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12 Jul 2020 09:32 #224874 by nogbad
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Has anybody lengthened the tailgate strut or modified it on the Gen 4 so the door opens to allow full access ?,or did Suzuki do it like this for a reason ,thx.

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12 Jul 2020 10:08 #224875 by mlines
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nogbad wrote: Has anybody lengthened the tailgate strut or modified it on the Gen 4 so the door opens to allow full access ?,or did Suzuki do it like this for a reason ,thx.

I expect is deliberate. There a rules around this sort of thing which is also why the lights are in the bumper and on the gen3 is why bulbs are missing from the high level light units.

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12 Jul 2020 10:15 #224876 by Soeley
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My guess is to stop the spare tyre sticking out into the road too much with the door fully open..?

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12 Jul 2020 10:26 #224877 by Grima
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Yes its been done. Search "North West Overlander " on U tube.

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12 Jul 2020 11:09 #224880 by nogbad
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Thanks for all the advice it's probably best to leave it alone.

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12 Jul 2020 12:29 #224888 by New boy
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I replaced the original strut with a slightly longer one from a Vitara.
This allowed the door to open fully and enables my gun drawer to open fully

I can get you the part number from the strut or pics if that helps

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12 Jul 2020 13:52 #224893 by lookonimages
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New boy wrote: I replaced the original strut with a slightly longer one from a Vitara.
This allowed the door to open fully and enables my gun drawer to open fully

I can get you the part number from the strut or pics if that helps

That would be very kind if you can post pic and number.


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12 Jul 2020 14:19 #224895 by New boy
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The strut is a Stabilus lift-o-mat Part number 81850T86R00.
The important thing is the overall length which is 51CM. I just measured the one on the Vitara at the Suzuki garage.
It is stronger than the Jimny strut but I found the original one had no resistance to wind when out in the field. This one holds the open firmly and allows full access to the back.
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12 Jul 2020 15:15 #224898 by lookonimages

New boy wrote: The strut is a Stabilus lift-o-mat Part number 81850T86R00.
The important thing is the overall length which is 51CM. I just measured the one on the Vitara at the Suzuki garage.
It is stronger than the Jimny strut but I found the original one had no resistance to wind when out in the field. This one holds the open firmly and allows full access to the back.

Thank you so much. I really appreciate.

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12 Jul 2020 23:23 #224972 by crash486
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Been done in Australia as a hardware chain Bunnings carries a suitable size.
People have added this longer strut so fridge slides can be mounted on that side.
Downside of this is that a frontrunner ladder will now hit the guard when the door is fully opened.

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13 Jul 2020 08:34 #224979 by Bill Portland
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New boy wrote: The strut is a Stabilus lift-o-mat Part number 81850T86R00.
The important thing is the overall length which is 51CM. I just measured the one on the Vitara at the Suzuki garage.
It is stronger than the Jimny strut but I found the original one had no resistance to wind when out in the field. This one holds the open firmly and allows full access to the back.

Very helpful info, thanks. I find that parking even on relatively mild transverse slopes means the door won't stay open so a stronger resistance strut should help with that. I'm having trouble finding where I can get one from though. Any ideas?

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13 Jul 2020 13:15 #224994 by DAGZOOK
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North West Overlander specified the exact parts he purchased from SGS Engineering (Take a look in the comments section of his YouTube video). He seemed to have purchased a separate gas strut & ball joint set from SGS.

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