Subaru WRX liftgate cylinders


#1

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?


#2

try peeking at nasioc.com or ultimatesubaru.org if nothing comes up here.


#3

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.


#4

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.