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Postby AZhitman » Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:56 am



Can be bought at any PepBoys store.

Brand and Part Number:Sachs SG359005
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Postby spinout180 » Wed Sep 01, 2004 8:32 am

Nice new site.... I typed a three paragraph reply and hit POST only to be told that I was not logged in. The entire post was lost. Grr.

Anyway, when I bought my car the struts were toast. The dealer wanted something ridiculous for them ($150 each?) and they might not even be available anymore.

I went to Schucks and after a couple of test fits found a pair that clicked right onto the old mounts. The new struts were SO strong that a single strut was MORE than enough to hold the trunk up and was difficult to close.... but if I only left one on then it put a lot of stress on one hinge, so I put both on.

I practically have to jump on the trunk to close it, but when I pop it open it smartly rises for me. I have a popper on my alarm remote so it is really nice to be approaching the car and the trunk pops open...

I looked on the part in my car and there is no number on it... and I have long thrown away the boxes. Sorry!
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Re: Convertible trunk struts (AZhitman)

Postby den240 » Fri Sep 03, 2004 8:42 am

Tried to get these from the Peps about a year ago.

They supposedly tried to order them for me and could not, said mfr no longer makes them.

Went to Pep's today and they were hanging right there in the display.

Anyway, they work perfectly for me.

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Postby AZhitman » Fri Sep 03, 2004 12:51 pm

Glad to help, I got it from someone else here...
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Re: Convertible trunk struts (AZhitman)

Postby Fmr12B » Tue Dec 21, 2004 1:09 am

<===== Off to Pep Boys tomorrow to buy these!

And the Search feature really does work!


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Re: Convertible trunk struts (AZhitman)

Postby davidh » Fri Jan 07, 2005 11:49 pm

There's no Pep Boys in my immediate area...any possibility of cross referencing that part number to another (more common) vehicle, so I can just look up an "equivalent" vehicle, strut-wise?
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Re: Convertible trunk struts (AZhitman)

Postby col_blu » Sat Jan 29, 2005 2:39 pm

Well, you guys have had alot more luck than I have. Manufacturer confirms they aren't made anymore. Pep Boys no longer stocks them. Never heard of Shucks (at least not in eastern Virginia), and I've paid 2 different used parts dealer on the Web for a pair, only to receive hatchback struts. I'm about to give up unless somebody is parting out an S13 vert.

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Postby AZhitman » Sun Jan 30, 2005 10:17 am

Email me at greg@nicoclub.com to remind me.

If there are any in stock at my Pep Boys, I will buy them and ship them as a favor.
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Postby rogermills » Mon Jan 31, 2005 4:54 am

Thanks all, for the info on trunk lifts:

Brand and Part Number:
Sachs SG359005

I went to my local Pep Boys Jan 2005, and they had/have 3 of these on their rack. I could not believe that this was the true replacement, so I bought only ONE strut.

It fit perfectly!! And with just one replacement strut, the trunk lid stays up without any danger of flopping back closed. I did not buy the second strut because I am happy with the results as-is.

Also, the Olympic Auto Parts Stores can order the same thing, but I wanted to actually see and touch the strut, to be sure it was at least the same size..

If you go to:

http://www.forparts.com/

and enter the part number SG359005 , you will get:

http://www.olyonline.com/genlo...B1=Go

You can order them DIRECTLY on-line from this web site, so it doesn't matter that you are in Williamsburg Virginia!!!!

Thanks.

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Postby AZhitman » Mon Jan 31, 2005 6:28 am

That's even better!

Hop to it guys, this saves you some money as well!
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Re: Struts

Postby col_blu » Mon Jan 31, 2005 8:40 am

On my way to the web site. Thanks, Barry

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Re: Struts (col_blu)

Postby col_blu » Mon Jan 31, 2005 8:55 am

col_blu wrote:On my way to the web site. Thanks, Barry

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Well, just talked to Olympus. They couldn't tell me if the stock number Barry provided was in fact for the vert, but I did find out it wasn't for the hatchback, so what else could it be for? The bad news is they want $26.43 plus shipping for one of them. At this point, I'm not desperate enough to pay that.

If anyone has any other leads or ideas, I'm ready to follow them up....and thanks.

BTW, I take some pix of my car as soon as the weather allows me to clean it up a bit.

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Postby AZhitman » Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:41 am

It's not specifically for the vert, it just happens to be an exact match (probably matches quite a few applications).

They're gonna be more than that at a store, and I only needed one as well (two if you want the trunk to open on its own without assistance).
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Postby wayfastwhitey » Mon Jan 31, 2005 4:54 pm

just wonderin how the trunk functions with good struts compared to bad...

did i gather that with new struts (2 of em), the trunk pops open when you pull the lever inside (instead of just unlocking and sitting on the latch)?
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Postby col_blu » Tue Feb 01, 2005 3:59 am

That's right. When the struts don't work, you have to prop the lid open to keep it from coming down on your hands. One good strut would probably keep it up once you manually opened it and 2 will provide an assist in opening once it's unlatched.
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Postby rogermills » Tue Feb 01, 2005 7:16 am

Bruce, I see you are in Williamsburg Virginia, and that there is a PEP Boys not far away.

If you simply measure your strut, you will be more comfortable that the PEP Boys strut is a good match. And to get your strut off the 240SX, you can use pliers to pull and twist off the little silver locking wire from your original strut(s). Don't worry about saving the little wires, you won't need them with the new struts.

Pep Boys Automotive Supercenters

15.79 miles
13200 Warwick Blvd
Newport News, VA 23602-6722
Phone: (757) 875-5350

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Postby col_blu » Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:52 am

Thanks. I work in NN, so I've been to that Pep Boys many times. In fact, I've given them the part number mentioned earlier in this and the other thread and they came up with nothing. I've asked them to search by year, make, etc. and they come up with nothing.

Are you suggesting I just take a strut down there (I've had them off a couple of time--it is pretty easy) and say "Got anything like this?

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Postby AZhitman » Tue Feb 01, 2005 12:23 pm

No, just walk in and go to the gas strut replacement display. There's tons of them hanging on hooks.

Look for the proper part number and that's the one.

No need to talk to the idiots they hire, the shelved parts aren't in the computer.
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Postby col_blu » Sat Feb 05, 2005 11:48 am

Good advice. I ignored the help at Pep Boys and, sure enough, there they were. I bought one and it keeps the trunk lid up well enough. Now to try and get my money back from the crooks at ISM Imports Ltd (ismimports@aol.com) who sent me hatchback struts and now won't respond to my emails.

Thanks again, Bruce
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Postby AZhitman » Sat Feb 05, 2005 6:30 pm

Glad to help brother.

Now you owe us pics of the vert.

Gotta be a repaint and a custom interior, bet it looks gorgeous!
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Re: (rogermills)

Postby mistermarknl » Sat Apr 23, 2005 1:27 am

Thanks for the strut advice offered here. My ' 94 vert had the same problem. I ordered the struts online (SG359005 ) at Olympic, received them without any hasles and they fit and perform perfectly.

I am so glad now that my trunk no longer needs my help to stay open

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Postby Hijacker » Sun Apr 24, 2005 6:12 am

i'm gonna miss the block of wood i would use to prop the trunk up at auto-x. guess now it'll only be relegated to getting my car on and off the jack when i have my racing tires on
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Postby sxxy1992 » Sat Oct 07, 2006 3:48 am

Would anybody have a picture of truly "original" convertible trunk struts that they could post? And, does everybody's trunk have the "scissor-lift" sort of hinge? thanks.
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Postby 94_240sx » Sat Oct 07, 2006 8:35 am

This is what I have on my vert. Scissor type trunk hinge. My struts went bad, so got them from Pep Boys. Aftermarket struts look pretty similar to Nissan OEM ones.
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Postby sxxy1992 » Sat Oct 07, 2006 9:25 am

Now you're talking! and if I haven't missed my guess, I would say those are Sachs brand. Lift o mat. The other day I tried getting sachs for mine and their catalog said for a trunk strut. Well 4 days later they came in. But almost 24" long. For a hatchback!! Almost everywhere you go, they only list for a hatch. Had to just finally walk in and match up. My old ones must have been mighty-lift. they are same as yours but have bright blue label on them. But I had 2 of different sizes of shaft and body. go figure. Anyway, both were shot and some time ago also. I tried mighty-lift from Autozone and they keep the lid up but couldn't shut it at all. No kidding. Without risking bending the lid. Had to compress them on a shelf by hand. Very powerful. Even went thru Monroe to find struts for it. Still the old hatch thing as far as the numbers. No listing for trunk.
Yesterday I went to Schuck's (thought they were all across the nation but guess not. Matched up the struts and got Steady-Lift model made by Arvin brand. Package number is #072-666. On the strut label itself it says #4464. That is the key number. Before installing, compress them by hand at the side of the curb, on a bench, or somewhere. then when you install them they work perfect! And here's a little bit of science......don't know why it would make a difference, but it does. Install with the shaft pointing down and they come up and glide to a smooth stop. Install the other way and when they get almost extended, they sort of pop the rest of the way and your trunk lid does that wible, wobble, thing and wouldln't take too long and your parts would be worn out. Neither way allows you to get hit in the jaw but the preferred way just works perfect. Sometimes it lets it open all the way from the key or from the remote. Sometimes not. but if you give it the most gentle nudge, it is going up for sure. Think I'll try cleaning the trunk lid seal and coating it with a teeny bit of silicone and that might lessen the friction that must be inherent thru the years of grime, dust, etc. Mine were $27.95 per and no reason for anybody to have their head crushed or fingers amped any more. This website is awesomosis!
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Re: Convertible trunk struts (AZhitman)

Postby 94_240sx » Sat Oct 07, 2006 10:49 am

AZhitman wrote:Can be bought at any PepBoys store.

Brand and Part Number:
Sachs SG359005
I got this part number, went to Pep Boys and paid $14.99 each. Price tag said $19.99, but showed $14.99 when scanned. Installation was breeze and I was so happy when I swapped them. It was pain for me to keep the lid up whenever I open it.
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Re: Convertible trunk struts (94_240sx)

Postby sxxy1992 » Sat Oct 07, 2006 11:32 am

which part number are you referring to?
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Re: Convertible trunk struts (94_240sx)

Postby 94_240sx » Sun Oct 08, 2006 6:01 am

Sachs SG359005
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Re: Convertible trunk struts (94_240sx)

Postby milletre » Thu Nov 16, 2006 8:22 pm

autopartsbylou.com

Can be searched, has the actual convertible application listed.

Part #4464.

Installed yesterday, work perfectly.
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Postby RedShred » Fri Nov 17, 2006 1:16 pm

You mean I dont have to use that stick anymore ?!
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