Source for TRUNK lid gas struts?


Xcentric

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sure Ill be happy to look , send me the info and let me see whats out there

collapsed and fully extended measurements
Here you go. Please provide parts info by the end of the day. :LOL:

- 260mm ball socket center to center extended
- 163mm ball socket center to center compressed
- 278mm total length extended
- 125mm gas tube length
- 100mm exposed shaft length with socket end on
- 15mm gas tube diameter
- 7mm diameter at threads
- 6mm internal socket diameter
- 200 N/ 45 lb
 
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Xcentric

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After being out of stock for several months, the trunk struts are now available. Email today:

56561
 

AJB

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wow - long thread. I called Ian and Joe at Milliken Ford. said 'my struts were weak'.
They ordered new ones from Ford Motor Company. Took vehicle in for oil change.
Said to Joe and Ian...." do the oil and filter change and install the new gas struts and check out the vehicle. I will be in the waiting room reading and having a coffee. page me when complete."

andy (ajb)
 
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DG1

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I use this work around. Get some 1/4 black fuel line. The thick rubber with the woven reinforced fabric. Measure the amount of exposed shaft on the gas strut with the clam fully open . It's about 4" . Cut the tubing slightly shorter. Cut two pieces of tubing that length . Slice the cut tubing length wise. With the clam fully open place the split rubber tubing on the shaft both sides. It will act as a stop. and keep the clam from closing. I use this when the struts get weak. I've also used this with good struts on a windy day to provide extra resistance to keep the clam from closing. When I get out to the shop I will snap a picture. This may sound complicated but they push on in seconds. I keep them in the pouch behind the seat so they are readily accessible..
Worked like a charm! Thank you- very clever solution!!
 

Xcentric

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You were fortunate that the struts were in the parts system at that time. Not that struts are critical. But NOBODY could get struts for months. Unless a dealer happened to stock them, which would be very unusual.
 

mmlcobra

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Did you try Torrie?
Best.
Mark
 

soroush

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you might be able to make these work

 

soroush

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soroush

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the ends on the second ones I posted screw off you might be able to get a little needed extra length by adding an adaptor or an extended end to them.. this will increase the overall length and maybe even give you a little extra travel. the ball studs on the car can easy be replaced for proper fit also
 
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soroush

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this one is almost right on the money
 

soroush

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TO AWSUM

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however unless you guys want your struts to say ford on them there are manufacturers that sell almost any length strut so finding an aftermarket solution shouldnt be impossible.

just have to measure collapsed and fully extended lengths to order one.
Disagree. It's not just the length, it's also the strength, etc. of the strut as Xcentric chided you in his posts of how impossible it is to find a non-OEM match. I'd be interested to see if you can find a match, order it, and most important, test it on your car before you recommend it to other members. I've brought several home that were supposed to fit and didn't and had to return them. Ended up ordering the OEM struts, problem solved.
 
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Xcentric

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Thanks, but extended length is too short (lid won't open all the way), compressed length is too long (crack hood/break something on closing), wrong ends (which are not easy to swap, because rod diameter and threads are different - coarse/fine), and the gas tube is too fat (tube diameter is critical, there is no room for a fatter than OEM tube). Other than that, the 45 lbs is correct.

Someone didn't believe me when I said I scoured the entire Suspa catalog. :rolleyes:

But, if anyone makes these work, please post. :)
 

soroush

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I offered some additional solutions to what appears to be a lack of supply for the OEM struts, if you guys have an overt desire and need to replace the strut with exactly what comes on the car why dont you just rebuild the old unit?


it took me all of 1 min to find these people online

 

soroush

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this one has the exact compressed length and the fully extended length is off by .2 inches cant imagine that would be much of a difference

I couldnt tell what they are rated for and or the tube diameter but if you want to replace with something aftermarket you have to make some concessions.
 

soroush

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this one is almost right on the money
 

TO AWSUM

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this one has the exact compressed length and the fully extended length is off by .2 inches cant imagine that would be much of a difference

I couldnt tell what they are rated for and or the tube diameter but if you want to replace with something aftermarket you have to make some concessions.
I believe you did some computer searching Soroush, thank you for your efforts, but until you have ordered a set and tested them on your vehicle, I'm very skeptical and agree with Xcentric.
 

soroush

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this will be a better option for you guys


my car doesnt need struts at the moment and I already have an extra pair set aside for when I do, however if I was in bind I would do what I have suggested here either find a new set that I can modify or just get the old ones rebuilt.
 
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TO AWSUM

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this will be a better option for you guys


my car doesnt need struts at the moment and I already have an extra pair set aside for when I do, however if I was in bind I would do what I have suggested here either find a new set that I can modify or just get the old ones rebuilt.
I don't really see the need to rush out and buy something that doesn't work. You can always prop up the hatches until the struts become available again. Use the rubber hoses or a car hood prop rod like this. https://www.amazon.com/Performance-...T2/?tag=bingshoppinga-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid={creative}&hvpos={adposition}&hvnetw=o&hvrand={random}&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl={devicemodel}&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4584276299877704&psc=1 No big deal.
 

soroush

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I don't really see the need to rush out and buy something that doesn't work. You can always prop up the hatches until the struts become available again. Use the rubber hoses or a car hood prop rod like this. https://www.amazon.com/Performance-...T2/?tag=bingshoppinga-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid={creative}&hvpos={adposition}&hvnetw=o&hvrand={random}&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl={devicemodel}&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4584276299877704&psc=1 No big deal.
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