Rear Hatch Hydraulics

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mtbpath
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Postby mtbpath » Wed May 18, 2011 9:11 pm

what is the factory lbs for the shocks?
I installed the 225 and feel its too heavy or hard to close.
like to get a lighter one, perhaps one that is closer to stock, or one up.
would anyone like to buy my pair of 225?


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Postby jrjohn77 » Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:54 pm

.moO^. wrote:Anybody tried 200lbs? I wonder how well 200 lbs will work.
I just ordered some 200lbs since they should be a little stronger than stock. I've had the liftgate hit me in the back of the neck and shoulders one too many times. I'll provide an update once installed.

Thanks for all the great info that you guys have posted here on this forum. It's made my Pathfinder owning experience so much better.

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Postby openspaces » Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:30 pm

I had the 225 ones and they were too heavy. Switched to the ~ 205 ones from mcmaster Carr and they are perfect. Had them about a year now.

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Postby NVSteve » Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:44 pm

My 225# struts are still working out quite well after 1 year. Very glad I swapped these in instead of OEM struts. Now I just need to find something a bit more powerful to replace the struts used for the glass hatch.

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Postby volvite » Mon Dec 26, 2011 4:15 pm

openspaces wrote:I had the 225 ones and they were too heavy. Switched to the ~ 205 ones from mcmaster Carr and they are perfect. Had them about a year now.
Openspaces: Which part number did you select? I too am intrested in the 200lbs lifts.

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Postby deermjd » Mon Dec 26, 2011 5:45 pm

Also interested in the 200# liftgate struts.

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Postby TnLoneWolf » Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:18 pm

The 2008 SE I bought just last week had weak lift shocks on it also. I was surprised they were already weak....Also, my SE had no latch assist, it just slams shut, maybe it's optional on SE and standard on LE...IDK
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Postby IcedTeasley » Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:26 pm

I trashed my receipt but I'm almost certain they are part #9416K148 for the 200lb. units. I just installed mine and it looks like I got a bum one/two because my hatch now barely stays open at all.

I'll just get a couple more. They're cheap and easy to swap.

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Postby jrjohn77 » Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:54 am

volvite wrote:
openspaces wrote:I had the 225 ones and they were too heavy. Switched to the ~ 205 ones from mcmaster Carr and they are perfect. Had them about a year now.
Openspaces: Which part number did you select? I too am intrested in the 200lbs lifts.
Unless I read something incorrectly, these 200lb have the same specs as the 225lb. Link below.
http://www.mcmaster.com/#9416K148

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Re: Rear Hatch Hydraulics

Postby dawgn86 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:21 am

AZ_Path wrote:I've noticed my rear hatch does not move up as far as it used to and I can push it up about 5" more after it has stopped lifting itself. I know the hydraulics will wear out over time, but it seems a bit early. The colder temp plays a roll too I'm sure, but it's not very cold here. How are the hydraulics performing for others? Are mine weaker than normal?
06 here..mine is the same way

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Postby Fookn4x2 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:00 pm

jrjohn77 wrote:
volvite wrote:
openspaces wrote:I had the 225 ones and they were too heavy. Switched to the ~ 205 ones from mcmaster Carr and they are perfect. Had them about a year now.
Openspaces: Which part number did you select? I too am intrested in the 200lbs lifts.
Unless I read something incorrectly, these 200lb have the same specs as the 225lb. Link below.
http://www.mcmaster.com/#9416K148

Check http://www.mcmaster.com/#9416K149

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Postby SteveFinn » Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:27 am

I just installed 200 lb struts last night (9416K148). I wouldn't go any bigger than the 200 lb struts. I'm sure I will get used to moving out of the way of the hatch quickly when I open it....which is ten times better than getting hit in the head all winter long. I also had to move some stuff out of the way so I can pull into my garage farther. The McMaster struts have more travel (than the worn-out ones), so my hatch would hit one of the garage door brackets when I open it w/ the garage door closed.

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Postby Fookn4x2 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:11 am

SteveFinn wrote:I just installed 200 lb struts last night (9416K148). I wouldn't go any bigger than the 200 lb struts. I'm sure I will get used to moving out of the way of the hatch quickly when I open it....which is ten times better than getting hit in the head all winter long. I also had to move some stuff out of the way so I can pull into my garage farther. The McMaster struts have more travel (than the worn-out ones), so my hatch would hit one of the garage door brackets when I open it w/ the garage door closed.
Were they a direct fit or did you have to make them fit?

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Postby SteveFinn » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:36 am

pretty easy to install. 8 bolts total and your done. You remove the special ends/brackets from the old struts by unscrewing them & installing them on the new struts. They were only hand-tight.You need something to prop up hatch during the changeover

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Postby Fookn4x2 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:07 pm

Thanks for the info I just ordered mine. The little extra travel distance will be a big relief on my head.


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