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Unread 03-30-2011, 10:58 AM   #1
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replacement gas spring for rear window?

Guys:
My two rear gas springs/shocks that hold the rear window open, are completely useless. (worn out)
Where can I get replacements at a reasonable cost? I see numbers on the shocks, but I do not see anything to indicate "poundage" or other specs.
Any idea where to buy a replacement?
Thanks.

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Unread 03-30-2011, 11:14 AM   #2
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most parts store, pep boys, auto zone, o'riellys, etc have the gas struts. i am sure you could find them online also.

http://www.jeepsareus.com/p/55076310AD.html


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2-REA...ht_4225wt_1167
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Unread 03-30-2011, 11:21 AM   #3
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Like the above says, any parts store will have replacements.
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Unread 03-30-2011, 11:27 AM   #4
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Quadracrap also has them. I got them a couple of years ago and they work fine.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/55400_000.htm
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Unread 03-30-2011, 12:00 PM   #5
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Stick to Mopar/Sachs or StrongArm replacements...they're the better ones out there and will last the longest.
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Unread 03-30-2011, 01:00 PM   #6
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Stick to Mopar/Sachs or StrongArm replacements...they're the better ones out there and will last the longest.
I have not found much difference in the life of OEM (Ford and two Chrysler) vs parts store replacements. They typically last 7-8 years before they start to give out.

89 Mustang, on third set of hatch struts

99 Durango, on second set

03 TJ, The top was added by the previous owner. It is an 03-06 so the struts are 5-8 years old. They are just starting to get weak.
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Unread 03-30-2011, 10:03 PM   #7
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I've seen people use no name cheapies from ebay and other parts stores that wore out within a year and change on WJ hoods, ZJ tailgates, & XJ tailgates.
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Unread 03-30-2011, 10:22 PM   #8
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I've always been a fan of Monroe brand myself for those and there shocks too.
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Unread 03-30-2011, 10:26 PM   #9
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I've seen people use no name cheapies from ebay and other parts stores that wore out within a year and change on WJ hoods, ZJ tailgates, & XJ tailgates.
While I don't doubt that at all, and completely agree that you get what you pay for with stuff like this. Those hatches and hoods are very different beasts than the glass on a hard top. I have used the cheepies on both my TJ hatch and my XJ tailgates. Never again on the XJ I think I still have the bump on my head, but the TJ, still good to go. Maybe I got lucky maybe its the weight.
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Unread 03-31-2011, 12:21 AM   #10
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I bought 2 of http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R4FRNO Monroe in July 2009 for my 97 and they'll crack your jaw if you're not careful. I always use my hand to guide it open. My kids have learned to stand back too. I don't know if they're supposed to be that strong as this is my first hardtop and the old ones wouldn't even hold the window up let alone lift it. 2 of these and it flies open.
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Unread 03-31-2011, 06:34 PM   #11
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it shouldn't be dangerous. you should be able to overcome them with moderate to little effort. There are many different ones for different hatches and hoods. They all have different pressures of gas to hold different weights. You could break the glass if they are too strong. I recommend checking the part number maybe monroe has a application chart online?
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Unread 04-02-2011, 08:07 AM   #12
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They do. I don't have the number right now but ill get it.
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Unread 04-02-2011, 11:54 AM   #13
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Same ones I linked to above. 901385. It's not that you can't overcome them, it's easy to put it back down, it just opens really fast once you pass a certain point and snaps up. If you're not paying attention or don't have your hand on it, it can smack you in the jaw or nose.

http://catalog.monroe.com/catalogPar...dStatus=ACTIVE
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Unread 04-02-2011, 12:43 PM   #14
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I would use oem because if you break the glass it's expensive, ask me how I know.
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Unread 09-18-2011, 10:53 AM   #15
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Mopar parts-window shattered

I had my two gas struts replaced at a Jeep dealership. They were unbelievable stiff. I'm the original owner and I didn't remember them being this hard to put the rear window down. To make a long story short...I was putting the window down yesterday and it shattered into my face and arms. Lucky I wear glasses but I had three minor cuts on my hands. I called the dealership and I get the impression they don't think it's their fault
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