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Hatchback Struts

Anybody know of a source for aftermarket/OEM gas charged struts for the hatch. My Sportcross hatch won't stay up. Searching Google etc only turns up suspension items.

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Pete,

Did you find a source for the struts? I noticed mine are not working well so I'll need replacements soon. I had good luck finding used struts for my wife's Honda Odyssey at online salvage (car-parts.com), but that is a much more common car than our SportX's.

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Carson Toyota/Scion/Lexus Ultimate OEM Parts

Probably the best deal you will find.

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Thanks Tom!
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I purchased these Lift Supports
Rated at 60 lbs (slightly less than original)
Haven't installed them yet

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Thanks, and let us know how well they work once they are installed.

Can't beat the price.
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Very interested to know what the outcome will be also.
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Hatchback struts installed

Well I put them on, took 5 minutes
They hold the door up fine (which the old ones did not do)
Only thing is, I have to lift the hatch to open it, it doesn't rise on its own
which is no big deal (it will rise slowly once past halfway)
I guess the 4 lbs extra force the original had would make the difference
(These are rated at 60 lbs the originals at 62 lbs)
It is also 1/4 inch shorter so the door opens slightly less
They also make a strut rated at 70 lbs for $44, but 4 lbs less seemed better than 16 lbs over at the time
Maybe one of each would be best

Overall for 1/5 the price of dealer originals they are fine
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60 lbs Lift Supports

70 lbs Lift Supports

PS They're made in Germany, go figure

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Great find! +rep to you good sir.

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i don't mean to hijack this thread but has anyone noticed if their struts aren't performing 'as well' now that it's winter??

i can't tell if my struts are dying or if they're just struggling cuz it's cold. i sometimes i have some snow/ice on my hatch door so maybe this is adding to the struggle...
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Yeah, mine aren't very lively last few months. I'm hoping it's just the cold temp. I don't want to have to replace them already.

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I have lived for years with a sagging rear hatch on my 2004 Sportcross rather than pay $350 to Lexus for a set of lift supports. Yesterday, I got a custom fitting from stock supplies from Brandon at LiftSupportsDepot.com 760-744-2956. It is a family owned business supplying gas struts made in the USA for just about everything. Total cost? $54 plus tax for both. Lifetime warranty too.
I went back and replaced the struts on my Ford F350 camper shell. Cost; $48
Finally, Lexus owners have an alternative to the overpriced dealer monopoly.
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