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    side screens

    Hi gents, after some info (again) ref side screens.
    I have made the passengers side side screen in 5mm polycarbonate using the wind wingsfasteners.
    I would like these to hinge up when I open the door and I have seen some people have used little gas struts.
    Can anyone give me the type and pressure used, where from and how fitted?
    Lots of questions I know but I would like to get it right first time and not drill too many holes!
    Lots of pictures would be good!
    I do intend to give a lot more rigidity to the screens by an aluminium outer strip at a later date.

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    where from - try sgs engineering( https://www.sgs-engineering.com/gas-struts )

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    Cheers Gary, I like the idea of Stainless ones!
    Cheers,
    Murray


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    So can anyone give me the details of the struts they used?
    Like where from, strut length, stroke length etc.
    As I said previously I do not want to put holes in the wrong place or buy struts that are wrong.
    Any help will be gratefully received, thanks.
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    Murray


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    Hi Murray, I used 15cm ish struts, bought them off EBay and then drilled a hole in them to let the gas out. The power of the standard gas ram i felt would distort the side screen unless I de-gassed them. The friction of the plunger inside is almost enough to keep the screen where you put it.

    If I had more time I’d have made a wooden mock-up and experimented with where on the screen to position the ram. Another thing to bear in mind is that if you hyper extend the ball joint it can snap the plastic cup of the ball / socke joint. I used plastic wedges the alter the angle between the body and the ram to reduce (but not eliminate) this issue.
    David (AKA Firestarter29)

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    Thanks David,
    that gives me a starting point and a really good tip about the ball joints.
    I do have a couple of really cheap struts and on a try out I was worried about the angle being too acute.
    Wedges would seem to be the way forward to help with this. Maybe longer struts?
    So thank you for your help mate.
    Cheers,
    Murray


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    Murray, you have a PM
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