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Old 02-04-2012, 05:03 PM
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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?
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Start with propping the hood open!
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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.
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Curious how much did new struts run you?
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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.
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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
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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.



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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.
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New from Boulder Toyota $72 each. Something like $156 with tax


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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 - 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
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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.
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