Re: [DML] Re: Doors..and doing it my way.....
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Re: [DML] Re: Doors..and doing it my way.....

All other stuff aside...

On Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM, cbl302@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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> if you take the strut off you will notice that the door will swing down
> and almost go to the closed position.

This is true, and it is how I determined that it was time to inspect my
roof cage and see if a torsion bar adjustment was necessary. My doors would
close all the way with no struts attached. Brand new struts would barely
hold the doors open in chilly weather (circa 60 degrees Fahrenheit). So I
removed the necessary bits and made sure the roof cage was OK, and then
gave the torsion bars one more notch each of tension. After this was done
and everything tightened down, the doors would just hold open a little bit
-- about an inch from closed on the driver's side and about half an inch
from closed on the passenger side. Some people would have torqued the bars
one more notch, but this was enough for me. I just decided to replace the
struts every autumn.

For years I was told that the struts should hold the doors open six to
eight inches without a strut installed. In my opinion this is too much
tension -- my doors open just fine, and will stay open for hours while I
work on the car, even at forty degrees or so, without sagging, as long as
the struts are fresh (less than a year old).

Sorry to make this point in such a roundabout way. The point, though, is
that it should be an inch or so from closing as Claude says, if you let the
door down gently (and why wouldn't you?), not "several inches" as was
floating around for some time (I forget who said it first).

And a belated Happy St Patrick's Day to all who celebrated yesterday!

Farrar Hudkins

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