These are premium 395mm black struts that fit all 2003-2006 SSRs. They are built with steel end fittings and triple lip seals.The OEM roof struts in the top mechanism have degraded over time (15 years) and are most likely not providing the original lifting assistance (130 pounds per strut) for the hydraulic system. Degraded pneumatic strut performance requires higher hydraulic loads to lift the roof out of the storage compartment. Higher system loads will cause premature seal failures at the hydraulic actuators and may also reduce the life expectancy of the pump.
After installation of these new struts, you will notice increased speed (less work on the motor) in raising the roof and a decrease in the “clunk” as the roof hits bottom on retraction. That “clunk” actually sends a hydraulic spike (like a water hammer in house plumbing) through the pressure lines and is really hard on the hydraulic seals. Replacing the pneumatic struts will improve the ability to “balance” the top in the half open position at car shows.
Since the installation of each strut requires compression (the installed length never allows the strut to fully extend) and the forces inside the strut are so high (130 pounds force), all struts are shipped in an installation tool that holds them slightly compressed. Installation Instructions are provided with each order. Two people are required to safely install the Roof Struts.
CAUTION: FAILURE TO FOLLOW INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS MAY DAMAGE INSTALLATION TOOLING OR YOUR SSR ……. OR EVEN CAUSE PERSONAL INJURY.
CAUTION: DO NOT REMOVE THE STRUT FROM THE TOOL.YOU MAY DAMAGE THE TOOL OR CAUSE BODILY INJURY.THE STRUT CANNOT BE RE-INSTALLED IN THE TOOL BY HAND.
A return shipping tag is included in each box so that the installation tooling can be returned ASAP. It is imperative that the tools come back without excessive delay. They will be re-loaded and re-used for other customers. Return of the tooling is on the “honor system” and I will hold your order open until the tools are returned. This is much more efficient than a cash deposit.
Shipping of the new struts and the pre-paid return shipping tag for the tooling is included in the price.
Simple Engineering Warranty (no charge exchange) period is 2 years.