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concession window shocks Fri, 12/16/11 5:57 PM (permalink)
Ok, got my shocks in, Got some 80lb shocks. Not sure at this point what I was thinking w hen I ordered them, My window is about 30-40lbs maybe 50 at best. Installed them wrong the first time, and finally got it right the 3rd time and I'll be damned if I couldn't close my freakin window. 80lbs WAY to much.  So I thought i'd hit the forum and see if anyone else has used gas shocks on their window and if so, what LBS did you use. I'm about to go to the auto part store and get me some 21" full length ones that are 20lbs.  See if that does the trick. however if you have any advice on this, please chime in. LOL   One too many holes drilled for my liking. Oh and when I did finally get the window shut, I almost ripped the paneling right off the studs. DEF way too much  ROFLMAO @ myself.

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    Re:concession window shocks Fri, 12/16/11 7:30 PM (permalink)
    My trailer has 80lb shocks on the 7 ft door, when it was brand new, the door was very hard to pull down to close, and I had to hang on to it when opening so it did not rip the shocks off.
    They wear out eventually.
    The cold seemed to affect mine, they both need replacing now.

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      Re:concession window shocks Fri, 12/16/11 10:25 PM (permalink)
      I'm just gonna start with 20's and work my way up to see what works. should be able to get them locally... I hope. LOL

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        Re:concession window shocks Sun, 12/18/11 12:49 AM (permalink)
        If the window is 40 lbs I would go with 25 lb shocks.  If it is 30 lbs the 20 lb shocks would be fine.  80 lb shocks is way strong, two of thse would handle 160 lbs, so you have to use 120 lbs of force to to close a 40 lb window.  Leverage could be your friend.  Instead of mounting the shocks at the far end of the window, mount them closer to the hinge.  That might make the 80 lb shocks usable.  Or try using just one 80 lb shock and always close it with the pressure on the side the shock is mounted on.  Just my 2ยข.
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          Re:concession window shocks Tue, 12/27/11 10:49 AM (permalink)
          I got my shocks out of a wrecking yard off of a mini van with the hangers and struts for $3.00 total.
            THE WILD DOG

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            Re:concession window shocks Tue, 12/27/11 4:39 PM (permalink)
            I was able to swap them and got 20lb shocks. I will put them in tomorrow and update ya
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