Most gas struts have an obvious external clip than can be removed for easy exchange but this one does not. It is of the hemispherical style to fit over a spherical post. I can see the retaining clip on the inside of my replacements, but can't figure out how to pull the old ones off.
I've used brute force / small prybar directly at the connector but am afraid I'll bend or break something. So now I've got a droopy gate and unused replacements and am stuck.
Are there any aftermarket struts available? I have searched the forum and most are older post that do not reference any aftermarket struts. I have an 06 FX35 out of waranty and it looks like the OEM struts are going for $100 a piece. Thanks for the help!
If you're talking about the rear hatch then you have to remove the brackets and replace with new lifts that come with new brackets. The old ones are machine pressed, so you won't be able to remove the lifts from the brackets with out cutting grinding, so it's just better to buy them with the bracket kit. I just bought mine from amazon for for 75.00 . Hope this helps.