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Old 08-27-2012, 11:02 AM   #1
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Bigger strut mounts on outside kitchen.

My strut mounts ripped off the camp kitchen door. After several failed attempts on plugging the stripped holes, using the same strut mounts was not an option. From what I have heard this is a common problem. If still under warranty the techs would plug the stripped holes, use #10 screws instead of #8, and weaker struts. I was out of warranty so I got bigger bases welded to my strut mounts.
I used 1/8 inch thick flat iron by 10 inches long by 1.25 wide. Welded the mounts to the flat iron at center and at edge. I then drilled 9 holes plus the 3 original holes in the flat iron. Primed and painted white, also painted the 24 screw heads white with no primer. I plugged the 3 stripped holes with JB weld, and waited a day for curing. I lined up the 3 original holes on mount and screwed it completely to the door.
I've been using the door for 2 weeks now and it feels very strong.

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Old 08-27-2012, 11:18 AM   #2
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Looks like you fixed the problem and did a nice job. It's too bad FR doesn't do this on all the doors with gas struts on them.

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Old 08-27-2012, 11:29 AM   #3
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Reason for the failer,wind,weight,people? Youroo!!
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:11 PM   #4
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Yeah too bad, it does make the door more solid, less flimsy feel to it now.

Just normal use. Service techs told me the struts are just to strong for the brackets.
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