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.
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.