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    Ladder Tailgate Struts - I feel a group buy coming on

    Just had a set of tailgate struts custom made to suite my tailgate with a ProSpeed ladder. We added an extra 5mm (485mm as opposed to standard 480mm) to the strut and gassed it to 590N as opposed to original 480N. The tailgate lifts up a little bit higher which suites my 6'2" height but well within the maximum lift available.
    The struts were only $110 for the set which strikes me as good value.
    Anyway, I'm happy to organise a group buy if there's interest. I can't see the price dropping much below $100 for the set (plus postage as applicable), so it would be more for the convenience of having a proven solution applicable to any D3/4 tailgate with a ladder.
    I suspect the struts would be too powerful for a standard tailgate, particularly in summer, so only consider this if you have a ladder.
    Let me know if you're interested. They come with a three year warranty, too.
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    I have the exact same issue. My ladder means I have to push mine up to the top point. Where are you located (thinking postage cost impact?).
    I知 in Perth and would be keen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoJeffster View Post
    I have the exact same issue. My ladder means I have to push mine up to the top point. Where are you located (thinking postage cost impact?).
    I知 in Perth and would be keen.
    I'm in Melbourne. Probably cheaper for you to get a mobile place to come to you. But we'll see how the numbers pan out and what the final price will be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoJeffster View Post
    I知 in Perth and would be keen.
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferret View Post
    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.
    They should be fine for WA. Nitrogen reacts to temperature. This shows itself as a sluggish lift on cold days, but if you over gas it will take off like a rocket in hot weather. So, it's a case of balancing the pressure to the typical ambient temperature. Bit of a guess, really. We guessed about 580N to begin with and topped it up a fraction. Not sure of final figure, probably close to 590N, but could be a tad higher.

    My tailgate doesn't lift until you've opened it about about a foot or so, then it lifts reasonably quickly and firmly stops. Bit of effort to pull down and the ProSpeed ladder's bottom step is also designed as a handle which helps. Probably the same effort as when new.
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    Ladder Tailgate Struts - I feel a group buy coming on

    Quote Originally Posted by DieselLSE View Post
    Just had a set of tailgate struts custom made to suite my tailgate with a ProSpeed ladder. We added an extra 5mm (485mm as opposed to standard 480mm) to the strut and gassed it to 590N as opposed to original 480N. The tailgate lifts up a little bit higher which suites my 6'2" height but well within the maximum lift available.
    The struts were only $110 for the set which strikes me as good value.
    Anyway, I'm happy to organise a group buy if there's interest. I can't see the price dropping much below $100 for the set (plus postage as applicable), so it would be more for the convenience of having a proven solution applicable to any D3/4 tailgate with a ladder.
    I suspect the struts would be too powerful for a standard tailgate, particularly in summer, so only consider this if you have a ladder.
    Let me know if you're interested. They come with a three year warranty, too.
    Were they 590N or 490N? 590N sounds like a big increase for adding a 5.5kg ladder.

    Edit: posted before seeing your last post. Good point re: temp differences.

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    Well, funny story.
    As I mentioned I壇 bought some 田heapy struts off eBay last year in the hope my struts were worn and it wasn稚 the ladder痴 weight that was the issue. The new struts still didn稚 compensate for the ladder weight and I was having to push the door up each day.

    As I was in Osborne Park (WA) today I decided to drop into the Strut Specialists. They took one look and said they were their struts they sell on eBay and they壇 add more gas to make them effective for free!

    So +1 for the Strut Specialists in Osborne Park!
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    What a great outcome DiscoJeffster. Good of them to admit they were the suppliers.

    Out of interest I checked with the local distributor of the A-Premium struts (a-premium-au) and they tell me their tailgate struts for the D3/4 are rated at 480N as per the LR OEM struts so this would suit a door with no ladder fitted, but the set I received are certainly stronger than this needing quite a bit of force to pull the door down.

    What it shows is you can get a lot of variability with the cheaper units.

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    Strut Specialists visited today also. Tailgate like a fox trap now. $155 for the 4 but done and dusted.

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