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



It was actually in 2001 or 2002. We were the vendor at the time that received about 50 (out of 1500) struts over a 12 month period from 2001 to mid-2002 that were 5mm longer than stock. To be clear, that was nearly 10 years ago.

The fact is, all the dealers see cars that have weak/bent strut mounting points regardless of who's struts were used or when. We've got a 1,000 mile car here that's never been titled or registered with the original struts that has bent mounting brackets. That's why Grady came up with his oversize mounts in the 1990s.

When the doors are closed (as they are most of the time), you've got 1200 newtons (~270 pounds, as Tom mentioned) of force pushing against that mounting bracket mounted in the fiberglass. The one mounted in the door hinge, being metal, is significantly more robust, which doesn't help the one mounted in the fiberglass, either.

 

James



 

From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of jtrealtywebspannet
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2012 6:18 PM
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Subject: [DML] Re: Doors..and doing it my way.....

 

  

The report is still of some limited use. As I recall it gave the mechanical characteristics, length, force, etc. (Was it THAT long ago!)
David Teitelbaum

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:dmcnews%40yahoogroups.com> , "James Espey" <james@...> wrote:
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> It wasn’t a University, it was a DeLorean owner, and it was done about 12 years ago. Most, if not all, the vendors have changed suppliers in the time that has passed, and at least one new supplier has popped up since then.
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> James
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> On Mar 18, 2012, at 9:19 PM, "jtrealtywebspannet" <jtrealty@...  <mailto:jtrealty@...%20%3cmailto:jtrealty%40optonline.net> <mailto:jtrealty%40optonline.net> > wrote:
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> > There was a University that did a scientific report on several struts then offered by 3 venders. I will see if I can find it but right now all of my files are packed up from my recent move. Maybe someone can find it online? BTW some venders claim temperature compensation, some offer damping valving, one offered (maybe still does) refillable struts. They are NOT all the same. For a while (long ago) one vender's struts were too long when compressed and a lot of car's anchors got damaged from that particular run. Venders also change suppliers so the struts you buy today may not be the same as the last ones you may have gotten from any particular vender. They also DO vary in pressure. I recently installed a set and one was definitely stronger than the other. Sometimes you can get away with not having to do an adjustment by putting the strong one on the weak side and vice-versa.
> > David Teitelbaum



 



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