Cali tail gate struts

Discussion in 'Interiors, Seating, Lining' started by B19DRG, 13 Feb 2018.

  1. B19DRG

    B19DRG Senior Member T6 Pro

    hi does anyone have a part number for the uprated tail gate struts from a California as had my tailgate lined Etc and it’s a bit heavy ! Cheers , Dan
     
  2. spook

    spook ONE LOVE ONE LIFE VIP Member T6 Guru

    VW Transporter T6 Caravelle Uprated Bike Rack Gas Strut with a 2 year warranty and new fixings. Replaces part number(s) 7E0827550D
     
  3. spook

    spook ONE LOVE ONE LIFE VIP Member T6 Guru

  4. superflyguy

    superflyguy Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    Forum shop :thumbsup:
    I'm not a fan of the SGS struts I have fitted, not finished off as well as vw, and they creak loudly when opening the tailgate.
     
  5. Ads_Essex

    Ads_Essex Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    Does anyone know if the Cali (or any other) struts are the same length? I could do with my tailgate opening a bit higher... it’ll only be a matter of time before I crack my head on it!
     
  6. Pauly

    Pauly Senior Member VCDS User Admin Moderator

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    They are all the same length
    Pair Of Genuine VW T6 Tailgate Gas Struts
    7E0827550B - Standard strut 900 N
    7E0827550C - Caravelle strut 985N
    7E0827550D - California strut 1200N
    Please note these part numbers are for standard vans/kombis/caravelles and do not fit californias
     
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  7. B19DRG

    B19DRG Senior Member T6 Pro

    Would the California strut be overkill for a tailgate ? Don’t wanna get the caravalelle and it not be ok ?
     
  8. Pauly

    Pauly Senior Member VCDS User Admin Moderator

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    The Cali 1200 unit is very strong and takes a large amount of force to close it without a bike rack on (have to use a bit of body weight to get it down)
    If you have put sound deadening etc in there and its a bit weak i would go with the 985 units but its all down to how much weight you have added (bike rack is circa 14kgs)
     
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  9. Loz

    Loz California 204 DSG 4Motion MY17 VCDS User Admin Moderator VIP Member

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    Mines okay without bikes as long as you don’t leave it up in the sun then they are almost impossible to get down..
     
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  10. B19DRG

    B19DRG Senior Member T6 Pro

    Thanks guys I’m a little bit confused, guess I’ll go with the 985 , hope that works ok
     
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  11. andys

    andys Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    I uprated mine to 985 and regret it a bit as it can still sag just slightly and I occasionaly crack my head on the corner. I don't have a bike rack, just lots of stuff like grip mats, ramps and little shovel plus sound deadening stuck to it so I'm thinking the 1200N Cali struts might be a bit overkill. I think I'm going to order them and fit one 1200 and one 985 as a compromise and see if it works.
     
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  12. StudleyGlass

    StudleyGlass 150 DSG Kombi Highline VCDS User Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

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    I have upgraded to 985s on my kombi tailgate because i have fitted a lot of sound deadening and fitted the vw interior covers. They do work ok but i agree with @andys you still need to careful and make sure it is fully up so you dont knock yourself out :(....maybe 1200N one side and a 985 the other would work ok but i would be worried about the imbalance when closing them as it my twist the tailgate with different forces on either side ?
     
  13. B19DRG

    B19DRG Senior Member T6 Pro

    Got the 985’s fitted , work out just fine
     
  14. andys

    andys Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    Yes that was my worry. I'm thinking I could close it with more pressure on the 1200N side but I don't know how it'll work, I'll report back
     
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  15. Ads_Essex

    Ads_Essex Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    I think I should have realised - my tailgate conversion relies on aftermarket parts made for a T5, and apparently the struts are longer on a T5 compared to the T6, so that’ll be why my tailgate isn’t, erm, fully erect.
     

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