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Offline Jeffy

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Replacing the Hardtop Gas Struts
« on: January 01, 2019, 07:37:52 PM »
Nothing is quite as annoring as a saggy lift gate.  I've had to deal with it since I got the top in 2003.  So here's a visual guide on how to replace the struts.  They're cheap too.  I think the two I got were under $30.

This is as far as the lift gate goes.  Well, it goes up further then drops.



If your top had rear defrosters you'll want to make sure to get the struts with the wiring tabs.  To remove the struts place a screwdriver into the slot under the metal band.

   

It doesn't take much to release the strut from the ball socket.



Just be careful when installing the new struts.  They are very strong and can get away from you.

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Offline 95 Lowbuck

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Re: Replacing the Hardtop Gas Struts
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2019, 10:32:51 AM »
Jeffy, Are you running the 34 Super Swampers now?
1995 YJ RioGrand, 2.5, AX5, 231 T.C., A.A. SYE,
D30, XJ D44, Truetracs F+R, CV D.S. F+R, 4.88's
R.E. 4" STD., 33-10.50 BFG KO2's on stock rims.

Offline Jeffy

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Re: Replacing the Hardtop Gas Struts
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2019, 10:42:03 AM »
Jeffy, Are you running the 34 Super Swampers now?
That's just the spare.  I'm still running 33x10.5R15 KM2's but I'm thinking about moving to 34x10.5R17's if I ever change about the wheels and axles.
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