[DML] Re: Who has dampening door struts?
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[DML] Re: Who has dampening door struts?



--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Ryan Wright" <ryanpwright@...> wrote:
>
> Hi folks,
> 
> I'm looking for the door struts that "dampen" at the end of their
> travel. I'm going to crank my torsion bars up a couple of notches to
> make my remote launchers reliable, but don't need the doors slamming
> against the roof.
> 
> I know several vendors have different struts, so, which ones dampen?
> And are they any good - will they last more than a year?
> 
> -Ryan
>

Ryan,

I have a set of the dampened struts on my car. I got them from DMCH 5 years ago. They 
still work fine. However, when they went to the cheaper ones they sell today they do not 
include that feature. But, I Believe Rob Grady still sells the dampened ones. Call him and 
ask.

 I would NOT crank the torsion bar up a couple notches. They're other factors that should 
be addressed first for smooth operaton for remote door openers. 1) alignment, make sure 
their is no rubbing or binding during the initial unlatching and movement of the door. 2) 
friction, throughout the travel of the door. lubricate the hinges. The Upper door roof seals 
can create a lot of friction if they are still intact. I have that problem on my car. I replaced 
them 4 years ago, the driver side tore almost immediately because they rub  so hard near 
the full open position. and initially created a lot of friction. Because it is now torn, the 
friction is gone and does not create resistence. My passenger door ,on the otherhand, still 
has the seal intact. Obviouosly it sees less use on average. Because it is still intact, it 
creates more friction and resistance. I was forced to increase the torsion bar one notch to 
help over come this. Because of this, the force required to pull the door closed is noticably 
higher on the passenger door than the driver.

Dennis



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