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Old November 12th, 2017, 07:25 PM   #1
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Hatch lift (trunk support) brands that last?

I hardly use my car but my OEM hatch lifts (trunk support) died a couple years back and i replaced em. I wanna say the advance auto/auto zone ones didnt even last a year or two.

Do brands matter? I see rock auto has some Monroe and thats a pretty big name. Then again rock auto has sold me a bunch of duds and the fact its the most expensive one they sell doesnt mean much usually. What works for you?

Do they all fail pretty quickly ? Currently i just keep a small vice locks in the trunk, if they all fail in like 6-24 months i dunno if its worth replacing them. My vice grips probably work better than any new pair does just they take longer to use
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Old November 12th, 2017, 08:38 PM   #2
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I'll check the ones in my 94 for brand name. I got them from the JY 2 - 3 years ago now. I opened a hatch on rusty probe and it lifted itself. I was impressed but walked away. Next day I came back could see the hatch was still open across the yard. I pulled them and bought them. They've handled thousands of openings and closings now. Word of caution, keep your chin out of the way as you get used to the arc because it will lift out of your fingers once it gets going. "Experience"
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Old November 13th, 2017, 02:42 PM   #3
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I pulled mine off of a 97 GTS I found in a Pick'n Pull about a year ago and they are still going strong. I'll also look at my brand today and repost later or tonight.
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Old November 16th, 2017, 09:36 AM   #4
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Mine don't have and branding on them, just some numbers; 010516, P-3381-GF.
Could be part numbers, hopefully this might help. But I wouldn't know what brands would be good either, best of luck.
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