Rear lift Gate Hatch

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NWPathfinder
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Rear lift Gate Hatch

Postby NWPathfinder » Tue Jan 16, 2024 12:20 pm

Hey All,

Been a long time, hope everyone is doing well! I know it's cold out so Hydraulic Struts don't work as well but, does anybody have a good recommendation for rear struts for the back hatch. I replaced all 4 a few years ago. The glass ones pop out and up super quick and hold the glass up.

However, I've tried 2 sets of different ones for the rear hatch. One from our local retailer and even a set from Nissan themselves and I still have to "help" my hatch open. It holds and stays open just fine but, it doesn't lift fluidly up by itself.

Any thoughts, or recommendations on where to get rear struts??


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Re: Rear lift Gate Hatch

Postby TooMuchControl » Tue Jan 16, 2024 6:05 pm

I've actually just sound deadened my rear hatch, and the additional weight, plus cold temperatures mean that my lift supports are not good enough.

I recall from an earlier threads healthy discussion over lift supports under "rear hatch hydraulics" and McMaster Carr makes suitable ones that solve our issues.

For me, I'm going to order the 225 lb ones, but I'm in Toronto and have to send to a US address or something. I will be reaching out to them tomorrow.

NVSteve I think is one of the members that went for the 225 lbs ones and this hatch opens nicely.
old but great video clip!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nvsteve/5342126346/

https://www.mcmaster.com/9416K149 (225 lbs)
https://www.mcmaster.com/9416K148 (200 lbs)

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Re: Rear lift Gate Hatch

Postby NWPathfinder » Wed Jan 17, 2024 9:18 am

Interesting, can't see the video as I don't have an account but, interesting about the struts. I guess you'd have to buy the proper ends to clamp on to the fixtures too then. I may just have to go that route as I'm tired of the hatch always a pain to open. I too am in Canada way out west, so may send to my friend in Washington and have them "relay" them for me.

Thank you.

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Re: Rear lift Gate Hatch

Postby TooMuchControl » Wed Jan 17, 2024 5:40 pm

Unsure on what happened on the link. I viewed it on a thread, "here" under "rear hatch hydraulics" and it shows up without an account.

I'm not sure how to link the thread for this. Sorry about that.


EDIT:

So I wound up ordering the 225 lb version.

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Re: Rear lift Gate Hatch

Postby CRC11007 » Thu Jan 25, 2024 6:43 pm

Over 5 years ago, I replaced mine with the 200lb
McMaster lifters. You just unscrew the ends off your old ones and thread them onto the new ones. Super easy job, and the rear hatch opens fully and easily, regardless of the temperature.

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Re: Rear lift Gate Hatch

Postby TooMuchControl » Wed Jan 31, 2024 4:54 pm

Finally installed. Wow. These are fantastic.
I had M6 threaded connectors on my older ones, so I had to order through Amazon a kit of 4 M8 for this little project.

I did order the 225 lb version and they are just right (for me) as I've added weight to the hatch for sound deadening.

It isn't hard at all to close, and I can stand underneath the middle hatch now (I'm 6') which is perfect. No smacking the head on the corner edge.

I think the 200lbs are the right ones for those that have not added any weight to the hatch.


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