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Unread 04-15-2013, 07:14 PM   #16
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Fwiw I find NAPAs to be well worth the $50 or so they cost. They were kind of a ***** to shut at first, but they settled in after a month or so and about a year later now they're perfect. I use my cargo area pretty much daily and after settling in they haven't shown any signs of going out at all.

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Unread 04-15-2013, 08:28 PM   #17
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I bought a pair of new struts online, and put the first one on, and just for giggles, tried the hatch. It was perfect - if I would have put both new ones on, it would have been WAY too much (picture my wife hanging from the hatch trying to close it). So now, all I have to do is wait for the new one to wear out, or at least get to the point where it's not quite keeping the hatch up in cold weather, and I already have its replacement in the garage gathering dust. If a pair of new ones is too much, try putting one of the old ones back on, and keep the other new one as a spare.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 09:02 PM   #18
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I bought a pair of new struts online, and put the first one on, and just for giggles, tried the hatch. It was perfect - if I would have put both new ones on, it would have been WAY too much (picture my wife hanging from the hatch trying to close it). So now, all I have to do is wait for the new one to wear out, or at least get to the point where it's not quite keeping the hatch up in cold weather, and I already have its replacement in the garage gathering dust. If a pair of new ones is too much, try putting one of the old ones back on, and keep the other new one as a spare.
That's going to put a lot of unnecessary stress on the hinges. I would put the other one on.

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Unread 04-15-2013, 09:35 PM   #19
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I also have bought the ones from O'Rileys and they are strong at first but will loose some of that pressure over time.
How much time?
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Unread 04-15-2013, 09:40 PM   #20
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Had the same problem when I bought new ones from O'reily's, it was way too strong. So I changed 1 of them back to the old, weaker ones. So i have 1 old and 1 new one. Has been on for a few years, and works great still.
I have been considering this ^ option.

Another option is I can still return the Oreilly struts and buy another aftermarket brand or OEM.

Still weighing options while learning from this thread.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 10:01 PM   #21
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Fwiw I find NAPAs to be well worth the $50 or so they cost. They were kind of a ***** to shut at first, but they settled in after a month or so and about a year later now they're perfect. I use my cargo area pretty much daily and after settling in they haven't shown any signs of going out at all.
Sounds great, but for same $50 I could buy OEM or Crown. Are Napa as good, or better, than those?
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Unread 04-16-2013, 04:39 AM   #22
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Never used either. I've never had an issue with any Napa parts I've ever used though.
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Unread 04-16-2013, 12:58 PM   #23
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That's going to put a lot of unnecessary stress on the hinges. I would put the other one on.
How so? When I installed 2 new ones, it was so strong the hatch almost hit my chin on a very fast upswing. I wouldn't want my kids to get a broken jaw or nose. That's how strong it was. That's a lot of unnecessary stress on the hinges when it bounced after the hitch opened all the way up. And unnecessary stress on my wallet and home if the kids got hurt.
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Unread 04-16-2013, 07:13 PM   #24
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when I bought my xj the struts were bad. 2 years later I finally replaced them. it was kinda stiff when I shut it, turned around to open it and BAM, hit me right in the face. since my struts were bad when I bought it, I didn't know what to expect when I first opened it. took about a week of opening it (carefully) everyday to break them in. had then on for 2 years now.
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Unread 04-17-2013, 01:48 AM   #25
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when I bought my xj the struts were bad. 2 years later I finally replaced them. it was kinda stiff when I shut it, turned around to open it and BAM, hit me right in the face. since my struts were bad when I bought it, I didn't know what to expect when I first opened it. took about a week of opening it (carefully) everyday to break them in. had then on for 2 years now.
That would have been hilarious to see, if you weren't injured.
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Unread 04-17-2013, 05:58 AM   #26
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Strongarm 4291's from RockAuto are $14 each and lift the steel hatches perfectly.
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/rafr...6&partnum=4291
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Unread 04-17-2013, 10:48 PM   #27
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Since I already bought the Oreilly struts, I'll just wait a month or two and see how they break in. If they are still launching the door in to orbit after two months, I'll get some of those Rock Auto Strongarm struts, or OEM struts, or Napa struts.
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Unread 04-18-2013, 08:41 PM   #28
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That would have been hilarious to see, if you weren't injured.
no injury, just my ego. I looked around to make sure no one saw it happen, but im sure someone did. but I got a laugh out of it.
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Unread 04-20-2013, 03:44 PM   #29
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Areostar shocks here... Explorers are actually shorter than xj ones, so they don't lift the hatch all the way. The areostar vans have a huge rear hatch so these puppies are strong! Ill actually be installing a few pouches on the inside of my hatch, for non since things & a first aid kit and such so it'll add a bit of weight. I love mine, been a year without an issue.
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Unread 06-04-2013, 05:44 PM   #30
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It's been a few months since I installed the overly powerful Oreilly struts. Still slamming rear hatch open hard enough to make it bounce 3 times, if I don't hold on to it and gently open it.

I went back to Oreilly's and complained and they were helpful. They looked at it, and tested the functionality of the rear door/struts. They agree it is opening to fast and hard, and since the struts have not calmed down in a few months of having them, they suggested I buy OEM struts from Jeep and then return the Oreilly's for a full refund.

I don't have my Oreilly's receipt or packaging anymore, but they said no problem.

So I just ordered OEM struts from Quadratec for $32. Free shipping for Jeep Forum members.

As soon as the OEM arrive and get installed, the Oreilly struts will be returned for a refund.
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