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gas trunk shock replacement whats the best

got into the rear trunk today..and wow...with the spoiler on it falls down so hard and fast.....

so I assume it needs new struts.....

what is my best option with the added weight of the spoiler

looked at some threads but have not found the best option

would i look into an oem one from an 02 RT with spoiler....
dont know if they came with beefier struts.....thats what i need

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Advance Auto with online discount codes...can't go wrong.

Come with "Lifetime Warranty" so when they fail you just get a new set...
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+1 - that's precisely what I did with mine. Now I no longer have to fear for my fingers while working in the trunk.
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...Come with "Lifetime Warranty" so when they fail you just get a new set...
So save the receipt - they only last 2 to 4 years (less with the extra weight of the spoiler) - I just traded the second pair in on a purchase from a few years ago.
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One of the other options I know a few people did was to use LX struts. They are almost the same but a big longer. The people that used them claimed they handled the weight much better. That's my plan.

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Another option is McMaster-Carr. They sell a variety of struts and end connectors. I just installed a hood support I fabricated from McMaster on my '11 Forte (OEM hood props suck)

It takes time to figure out the needed size and strength though
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One of the other options I know a few people did was to use LX struts. They are almost the same big a big longer. The people that used them claimed they handled the weight much better. That's my plan.
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Another option is McMaster-Carr. They sell a variety of struts and end connectors. I just installed a hood support I fabricated from McMaster on my '11 Forte (OEM hood props suck)

It takes time to figure out the needed size and strength though
That looks like two pieces of worthwhile *new* information! You guys rawk!! (Be aware that the trunk struts are different lengths and forces among the 300M, Concorde, and Intrepid. Probably hood struts are all the same part.)
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(Be aware that the trunk struts are different lengths and forces among the 300M, Concorde, and Intrepid. Probably hood struts are all the same part.)
Just a sidenote for anyone replacing their hood struts..

I ordered Concorde hood struts from a junkyard on eBay for my Intrepid a while back. They wouldn't hold the hood up, so I complained and they sent another set. Those didn't work either, yet they claimed they had tested both sets. It turns out the parts catalog does list different part numbers for the Concorde and Intrepid. Next time I was at the junkyard, I (unscientifically) compared the force it takes to lift an Intrepid and Concorde hood without the struts, and the Intrepid one did feel heavier. I got some actual Intrepid ones, and they work fine.
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The Concorde/LHS hoods are aluminum, that could explain the difference.
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The Concorde/LHS hoods are aluminum, that could explain the difference.
You beat me to it. After posting before, I checked the parts pdf and did see that there were two part numbers for the hood struts on each side - then I remembered that the superior Concorde has an aluminum hood.

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