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#1 bustle

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 10:54 AM

Is it possible to buy new generic struts and fit them or is this strictly a good used or factory new deal? Mine are O.K. for now but the previous owner said they won't hold in winter.
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Posted 03 May 2005 - 10:59 AM

if someone wants to do a group buy to get the prices down im in

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 12:32 PM

I'm in, but I need them for the EA81 wagon.

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 12:55 PM

They can be found, they are just expensive.

I was quoted $30/ for some on another vehicle... :eek:

No thanks!
I have a snow scraper that works fine for much le$$.

#5 Roundeye

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 01:06 PM

Small pair of vice grips. Much cheaper and will NOT fall on your head.

#6 Hank Roberts

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 01:08 PM

1988 GL wagon here.

I'd buy new -- anytime before next winter, good chance for a group buy -- a big Phillips screwdriver, even my palsied (carpal tunnel) hands can handle!

They're riveted into the brackets on either end --Subaru-specific? Or are these like many Japanese car parts, standard on many brands?

If unique, I wonder if the rivets could be drilled out and a generic strut put in, and re-riveted?

Junkyard parts won't do unless picked known good in below-freezing weather -- I need mine to hold that hatch up while I'm winter weather gear, cold camping, where hatch creep-down-and-whack-you happens.

Or does anyone have a pressure meter/scale to test a good strut for compression? I suppose I could refrigerate mine and then test them ....
Naaaah. Too much.

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 01:34 PM

This was what I was wondering. Any body try that?

If unique, I wonder if the rivets could be drilled out and a generic strut put in, and re-riveted?

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 07:20 PM

Thanks to the forum tool that shows related threads -- the answer's yes -- answered before asked:

http://www.ultimates...read.php?t=9246

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 01:31 AM

I bought a set of StrongArms (4949L and 4949R) from Carquest for about 80 for the pair. :eek:

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 11:04 AM

hmm - I've never had trouble with the lift gate struts not holding it up. Mine have all worked very well. Hubby took one off our parts car when we had it in hopes to use it on the back door of his snowcat, but it's TOO stiff to use that way. Maybe someone wants to trade me a wore out one he can use, LOL!

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 04:07 PM

3 foot, 3/4" dowl from Fred Meyer... works in any weather!:lol:

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 06:48 PM

That works too!

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 07:28 PM

Usually hockey sticks up here. Again I was seeking an elegant but cheap.




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