Tailgate Damper Struts Replacement

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Re: Tailgate Damper Struts Replacement

Post by Arya2.0S » Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:26 pm

Fordoholic Nick wrote:
Andrew 2.8i wrote:Bear in mind that any non-original replacement struts need to be conductive, as they are part of the electrical circuit for the heated rear window.
Hi Andrew,

The aftermarket struts I got from Martin work a treat fella. Rear heated screen works fine, albeit a couple of dodgy strips but as I never use it I wont get too stressed...

Image2017-01-08_03-53-38 by nicholas bowler, on Flickr


The main thing is these struts are definitely conductive but hey getting these from Martin you always know you get the best available :D

Having seen a couple of faulty strips its another job to add to my "To Do" list, but that conductive paint stuff sounds just the job for this. Suppose I am lucky the rear heated window works at all as I only pushed the switch about 3 times since I owned the Laser :lol:

All the best

Nick

Im still a bit confused on how to do this. Do you have to mask up each strip on the window and paint it with the conductive paint from side to side?

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Re: Tailgate Damper Struts Replacement

Post by Fordoholic Nick » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:48 pm

Arya2.0S wrote:Im still a bit confused on how to do this. Do you have to mask up each strip on the window and paint it with the conductive paint from side to side?
Hi mate,

Steve (stevemarl) posted this reply on a thread by Paul (pbar) a while back which tells you how to find the "break" in the heater strips if you have not already found it (them) ! Hope this helps...

posting.php?mode=quote&f=13&p=334055

Regarding the actual repair itself, once you find the "break" in the strip, which could be as little as a scratch, or more obvious than that, you just need to mask off above and below the area on the strip that needs repairing then just "touch up" the break with the conductive paint. Think at least two coats is required, then once dry just carefully remove the masking tape from around your repair. Its worth noting that you may have a few breaks in the same strip so I am guessing you repair one then re-test that strip with the multi meter again to see if any more "breaks" are in it, then if so repair that one in the same way until you know for sure there are no more breaks in the strip.

Hope this helps and :goodluck:

All the best

Nick
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Re: Tailgate Damper Struts Replacement

Post by Arya2.0S » Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:17 pm

Fordoholic Nick wrote:
Arya2.0S wrote:Im still a bit confused on how to do this. Do you have to mask up each strip on the window and paint it with the conductive paint from side to side?
Hi mate,

Steve (stevemarl) posted this reply on a thread by Paul (pbar) a while back which tells you how to find the "break" in the heater strips if you have not already found it (them) ! Hope this helps...

posting.php?mode=quote&f=13&p=334055

Regarding the actual repair itself, once you find the "break" in the strip, which could be as little as a scratch, or more obvious than that, you just need to mask off above and below the area on the strip that needs repairing then just "touch up" the break with the conductive paint. Think at least two coats is required, then once dry just carefully remove the masking tape from around your repair. Its worth noting that you may have a few breaks in the same strip so I am guessing you repair one then re-test that strip with the multi meter again to see if any more "breaks" are in it, then if so repair that one in the same way until you know for sure there are no more breaks in the strip.

Hope this helps and :goodluck:

All the best

Nick
Thanks, bookmarked and saved for later! Need to focus on getting the car back on the road and a new engine installed and some new tyres fitted as my old ones are over 10 years old but this is next on the list of things to do as I'm fed up of not being able to see out of my rear window every winter! lol.

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Re: Tailgate Damper Struts Replacement

Post by pbar » Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:24 am

Arya2.0S wrote:
Im still a bit confused on how to do this. Do you have to mask up each strip on the window and paint it with the conductive paint from side to side?
You may find this of some use -

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=49706&p=335347&hil ... in#p335347

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Re: Tailgate Damper Struts Replacement

Post by Arya2.0S » Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:18 pm

pbar wrote:
Arya2.0S wrote:
Im still a bit confused on how to do this. Do you have to mask up each strip on the window and paint it with the conductive paint from side to side?
You may find this of some use -

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=49706&p=335347&hil ... in#p335347
Thanks, that'll come in handy for sure ;)

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Re: Tailgate Damper Struts Replacement

Post by andyd » Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:29 am

WARNING!!!
Old thread resurrection :lol:

Just fitted a pair of these thanks to Martin, and they work great :D

Highly recommended if like mine yours old ones are starting to fail.

As HAY is 36 tomorrow March 1st, that's it's birthday present :)

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Re: Tailgate Damper Struts Replacement

Post by Fordoholic Nick » Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:15 pm

andyd wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:29 am
WARNING!!!
Old thread resurrection :lol:

Just fitted a pair of these thanks to Martin, and they work great :D

Highly recommended if like mine yours old ones are starting to fail.

As HAY is 36 tomorrow March 1st, that's it's birthday present :)
Ahh brilliant Andy. Great little job that gives great satisfaction when done :)

I still cant keep mine up :shock: :shock: :wave: :lol:

Many happen returns for HAY for tomorrow too mate just in case I dont get a chance to say it tomorrow. 36yrs Old :) :)
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Re: Tailgate Damper Struts Replacement

Post by andyd » Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:18 pm

Fordoholic Nick wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:15 pm
andyd wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:29 am
WARNING!!!
Old thread resurrection :lol:

Just fitted a pair of these thanks to Martin, and they work great :D

Highly recommended if like mine yours old ones are starting to fail.

As HAY is 36 tomorrow March 1st, that's it's birthday present :)
Ahh brilliant Andy. Great little job that gives great satisfaction when done :)

I still cant keep mine up :shock: :shock: :wave: :lol:

Many happen returns for HAY for tomorrow too mate just in case I dont get a chance to say it tomorrow. 36yrs Old :) :)
Mine was starting to need a hand to stay up :whistle:

Thanks for the birthday wishes (Again) :cheers:

Just thinking when HAY was registered, I had just started driving lessons in a Y reg Toyota Starlet :drive:

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Re: Tailgate Damper Struts Replacement

Post by Jasonmarie » Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:12 pm

“ Happy Birthday Hay “ :beer:

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Re: Tailgate Damper Struts Replacement

Post by pbar » Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:09 am

andyd wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:29 am
WARNING!!!
Old thread resurrection :lol:

Just fitted a pair of these thanks to Martin, and they work great :D
Did you get yours re-gassed then Andy, or are they old replacements, or new ones even, as I think all three of those options are available, I'm just curious for future reference.

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Re: Tailgate Damper Struts Replacement

Post by andyd » Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:04 pm

pbar wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:09 am
andyd wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:29 am
WARNING!!!
Old thread resurrection :lol:

Just fitted a pair of these thanks to Martin, and they work great :D
Did you get yours re-gassed then Andy, or are they old replacements, or new ones even, as I think all three of those options are available, I'm just curious for future reference.
Hi Paul,
They are new aftermarket struts, I just swapped the ends over with my old ones.

They work great and cheaper than the regas I had on my last Capri 5 years ago.

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Re: Tailgate Damper Struts Replacement

Post by pbar » Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:51 pm

Great, thank you Andy.

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