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Old 08-02-2018, 01:08 AM   #1
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Rear Hatch Gas Shock Conversion??

Has anyone done it by piecing together the parts like the suburban guys do? I know the shocks for the suburban will be considerably longer, however the parts breakdown given in the thread in the suburban forum is no more than $50-$60. So I can't see paying 3X that for the Motor City K5 Kit being it looks like a couple of plates with ball studs and a couple of gas shocks. Just curious if anyone had done it themselves (by sourcing their own parts) with any success and obviously if you could provide some pointers or PN to shocks that would be needed. Thanks.
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Old 08-03-2018, 08:40 AM   #2
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Old 08-03-2018, 09:31 AM   #3
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Re: Rear Hatch Gas Shock Conversion??

There is a company that makes a kit, I bought one but haven't had the time to put it on.

http://www.motorcityk5.com/i-13109-l...72-blazer.html
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Old 08-03-2018, 10:06 AM   #4
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There is a company that makes a kit, I bought one but haven't had the time to put it on.

http://www.motorcityk5.com/i-13109-l...72-blazer.html
Right I have since ordered a set. Once I get it I'm going to try to figure it out. Because it is literally like $60 in parts that you pay $170 (shipping), there kit is nice because they powder coat and CNC the brackets which is probably what a large part of the price is. It's a nice kit but can very much be done on a DIY budget.
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Old 08-03-2018, 10:07 AM   #5
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There is a company that makes a kit, I bought one but haven't had the time to put it on.

http://www.motorcityk5.com/i-13109-l...72-blazer.html
I think the install will literally take 20 minutes btw....free up a half hour and get r done haha
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Old 08-03-2018, 12:25 PM   #6
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Re: Rear Hatch Gas Shock Conversion??

i question if the fragile hatch can hold up to the constant pressure of those?
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Old 08-03-2018, 06:18 PM   #7
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i question if the fragile hatch can hold up to the constant pressure of those?
Well I believe that's why the kit is designed with brackets to spread the load using both bolts as opposed to the suburban guys who just thread a studded ball right into the hatch/truck. The brackets distribute the pressure. Also I would think the pressure that is "constant" is only when it is down. I wouldn't try putting it all through one stud for sure. I was always planning on making a plate that bolted using both holes.
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Old 08-05-2018, 10:58 PM   #8
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There is a company that makes a kit, I bought one but haven't had the time to put it on.

http://www.motorcityk5.com/i-13109-l...72-blazer.html
That kit is awesome, I hate my hatch struts
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Old 08-06-2018, 11:14 AM   #9
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Well I believe that's why the kit is designed with brackets to spread the load using both bolts as opposed to the suburban guys who just thread a studded ball right into the hatch/truck. The brackets distribute the pressure. Also I would think the pressure that is "constant" is only when it is down. I wouldn't try putting it all through one stud for sure. I was always planning on making a plate that bolted using both holes.
That could be... just looking at some modern hatch assemblies some shoot up as soon as you release the catch... thus they are prob under pressure all the time... where others take a little help to get started... and those most likely are not under constant pressure...

Just need to figure out which this is
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Old 08-08-2018, 08:25 PM   #10
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Re: Rear Hatch Gas Shock Conversion??

Subscribed. I did the thread for the Suburban gas strut conversion, but now I have a Blazer. This could save me the research.

The LMC truck rep noticed my conversion at a show and asked me the details. They now sell the kit using my specs. I don't get a penny commission. haha.
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Old 08-08-2018, 11:12 PM   #11
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Re: Rear Hatch Gas Shock Conversion??

eta: these are for subs.. sorry about that

just found this recently, video floating around that shows install..

$100 at brothers

https://www.brotherstrucks.com/67-72...tinfo/SLGK772/

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