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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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