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Liftgate opens too far


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#1 OFFLINE   petehouk

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:01 PM

Hey everybody.  I have a problem where the liftgate on my flex opens a little higher than I would like.  As a result, when open, it rubs against the gasket on the bottom of my garage door.  (It's a soft rubber gasket, but it also has lots of dirt and crud in it--not good for paint.)  Right now my wife handles this by putting a towel on the liftgate before she opens it all the way--not too elegant. 

 

I was thinking that I could buy a similar liftgate strut that has a slightly shorter extended length.  

 

Has anyone tried that?  Any suggestions on how to determine which strut to use?  They are usually compressed in the package, so I can't just go to the parts store and compare mine to some of the others they have there.  

 

 

Thanks


Pete



#2 OFFLINE   robertlane

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:50 AM

Haven't heard of this problem before.  Go with Ford O.E.M. and you'll always get the right stuff.



#3 OFFLINE   ACDII

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:03 AM

If it has the automatic opener, shortening the struts might cause it to not work correctly. It has an auto reverse feature that when it detect resistance it will reverse and close(or open). If it doesn't reach the full end of travel, it could close on you. I dont know for sure where the cutoff point is though, so you would need to experiment, and then once you find where it stops doing that, you can measure the length of strut needed and see if you can find a pair to match. 

 

An alternative is maybe raise the garage door up a bit higher. Most garage door openers have a setting that can raise or lower the end point of the door, my Genies can do this, and was something I needed to do so the rollover bar of my Kubota would clear, it needed 7'11" of clearance, the door opening is 8'1" and I was able to get the door up to just about even with the opening. 








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