I finally got around to replacing the broken door limit straps on my 88 Grad (I'm starting to get to the small stuff
I have read many of the posts about problems with new door straps, most notably how tight they can be, so I felt I was prepared for the job.
I ordered a pair of these straps:
When they arrived I noticed that there was only a single roller with each strap, which I assumed was a mistake. I wrote Mr. Fiat, and they were less than interested, pointing out that only a single roller is shown in the picture.
So, I ordered an extra pair of rollers from Centerline the next time I had an order large enough to offset any shipping charge.
Per the instructions I found on other posts, I assembled the replacement strap in the middle of the housing with 2 new rollers, and mounted the assembly in the door.
Holy Cow, was it tight. The door was so stiff that it would hold it's position anywhere along the swing open, and I was afraid to try and open the door all the way to the full open position because the final detent what so tight.
I thought about it for a while and finally wondered if the intent of this strap design was to use a single roller, so I took it all apart and re-installed it with a single roller. Sure enough, using only a single roller works pretty well. the door swings freely through it's travel, with just a slight detent at the full open position.
I looked closely during assembly, and there is no way that the strap could ever pull through the pins using only a single roller.
As I review some of the pictures of the straps in other posts it appears that the strap from Mr. Fiat is thicker, so maybe it was indeed designed to be used with a single roller ?
Hopefully this will help anyone planning to do this job.