Re: [DML] Strut Pressure and Wings-A-Loft
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Re: [DML] Strut Pressure and Wings-A-Loft

On 3/31/06, Patrick C. <PRC1216@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> Maybe this is just a problem a handful of people have.

I've got the same problem.

When I first installed the launchers, they worked perfectly every
time. Then I broke one of my door struts and, after replacing them,
found the previous owner had cranked the torsion bars way up. After
properly resetting the torsion bars, my doors no longer launch. Now,
at my current setting, the doors open nicely and stop gently right at
the top. If I crank up one notch, the doors launch fine but bounce at
the top, which I don't like.

Toby and I have discussed options to overcome this. There are
spring-loaded things you can attach to the car that would push the
door out far enough to launch properly, but I'm worried they will
compress the door too tightly against the pins and overpower the
launch actuator or outside door handle. Anyone who has tried to adjust
their door pins knows what I'm talking about here.

So the remaining option is a small linear actuator working in tandem
with the one that unlatches the doors. It doesn't have to be super
strong, as very little pressure is usually required. Where to mount it
is a different story. I've thought about the inside bottom of the
door, or possibly inside that little bolster/panel thing that juts out
next to the seats (except, I have no idea how to get that piece off to
see if there's any room inside of it). Either method would require
drilling a hole in the car, however.

I will say, however, that Toby's launching solution is still an
excellent one. It's simple and affordable and works fine if you don't
mind a little bounce at the top of your door travel. It's also 100%
necessary if you want door launchers at all, because something has to
release the door and that's what his kit does. However, the die-hards
like myself who really want perfect launching in every situation
without excess tension on the torsion bars should be prepared to look
at some sort of custom solution to push the doors further from the

If I ever get a final solution working, maybe Toby will offer it as a
"Stage 2" door launching system.


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