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Old 06-21-2016, 10:22 AM   #1
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Replacing the JR lift assist springs on 2014 overhead cabinets

The plastic lift assist springs on the upper cabinets of our 2014 Classic are already getting weak and I want the flip up doors to raise higher. Right now they only open to maybe 75 degrees and I would like them to go to about 95 - 100 degrees and be closer to the ceiling when open since I am 6'4".

I am thinking about changing them out for some gas assist shocks like used for a liftgate of a car or something like that. See relatively cheap ones on Amazon I can try but I was wondering if anyone has done the modification and can point me in the direction of size and lift strength. Also wondering about the bracket to mount to the door because it needs the lift assist to go over center when closed to keep the overheads closed as there is no latch.
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I used 50 Newton struts, one per door. The mounting brackets and even screws are included.
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I used 50 Newton struts, one per door.
Do you have any pictures you could share? Where did you pick up yours struts? I see a ton of them on eBay. Just been a little confused on how I will mount them so they will be over center when closed to keep the overhead doors shut.
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I used these or some identical to them, only in 50 N instead of 100 N.
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I used these or some identical to them, only in 50 N instead of 100 N.
It doesn't look like yours are setup to go over center to keep the doors closed. How do the doors stay closed?
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It doesn't look like yours are setup to go over center to keep the doors closed. How do the doors stay closed?
I couldn't tell you the exact geometry and measurements, but the doors do (I promise) stay closed. Apparently, that's not as critical as I thought when I first thought of using these.
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...the doors do (I promise) stay closed.
The upper cabinets on my 2014 Classic Limited aren't straight vertical. The doors actually have to be pulled closed otherwise they hang open about an inch or so. Looks like your cabinet doors are vertical.

Think I may have to just get some off eBay and give them a try. They aren't that expensive and I just got done upgrading my converter to a Progressive Dynamics so I need another mod project.
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