Hatch lift supports

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Thedogscar
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Hatch lift supports

Postby Thedogscar » Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:29 am

Hello, sorry if this has been covered elsewhere but I didn't find anything.
Trying to order rear hatch lift supports online as I have none in stock near me.
Confused as to whether they are sold in pairs or as singly.
Are there left and right designations or are they universal?

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ehoff121
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Re: Hatch lift supports

Postby ehoff121 » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:22 pm

http://forums.genvibe.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=40549&p=512780&hilit=hatch+strut#p512780

Might have to get a set of these myself- my OEM's seem to not work as well in the cold...
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Thedogscar
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Re: Hatch lift supports

Postby Thedogscar » Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:14 pm

Thanks ehoff121 What threw me was Rock Auto had that exact one for 14.73 and Car Quest/Advance was 33.99.
I just assumed that had to be for 2 but could find no notation of that on Advance site. Even live chatted with them and was told that was for one.
Yikes that much of a price difference? I guess they are the same and you just flip one one way and the other the opposite ( regarding the left/right issue.)
I guess Rock Auto here I come.

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Re: Hatch lift supports

Postby zbyers » Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:39 pm

Yes, they're the same for either side. Those heads that snap onto the stud should just swivel around a bit to go on the other side. They are also sold individually. Price difference will most likely come from the shear volume RockAuto does compared to your local parts store. Also less overhead with rockautos business model. Anyhow, those linked should work for you.
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Re: Hatch lift supports

Postby Caretaker » Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:28 pm

I might have to buy these as well. It is funny that the second gen struts are cheaper than the first gen on rockauto.com. In the meantime, I tried spraying WD-40 on the shaft to lubricate it as it enters the cylinder and had some success. My hatch struts are allowing the gate to raise higher. Ok, ok....stay focused people. :o
Since I still can hear the gas engaging inside the strut, can I assume that they are still working as designed despite only allowing my gate to open 80% of the way? Once the WD-40 was sprayed, it opens all the way, albeit very slowly.
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Re: Hatch lift supports

Postby Thedogscar » Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:39 pm

Thanks to all for your replies and insights. My problem is the hatch not staying up.
Will order from RockAuto and hope they come quickly so the missus doesn't ream me out too bad. She already banged her head once. Yikes!

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Re: Hatch lift supports

Postby jake75 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:09 pm

Perhaps the cold weather is a factor. (I refrained from making a politically incorrect comparison.)
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Re: Hatch lift supports

Postby Thedogscar » Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:10 am

Hey guys, me again. I received my supports and they've got me kinda stumped. The sockets aren't lined up properly to fit on the balls and I can't figure out a way to move them.
Everything seems to be in a fixed position and can't be rotated. I thought maybe if the piston was pushed in then maybe it would turn also but just putting some muscle on that doesn't move it either. I 'm leery of getting wrenches and a vise involved for fear of damaging something. What am I missing here? Anybody have any ideas?
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Re: Hatch lift supports

Postby Thedogscar » Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:30 am

As Rosanne Rosannadana used to say, "Never mind." My face is slightly red right now. Literally two minutes after I posted I picked one up in my hand and I guess out of frustration put a little more juice into it and found that the socket on the large end is threaded and rotates out to any position. HAHA


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