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Old 06-02-2011, 10:44 PM   #1
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Hatchback Trunk Cylinders

Anybody find theirs doesn't lift the trunk all the way up anymore? And if you did what did you do to fix it short of buying a new one? They seem to be well over a hundred dollars EACH.
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:26 PM   #2
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try car quest or crappy tire
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:31 PM   #3
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For.. what? New ones?
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:54 PM   #4
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yeah... but is it that the won't hold the hatch up, or just that they don't lift it on their own anymore. Cuz mine never really lifted the hatch much past half way unless it's really hot out, but the never dropped once pushed up.
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Old 06-03-2011, 11:20 AM   #5
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The Yaris spring shocks are 6" stroke, 17" extended mounting center line, 80 lb (359N) gas shocks with ball socket ends. Doing a quick web search based on those measurements, I've seen generic replacements for as little as $15 each.

I am tempted to upgrade to 100 lb or 150 lb ones (which are common ratings) too see if it helps with the winter sag. One evening this past Winter In a dark parking lot I whacked my head so hard that I drew blood.
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Old 06-03-2011, 11:46 AM   #6
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One evening this past Winter In a dark parking lot I whacked my head so hard that I drew blood.

I did the same thing in my garage the other day because the damned hatch was sitting a little lower than normal(I didn't help it up the last little bit). I didn't draw blood, but it hurt enough that I had to stop what I was doing for a minutes and curse the heavens. Now that I've sound deadened the hatch it's a little heavier, which in turn has made it open even less...

I'd be interested in a part number if you decide to swap in something more powerful, and it works.
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:56 PM   #7
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LOL I thought I was the only one that would do something like this! Gave myself a nice little goose egg a while back doing the same thing. I felt a little sheepish... heh
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Old 06-03-2011, 01:23 PM   #8
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ya, mine suck in winter, too

had the same issue in my matrix....though i had them replaced under warranty once...
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Old 06-03-2011, 01:42 PM   #9
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The Yaris spring shocks are 6" stroke, 17" extended mounting center line, 80 lb (359N) gas shocks with ball socket ends. Doing a quick web search based on those measurements, I've seen generic replacements for as little as $15 each.

I am tempted to upgrade to 100 lb or 150 lb ones (which are common ratings) too see if it helps with the winter sag. One evening this past Winter In a dark parking lot I whacked my head so hard that I drew blood.
my experience with aftermarket hatch struts has gotten me no where. i had 2 different auto supply stores order me these things with a toyota part number as reference and they were wrong both times.....
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Old 06-03-2011, 01:52 PM   #10
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my experience with aftermarket hatch struts has gotten me no where. i had 2 different auto supply stores order me these things with a toyota part number as reference and they were wrong both times.....
I believe that the AP Products 010-170 would be a direct replacement.

This place sells the 010-170 for $18 each:

https://www.makariosrv.com/products/...-Products.html


Here's a pair of 120 lb ones for $30 (and the same vendor also carries 101 and 110 lb ones for the same price):

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...em=#vi-content
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^^someone should buy these and see if it works.....
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:23 PM   #12
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^^someone should buy these and see if it works.....
I just ordered a pair of the 101 lb ones.
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I just ordered a pair of the 101 lb ones.

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two 120 pounders... would that be pretty difficult to close once the hatch was opened?
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:10 PM   #15
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two 120 pounders... would that be pretty difficult to close once the hatch was opened?
The pair of 120s might be too much, that's why I ordered the pair of 101s to test. They shipped today by USPS from New York, so they should be in my hands tomorrow or Monday.

I have a spare set of OEM ones from Crashy. I did a test today where I measured the compression force at ambient (72F) and then again after putting one in the freezer for an hour (20F). At 72F the compression force was 80 lbs. At 20F it decreased to 72 lbs.
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:20 PM   #16
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Holy awesomesauce CT. I've been busy the last couple days so I haven't been able to check but I'm eagerly anticipating your results!
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Old 06-04-2011, 07:04 PM   #17
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Yeah, I have to push mine up so it opens all the way. Looking forward to the results!
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:21 PM   #18
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Luckily me wife primarily uses the yaris, because I bang my head off the damned thing every time I open it! I have some spare Sienna struts laying around I might try (they were warranty scrap)
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