Hi all, I’m back. I get so busy with fixing stuff I can’t remember I post stuff here. But anyhow, I finally did get the hood struts and rear shocks put in! I had to get the ball joints for the hood struts at Advance (only 1 store had it online in the area), and it was pop in/pop out design on the new struts, so I didn’t have to return them on eBay (for $15 couldn’t beat that). They are stiff and my hood is no longer a potential guillotine for myself or other mechanics.
The Gabriel’s I got from rock auto turned out good, though when I do the fronts...I’m probably going to try to do the full spring kit...or not. Heck $30/each for struts was a saver compared to the $400-$1,200 prices I’ve been seeing online. If it’s safer to do 1/2 the job versus waiting months to set aside enough for the whole kit, I’m going to go with half. Problem is, it’s been hard finding front struts anywhere.
I still haven’t succeeded in fixing the gap that exists on the drivers side hood, and the new struts kind of made it worse. But I was able to adjust it to where it doesn’t look as bad.
I still like infintipartsdeal because they tell me which stuff may or may not fit between 97-2001 q45s. And their site is quick and easy. However I’ve only been able to order 2 things from there, some of the parts can be cheaper than the dealer, but still expensive. But it’s all genuine parts.