Hard time keeping it up?


Simon

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Feb 19, 2013
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Houston
For those of us who have aging clamshells and have a hard time keeping them up, O'Reilly's has a solution and it is forever, as long as you are here.

I have been using Stabilus shocks(OEM fitment) for 5yrs on my GT until one of the lower mounts cracked. I went back to O'Rielly and they replaced it.

 
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extrap

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Careful!

Your shoe's untied.
 
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GT Tech

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I recently installed the Cooltech front and rear lifts on 4 of my client's GTs. In a word, GREAT parts. As an added bonus, the rear ones pop up the liftgate enough to get your hands in to release the safety hooks. Great job Kendal.
 

nota4re

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That referenced gas strut is not a great fit for the GT. If you measure the length from ball socket to ball socket, you will see that the struts are 14mm shorter than the OEM struts. While 14mm may not seem like a lot, it translates into about 4" less of an opening when the clamshell is fully opened. Pragmatically and aesthetically, it is a big difference.

We contracted Stabilus in Germany to make the correct gas strut = both dimensionally and with the exact spring force as OEM. While keeping it up is important, length also matters, LOL. Just sayin!

We have both front and rear replacement gas struts for the GT in stock and ship the same day as ordered.

https://www.cooltechllc.com/7-ford-gt-parts-accessories

Keep in mind that the price shown is the price per PAIR for the gas struts.
 

Simon

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Feb 19, 2013
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Houston
Good information! Honestly I have not noticed that.

Kendall why does one need to change out the mounting brackets with your set up?
 

nota4re

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Good information! Honestly I have not noticed that.

Kendall why does one need to change out the mounting brackets with your set up?

It was admittedly a long journey to get the right gas struts for the GT. Length is more important than I had originally thought as well. In one iteration we were short by only 6mm and thought it was OK but it translates to quite a difference in clamshell opening. We went back to the drawing board! Ford has some car assembly best practices that bled through to the GT. (If you remember that early 2005 cars had metal clips hiding the body line on the upper part of the clamshell... hiding exposed body lines was a best practice.) Another best practice was to speed assembly and prevent errors. The lower ball is an 8mm ball and the upper ball is 10mm - thus insuring that the springs would always be mounted rod-side down. Note: This is always the correct orientation for a gas strut.

The GT clamshell struts have a particularly high charge and use a larger diameter rod. Stabilus highly recommended a 10mm ball-end. More importantly, to get the right length and preserving the full (OEM) opening height of the clamshell, the cylinder is a few mm longer. While this is great to achieve full opening, at the minimum (fully closed) length, you should still have a couple of mm of rod length exposed for maximum longevity. The GT lower ball stud is in a nutsert and easy to un-thread. We include a small bracket that moves this location fractionally rear-ward to accommodate the longer cylinder and on that bracket we have a 10mm ball stud.
 
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Simon

GT Owner
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Feb 19, 2013
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Houston
It was admittedly a long journey to get the right gas struts for the GT. Length is more important than I had originally thought as well. In one iteration we were short by only 6mm and thought it was OK but it translates to quite a difference in clamshell opening. We went back to the drawing board! Ford has some car assembly best practices that bled through to the GT. (If you remember that early 2005 cars had metal clips hiding the body line on the upper part of the clamshell... hiding exposed body lines was a best practice.) Another best practice was to speed assembly and prevent errors. The lower ball is an 8mm ball and the upper ball is 10mm - thus insuring that the springs would always be mounted rod-side down. Note: This is always the correct orientation for a gas strut.

The GT clamshell struts have a particularly high charge and use a larger diameter rod. Stabilus highly recommended a 10mm ball-end. More importantly, to get the right length and preserving the full (OEM) opening height of the clamshell, the cylinder is a few mm longer. While this is great to achieve full opening, at the minimum (fully closed) length, you should still have a couple of mm of rod length exposed for maximum longevity. The GT lower ball stud is in a nutsert and easy to un-thread. We include a small bracket that moves this location fractionally rear-ward to accommodate the longer cylinder and on that bracket we have a 10mm ball stud.
Thank you for the detailed explanation.
 

PeteK

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Apr 18, 2014
1,755
Kalama, Free part of WA State
I’ve had Cooltech’s improved struts on my car for a year, and they are still “keeping it up.”