Just did mine in the driveway at lunch. Pretty straightforward with all the hints here.
2014 WK2 Overland 5.9L
2007 WK Limited 5.7L
And some past Durangos
Red WK #19, Hemi #68.. I think..
Durango Owners Club DOTY 2011
"Must have been that yesterday was the day that I was born"
I encountered the same problem when I removed one strut from the liftgate. I needed to remove both struts from the liftgate which then allowed me to open the liftgate further and gain the extra half inch needed to install the new struts. Your problem may have been different.
I just replaced mine... because I was unloading some stuff out of the rear of the Jeep. I opened the hatch and pushed it open, took out some tools and turned back to get something else, and then BAM... I hit my head on the hatch as it came down about 1/4 of the way... After the birdies cleared, I stopped at Advanced Auto and bought new struts...
It took 15 min to replace both. I removed one strut, and started the top bolt, and then pushed up on the hatch while I started the bottom bolt. Once the bolt was started I used a power driver to finish it off.
2012 Grand Cherokee Limited Wk2 (Momma's)
2005 Grand Cherokee Limited, WK, 4.7 V8 currently rolling on Cooper Discovery 265 70 17's, with 1.25" spacers.,installed an OME HD lift sourced through Kolak.
1996 XJ 6 inch lift on 33's (Son's)
I used some of the advice in this thread and replaced mine last night on my '05 WK. Took both of the old ones off, and once I did that, my liftgate went significantly farther up (relative to the length of the strut, I mean). Did it by myself, so the hardest part was holding the liftgate up at the just the right position to get the lower bolts aligned and started. Overall, not a difficult small project at all.
06 wk here.
I loosened the old ones a few turns, then had a helper hold the lift gate up. I removed both supports at the same time and then reinstalled them. Removing both supports gives all the room necessary to lift the hatch a little more for reinstallation. Had no problems and with the helper it took about 5 minutes total.
Bought at Canadian Tire, $29.99 each.
Good luck and use an extra set of hands.
06 WK Limited
Bright Silver Metallic
4.7L, QDII, Class IV hitch
245/65R17 BFG Rugged Trail T/A
Just ordered a pair, will update later on install on '07 Limited.
2007 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 5.7L V8 OHV
STRONGARM 6601 Lift Support $ 11.36 $ 0.00 2 $ 22.72
Shipping Priority Mail $ 5.43
Order Total $ 28.15
2010 Flame Red Sahara, Rough Country stubby bumper/winch, Body Armor rock sliders, stiff spring mod and RC 2.5" series II spacer lift (~3.5" total lift), 33X12.5 Duratracs on 15" MB72s.
2007 Grand Cherokee Limited, Red Rock, 5.7L HEMI