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Old 02-09-2009, 06:18 AM   #91
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Default You only need one Blazer support!

When my supports wore out I replaced one of them with a Blazer support. It worked fine. It's been close to two years and it's still working fine. I think it's a good solution to the Blazer supports being too stiff... and it's cheaper!
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Old 02-09-2009, 06:28 AM   #92
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Can it support double the weight of a windshield wiper motor? My spoiler weighs about twice the weight of that. The hatch isn't able to support it self. So I need something strong.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:06 PM   #93
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Can it support double the weight of a windshield wiper motor? My spoiler weighs about twice the weight of that. The hatch isn't able to support it self. So I need something strong.
Yes, I can speak from experience that the Mighty Lift C95769 (blazer supports) should definitely support that weight. I have a rear wiper but not a spoiler. The hatch is difficult to close now!
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:24 PM   #94
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Good! That's what I'm looking for!! The spoiler actually probably weighs 3 times the weight of the motor. I'm pretty sure the weight of the spoiler will help in closing it.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:35 PM   #95
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Old 04-12-2009, 02:16 AM   #96
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I found a possible, good alternative to the factory hatch supports. As some of you know they can be quite pricey (>$60 a pair). I knew there had to be a cheaper alternative.

I measured my lift supports at 23.5" extended (596mm, matches realoem.com) and 16.5" compressed. A 7" travel. I set out searching for other vehicles with similarly sized supports. What I found was a 23" extended (582mm, matches shorter realoem.com option), and 16" compressed strut. 7" of travel again.

Realoem.com data: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...60&hg=41&fg=60

They are from a 97-01 Chevy Blazer / GMC Jimmy / Oldsmobile Bravada. 4 Door, w/ Lift gate. It looks like the 2 door version uses a different strut, and the 4 door version also has smaller struts for the hatch lift window.

Mighty Lift C95769
Stabilus (Sachs) SG230031
Strong Arm 4287 (same as Mighty-Lift?)

I bought the Mighty Lift pair for $15.99/ea at AutoZone. $34.06 total w/tax.
The Sachs ones are available at www.rockauto.com for $14.10 each, but with shipping the total was $34.88.

I installed them and they work just fine! The pivot ball end-links must be one industry standard size, because they fit just fine. OK, there is one concern, the pressure. While the Blazer hatch isn't huge, im sure it weighs more than the 318ti hatch, thus requiring a stronger support. Pulling the hatch down does require some effort with one hand, but it's nothing outrageous. Also, the hatch sticks up rather firmly, but again I don't think it's excessive. I'm gonna definitely keep an eye on it though. Another note; one new Blazer support will definitely NOT support the full weight of the hatch, so I don't think they're massively strong.

***Keep in mind my shocks have been almost completely dead for 3 years, so I have no idea how strong they're supposed to feel.***

Well just my observation, and I won't guarantee they won't wreck anything
Boy the prices sure have changed since this was first posted.

After checking the prices at autozone, advance and oreilly auto parts for
Mighty Lift C95769
Stabilus (Sachs) SG230031
Strong Arm 4287

25 bucks a piece.

or like someone else said a "nail or cheap pair of vice grips..lol

Waiting on my stimulus package..
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Old 04-12-2009, 04:30 AM   #98
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That's a good idea maybe Uncle Sam will give a loan for research.
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Old 04-27-2009, 03:46 AM   #99
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Default tonite 12 hour sale Sears tail gate struts for $15.99

Strong Arm 4287
Item# 02888334000 Model# 4287 $19.99 regular
$15.99 each after deducting applicable Additional Savings
for just 12 hours

Additional Savings:
10% off Automotive Accessories. Discount seen in cart. Offer vaild 4/26 6pm - 4/27 6am Offer ends 26-Apr-2009.


btw I also found earlier and had ordered two Mighty Lift C95769 from autozone
they are listing on the autozone web site as $15.99
clerk told me they would be 18.99
i will tell him to price match the print out of what I put in my cart to be picked up in store.
else i will tell him mom he's not realy a video game developer
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Thumbs up New struts seem to work

Thanks to CirrusSR22 and all the other commentators on this thread. My formerly sagging hatch is now firmly lifted by the Sachs/Blazer struts mentioned above, ordered from rockauto.com. It does come up forcefully and needs some extra effort to get down, but no real problems so far....
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Almost 3 years in and my original Blazer struts still work perfectly. I use my trunk/hatch a lot too.
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i followed the advice from this forum and i have a similar successful result. i bought the strong arm blazer struts from advance auto parts for $13 and some change each.





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Same results happy no more hatch wacking me on the head.

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would this work too? http://www.amazon.com/Sachs-W0133-16.../dp/B001HQWNMO
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Thanks to duke.sf in post #86 for a good clue. Turns out that the 1982-94 Chevy Cavalier wagon has liftgate struts that are almost exactly the same as the 318ti hatch. Part numbers are StrongArm 4708, MightyLift 95020. The stats of this strut are: Length uncompressed 23.5 inches, length compressed 15.24 inches, travel 8.26 inches, body diameter 19 mm, shaft diameter 8 mm, nylon ball sockets on both ends. The force in pounds or N is not given. Compared to the 318ti, the uncompressed length of the Cavalier unit is the same, the compressed length is less, the travel is greater, the body diameter is the same, the shaft diameter is less (8 mm vs 10 mm). I bought one to try it out - it installs as if it is a perfect match. I have the rear wiper but no wing. The open height of the hatch is unchanged from stock. The leading edge of the hatch does not get closer to the roof when in the open position, as reported by those that used the Aerostar strut. With just one new one in place, and one old one, the hatch stays open in the cold just fine. The force to pull it back down is similar to what I remember when the car was new - it is just a comfortable tug, nothing ridiculous. I know you're supposed to replace them in pairs, but I am tempted to leave it as it is and save the bucks! Price in Canada was $30 (Canadian Tire part number 22-3631-8). I think this is the typical cost in C$ for any similar strut. I was quoted $76 at CarQuest for a Stabilus that supposedly fits the 318ti - to heck with that nonsense! Thanks to all who posted to help me solve a problem that has been bugging me for a couple of years now.
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