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Rear Hatch struts (shocks) upgrade

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by 57buick, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. Apr 25, 2018 at 4:35 PM
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    57buick

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    So in preperation for some upgrades coming soon like a ladder and stuff, I went ahead and upgraded the shocks on the rear hatch.

    Gobi is over charging people $100 for these. The nerve right? lol

    Well I did some research and found these at liftsupportsdepot.com and they were $42 shipped instead of $145 at Gobi plus shipping. They were SKU 6156
    Strong Arm 6156 Gas Charged Liftgate Lift Support

    https://www.liftsupportsdepot.com/s...rolet-gmc-liftgate-lift-support-strut-49124w/


    Next, measuring the down force to test them out and see how much stronger they are.
     
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  2. Apr 25, 2018 at 4:37 PM
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    So here are pictures of my tests with my fishing scale attached to the pull handle. You can see that the stock ones took 16 pounds of pull before the door started coming down. Then with the new ones installed it took 24 pounds of pull before the hatch started coming down.

    And I can't tell a difference actually pulling it closed by hand but it appears it's a 50% increase in hold open force.

    strut pull stock.jpg
    strut pull upgraded.jpg
     
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  3. Apr 25, 2018 at 8:04 PM
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    Nice find. In another thread somewhere a guy found some shorter struts so that his hatch did not hit the top of his garage. Nice idea but I'm too cheap. I just use a length of paracord and a D-ring between the right rear tight down ring and the pull handle on the hatch. That way I can limit it when I need to but allow it to fully open when I don't.
     
  4. Apr 25, 2018 at 9:07 PM
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    My vehicle doesnt go in the garage so I want it to open fully for easy access to everything
     
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    How are these holding up?... Pun not intended, but it works.
     
  6. May 3, 2020 at 9:03 AM
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    They held up fine but in the end I traded the 4runner in for another dodge ram diesel. SO I am no longer in the 4runner world.

     
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    How long did you have them?
     
  8. May 3, 2020 at 9:26 AM
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    I replaced the hatch struts in my 3rd gen with the Strong Arms and was very happy with them, that was about 4 yrs. ago.
     
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    Any leads on where to get shorter lift supports? My rear cargo hatch also touches the top of my garage.
     
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    found this
     

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