Subaru WRX liftgate cylinders


Preparing to install replacement cylinders on the 2002 WRX. Received OEM replacement from dealership. Cannot move the piston( extended). Is there a lock on the cylinder or technique to move the piston to ease the installation vs. trying to install at set length?


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You can have a helper hold the hatch up while you change it. Those rods stop and you just push the hatch higher. It’s easy with a small hatch and a bit more tricky with a heavy one. Get two helpers.


You’re supposed to install them at their extended length. It’s VERY difficult to compress them. Find a way to keep the hatch open (helper or some sort of prop) while you install the cylinders.