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Best brand/source for ZJ rear hatch struts/cylinders?

Discussion in 'Grand Cherokee, Durango, etc' started by redwheelwells, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. redwheelwells

    redwheelwells Active Member

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    Anybody have a recommendation for the best brand/model/source for ZJ rear strus/cylinders? I've not had the greatest experience with either OEM replacement or aftermarket---can't tell you which aftermarket brand I tried, though!
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. ImperialCrown

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    I generally use the store brand (HELP!) at the auto parts store without a problem. They are probably made by the same company that makes the OEM and should at least last a few years. Colder weather can weaken the lifting force as the gases contract (Boyle's law).
     
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  4. redwheelwells

    redwheelwells Active Member

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    Thanks IC and Stomper. I ended up ordering Monroe "Max-Lift"s from Pep Boys (with free store pick-up) for both the rear window and hatch door applications. I kinda decided based on the "Nitro-carburized rod" techno mumbo-jumbo.... We'll see how they perform short- and long-run.
     
  5. redwheelwells

    redwheelwells Active Member

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    Installed the four Monroes (two each for the hatch door and the window panel) and they work ok, except had to carefully file off about 1/16"-1-32" of lower (piston-end) housing of new passenger-side window strut unit for it to clear the trim panel near the corner.... Before resorting to that solution I double-checked proper mounting/installation, and it was clear that the new unit housing was larger at the point in question and needed filing to clear....

    Thanks again, guys!
     

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