Garage Door Strut "U Bar" Connector Kit

  • Stronger than 1 Piece traditional Strut
  • Connector made of 20 ga. galvanized steel
  • Available for 8′, 9′, 16′,  & 18′ Garage Doors
  • Tek screws Included For Connector
  • 1″ TEK Screws Included For Installation
  • FREE Facetime Support For Assembly Or Installation
  • FREE SHIPPING

Why Your Door May Need A Door Strut "U Bar"

We have thirty years of experience installing struts and have encountered every bent door imaginable. 99% of doors fall under the below four categories. 90% of all bent doors can be fixed by installing a strut. Some doors are not worth spending $80 Or $90 for a strut or can’t be fixed by adding one.

Scroll down for a list of our frequently asked questions.

Do you have a door wider than 18 feet that needs a strut?  Email us at [email protected] for a custom strut quote

    • Preventing wind damage or fixing wind damage doors. Adding another U Bar to a door located in an area frequently under threat of hurricanes is never a bad idea. However, doors with more than two struts can throw your doors balance off unless the springs are adjusted, which is always a potential accident waiting to happen, even for a professional
    • Damage from a broken spring or cable. In this case, the door may tilt to one side or another. As the opener tries to lift or close, the panels twist ever so slightly until they eventually buckle.
    • Physical Damage  Human error, car runs into or backs into second or third door panels from the floor. Many door panels are hard to get for many doors, and if there is one available, it can be an expensive repair.
    • DIY Insulation. Foam panels shift and can cause the door panels to torque back and forth or just the added weight can cause bending

A Tip Every Homeowner Should Know

Before purchasing a strut, it’s a good idea to know if your door can handle the additional weight of one or two struts. A common bathroom scale will provide you the answer.

  1. Disengage the opener by pulling the red cord
  2. Manually lower the door onto a bathroom scale
  3. If the scale reads 20 pounds or more, your door is out of balance
  4. If the door rests above the scale (doesn’t touch) adding a strut may restore door balance.
  5. Know the dangers of a door that is out of balance on the heavy or light side by visiting out spring page

Watch how our 3 piece strut kit saved this garage door

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A lady in California installed our 16' strut kit on her 3rd panel to fix a bent door. I had to enlarge the photo several times to see the seam Beautiful Job!
A common bathroom scale will tell you what your door can handle

Garage Door Struts

Does your garage door open and close easily or does it stop somewhere in the middle of the opening without banging down or rolling back up? If so, your door may be bent  and may need a garage door strut.

Garage doors should travel up/down with relative ease and traverse the turn at the top without binding. A garage door panel with a bend in it will add stress to the opener and shorten the motor or gear assembly life.

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Garage Door Struts

Does your garage door open and close easily or does it stop somewhere in the middle of the opening without banging down or rolling back up? If so, your door may be bent  and may need a garage door strut.

Garage doors should travel up/down with relative ease and traverse the turn at the top without binding. A garage door panel with a bend in it will add stress to the opener and shorten the motor or gear assembly life.

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garage door stiffener

Garage door struts stiffen sections of the door to prevent them from bending or breaking. Struts help make each section/panel rigid so the door will open and close smoothly. If the sections are not rigid, your garage door will bend as it opens and closes.

Residential single doors typically do not need struts unless it is a steel door that is motor-operated. We recommend, a strut across the top section to prevent the top of the door from bending if the opener force is out of adjustment.

How Many Garage Door Struts Do I Need?

Doors over 10 feet wide usually have at least one strut across the top panel. Five Star Doors adds an additional strut to all our garage door installs. A 16′ wood door should have 3 or more struts, but insulated steel doors should have at least two. 

When we add one or more struts to your door we factor in the additional weight. Struts weigh about twelve pounds for a 16′ door. If you add two struts, it will cause your door to be out of balance. We adjust your spring tension accordingly, or we recommend replacing your torsion springs. Otherwise, the extra weight will shorten the life of your garage door opener.

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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers
You can also ask questions 24/7 by accessing our chat system on our online store

A. Home Depot and Lowes do not sell anything over 10′ long in their stores. You can contact local garage door repair companies and ask if they will sell you a 16′ strut. The cost is usually about $80. The challenge for most folks is getting a 16′ foot strut home without bending it. There are a few internet retailer that offer strut conversion kits that have been tested and proven to be stronger than a standard 16′ strut. We all use the same premium strut just slight variations in design Price range from low $80 to $120+

A. Using anything other than a Strut engineered specifically for garage doors is a recipe for disaster. A popular choice for Do it yourselfer’s is Home Depot’s10 ft. 12-Gauge Half Slotted Metal Framing Strut Channel. The negative, it adds  17 pounds to the overall door weight and could shorten the life of your opener and springs 

A. 7/16 is the universal size on all American made garage doors. Therefore you will need a 7/16 driver bit to remove the screws from the top bracket to install your brackets underneath the Strut and reuse the screws.

Struts are shipped UPS ground to any of the 48 lower States. 

 Use our online chat on our store page for general questions or our contact form Or call the main number @ 248-827-0933  Customers who have purchased one of our 4 strut kits can schedule a facetime session with one of our techs to walk you through assembly or installation

Showroom/Parts Hours

Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Service Hours

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Sat- Sun 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

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Residential Building Contractor License: 2101216938

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32620 Grand River Avenue, Farmington, MI 48336 USA

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