush the roof 
panel, but it's just too darn heavy.

I believe the replacement strut you bought was make to be as long as 
possible in order to provide maximum clearance under the open door. 
However, some owners have reported that the struts were too long even when 
fully compressed, resulting in bent posts.  If the strut end are threaded, 
make sure they are screwed in all the way..twist the shaft inside of the 
piston if you must..  If you're really concerned, measure the distance 
between the posts when the door is closed, and then compare it to the 
compressed length of the new strut.

When in doubt, contact the supplier that sold you the part.

Gus Schlachter
VIN #4695
Austin, Texas

> The new strut, when fully extended ( which of course it is all the 
> time due to gas pressure ) is about an inch longer than the one 
> presently on the passenger door. This is when the door is lifted as 
> high as it can be made to go.
> The problem is that since the new strut can't be easily compressed, 
> I'm not sure I can get it on since it's longer than the one presently 
> installed on the door.

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