Wednesday June 23, 2021

More power - the additional damper for tailgate & Co.!

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Often additional or simply better dampers are retrofitted to various parts of the car such as the tailgate, the bonnet or a separately opening rear window. But what is the purpose of the stronger additional dampers and why do you need them or not? Often it is specifically about the tailgate of pickups. These are sometimes very heavy and the weight is not necessarily advantageous when opening and closing the tailgate. And even if you make modifications to the tailgate, for example using an additional spoiler, the factory-installed gas pressure damper can fail to function due to overloading. This is where an additional gas damper comes into play: A small damper is installed between the tailgate and the rear corner of the rear fender. Alternatively, the existing one is simply replaced by a stronger damper. Here the car and other factors are important.

Tailgate damper often overwhelmed

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The new or additional damper makes it much easier to open and close the tailgate. Of course, it can be installed without any legal concerns, as it does not affect the safety or essential functions of the car. The installation itself can be done by yourself or by a workshop. Installation by a workshop is recommended due to the often higher accuracy. If you are a specialist in this field yourself, you can install it yourself without hesitation. Some manufacturers also install such gas dampers on the tailgate of the pickup as standard, but they are often not as good in quality as retrofitted dampers or there is even just a simple tether. In terms of price, tailgate dampers are affordable - depending on quality and size - and it is worth installing them.

Hood damper for replacement

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Basically, the same applies here as for the tailgate damper: the bonnet is very large and therefore very heavy. That is why it is difficult to open and again an additional or a stronger damper comes into play: This is installed between the front fender and the bonnet edge and thus makes opening easier. Bonnets now almost always have built-in dampers and very rarely the simple metal rod as a support. If an additional damper is installed, the factory dampers remain installed. If you install a stronger damper, this is installed instead of the factory gas spring. Such a damper is not only necessary when the previous one is weakening. Also tuning on the hood in the form of a power dome and maybe even one bra may require installation. The modifications often bring more weight with it, which can lead to overloading the damper. In general, it is important to check the bonnet dampers again and again the older the vehicle gets. A good damper can also make it difficult to open the hood independently while driving and of course protects the head when working on the engine.

Damper for separate rear windows

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With a rear window that can be opened independently, users often complain about weak dampers, which means that the window often slams onto the trunk lid or, in the worst case, onto the head while loading. Not only does that sound bad, it is also not good for the disk and the pear in the long term. Therefore, additional or reinforced dampers are also recommended here, which ensure a cleaner closing of the window. The price here is often very low due to the very small size of the dampers and upgrading to better dampers is also absolutely worthwhile. Especially when presenting modifications to the rear window. For example, a spoiler that brings an additional weight would be conceivable. Also so-called Rear window flaps weigh a few grams and can cause an overload in the long run.

In conclusion, it is worthwhile to upgrade to better dampers. Not only easier openings and closings, but also more pleasant noises and processes speak for the financially manageable upgrade. We hope that the info report on the topic / term Hood lifter (other names / keywords: tailgate damper, gas spring, gas damper, gas pressure spring, hood damper, rear window damper, tailgate damper) from the field of autotuning. Our goal is that the largest German-language tuning dictionary (Tuning Wikipedia) and to explain tuning terms from A to Z easily and understandably. Almost every day we expand this lexicon and how far we are, you can HERE see. Soon the next one will be Tuning scene concept be illuminated by us. By the way, you will be informed about new topics if you have ours Feed subscribe to.

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  1. Thanks for this post on the tailgate damper. Interesting that this is used to make it easier to open. I suspect I will also need a new die cushion in the car. I also found further helpful information here:

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