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Cool. I get mine on Tuesday. Can't wait. I almost busted my open last week when the door fell on me! I'm still on the factory lifts after 6 1/2 years. I guess that's a decent life span for them


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Yeah mine still worked until it got cold or until there was a little snow adding weight. It is one of those things that you put off for years then when you finally replace them it's like "I wish I would have done this a long time ago".

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Mine are going to get replaced before next winter for sure.


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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.

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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.
How much were these again? I'm tired of holding my hatch truck open with my head lol


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I replaced mine this weekend with the Monroe lifts and it hold my hatch up one bit. To be honest, when I changed them in my dad's heated garage (about 50 degrees+) the lifts worked somewhat after I pushed the hood up and held it for a few seconds. However, as soon as I went grocery shopping and came back to the car in 32 degree weather then opened up the hatch it just kept falling as usual.

Maybe mine were defective. I ordered them from Amazon. I'll try them out for a few more days, but I'm sending them back if they don't start working. I'm not please with this products at all


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I replaced mine this weekend with the Monroe lifts and it hold my hatch up one bit. To be honest, when I changed them in my dad's heated garage (about 50 degrees+) the lifts worked somewhat after I pushed the hood up and held it for a few seconds. However, as soon as I went grocery shopping and came back to the car in 32 degree weather then opened up the hatch it just kept falling as usual.

Maybe mine were defective. I ordered them from Amazon. I'll try them out for a few more days, but I'm sending them back if they don't start working. I'm not please with this products at all
That sucks - the Monroes I ordered from Amazon work great (even below freezing.) I even had to put a padding strip on my garage door because the spoiler now hits the (open) garage door. They must have had a bad batch or something.


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Yeah, I'm really disappointed right now. They barely worked in 50 degrees.


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Yeah, I'm really disappointed right now. They barely worked in 50 degrees.
One more thought - you might want to try lubricating your hatch hinges with some spray lithium grease. See if that helps any.


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