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Thread: Ladder Tailgate Struts - I feel a group buy coming on

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    Quote Originally Posted by PerthDisco View Post
    Strut Specialists visited today also. Tailgate like a fox trap now. $155 for the 4 but done and dusted.
    I thought about doing the fronts but decided to wait another year. Theyíre just holding in. Good guys there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferret View Post
    Strut Specialists, Osborne park. $25 each.

    Pulled up and a man came out with 2 in his hand to fit before I'd even entered the door. They were the right ones too.

    Edit: Must read the OP more closely. These struts are 485mm gassed to 500N so not exactly the same as what's being discussed here but I have a Front Runner ladder and they do the job.
    Thanks for that. Next time in Perth, I'll drop in there. I have the Front Runner ladder too and the tailgate could do with a little more lift.

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    Glad I read this post - I took the gas strut for granted as a simple problem to solve so have not looked at it!

    I will have to rethink my plan to have the standard ladder on the left of the rear door but also have a custom bracket to hold 2 x gas bottles (~ 8kg each) on the right. They would be suspended / hinged on the roofrack so the roofrack takes all the weight - the bottom of the gas rack mounts on the bottom of the rear door with a slide mechanism to allow for the different arcs of the door vrs rack.

    I have it all CADíd up and ready to start but looking at this strut post - I will need to have a good look and workout the strut the door would need.

    All of the gas rack & bottle weight hangs on the roofrack when closed and about 1/2 the gas rack weight will be on the door when itís fully open so that would give me :

    3.5kgs ladder
    3.5kgs gas rack x 1/2 = 1.75kg (door fully open)
    16kg gas bottle x1/2 = 8kg (door fully open)
    TOTAL ~ 13kgs on the rear door.

    Any suggestions on what type of strut that would need ?

    Fitting a winch to open the back door is not an option 😁😁.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryO View Post
    Glad I read this post - I took the gas strut for granted as a simple problem to solve so have not looked at it!

    I will have to rethink my plan to have the standard ladder on the left of the rear door but also have a custom bracket to hold 2 x gas bottles (~ 8kg each) on the right. They would be suspended / hinged on the roofrack so the roofrack takes all the weight - the bottom of the gas rack mounts on the bottom of the rear door with a slide mechanism to allow for the different arcs of the door vrs rack.

    I have it all CADíd up and ready to start but looking at this strut post - I will need to have a good look and workout the strut the door would need.

    All of the gas rack & bottle weight hangs on the roofrack when closed and about 1/2 the gas rack weight will be on the door when itís fully open so that would give me :

    3.5kgs ladder
    3.5kgs gas rack x 1/2 = 1.75kg (door fully open)
    16kg gas bottle x1/2 = 8kg (door fully open)
    TOTAL ~ 13kgs on the rear door.

    Any suggestions on what type of strut that would need ?

    Fitting a winch to open the back door is not an option 😁😁.
    Two thoughts. Could you have a helper spring incorporated into your slider mechanism? In any event, if you get a mobile strut maker to come to you, they will be able to advise and build and test the struts on the spot. Mine didn't charge any more for customising the struts and you'd probably buy a spare set anyway.
    Finally, how will the gas bottles not obstruct your rear view? Even if towing, you still legally need to be able to see immediately behind the car.
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    Rear View Camera setup..

    https://www.jbhifi.com.au/products/parkmate-rvm-073a-7-3-super-wide-lcd-rear-view-mirror-monitor
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