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Old 10-04-2007, 02:21 PM
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bear claw latches

does anyone know if the 60lb solenoids can go in place of the 35lb on bear claw door latches. electric life brand.

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Old 10-04-2007, 02:43 PM
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If you adjust the solenoid so it isn't ripping on the lever too hard at the bottom there should be no reason why you can't use the 60# ones.

Usually though, if you need 60# solenoids on a bear claw latch to get it to open, there may be alignment/ adjustment issues or the door seal pressure is too high or the latch and striker may just need lubrication.

Some spray white grease on the inside of the latch and some wax lube stick such as "door eze" on the striker works wonders.

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i just put on new weatherstripping because the old was dried up. and the new weatherstripping is a bit thicker. ive fused with the alignment so much its good as its gonna get. and i have used a bit of grease and that helped out a bit.
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Get some wax paper and shut it in the door between the new weatherstrip and the door. leave it for a while in the sun if you can, That will give a waxed (slippery) coating to the weatherstrip and help the door open and close better until the new weatherstrip gets formed to it's installation.

Also, try loosening up the cable that goes from the latch to the solenoid just a little bit. The plunger type solenoids work better with as much slack as they can get. Don't loosen it too much that it cant disengage the latch at the plungers lowest point though...

When you give the cable some slack, the plunger acts like a hammer with a longer swing, getting more speed to hit the latch lever with. If the cable is too tight, the plunger never develops any speed before it can disengage the latch.


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I have those solenoids on the 59 (big ol heavy door) with stock latches.
Mikey is right in telling you they want some slack in the cable.
But, you don't want them overpulling the latch either.

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its gonna be overcast weather here for the next couple of days but ill try the wax paper when its sunny out. or could i do somethin like armor all??? i ordered the 60lbs solenoids today so they will be here monday or tuesday. so when i install them i want just a bit of slack.

right now i cant adjust anything with the solenoid because its the bear claw that comes with a solenoid already attached and there is no adjustment.

im just hoping that the 60lbs will work. im sure they will but i still have my doubts.
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:53 PM
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When you push the button on a 60# it sounds like you threw a baseball at the door......THA-WUNKKK!!!!

It'll pull it.

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ok i belive you.

btw i just had an image in my head of me hitting my door with a bat to get it to open lol. idk if any of you think thats funny but it put a big smile on my face
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