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This is a discussion on Hatch wont stay up within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; I bought fairly new hatch support hydraulic things ya know??? cause my old ones wouldnt support my hatch. well these ...

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    Hatch wont stay up

    I bought fairly new hatch support hydraulic things ya know??? cause my old ones wouldnt support my hatch. well these newer ones still wont keep it up it stays up for a second or two then comes down, but it comes down alot slower with the newer supports as compared to the old ones it would slam down. Its the TA hatch with lifted spoiler i dont know if theres a weight differnece but i dont know if i need brand new supports or if theres somethin i could do to fix problem thanks.

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    I'd get new ones imho.. Ever have it come down and smash you in the nugget? My 95 folded me over into the well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    I'd get new ones imho.. Ever have it come down and smash you in the nugget? My 95 folded me over into the well!
    those hatches are ridiculously heavy with that huge piece of glass

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    ya ive had the hatch part that actually latches the hatch down come down and hit me it hurt so bad, i looked like peter from family guy when he got hurt and set there rockin back an forth for like 5 min breathin in an out real loud it made me do that lol

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    Maybe your Trunk Monkey has been going in and out too often and worn them out already?

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    How hard is it to change those bad boys out i had the same problem and I went to a scrap yard and got a pair off a 95 camaro for 20 bucks

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    bought them off a friend who bought them new earlier this year for his bird, and there easy to change

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    I need to change mine out as well. I'm to the point now where I pretty much have to lift up on the spoiler while hitting the trunk release to get it to open.

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    I am goon to have to do that to my convertible soon, I am mount amps to the underside of the trunk lid and the extra weight on the trunk is too much for the hydraulics to handle it keeps falling down. Is it possible to get ones that are the same size but hold up a lot more weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10erg01 View Post
    I am goon to have to do that to my convertible soon, I am mount amps to the underside of the trunk lid and the extra weight on the trunk is too much for the hydraulics to handle it keeps falling down. Is it possible to get ones that are the same size but hold up a lot more weight.
    not sure if converibles use the same style lists as hardtop cars, if so, get trans am supports, they are very strong

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinmc978 View Post
    not sure if converibles use the same style lists as hardtop cars, if so, get trans am supports, they are very strong
    yeah they are,we still have the stock ones!! with no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinmc978 View Post
    not sure if converibles use the same style lists as hardtop cars, if so, get trans am supports, they are very strong
    The ones I've got now are trans am ones and they have trouble holding the trunk lid up with just one amp mounted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10erg01 View Post
    The ones I've got now are trans am ones and they have trouble holding the trunk lid up with just one amp mounted.
    Because they are designed to hold the weight of the hatch alone.. They were never intended to hold the hatch with amps mounted to it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Because they are designed to hold the weight of the hatch alone.. They were never intended to hold the hatch with amps mounted to it..
    So is there ones for these cars that hold more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10erg01 View Post
    So is there ones for these cars that hold more?
    I can only guess that there are. But where to start looking is beyond me.. Maybe check with a custom body shop and see what they say.. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    I'd get new ones imho.. Ever have it come down and smash you in the nugget? My 95 folded me over into the well!
    Yeah it only took one solid smack for me to just order new ones. Got some off Ebay for CHEAP! Worked great.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gnomee View Post
    Yeah it only took one solid smack for me to just order new ones. Got some off Ebay for CHEAP! Worked great.
    Thing cut the back of my head open a little..lol

    But yeah our hatch is stupid heavy..

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