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@$%#^%! Hood struts!

I dearly love my Porsche but these hood stuts are single worst idea I've ever encountered!

Is there any easy way to install them? I got oil from the old strut on my hands and now I can't compress the new one enough to fit with my bare hands.

The fact that they die yearly just enhances the experience.

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Old 09-29-2004, 04:27 PM
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You probably know this, but just in case, be very careful not to break your windshield with the back corners of your hood when doing this.

I'm currently clamping a pair of vice grips onto piston shaft of the bad shock to keep the hood open (don't do this on a good one or it will mar the surface and destoy the seal making the good one a bad one). Since I've had such bad experience with these struts, I'll probably continue to do this until I come up with a tool idea to hold these compressed for installation, but so far I've got nothing.
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Old 09-29-2004, 05:26 PM
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Once I get mad enough I can push the little bastids down. This time the wife came out, (with a cold one), and pushed the pin in while I held it.

Ain't love grand?

(She's still not gonna drive it!)
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Buy a piece of 3/4 inch dowel. Cheaper than struts.

Seriously; Wad up a blanket to put between the windshield surround and the hood to protect against damage while changing struts. Another example of the Porsche "OOPS" school of design.

Excellence was expected...What happened?
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Excellent advice guys!

Many thanks
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You are entirely welcome.

Like with so many things, take your time, don't force anything and it will be hunky dory.
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Thanks again!
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Well, my hood struts took about 15 seconds apiece when I did them in early spring. POP out came the old, POP in went the new.

Me and MikeCT did his hood struts today... HOLY CRAP WHAT A PAIN. We both used the same brand struts, bought from Pelican. For some reason they were longer than the old struts already on his car. The hood wouldn't go high enough to put on the new ones (!!!) We ended up having to unbolt the hood and put the struts on first (yes, we tried just compressing the strut). They work fine now.

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