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I finally got around to installing the Monroe lift cylinders and, after making a 2 minute job into a 15 minute job, here is what I learned. After supporting the deck with a pole, I removed both old cylinders. It is not necessary to remove the clips. Simply place a small screwdriver under them and elevate them slightly, and the old cylinder will come off. Remove both cylinders before attempting to install the new ones because the Monroes are slightly longer than the factory parts and the deck must be further elevated for them to fit. Not a bad idea to have a second person to make sure the deck doesn't fall on you. One end of the cylinder is a screw for alignment of the end with the ball. Screw it all the way in so it does not disengage later on. Clean the old grease off of the balls. The Monroe cylinder sockets are pre lubricated. DO NOT remove the clips on the new cylinders, they snap over the balls on the car with a slight tap.
The new cylinders are certainly better than the old ones but only time will tell for sure. The increased length does not appear to be a problem after installation. Good Luck!
Incidentally, my g/f's 2010 Prius has Stabilus cylinders which are still fine. Wonder if the problem is the weight of our spoilers.
Last edited by dbikedoc; 02-24-2013 at 03:18 PM.