Lift gate struts

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  1. cwol97401

    cwol97401 FEOA Member

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    Has anyone ever replaced their back door lift struts with a stiffer/stronger/ longer stroke set? I want to add some auxiliary lights (= more weight) to the rear window and bottom lip of the rear door. Mine are getting old and sometimes like to remind me they are old if the wind blows just right when I'm under the door. Also for the longer stroke, when my lift gate is open to the limit of the struts,. It's just slightly shorter than the top of my head. Wondering how to find a set with a 1/2" longer stroke so that I might get maybe another inch out of the door when raised.

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    It depends on whether there's any extra room for a longer strut body when the hatch is closed. (I don't own a wagon so I can't tell.) If there is, then you have to look thru the specs in a strut catalog for one that's 1/2" longer that has the same mounting ends.
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    I'll have to comprise a measuring device and check

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    Anyone else have the problem where the struts collapse when it's cold out? I am so tired of the lift gate falling on my head. :)
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    Struts wear out eventually. Sounds like yours have. New ones are not expensive and they are easy to replace.

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    I have a length of bamboo rod to hold up the lift gate - anytime its less than about 80f outside.
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    Mechanic says new lift struts from Ford's secret stash are $40 a piece.
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    Your mechanic is a shyster. Run Simba. Run away and never return.
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    New struts can be had for $17 each new. And that's not even Amazon or eBay prices
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    In Canada we use a sawn off chunk of hockey stick as a lift gate holder-upper.
    Ford should sell this piece of hockey stick as an approved service part.

    I'd replace mine, except that the captive nut in the body has broken free of its weld.
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    I got a brand new set for $25 plus shipping.

    John
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    Mr. Hedges:
    I have been curious if you have any updates if you still are in contact with this mechanic?

    I'm hoping you've found someone more honest to work on your car, and have resolved your taillight socket issue as well.

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