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jdubb44
02-23-2011, 08:18 PM
Made one today it came out pretty nice ,but i dont think im getting maximum assist.Spring and housing are near the gate with the pully aasembly at the very end by the gate.Cable is attached at gate about 36" up on a 48" gate.When gate is up there is no load on the spring.Should i raise the eye hook where i have it attached on the gate to create more tension on the spring while gate is up? thanks for the help !!!!
I did a search and couldnt find help with this particular problem..

torotorotoro
02-23-2011, 09:11 PM
Made one today it came out pretty nice ,but i dont think im getting maximum assist.Spring and housing are near the gate with the pully aasembly at the very end by the gate.Cable is attached at gate about 36" up on a 48" gate.When gate is up there is no load on the spring.Should i raise the eye hook where i have it attached on the gate to create more tension on the spring while gate is up? thanks for the help !!!!
I did a search and couldnt find help with this particular problem..

throw all that junk away and get two garage door springs and bolt them on

jdubb44
02-23-2011, 09:50 PM
Thats what I have on.....160# garage door springs

Andrew & Ben's Lawn Care
02-23-2011, 10:50 PM
Thats what I have on.....160# garage door springs

How do you do this? Any Pics?

dhardin53
02-24-2011, 09:02 AM
Here is some pics of my fabricated rams and spring assist. I say yes there should be some spring tension when the gate is all the way up.

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=211852

I enclose my springs in 2" pipe, this really helps when loading and working around the spring with the gate up or down. The pipe is much better than the cheap made boughten lift with plastic or thin tin covers. 5 years plus and I love my spring assists.

Landscraper1
02-24-2011, 10:26 AM
I install gas shock dampners to my gates. Same used on cars for the hood. Easy to install and it's out of the way.

MOW ED
02-24-2011, 10:49 AM
I install gas shock dampners to my gates. Same used on cars for the hood. Easy to install and it's out of the way.

I kind of like this idea. Can you post some pics?

Landscraper1
02-24-2011, 11:00 AM
I kind of like this idea. Can you post some pics?

I will try to post pictures by Saturday.

blk90s13
02-24-2011, 01:13 PM
I install gas shock dampners to my gates. Same used on cars for the hood. Easy to install and it's out of the way.

I would like to see that as well please

flatlander42
02-24-2011, 03:30 PM
I install gas shock dampners to my gates. Same used on cars for the hood. Easy to install and it's out of the way.

I'd also like to see some pics too!

Landscraper1
03-17-2011, 05:34 PM
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I kind of like this idea. Can you post some pics?

I would like to see that as well please

I'd also like to see some pics too!

Sorry it took so long to post pictures. Here it is.

flatlander42
03-17-2011, 08:18 PM
is there three of em? Looks like two are smaller....whats the scoop there?

blk90s13
03-17-2011, 11:47 PM
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Sorry it took so long to post pictures. Here it is.

I like that setup and I am sure it works very well those little struts can lift some serious weight

Landscraper1
03-18-2011, 05:51 PM
is there three of em? Looks like two are smaller....whats the scoop there?

I originally had 2 for the 4ft gate, which worked great. I later extended the gate to 5 ft. With the extra weight I needed to add an extra one. On another trailer I installed just 2 bigger ones on a 5ft gate. It works great. I can lift the gate with one finger and they are out of the way.

flatlander42
03-18-2011, 06:42 PM
I originally had 2 for the 4ft gate, which worked great. I later extended the gate to 5 ft. With the extra weight I needed to add an extra one. On another trailer I installed just 2 bigger ones on a 5ft gate. It works great. I can lift the gate with one finger and they are out of the way.

When you go to buy them...what model vehicle do you get them for? Or do you just get the size you think is needed?

Thanks for the help!

MOW ED
03-18-2011, 07:49 PM
Thats awesome. How much for each cylinder and is it a problem with them breaking at all? Is it easy to install them after you get it welded up? Very cool.