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Old December 29th, 2006, 16:13
98stocker 98stocker is offline
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Fix for weak tailgate struts...

I wanted to throw out a semi fix for those with weak struts or added tailgate weight. After adding a nice set of 6x9 inch speakers to the rear hatch on my 98, the struts could not quite keep the hatch up. I found that the mounting area on the hatch for the top of the struts is large enough that you can move the bracket for the top of the strut down about 3/4 inch. This gives the strut a bit more leverage on the hatch and in my case makes the hatch stay up nicely. I simply drilled two new holes with a 5/32 I think bit, wallowed the holes out with the bit, and let the stock screws self tap. Haven't banged my head since...
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