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LETSROLL
02-04-2012, 05:03 PM
Has anyone replaced their hood struts on their 80?

If so, is there a trick to making it easier? Should I start with the part that attaches to the hood or start with the part that attaches to the truck sidewall?

Uncle Ben
02-04-2012, 05:07 PM
Start with propping the hood open!

Inukshuk
02-04-2012, 07:14 PM
I have, just changed hoods recently too.

12mm box end to crank off the parts at the hood and socket on the lower mount.

As UB said, prop the hood or get a helper.

cool breeze
02-04-2012, 07:24 PM
Curious how much did new struts run you?

davework
02-04-2012, 10:45 PM
I got a set on Ebay a few years back. They've worked great. I think hood and rear hatch were like $50 for all. Definitely worth doing instead of holding it up with the top of your head.

Inukshuk
02-05-2012, 12:10 AM
I have a used pair of struts of unknown strength for sale. I have for hood and for liftgate. From a 94. I do not know if they are original.

Liftgate struts OEM new were about $90.00 each at a super discount from one of our great suppliers.

Hoods were about $50.00 each at a super discount from one of our great suppliers.

For Sale locally with with full refund if they don't "hold up":

Liftgate Struts - $75
Hood Struts - $50

LETSROLL
02-06-2012, 12:03 AM
Thanks for the 12mm info.

Did it matter if you started with the end that connects to the hood first or the end that connects to the truck quarter panel? I assume there's a preferred way to do it, hence my question.



I have, just changed hoods recently too.

12mm box end to crank off the parts at the hood and socket on the lower mount.

As UB said, prop the hood or get a helper.

LETSROLL
02-06-2012, 12:04 AM
New from Boulder Toyota $72 each. Something like $156 with tax


Curious how much did new struts run you?

corsair23
02-06-2012, 02:27 AM
I bought a set off Fleebay and they work great...Under $50 for the pair as I recall, maybe even under $25...

I'm not sure it matters which end you replace first :confused: - But in my case I popped the hood, put a set of vice grips on one strut while replacing the opposite strut. I connected up the end that attaches to the quarter panel area first, then the end on the hood. Took maybe 5 mins per side if that.

Best part, no more getting thunked on the head by the hood :D

Inukshuk
02-06-2012, 10:00 AM
Did it matter if you started with the end that connects to the hood first or the end that connects to the truck quarter panel?

Nope.

Beater
02-06-2012, 11:01 AM
compress and hold (zip tie or something) the strut closed. place in freezer overnight and leave there until ready to place on vehicle. This will make the strut easier to work with and not so quick to expand.

ajax
02-08-2012, 07:25 PM
got mine from vatozone(autoxzone) think they were 30 bucks been couple years but it was easy enough i did it at work on break, think i started with the bottom then let the shock rise and poped it into the top