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Bay Door Spring / Strut / Shock install help needed
#11
(06-20-2016, 08:03 AM)Chester Stone Wrote: Here are photos of the tool you can make to replace your gas springs or struts for the engine door.
Chester
That is the same tool I used...sometimes a guy has to use what's available.
Mark & Beverly Fincke
99 Newell Show Coach, # 527 (Heavy Metal)
Twin Slides, Rear Bath
08 Saturn Vue XR  SUV Toad

06 Scion XB
99 Escalade ESV.
Four person elec. golf cart
#12
I don't think the pipe clamp thing will fit in the confined space of the water bay... Worth running to Horrible freight and trying though... $9.99 each not sure if it includes the pipe for that price though...
Karen & Adrian Abshire 
1998 2 slide 45' Newell towing a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited and a 2006 Mercedes SLK320 for wifey. 
Prior: 1985 Foretravel ORED 35, 1988 38' Foretravel U280, 2000 Foretravel 42' U320, 1990 Bluebird Wanderlodge WB40
#13
The pipe tool in the photos I posted are for the back engine bay door and not for the bays on the side of the coach such as the water bay door.
2001 Newell #579
tow a Honda Odyssey
fun car: 1935 Mercedes 500K replica
#14
I found an aluminum 36" clamp at H freight that I think will work - worth a shot for $10...
I still have to do the engine lid shocks so will use it for those...
Karen & Adrian Abshire 
1998 2 slide 45' Newell towing a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited and a 2006 Mercedes SLK320 for wifey. 
Prior: 1985 Foretravel ORED 35, 1988 38' Foretravel U280, 2000 Foretravel 42' U320, 1990 Bluebird Wanderlodge WB40
#15
Ok went to Horrible Freight and found 24", 36" and longer aluminum clamps.  I tried the 24" but it was 1 inch too short for the bay door springs.  So I cut off the 36" just a little longer than needed to hold the spring (almost cut it too short).  I drilled some 1/2" holes as Chester suggested on both wnds to hold the shock.  Tied a zip tie behind the sliding clamp so it would not try to get smaller when shoving the device into the small space.  I installed the rear spring mount and then put the clamp device on the spring.  To my surprise it was fairly easy to clamp down.
I'm going to get a bigger clamp to tackle the engine bay door springs next!
Karen was overjoyed that it worked... Well she said 'yay' ... And went back to reading her book...


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Karen & Adrian Abshire 
1998 2 slide 45' Newell towing a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited and a 2006 Mercedes SLK320 for wifey. 
Prior: 1985 Foretravel ORED 35, 1988 38' Foretravel U280, 2000 Foretravel 42' U320, 1990 Bluebird Wanderlodge WB40
#16
Update to this thread: here is the part number I ended up using (just ordered 4 more) - these seem to fit most of the exterior bay doors:
https://www.amazon.com/JR-Products-GSNI-...r=8-1&th=1
Karen & Adrian Abshire 
1998 2 slide 45' Newell towing a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited and a 2006 Mercedes SLK320 for wifey. 
Prior: 1985 Foretravel ORED 35, 1988 38' Foretravel U280, 2000 Foretravel 42' U320, 1990 Bluebird Wanderlodge WB40


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