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    Time Space = Traveling without moving Dutch's Avatar
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    Torsion Bar Adjustment - Tampa Bay Area

    Hello,

    My divers side door is only opening halfway (I have a new spring), so I believe my torsion bar needs adjustment. I've read up on it and saw a YouTube video on it. It doesn't look to complicated. Has anyone in the area done this before / have the tools to do so.

    Thanks

    Maurice

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    Hello Maurice,

    I have the jig and the tools to do the torsion bar adjustment. If you want, we can plan a day for you to come up to Clermont (west of Orlando) and we can get you fixed up.
    Brandon S.

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    I should be back in town in March. If you guys get together in Clermont, I may be available also to help out. I'm in Windermere so Clermont is an easy drive. I don't have the main tools (breaker bar extension, jig, and extra long socket extension) but I have assisted with torsion bar adjustments before.

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    Hi Brandon,

    Thanks so much for the offer. Lets plan on getting together once Nick is back.

    Nick, can you let us know when you're back to plan a day.

    Guys, Thanks so much

    Maurice

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    aka RacerX Ryan S.'s Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post

    My divers side door is only opening halfway (I have a new spring),
    What kind of "spring" did you add?

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    aka RacerX Ryan S.'s Avatar
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    Here is my $0.02
    Before you make any torsion bar adjustment...
    How is your passenger side door? Works ok?
    I would take out the new one and put your passenger side gas strut to test.

    If DS door still doesn't open all the way then you might need torsion bar adjustment.
    If your DS door works with your passenger strut then your new strut might be weak. Rob also sells winter version struts and you might want to try that. I have his winter strut and works perfact.

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    Hi Ryan,

    I tried that and tried the old strut again just to see. Both result in the same issue. It may open more than halfway , but have to help it the rest of the way. It will stay open once its reached the top. Thanks for the suggestion.

    Maurice

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    I would offer my help but it looks like you've got it covered.

    If it is going to be a while before you can get this adjusted, you might consider checking out the 3 screws securing the plastic trim strip that holds the T panel on (above the rear windscreen). Make sure the screws turn - a bar adjustment gets complicated quickly if you need to drill one of them out because it is either frozen in place by rust or the head is stripped.

    The bar adjustment is a great time to install new screws/caps along with a new plastic strip if yours is old and broken.
    Last edited by dn010; 02-22-2016 at 03:26 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    Hi Ryan,

    I tried that and tried the old strut again just to see. Both result in the same issue. It may open more than halfway , but have to help it the rest of the way. It will stay open once its reached the top. Thanks for the suggestion.

    Maurice
    Definitely sounds like torsion bar adjustment... If I recall correctly the indicator is if you can manually lift the door and it stays, you're struts are fine.
    Don't do more than one notch at a time on the adjustment. You'd be surprised how little it takes.

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    Steve
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