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Old 08-04-2012, 02:13 PM   #323
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Great idea. I prefer seltzer water over sweet drinks and am going to try this. I made a similar cap to pressure winterize the water pipes using a water hose cap. Of course, I just gave away a 50# co2 tank that I had modified to propel an airbrush for painting. But I think I kept the gauges. Somewhere around here.
Interesting thread, I too love natural seltzer, and for me I purchased the Soda Stream system. This system comes with 2 one liter plastic bottles, soda flavoring and one co2 canister that makes 60 liters of seltzer. Walmart carries the kit for around 80 bucks. Bed bath and beyond sells refill co2 canisters, I just go to the service desk and they take care of the refills. Of course I use a 20 percent discount coupon for each canister and it brings the cost to 12 bucks each.

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Old 08-10-2012, 12:18 PM   #324
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Been thinking about this for quite a while.

Hi, do you have a rock guard like mine? Do you ever open it except for cleaning your front window? does that little wing bolt on the arm always slip on the first side before you get to the other side? And because it is so much of a pain to open without it needing to be re-tightened or almost falling on you, that you just don't ever open it any more?

Well there has to be a bettter idea / fix.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:27 PM   #325
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This is the way it should have been made.

Hi, for less than $50.00 I bought two 20" 40 lbs lift shocks from Camping World, four 10mm stud balls w/ 5/16" X 18 threads on Ebay, four locking nuts from Lowes, and a 5/16" X 18 thread tap from Ace Hardware. Now I just undo my rubber latches and lift open my rock guard and easily close it too. Now when camping, I will open my rock guard and open my windows too. Note: rock guard was broken in Yukon Territory while going to Alaska.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:25 PM   #326
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Wow! Great idea, Bob.
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:23 AM   #327
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Great idea and thanks for posting the photos. I think I know what my Airstream project will be this week. Just wondering if the 40# struts are a little stiff? I see RVUpgrades has the 20" 10# strut and mounting hardware sold in a kit.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:35 AM   #328
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Great idea and thanks for posting the photos. I think I know what my Airstream project will be this week. Just wondering if the 40# struts are a little stiff? I see RVUpgrades has the 20" 10# strut and mounting hardware sold in a kit.

Hi, there are so many different lift shocks, but I chose to keep it simple by buying them at Camping World. [in stock] Ideally a 18" to 19" lift shock might be better. Mine while open, goes slightly upward and a slight downward angle may be more desirable. I'm OK with mine being slightly upward though. As for the # rating, I originally bought 15# lift shocks and they would lift the rock shield, but barely hold it, so I bought the next size up that was in stock on their shelves and that was the 40# ones. With the 40# lift shocks a slight breeze or a bird sitting on it won't make it come down. Maybe a 30# lift shock would work too. I guess the best way would be to remove the rock shield and weigh it. Also I know that replacing one of these 40# lift shocks will be easier to find. More than likely they will never go bad.
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:31 AM   #329
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Could you not disobey the install instructions and mount the shield ball studs more to the bottom of the shield and get your downward tilt. They just wouldn't compress as far upon closing, right?
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Could you not disobey the install instructions and mount the shield ball studs more to the bottom of the shield and get your downward tilt. They just wouldn't compress as far upon closing, right?

Hi, I guess I could do that, but rather not. I used the original brackets in their original places. I drilled and tapped the holes with the brackets in place. I did not remove them. [I had no instructions]
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You motivated me. I found 38# force, 18"extended length struts and stainless 10mm ball studs here:

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Old 09-04-2012, 11:06 PM   #332
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You motivated me. I found 38# force, 18"extended length struts and stainless 10mm ball studs here:

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Hi, that should be perfect. Let me know how it works out. [pictures]
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17" gas struts

O.K. Mission accomplished. Installed 17" 30# gas struts to the front window of a Classic with the wrap around rock guards. The 17" struts allows the rock guard to open enough for the window to open to the second detent and also allows plenty of room for cleaning. My only concern is if the rubber latches comes loose while underway the rock guard springs to the open position.
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Good deal Fltlevel. Boy, your mounts are laid out differently the Bob's and mine. Or did you mount your own.

One comment, if I may. You may want to turn your struts upside down. My vendor told me that the black part should be up, shiny side down. That way the seals get lubricated. They say mounted upside down, they'll wear out a lot sooner.

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Thanks for the comments about the direction of the struts. Will definitely make that change. Those are the original mounts. I simply drilled out the rivets and the slide brackets that were already in place. I drilled and tapped the mount holes so the ball mounts would fit. Since I am very limited on how much room I have for the outer rock guards I was not able to use a nut and lock washer to secure the ball mounts. Instead I cut them flush with the existing mount bracket, used a liberal coat of heavy duty thread lock and screwed them into place.
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"I am very limited on how much room I have for the outer rock guards I was not able to use a nut and lock washer to secure the ball mounts. Instead I cut them flush with the existing mount bracket, used a liberal coat of heavy duty thread lock and screwed them into place."

I suspect I may have the same problem, so I went ahead and bought a tap the same size as my ball stud shaft. We'll see tomorrow.
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