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BarryGreen posted 08-02-2008 01:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for BarryGreen   Send Email to BarryGreen  
I have a 2005 235 Conquest and suspect that I'm not the only one having problems with the plastic end mounts on the deck box gas springs weakening over time and then dropping off the fixed pivot when you hit a wake. Once this happens the heavy deck lids are unsupported when opened, and are hazardous to fingers and toes. I expect these same ends are used on Outrage deck wells. These shocks and their hardware are made by Ameritool, and the plastic ends Whaler supplies are model "EFC-10M". These unscrew easily from the gas shock, and can be replaced with Ameritool model "EFSS-10H". These are an exact replacement, but are all stainless and use a small wire rod to captivate the socket on the pivot while still letting everything rotate freely. This looks to be a permanent fix for the problem, and the new all-metal end mounts only cost a few dollars each. I got mine through Lewis Marine in Ft. Lauderdale (772.286.2118), but there should be other distributors around the country as well.

Hope this helps.

Barry

SJUAE posted 08-02-2008 03:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for SJUAE    
Barry,

Thanks I was not impressed how easy the ends pop out on my 210 gas struts.

Regards
Steve

Casco Bay Outrage posted 08-02-2008 05:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
Barry-

Can you post a photo? I am considering adding a strut to my forward locker.

Thx.

seabob4 posted 08-02-2008 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for seabob4  Send Email to seabob4     
Phil,
We use Ameritool struts also, with stainless ball sockets, both flat and 90 degree mounting. What length and weight do you want?
Treypescatorie posted 08-11-2008 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Treypescatorie  Send Email to Treypescatorie     
At least they used stainless steel shocks. On the 2000 Conquest 21 they used a steel shock that lasted one season and then rusted. At least the guy that picked this shock saved the Boston Whaler company money.
Buoy posted 08-11-2008 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buoy  Send Email to Buoy     
You're not the only one Barry, thanks for the lead.
jimh posted 08-15-2008 08:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Your re-fit sounds like a good modification.

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