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Old 09-18-2019
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I removed a gas spring to replace it and after 45 minutes of struggling to compress the new spring I gave up. Today I made a tool out of 1 inch channel to lay the shock in and compress it to the right length to install. After the tool was made I changed both springs in under 10 minutes. It worked great and I would like to post pictures of it so it may be a benefit to other members but I cannot figure out how to add the pics. Sorry!! I am trying to figure it out on a Mac.
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Old 09-19-2019
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I removed a gas spring to replace it and after 45 minutes of struggling to compress the new spring I gave up. Today I made a tool out of 1 inch channel to lay the shock in and compress it to the right length to install. After the tool was made I changed both springs in under 10 minutes. It worked great and I would like to post pictures of it so it may be a benefit to other members but I cannot figure out how to add the pics. Sorry!! I am trying to figure it out on a Mac.
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It will be interesting to see the pictures.

In the mean time here's a link to a 2008 Thread that shows the tool Morey Zuber made for compressing the gas springs on his 99 LXi.

(See Post #4)
https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...ead.php?p=3095

For what it's worth, no special tools were needed to replace any of the gas springs on the bay doors of my 91 WB... (unless a hydraulic jack and a 2X4 to lift up on the door are considered special).
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What i have used in the past is a quick grip clamp long enough to clamp at both ends and squeeze to size or a Bessy wood working clamp.


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I must have done something wrong.
Needed to replace the springs on my engine bay doors and all I did was use a two by four to hold it open, put one end on the door then lowered the door enough to attach the other end to the bus side. No tools except the 2X4
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The LXI has a different configuration on the gas shocks,they are NOT easy to replace.
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The LXI has a different configuration on the gas shocks,they are NOT easy to replace.
We just did an LXi one at the Ludington rally with a tire iron and a pickle fork (plus a few hands). No blood or pain.
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At Q-2018 someone brought homemade bay door strut compressor to show & tell. Thought it was pretty nice. Took a bunch of pics planning to make one, but never got around to it ...
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+1 on Andy’s suggestion.
Woodworking parallel bar clamps work very well. If you wanted to modify, burrow a semipherical divot in each end to index the gas strut. Or a smaller hole than the diameter of the clamp.
Good ones (like Bessey) are about $40 ea. A used one would be less.

They are more or less commercial grade version of what Van photo’d. Cool design but time and materials and I think you are money behind.
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