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Unread 11-25-2004, 01:12 PM   #1
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96 Rear liftgate supports

Recently I bought a 1996 Grand Cherokee with worn out rear hatch liftgate supports. I found aftermarket replacements at O'Reilly store, but directions are less than clear on installation. Anyone who has done this, I would appreciate some advice.

Do the factor supports just pop off the ball joint at the bottom (as the guy at the auto parts store told me). It doesn't look that easy and I don't want to screw up this project.

Thanks for the help...

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Unread 11-25-2004, 01:32 PM   #2
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Look for a small retainer wire or clip around the ball joint. It can be removed by prying with a small screwdriver.
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Unread 11-25-2004, 02:24 PM   #3
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I have recently replaced both of mine a few weeks ago on my 94 grand. very very simple un/installation. ball joints pop out after taking that wire thing off. make sure you have an extra (strong) person to hold the liftgate up.. it is very heavy. i wouldnt trust using a prop to hold it open. if it slips and the liftgates slams down it can do some major damage to you.
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Unread 11-25-2004, 06:18 PM   #4
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I replaced these on my 96 last week and like they said just pop the retainer wire with a screw driver and the top come off with a allen head for bit driver. I proped mine with a wrench locked on the other side and a broom. Very quick and easy. Less than 10 minutues a side.

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Unread 11-25-2004, 06:54 PM   #5
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Jess,

Never use an allen socket on that again! It is a torx and you'll strip it so slick and start cursing like crazy.

I've used mt aftermarket supports for five years now and am in the mood for some new ones.


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Unread 11-25-2004, 07:10 PM   #6
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Now,

don't think that I came off to hard just then. If it is your bolt and stripped and you're standing under the liftgate by yourself knowing that you have to go to work in the morning and no way to get the bolt out, you too will want to stop others from making the same mistake.

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Unread 11-25-2004, 09:47 PM   #7
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I need to pick up some new supports as well. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow when I'm at the parts store ordering my new ABS module. I am really hoping that the parts store or the dealer will have the throttle body bolts and the throttle guide bracket bolts. If not, I'm going to have to come to the forum and see if anyone has a set I can buy.
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Unread 11-26-2004, 09:55 AM   #8
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I bought some OEM struts on Ebay for $47.00, from jenniferjeep.
I little more expensive($10) than O'Reilly's but dont have to worry about ill fitment. I need to do the hatch struts next.
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Unread 11-26-2004, 10:41 AM   #9
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I got mine at kragen for 21 each. I used on of the new struts wedged into the left side to the tire to hold open the gate while I replaced the right one. I too used a socket but it working fine. If you remove the three bolts holding it in, lift up the gate to remove the tab free it come right out. Then I just rotated the strut off the ball, it came off easy as pie. The new ones had new clips etc. so you might want to check on that before you pry it off-
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Unread 11-26-2004, 07:06 PM   #10
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changed successfully this afternoon. Not a perfect OEM fit but very close and the hatch now stays up without hitting me in the head. The dealer wanted over $100 for this job so $35 for a pair was a good deal.

Just be sure you have a female torx socket to get the old bolts off. Using a standard socket would strip them off for sure..
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Unread 11-27-2004, 06:38 PM   #11
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you can use a proper 16 point socket with no ill effect fwiw
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Unread 11-28-2004, 07:22 AM   #12
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16 point sockets are not proper.....
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