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Old 02-07-2019, 08:23 AM
Marc Bourget Marc Bourget is offline
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Point to ponder. The struts and seals are purposed application - unlike accessories selected from catalogs or copied from this forum.

Not weighing in one way or the other, just adding perspective.

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Old 02-07-2019, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Brantel View Post
There have been some mentions on here about the orientation of struts and how they spend most of their life. The energy was around the seal on the shaft and the oil that is inside of the strut. The advice was to orient the strut in an manner that allows the seal to be on the end that has the oil most of the time.

Maybe this is applicable here?
Orientation, at least for the bainsbach struts, is important for dampening at the end of the extension cycle. The strut is designed to only dampen the end of the extension cycle if it is oriented with the body up/piston down at the end of the extension. Unsure if this also helps the seal. Installed the other way, the door will continue to accelerate all the way through the opening cycle, which could put a lot of stress on the doors if the struts are powerfull enough, relative to the door weight.

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Old 02-10-2019, 11:36 AM
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Ill give you a real good reason not to leave them open unattended.

I had my pilot side door open, stock vans strut, I was in the process of poking my head in to retrieve my ipad when the door came crashing down on my back. The strut seal must have totally failed and released the gas in a micro second. Had I not been in the way and the door slammed inot the frame, it would have probably done significant damage.
I never leave the doors open........
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:45 AM
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++1 on what Bill said.

I never leave the door open if I'm not right next to it, even in the hangar. Had the same policy with my tip up RV7A.

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