Gas Struts - Glider under carriage- UK source

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Gas Struts - Glider under carriage- UK source

Postby ChrisV » 14 Jun 2017, 19:35

Hi

I cannot remember who I spoke to about this at the weekend, age eh :-), but it was said there is a UK source of these.

Can anyone advise me of the supplier

Thanks

Chris Veitch

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Re: Gas Struts - Glider under carriage- UK source

Postby Barry_Cole » 14 Jun 2017, 19:59

Chris there are these:-

http://www.sgs-engineering.com/gas-stru ... 0wodGIQIzQ

I bought some from SKF some years back.

Hope that helps.

BC

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Re: Gas Struts - Glider under carriage- UK source

Postby Ray Watts » 15 Jun 2017, 05:39

HI Chris

It was me and I got mine from here. I actually used the 400 Newton ones, but the choice is yours.

You will see that buying 5 was half the single price each, but if you only need one then that is what it is.

https://www.assocspring.co.uk/welded-en ... W06BBR0300

Ray
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Re: Gas Struts - Glider under carriage- UK source

Postby Andy » 07 Jul 2017, 16:51

Chris,

If you are just using them on your glider retract than I would offer you a cheaper solution.
Don't bother ! They all go flat and none of them are really cheap.
All of my models now have a flat steel bar whe the gas stut is, or was. That has been the case for the last two or three years.
The rubber wheel on a third scale glider gives ample suspension on its own, you really don't need a gas strut.
That solution was first offered to me when I bought my 7.5M ASW27. Thomas, the manufacturer simply said don't do it, it's not necessary. I didn't and, In my view, he was right.

Andy.

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Re: Gas Struts - Glider under carriage- UK source

Postby ChrisV » 07 Jul 2017, 18:06

Thanks Andy, I will think about that

The only concern for me is that the quality of your landings are somewhat better than mine :-)

Regards

Chris

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Re: Gas Struts - Glider under carriage- UK source

Postby Barry_Cole » 07 Jul 2017, 19:16

Chris,
Andy ( and Thomas) are right, they really are waste of time. If you have a hard landing they just go to their closed position and you get the bang a few mili seconds later, they they spring back, and you get another bang. This is why they are technically gas struts, and not gas springs.

I have said this before, they are not the right tool for the job, as they hardly increase in force as they close up, unlike a spring, which does. The oil in them is not a damper, it is there to keep the seal damp, and keep the gas in. They MUST be installed with the rod downwards. (Look at the ones in your car) Also make sure that you store the glider or Wilga with the rods down. They probably spend more of their time in the stored position.

You will probably find your landings are better than you thought, as you will not get the dreaded gas strut bang.

I have used 1000s of them over the years.

BC


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