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Tailgate shock project Done!!

Old 03-14-2007, 01:27 PM
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DBB you are a man among men.
My diveway has some side slope plus it's somewhat steep. That tailgate is always trying to shut on me when I'm hoisting my heavy amp into the cargo area.

I love welding mods. Thanks for taking the time to document & post.
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Old 03-14-2007, 02:19 PM
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That is a great idea, Taylor Made makes them for hatches on boats. The come in a ball form, here is a link to the gas pistons and brackets.

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...an/asc/45/grid
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Old 03-14-2007, 05:22 PM
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Im glad you guys like it!!

I had time today to make a few improvements.

1. I put 1/2 inch spacers between the jeep wall and bracket so the piston would sit against the rubber seal.

2. I bought a lower lb shock rated at 20 lbs so it opens slower and easier without that much force so the bracket and door doesn't slam open. I did buy the 15 lb one but that was to light. The one I had on before was a 50 lb shock. I think I may even change that to a 30 this week to see how that is.

Mcmaster part # 9416K191 is the 20 lb
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Old 03-14-2007, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by DBB888 View Post
Im glad you guys like it!!

I had time today to make a few improvements.

1. I put 1/2 inch spacers between the jeep wall and bracket so the piston would sit against the rubber seal.

2. I bought a lower lb shock rated at 20 lbs so it opens slower and easier without that much force so the bracket and door doesn't slam open. I did buy the 15 lb one but that was to light. The one I had on before was a 50 lb shock. I think I may even change that to a 30 this week to see how that is.

Mcmaster part # 9416K191 is the 20 lb
Great mod! And you gotta love mcmaster, I could spend days just clicking around their site wondering what I could do with all that stuff.
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Old 03-15-2007, 04:40 AM
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I gotta give it to Mcmaster - I use them for work and there's just so much stuff its incredible. And if I order b4 12pm I'll have it by 3pm Same day!!
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Old 03-15-2007, 11:24 AM
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I got a 30 and a 40 lb shock and the 30 works alot better. Not to strong not to weak
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Old 03-23-2007, 10:11 AM
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Same project. I chose to use the Ball Joint shocks, and standard Ball Joint Brackets. I used Nutserts to mount the brackets to the sheet metal. You could easily through-bolt the brackets behind the Subwoofer. Access is easy by removing the taillight. I had to use 1/2" spacers for both brackets. All parts purchased at West Marine. A 40 Lb. shock is better, as there is less leverage with this approach.







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Old 03-23-2007, 11:18 AM
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Would it be possible to get a picture of the whole door. Inside , of course. Thanks!
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Old 03-23-2007, 01:18 PM
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Would it be possible to get a picture of the whole door. Inside , of course. Thanks!
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:29 PM
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I like yours better than mine!!!
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