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Old 11-25-2007, 11:34 AM   #1
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Gas Springs Strange Phenomenon

Our under bed gas spring jammed and came off. The mounting bracket pulled the screws out of the particle board mattress base. I could not close (compress) the gas spring. So I ordered a new one from SPD. The new one came in and I could not close (compress) the new gas spring either.

Tried to compress it with one end against the wall and the other end placed against my pants belt and applied pressure and the new Gas Spring would not budge. It did not make sense to me.

Called the SPD engineer and his "Mario's" response was: "this is normal, per engineering, it will have to be mounted for it to work and be compressed".

Long story shortened I just installed the new gas spring, relocated over about 3/8" from old position and re attached the bracket. It works like a charm.

I am thinking I did not need a new gas spring just needed to reattach the old one. I will just keep the old one in my spare parts and try it again when needed. Should have talked with SPD first maybe they would have advised me to try to reattach the old spring first.

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SPD-GSNI-2300-120 (GSNI Black Nitride Shaft Gas Spring)

SPD, A Barnes Group, Inc. Company
1900 Frost Road, Suite 101
Bristol, PA 19007
Phone: 1-800-720-2633
Fax: 1-800-350-6203


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Old 11-25-2007, 11:34 AM   #2
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Gas Springs Strange Phenomenon

Our under bed gas spring jammed and came off. The mounting bracket pulled the screws out of the particle board mattress base. I could not close (compress) the gas spring. So I ordered a new one from SPD. The new one came in and I could not close (compress) the new gas spring either.

Tried to compress it with one end against the wall and the other end placed against my pants belt and applied pressure and the new Gas Spring would not budge. It did not make sense to me.

Called the SPD engineer and his "Mario's" response was: "this is normal, per engineering, it will have to be mounted for it to work and be compressed".

Long story shortened I just installed the new gas spring, relocated over about 3/8" from old position and re attached the bracket. It works like a charm.

I am thinking I did not need a new gas spring just needed to reattach the old one. I will just keep the old one in my spare parts and try it again when needed. Should have talked with SPD first maybe they would have advised me to try to reattach the old spring first.

Gas Springs for Under bed storage.
SPD-GSNI-2300-120 (GSNI Black Nitride Shaft Gas Spring)

SPD, A Barnes Group, Inc. Company
1900 Frost Road, Suite 101
Bristol, PA 19007
Phone: 1-800-720-2633
Fax: 1-800-350-6203


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Old 11-25-2007, 04:08 PM   #3
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Yep, those gas springs are tough little suckers!! Even when one is "worn out," often when you remove it you still cannot compress it. Now you have a spare!!!
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