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Old 14-02-2008   #31
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Re: Rear door gas struts

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I'm going to measure mine to see if it's the same...

roughly (I don't have a Vernier caliper) I reckon the external diameter is about 22mm.
They are Lift-O-Mat and then it says B418.
Is your Doblo the original shape with the bigger front grill?
Mine also says lift-o-mat B418 but I'm certain the old ones didn't have anything on because I really noticed the difference.
My dobbin is the newer shape (2006)
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Re: Rear door gas struts

strange that, so it had different struts before but it's the same shape as mine? Mine's an 06 too.
As I said though, I've always had to push the tailgate the last inch or so even when it was brand new.

btw...thanks for the mini-egg voucher, I'll be off to the local Woolies with that tomorrow.

here's the link for anyone who didn't spot it

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it runs out on Saturday so don't hang about
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You're welcome, hope you enjoy. My boys have printed off loads & will descend on woolies tomorrow

I agree with you about the tailgate being too heavy for the struts, IMO, these are only just capable of lifting the tailgate & really should be uprated to the bigger struts - although I'll bet if you had the meatier struts, you'd never, ever, ever be able to pull the tailgate down (has visions of people hanging off the tailgate in an attempt to lower it
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this is getting a bit off topic but the mrs went into Woolies armed with the voucher and they said it only applied to the 100g bags, which weren't in stock. They had rows and rows of 200g bags though.
It's a conspiracy .
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Re: Rear door gas struts

My tailgate always needs an extra push for it to go the last inch or two.
However on the plus side I got my free mini eggs from Woolies today. Cheers.
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rear hatchback struts = They are C*** .... live with it.....
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Re: Rear door gas struts

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My tailgate always needs an extra push for it to go the last inch or two.

Is this some kind of double entendre?
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My struts not working too well this morning when I went out at 8.30. It was very cold and frosty, so I'm hoping that's why.
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Now we're all inspecting our struts and finding faults.
There's going to be a queue of Doblo owners at every Fiat garage in Britain complaining about struts
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Having owned a number of hatchbacks, English and foreign, I would say that it is the norm to have the strut push up to wihtin and inch or two, then need a helping hand to make the last little bit. Also, as I said before, they do seem to suffer from the cold.
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Having owned a number of hatchbacks, English and foreign, I would say that it is the norm to have the strut push up to wihtin and inch or two, then need a helping hand to make the last little bit. Also, as I said before, they do seem to suffer from the cold.
Glad we bought Dobbin with doors!!
I've also owned a number of hatchbacks - but this is the first I've ever owned where the struts struggle in the winter, and I don't think modern winters are anywhere near as harsh as 15 or 20 years ago.
I'm left wondering if Fiat are going with the cheapest option here & buying in struts which are only just capable of lifting the tailgate - hence their underperformance in the cooler weather?
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Glad we bought Dobbin with doors!!
wish I had
it was only about £70 extra and I think it would have been well worth it.
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Must be a newbie!!! Ours cost £250 extra
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Get a nice piece of "Hickory" of an appropriate size to hold (wedge)the hatch open, will save lots of money... With a few design's whittled into it, it would be the talk of the car park in tesco's (OAP section) , you could even get commissions for walking sticks , the world is you oyster... I'm off to America so not very many more comments.. they don't sell fiat doblos over there... heck i still love ours.. .......

why do fiat doblo owners have :

1. large wives..........
2.dogs....
3.an over 50's "look" even when they ain't....
4. dirty cars (outside)
5. people who have bought the facelift version all seem to look like 70's school teachers....

heck you've got the laugh .... most doblos are owned by morris and doris... fleece lined slipper wearers.............


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Get a nice piece of "Hickory" of an appropriate size to hold (wedge)the hatch open, will save lots of money... With a few design's whittled into it, it would be the talk of the car park in tesco's (OAP section) , you could even get commissions for walking sticks , the world is you oyster... I'm off to America so not very many more comments.. they don't sell fiat doblos over there... heck i still love ours.. .......

why do fiat doblo owners have :

1. large wives..........
2.dogs....
3.an over 50's "look" even when they ain't....
4. dirty cars (outside)
5. people who have bought the facelift version all seem to look like 70's school teachers....

heck you've got the laugh .... most doblos are owned by morris and doris... fleece lined slipper wearers.............




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