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Decklid struts not holding by NetCam
Started on: 10-29-2013 04:03 PM
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Report this Post10-29-2013 04:03 PM Click Here to See the Profile for NetCamClick Here to visit NetCam's HomePageSend a Private Message to NetCamEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
A while back I bought 2 of Rodney's rear decklid struts, and they've always worked fine. A couple of weeks ago I took them off for my rear strut and spring replacement. I laid them down in my garage on top of my small fridge to make sure none of the parts went missing. They were still attached to the plate that goes over the third strut bolt. Today I put them back on, and they no longer seem to hold the lid up. Any idea what could have caused this? They were working fine when I took them off, but now it's like there's not enough gas in them.
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Report this Post10-29-2013 06:58 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Gall757Send a Private Message to Gall757Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Was there a big temperature drop since you took them off? Gas struts get weak in cold temperatures.
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Report this Post10-29-2013 07:24 PM Click Here to See the Profile for NetCamClick Here to visit NetCam's HomePageSend a Private Message to NetCamEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
We did have a bit of a cold snap, but nothing major, and it was warmer today, probably about 60 degrees or so.
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Report this Post10-31-2013 07:39 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Arns85GTClick Here to Email Arns85GTSend a Private Message to Arns85GTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
If one of them gave up, the other probably can't do it on its own.

If you take one down to Partsource, they can likely match up a new one reasonably,

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Report this Post10-31-2013 03:20 PM Click Here to See the Profile for hnthompsClick Here to Email hnthompsSend a Private Message to hnthompsEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Rodney also sells replacements. I have averaged around 4 to 5 years between replacements on my Meras and they have very heavy deck lids. When they go it is generally during a large temperature change or when stored in my basement for a few months.

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Report this Post11-01-2013 10:46 AM Click Here to See the Profile for rogergarrisonClick Here to Email rogergarrisonSend a Private Message to rogergarrisonEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Cold does affect them. Also like everything else, non use makes them go bad. If theyre not exercised occasionally, the seals leak and gas escapes...same as an air conditioner compressor clutch. I turn on my car AC ever month or so even in winter to keep them from leaking, just like my convertible tops. Most ACs wont turn on outside in winter, so I just do it in the warm garage for a few minutes. I know some cars anyway the dehumidifier does come on in the winter with the heater but I dont know if that engages the clutch or not.
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Report this Post11-01-2013 05:32 PM Click Here to See the Profile for NetCamClick Here to visit NetCam's HomePageSend a Private Message to NetCamEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Thanks... I'll undo the two of them and see if it is one that's gotten weak, and if so head to Parts Source and see what they can do for me.
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Report this Post11-03-2013 04:41 PM Click Here to See the Profile for NetCamClick Here to visit NetCam's HomePageSend a Private Message to NetCamEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Went to Parts Source today, and they do have a strut that's comparable, but two problems.... 1 - They're $50 each, and 2 - The shaft is considerably wider than the Rodney version. Would have to cut the top off, as it's made for ball stud just like the lower end, and not sure how hard it would be to tap the end to the right size to allow the ring to screw on the end.
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Originally posted by NetCam:

Went to Parts Source today, and they do have a strut that's comparable, but two problems.... 1 - They're $50 each, and 2 - The shaft is considerably wider than the Rodney version. Would have to cut the top off, as it's made for ball stud just like the lower end, and not sure how hard it would be to tap the end to the right size to allow the ring to screw on the end.


I believe that Rodney will sell you a replacement set for less money and no mods are required. It took me about five minutes to install my replacement struts a few weeks ago and the rear deck lid now stands up quite well.

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Report this Post11-06-2013 11:09 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Fiero84FreakClick Here to Email Fiero84FreakSend a Private Message to Fiero84FreakEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I cannot remember what I used, but when I needed to replace the struts on my Rodney Dickman strut kit I used the struts used on school bus emergency seats. I got the idea because I used to work in a school bus service facility and realized they would probably work. They were not only a perfect match size-wise but also had a heavy load rating & were less than $20 each at the time. If you have a local heavy truck supply shop they should be able to look it up and order it (International, etc).
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Report this Post11-06-2013 12:06 PM Click Here to See the Profile for newfiejeffClick Here to Email newfiejeffSend a Private Message to newfiejeffEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
What are the lengths? I was considering getting them but for shipping to Canada from Rodney they would be really expensive.

Anyone got the specs on it?
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Report this Post11-06-2013 12:15 PM Click Here to See the Profile for newfiejeffClick Here to Email newfiejeffSend a Private Message to newfiejeffEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Yes but what is the specs for the Fiero....I guess what size would be suitable?
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Report this Post11-06-2013 10:13 PM Click Here to See the Profile for NetCamClick Here to visit NetCam's HomePageSend a Private Message to NetCamEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I'm looking at these ones -
Steel
M6 Rod and End Thread Size
13.74" 8.27" 5.47"

But if you don't already have the ball studs from a previous strut install, you'll probably need something like this, and they're not cheap...

Thread Size Rod and End
Thread Size Each
Type 316 Stainless Steel
15" 9" 6"
50, 60, 70, 80, 90
0.25" 0.63" 1.06" 0.54" 5/16"-18 M6 4155T501 $73.88
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Report this Post11-07-2013 03:22 PM Click Here to See the Profile for NetCamClick Here to visit NetCam's HomePageSend a Private Message to NetCamEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Checked with the vendor, and they said that due to export regulations, they can only ship to businesses outside of the US.
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