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Old 06-23-2013, 01:55 AM   #1
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Talking Adjusting the Outlaw drop-down garage door.

I have just had my 2008 Outlaw for 6 weeks,had two quick shakedown trips. The garage door drops down to 6 inches above the street level. You can then step on it and push it down the last 6 inches to load or unload, and after the weight is off it returns to its position of being 6 inches too high. This seemed like a little annoyance at first but now it's getting old, and I think this may be placing undue stress on the door suspension system. It looks like you can adjust the door in 2 places: 1- the 2 cables have a threaded turnbuckle; 2- the door has a bracket on each side that has five different positions to attach the cable to. Does anyone have any experience adjusting this or recommendations? I know this is a very heavy door and I don't want to mess with it too much without at least some knowledge. Thanks for reading!
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I would start by adjusting the turnbuckles to see if that will drop the door to the ground first. If not, with the door closed, observe the distance from turnbuckle clearance to the door spring assembly and see if this adjustment will drop the door enough. Good luck and keep us posted.
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I have just had my 2008 Outlaw for 6 weeks,had two quick shakedown trips. The garage door drops down to 6 inches above the street level. You can then step on it and push it down the last 6 inches to load or unload, and after the weight is off it returns to its position of being 6 inches too high. This seemed like a little annoyance at first but now it's getting old, and I think this may be placing undue stress on the door suspension system. It looks like you can adjust the door in 2 places: 1- the 2 cables have a threaded turnbuckle; 2- the door has a bracket on each side that has five different positions to attach the cable to. Does anyone have any experience adjusting this or recommendations? I know this is a very heavy door and I don't want to mess with it too much without at least some knowledge. Thanks for reading!
I don't have an Outlaw so this may be a stupid question ... air suspension charged or dumped?
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It has air shocks, not springs.
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You'll find when there is a strong wind blowing from the front, the air stream will raise the ramp off the ground. Laying the flap down will add weight to the end of the ramp. Also when the temperature is hot, the gas in the shocks located in the side frame expands and makes it harder to pull and lay the ramp down. You could get a 25# canvas bag of bird shot from a Sporting goods Store and keep it in the corner to weigh down the lower end of the ramp when needed. If the ramp door adjustment is too loose, the ramp will fall too quick and be much heavier and harder on the back to lift upright when closing.
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The ramp opens and closes fairly easily. Laying the flap down will temporarily drop the ramp to the ground, but then it slowly raises to it's preferred position of 6" off the ground. I guess I haven't deployed it in less than 90 degree temps yet. Thanks for the replies, looks like Doggy Daddy and I have identical rigs, lets just switch doors!
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When I was in CO last week in 50 to 80 degrees temps the ramp behaved much better than in the 90 and above temps I usually deploy it in, so yes temps make a big difference in these gas shocks.
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When I was in CO last week in 50 to 80 degrees temps the ramp behaved much better than in the 90 and above temps I usually deploy it in, so yes temps make a big difference in these gas shocks.
Jeff,

If your gas lifts are SO TIGHT that it has to be cold for them to let the ramp lay flat on the ground...then there is TOO MUCH pressure in the system.

The ramp on my '07 Outlaw rests gently on the ground and never lifts by itself (even in a strong head wind).

With the ramp closed, start your adjustment by moving the ramp end of the cables to the hole closest to the hinge. Then fine tune the lift pressure with the threaded cable rods.

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