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I need to replace the 2 gas struts on the large outside kitchen door, The OEM is rated at 60 lbs each cylinder. I’m thinking of going up to ones rated higher possibly 100 lbs each. Can anyone give me some experience or insight into replacing these gas strut supports ? Should I stay with 60 lbs? Looking for a source too, I’ve found several on Amazon that seem to match the physical size of the OEM and have the 10 MM ball mount. Tips suggestions welcome. TIA


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100 lbs. struts more have to much push in them and blow the screws out of the mounting hardware. Most people that have trouble with those struts it's because the screws won't hold anymore.

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100# may be too much. I did the same on a bed and ended up going back to the original size.
The OEM might not be of the best quality, either.
It might be a good idea to use a solid prop instead of just the struts to hold the door.


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Posted: 06/13/19 08:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'd worry about the door bending with too high of weight struts.


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Stay with the factory spec and you won't break anything.

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Thanks for the input and suggestions
I’ve decided to order 80 lbs struts instead of the 100 lbs ones. I’m thinking the original we’re not good quality and weakened, the TT is only 2 years old but I know these struts can leak. My hope is the stronger ones will last longer and hold up under light winds. It’s a big door 4 X 5 feet
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Be sure to watch some YouTube vids on how to.


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Look at where the struts attach to the door & wall/opening. By varying where these things attach, you can vary the force required to close them. I did that on the struts for the under-bed storage to make the lid stay open after we got a new & heavier mattress.

IIRC, one of the manufacturers or vendors has a great diagram online on installing struts and how/where to attach them.

Sometimes a factory even installs the struts completely wrong. Weak gas struts may not be the problem at all.


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