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Old 08-16-2013, 06:15 PM   #1
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Front Door Hold-Open Mechanism

My 2007 front-door has the folding arm latch on top of the door that holds it open. There is a cable that runs inside the door to unlatch the hold-open when the door handle is worked. It is a pain. I thought I saw a similar mechanism that had a soft latch so you just closed the door more or less normally. I forget who had it and I can't find one like this. That person told me he got it from PPL but I can't find it there. If I can't find it I would like to put a gas strut on it. Has anybody done this?

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Old 08-16-2013, 06:38 PM   #2
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Don't know if anybody has mod'ed their older style hard-latch mechanism. The later 08/09 rigs came w/a new soft catch type. It has a C-cup in the arm that clamps on a round spring clip when the door hits ~90 degrees. You could query PTL on buying the later type & whether it would install as a drop in solution.

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Old 08-16-2013, 08:18 PM   #3
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This may be what you need Hold Open Mechanisms | PTL Engineering
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:46 AM   #4
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Rick I put one on my 99 and didn't have a problem.
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:50 AM   #5
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Part 01-523 from Algoma's link looks like exactly what I have. I had a problem w/it rattling up & down; I put a foam tape piece under it where it rattled against the door & coupla wraps of tape on one of the arms to make it more snug- rattle gone.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:29 PM   #6
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PTL Engineering will sell you a new one for 76 and change. After you put it on, put some grease on the little spring area so it won't rust out and break again, I'm on my second one, they last about 3-4 years depending on how much you engage it. Keeping it greased might extend the little spring clip. Takes about 15 minutes to change the thing. PTL has a nice website, with the phone number so you can call them and order it.

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