Chris has fitted gas struts to his well-body ute tailgate to dampen the speed of its fall when opening and to assist lifting for closing. The gas struts or gas springs, as they are sometimes known, have a 150mm stroke and attach to the fixture points of the standard tailgate cable retainers. One of the struts is damped while the other is a straight gas spring although Chris reckons they would function without any worries both being a damped gas spring.
Chris said the kit cost around $150 and took fifteen minutes to fit.
Thanks to Chris for sharing some photos of the unit with us. A couple of books from our Workshop series are on the way.
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