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Need a part number

Does anybody know the part number for the shock(s) that can be used to help hold open the trunk lid? It's from one of the mods listed on the MN12 site. Unfortunately it doesn't give a part number.
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I have a set of trunk shocks out of a grand prix, and they would work great for you. E-mail me at [email protected] and make an offer if you'd like.

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I just installed one on my Bird, and it works perfect. You only need one strut.

Ford part number is F4ZZ-63406A10-B and is from a 1994 Mustang GT. $20.27

I only had to drill one hole in the trunk arm.

I also bought a metric coupling, so that you can screw the one end of the strut to and existing stud in the trunk comp.

I also bought a ball socket mounting plate, which attaches to the trunk arm.

Took all of 10 minutes to do the job.

You can have the extra parts, as I bought enough for two. Unfortunately, I sent the extra strut back to Dan at 5-Star. PM me with your address.

Note: These two parts cost about $3 total.

When you push the trunk open button, the trunk extends all the way up at a nice even rate. It does not fly up. When you close it, it closes without slamming itself.

I am going to take some pictures tomorrow, and do a write up on it, as I found the Tech Article at MN12's web-site lacking in detail.
 
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Wow, Thanks R-T. Check your email.
 

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There may be a slight delay in getting some photos.

Have to wait for the snow to stop falling.

Hopefully later this afternoon, I can take some.
 

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Yea, It's snowing here in Wisconsin also. What a drag.
 

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I just completed installation of a trunk lid lift strut. This lift strut allows the trunk lid to go up completely. It does not fly up, but rather goes up at a nice rate. It also closes nice, and it minimizes the chances of the lid slamming shut.

You will need the following parts.

1. Lift strut - Ford part number is F4ZZ-63406A10-B and is from a 1994 Mustang GT.
Cost: $20.67 with member discount

2. Ball mount bracket - McMaster Carr part #9512K91 (Qty. 1) Cost: $1.20

3. Coupling Nut- McMaster Carr part #93355A105 (Qty.) 8mm x 1.25 pitch x 1 1/2" lg.
Cost: $2.87

Note: I use the NJ branch of McMaster Carr, phone 1-732-329-3200

4. Pan head screw - #10-24 unc x 1" lg, with hex nut.

To install:

1. Screw the coupling onto the existing stud, as shown in photo

2. Attached ball socket fitting included with lift strut, to other end of coupling.

3. Enlarge top right hole to 1/4" dia. in ball mount bracket, to fit around trunk torsion arm.

4. Place ball mount bracket in position shown in photo, and drill a 3/16" dia. hole thru trunk arm, to line up with top left hole in ball mount bracket.

5. De-burr both sides of hole in trunk arm, and install pan head screw.

6. Attach lift strut to both ball sockets.








 
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I only installed one strut, because it works fine that way. I bought two, but sent the other one back.

The strut doesn't really go down any lower with the trunk closed, because of the arc that the arm swings in.

I removed the trunk latch, and crawled inside the trunk and lowered it completely, to determine the locating position of the ball mount bracket.
 

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I think the torsion bar could be removed, but that is just my opinion.

I think two lift struts, plus the torsion bar, on a trunk without the spoiler, would be too much lift force. Best thing is to try it. You can always send back the leftover parts.
 

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R-T,
Thanks again for the parts to do this job. Great pictures. Any idiot should be able to do this......then again I haven't tried it yet, but soon.
 

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R-T,
Thanks again for the parts to do this job. Great pictures. Any idiot should be able to do this......then again I haven't tried it yet, but soon.
Instead of using a screw to attach the bracket I used 1/8 steel pop rivet. I sealed it with sealant and shot it. I figured a screw could loosen over time.

Thanks to RT for the legwork and the mod. Did it to both my birds and I really like it.


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Yes, my brother did it. His page is on www.cardomain.com/id/supercav03
I can't get pics, cause cardomain isn't working. He did his on a Cavalier, but you can adapt it. It's a little different than what you said, it just makes is so your trunk lid is cut from the arms and is hinged on to the arms. Only thing I know of, but it looks cool. Don't think I could do it on my Cougar though, since it has the flat back window.
 

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Bringing back a near dead thread here....


Does anyone know where to order a lift strut? Ive tried ordering from a couple places online, and none have stock anymore.

Or does anyone happen to have one laying around that they would want some paypal for?


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You could check out people parting out cars on the For Sale part of the forum. :) Should be a few dozen around, at least.
 
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