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For those who have made a lift gate assist...

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by jdubb44, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. jdubb44

    jdubb44 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 27

    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..
  2. torotorotoro

    torotorotoro LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 510

    throw all that junk away and get two garage door springs and bolt them on
  3. jdubb44

    jdubb44 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 27

    Thats what I have on.....160# garage door springs
  4. Andrew & Ben's Lawn Care

    Andrew & Ben's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 141

    How do you do this? Any Pics?
  5. dhardin53

    dhardin53 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 711

    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.


    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.
  6. Landscraper1

    Landscraper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Southeastern Ma.
    Posts: 755

    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.
  7. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    I kind of like this idea. Can you post some pics?
  8. Landscraper1

    Landscraper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Southeastern Ma.
    Posts: 755

    I will try to post pictures by Saturday.
  9. blk90s13

    blk90s13 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,452

    I would like to see that as well please
  10. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,239

    I'd also like to see some pics too!

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