159 2.4 20007 plate
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Join Date: May 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Struts with metal ends will stop the boot before it hits the glass and, even without correcting the bent "stop" on the hinge, they will last.
The metal ended struts on my wife's car are now 3 and 1/2 years old (my original post post was March 2012) and still working perfectly and I have never re-bent the stop so the only thing preventing the boot travel are the struts.
Buy the SDS ones and never worry again.
Advice from my original thread on fitting:-
When you fit them you will see that they are retained with a spring clip that goes through a small hole in the end cap. When on the car the hole of one end of each strut will be difficult to see. Lay them in position first (but don't fit them) and see which end is going to be the difficult end; put that end on first, now swivel the strut so you can see the retaining pin hole and fit the retaining pin. Now fit the other end.
You can fit the pins without doing this but it does make it a bit tricky.
Also note that you will need a very thin flat blade screw driver to remove the retaining clip on the old struts (the design is different to the replacement ones) and that the replacement struts do take quite a bit of force to get the socket over the ball joint.
Finally, for some odd reason, a lot of people seem to do this in winter outside in the dark. If that is what you are planning be prepared to spend ages with a torch looking for that lost spring clip that you have dropped!
Last edited by kandlbarrett; 20-10-15 at 19:00.