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Attwood SpringLift Series Gas Springs Customer Questions and Answers

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Do they come with any mounting hardware? I am removing mechanical locking type and wonder what type of modifications I will need.

Asked on 04/07/2014 by Mike Varner

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No. The ball sockets do not come with the gas cylinder. Even though the replacement part had the same part number it was to weak to hold up the lid on the utility bed cargo storage on my truck.

Answered on 04/07/2014 by ERNEST FANUCCHI
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No they come as is. Great product, but I used them to fit existing fittings

Answered on 04/07/2014 by STEVEN RINGER

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Thanks for your help. I will check prior to ordering.

Answered on 04/07/2014 by Mike Varner

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No mounting hardware with my purchase. If you didn't have shocks on your lid should be able to purchase a couple mounts. Just decide if you want to use a ball socket type or blade. I suggest a ball & socket the blade mounts are just about obsolete . Scott

Answered on 04/09/2014 by SCOTT MITCHUSON

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no hardware on the ones I bought, installed on a camper shell and they fit nicely on existing hardware.

Answered on 04/07/2014 by JACK W JOHNSON

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Mounting hardware sold separately.

Answered on 04/07/2014 by LES DANE

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They do not come with mounting hardware. The type of end fitting required is in the last column of the spring specs. You may want to talk to their tech people before ordering to ensure that you will be compatible with what you have right now. If not perhaps they can steer you to a type of attachment that will work.

Answered on 04/07/2014 by James Draperq
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How do I separate the springlift from the mounting? bracket

Asked on 07/22/2015 by Don Beazley

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There are two types of mounting brackets. One has a ball on the end. With this one, the spring snaps on or off. The other type of bracket is a post. The ends of the spring have holes which fit over the post. There is a "C" ring holding the spring end to the post.

Answered on 07/23/2015 by RALPH LONGFELLOW
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It is held on with a spring clip. It's cumbersom but I used a flat screw driver too open it enough to get the ball out. If I remember right I had a harder time getting the new one on.

Answered on 07/23/2015 by Taking er easy Taking er easy

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With a flat head screw driver put it in the spring ball tip and trun screw driver until spring is released

Answered on 07/22/2015 by ROBERT THOMAS

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Use a small screw driver and pry the metal clip up and away from the ball-end of the strut. Once the clip is removed the strut ball-end should easily pop off the bracket. Good Luck!

Answered on 07/22/2015 by ED HICKMAN

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There is a small "C" clip that secures each end of the spring lift to the mounting bracket. Simply insert a small straight screwdriver under the C clip and lift out. Once it has been removed the lift will be able to be removed.

Answered on 07/22/2015 by LARRY RYAN
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I just replaced my sl3-20-1 gas springs on my engine hatch for my Hunter 38. The old ones wouldn't hold the hatch up as it did when we first bought it 3 years ago. Now these won't hold it open at all! What's the deal? Our Hunter dealer purchased these for us and they are an exact duplicate make/model. How do you get it to hold the hatch open?

Asked on 04/20/2014 by Laura Cooper

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based on the product number it would appear that your spring has a force of 20lbs. Possibly the old spring was stronger. If your hatch is heavy I would suggest you get a stronger spring...say 40 or 60lbs. Or a spring on each side of the cover. If the spring is too strong, the hatch will have a tendency to open in rough seas, unless it is battened; your engine hatches most likely has some form of clasp to lock it down. Personally, I like a heavier spring which makes opening very easy,and you need to push it down to close...saves catching a toe when it is dropped.

Answered on 05/05/2014 by STEPHEN FLETT
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Hi Stephen, I do have one on each side. It is a pretty heavy engine hatch. Since what was on it originally isn't working; which do you recommend. Because right now it just slams shut. I need the springs to hold it open when I need to service the engine. Thanks for responding.

Answered on 05/06/2014 by Laura Cooper

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You need a stronger spring. The spring you have only lasted three years it's time for new ones

Answered on 04/21/2014 by ROBERT THOMAS

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Why wouldn't the same spring work this time? Do you recommend another model?

Answered on 04/21/2014 by Laura Cooper

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Buying a stronger rated spring will do the trick. Contact Jamestown, they may give you credit on an exchange.

Answered on 04/20/2014 by DARRILL WOODS
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Is the spring tension adjustable?

Asked on 02/07/2013 by Undisclosed

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THe one I recieved is not adjustable.

Answered on 02/07/2013 by DALTRO DORNELES
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Not that I know of

Answered on 02/07/2013 by BARBARA HONCHARSKI

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No tension is mot adjustable, the tension is stated in poundage when you buy the product.

Answered on 02/07/2013 by ROBERT WILSON

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No. They are preset.. Very easy to install.

Answered on 02/08/2013 by GEORGE DOEBLER

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No. They are not. You need to see what weight you are trying to lift and buy accordingly

Answered on 02/07/2013 by JEFF KOENIG
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need to know how these are attached. My old lift slips over a teat and is secured with a clip.?

Asked on 02/10/2012 by J.D. I

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the Attwood s attached the same way. I have purchased these 2 times for 2 different applications and have had NO problems Jeff Annville Pa

Answered on 02/10/2012 by JEFF WINSLOW
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The exact same way. There is a ball on a plate. The spring has a clip that pulls out. When pushed back in, the clip secures the end. Be careful not to pull the clip all the way off. It can be hard to get back on without bending it or making it too loose when pushed all the way in.

Answered on 02/14/2012 by FRANK STEEVES

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the small stud that was attached to your old air spring should be installed on the replacement gas spring. If you dont have your old spring the replacements parts are available with new brackets. Good Luck

Answered on 02/10/2012 by CLARK COOK

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The springlift snaps on a ball stud mount. Attwood sells a spring mounting bracket and stud that if it will not fit your old mount can be used to mount the springs. In my case the old bracket worked well.

Answered on 02/10/2012 by TIM MCINTOSH

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these gas springs are the same...slip over teat secured with clip.

Answered on 02/10/2012 by MARK JELEN
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I have a sl11 10 1 Attwood spring lift with brackets what do you recommend ?

Asked on 09/25/2011 by Undisclosed

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I wish I knew as I have an sl 15 30-1 that I am asking for help wiht a match. Cannot someone from Jamestown help you with a response?

Answered on 10/02/2011 by Bob Davis
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I BOUGHT THE 60LB LIFT GAS SPRING FOR THE TOPPER ON MY FORD F150. THAT'S THE ONLY INFO I CAN GIVE YOU

Answered on 10/04/2011 by JEFF WINSLOW

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I purchased the SL36205 to replace the gas spring on my bass boat. It helps lift and support the back deck covering the fuel tank and batteries. I used the existing brackets from old spring. The spring lift works great and I was happy with the ease of shopping. I recommend Jamestown Distributors.

Answered on 09/26/2011 by STEPHEN KOCUREK

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In finding the replacment you might need to match up the old and new. The extended lenght, compressed lenght, stroke length, output force and end fitting type. That was what I had to do to find a replacement. Hope this helps Mike

Answered on 10/02/2011 by MICHAEL GRZEGOROWICZ

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? I bought two 20 in spring lift with 60 lbs lift force as replacement for the basement door for our motormome. Very happy with how they work. I"m sorry but I don"t understand what you are doing .Are you replaceing or doing something new ? The product info chart will tell you what they will do. If new make sure when closed the lifts let the door close all the way. Sorry I couldn"t be more help. Anthony

Answered on 10/17/2011 by ANTHONY KAUZLARICH
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I have a heavy hatch door on my houseboat that I have to lift each time I want to go to the upper bridge. Will these gas cylinders assist me in opening the hatch door. How do I know the spec for lifting?

Asked on 01/22/2015 by Undisclosed

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It will certainly help. These springs are calibrated in accordance with the amount of weight they have to lift. Talk to your marina and they likely will know what your hatch weighs and how strong the spring(s) must be. Good luck. These springs are great!

Answered on 01/22/2015 by BILL WARRICK
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Yes I believe the gas struts would be appropriate in your case. In my sport fisherman I had a couch, over 6 feet long, made of wood and upholstered. It was hinged so as to get to storage in the couch base. It was quite heavy, requiring two people, one to lift and hold the couch and one to retrieve items underneath. In a seaway this act would be quite dangerous. I installed two struts, after which I could raise the couch with one hand, and it would stay in that position indefinitely regardless of the seas. As to which ones to buy I can offer very little help there. In my case I knew it was heavy so I bought two 60 pounders. I guess it's a little trial and error. I hope this is of some help.

Answered on 01/23/2015 by DAVID FOWLER

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NO clue. You need the dimensions and previous spring size

Answered on 01/26/2015 by Don Nichols

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Yes, big assist,I would get at least 90 lbs lifts

Answered on 01/23/2015 by JACK W JOHNSON
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How do you find the right strength for your application? Is it a problem to oversize them?

Asked on 09/08/2014 by John Curran

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Yes it's a problem to oversize. The easiest way to determine the size needed is to use a hand held fish scale. Hook the scale to the hatch or lid, whatever it is you need the gas springs for, and lift while reading the scale. This will tell you how many pounds of force needed to raise the object, then add about 5 to 10 pounds.

Answered on 09/08/2014 by LES DANE
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I bought replacement springs so it was easy. For a new installation you will need the length of the door/lid when opened, plus the weight downward/pressure on the spring. You will want a spring pressure higher than that weight. If you have 10 lbs of excess pressure then it will take 10 lbs of pressure to close it.

Answered on 09/08/2014 by MICHAEL CRANNY

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Yes get 90 lbs for my boat and the hatch does not stay down setting on eight spring lifts I don't need

Answered on 09/08/2014 by Kenny Croucher

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As long as your application dimensions are correct, it doesn't matter. They will cost more due to larger diameter of strut. Just ensure they will not obstruct the closure of hatch or in my case truck tonneau cover.

Answered on 09/08/2014 by JOSEPH PAZZELLI
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I need to replace gas strut for boat hatch. It is Spring Lift with the following numbers SL 36 C(or G) 284/95. I know the compressed and extended lengths, but do not know the compression rating. Any ideas? It is a small hatch in center deck of bass boat. Thanks

Asked on 01/20/2014 by Charles Kleypas

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the compression rating is 95lbs....

Answered on 01/20/2014 by FRANK MOLE
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I know what length to get. The pressure ratings range from 20# to 120#. I want it to hold up the hatch when it is opened, but don't want the pressure too strong. Any ideas on what pressure rating. Thanks

Answered on 01/20/2014 by Charles Kleypas

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Just use your measurements it will be plenty strong I'm sure.

Answered on 01/20/2014 by STEVE COATES

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Well if you have good hinges on your hatch shouldn't hurt I would wrather it a little strong than to weak not sure on the exact pressure

Answered on 01/20/2014 by STEVE COATES
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I need to trplace my original Spring Lift gas shock for my Champion Bass Boat. I know that extended it's got to be the 17.2" Shock but I have no idea what the Lb (pressure) needs to be, I see you have a 20lb and a 90lb and nothing else in between or is there another one? Please advise.

Asked on 06/30/2013 by Lee W

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Scott, I do have the shock out of the boat. This is what is on the shock. Spring Lift Corporation. SL 36 C 268/96. Not sure what the C 268/96 but I assumed it was a manufactures date code? There is no PSI/LB on the shock so this is why I inquired as to what it is most common when replaced. I do know that it is a 17.2" Shock Extended and I am assuming should have at least 30-40 PSI?

Answered on 07/02/2013 by Lee W
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Back to boating may be helpful cant send link

Answered on 07/07/2013 by SCOTT MITCHUSON

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Looks like u need 60 # s looked at different sites this may be available at a auto parts store make sure it has the same socket and length and go from there took me a lot of searching but found it on this site on another site looks like 268 is 60# can't be sure.let me know howitzer turns out

Answered on 07/07/2013 by SCOTT MITCHUSON

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Lee If you have your old shock there S/B numbers to identify the LB'S . I purchased a 11" 40# spring lift by Atwood for my 87 ranger bass boat 17' . One for the battery lid & rod compartment both are fiberglass rod compartment has upholstery on it. You will need to have enough #'s to hold the lid up. Hope this was helpful Scott

Answered on 07/01/2013 by SCOTT MITCHUSON
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