Re: [DML] Broken torsion bar
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Re: [DML] Broken torsion bar

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Jake Kamphoefner <jakekamp@...> wrote:
> That is ridiculous.  The torsion bars are absolutely under load, 
ALL the time, unless it is removed from the car.  If not, the strut 
alone would be capable of holding the door open! (which it is 
definitely not)  It is true that the bar is most likely to fail with 
the door closed, under much more stress, but saying the bar is under 
no stress is 100% incorrect.

YOU would be surprised how much the strut HOLDS up the door,remove 
the strut,and you will see that the door will almost close using just 
the torsion bar to hold it open!! The torsion bars main job is to USE 
it's applied torque in the closed position to SWING open the door and 
stabilize the doors in the open position,once in the open position it 
is up to the strut to do the main holding of the doors.. then all 
the torsion bar does is HELP the strut to keep the door's main job again is to swing open the door and only help  
the strut,the STRUT is the main support to keep the door open,(the 
torsion bar uses maybe 15 percent of it's Torque force to help keep 
the door open)the rest is done by the strut,Yes the torsion bars are 
under a LIGHT LOAD in the open position,that is why people bump their 
heads on the doors when the struts are going bad,since the Torsion 
bars CANNOT by themselves support a  fully open gull-wing door,and at 
the same time the strut needs the extra support to keep the door 
fully open and stabilized.They work hand in hand with each other.

Hope that clarifies it for you,and helps you understand how the doors 

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