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  Posted by: kerryedwards on Jan-05-13 4:11 PM (EST)

It's an early model and I've read about the locking problems. Looking at the mechanism it seems possible that the locking 'pawls' could be bent a bit to improve the latching. McMaster Carr sells the gas springs of varying poundage in the correct length and the correct end fittings can be screwed on to them I think. I also suspect that a heavier spring would solve part of the problem that people complain about--the two hullavators not rising in parallel. One issue with replacing the gas spring is that the outer end is held in with a long rivet and there's not much room between the ends of the rivet and the outer housing which drops down over it for a standard bolt. The rivet on the inner end can easily be replaced with a bolt.

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