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#1 (permalink) Old 12-14-2004, 12:42 PM
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I'm trying to install the trunk struts on my 528i but have run into difficulties on the correct installation procedures. I can get one side of the strut installed with the clip but cannot get the other end of the strut to slide over the small connecting pin with the groove so that I can fasten down the clip. I started by installing the front end of the strut (the end towards the front of the car) and then tried to get the rear end of the strut over the pin but it just won't go. I might have installed the wrong end first but maybe there's a trick or short cut that I'm missing. Thanks in advance for any help. ghead
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I'm trying to install the trunk struts on my 528i but have run into difficulties on the correct installation procedures. I can get one side of the strut installed with the clip but cannot get the other end of the strut to slide over the small connecting pin with the groove so that I can fasten down the clip. I started by installing the front end of the strut (the end towards the front of the car) and then tried to get the rear end of the strut over the pin but it just won't go. I might have installed the wrong end first but maybe there's a trick or short cut that I'm missing. Thanks in advance for any help. ghead
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you talking trunk lid shocks or springs? you probably have to open the trunk to the right angle to release the tension on those springs.

A word of caution though: I don't know how big of a guy your are but do NOT climb in the trunk to fix it unless there is someone around the car to let you out;
that lid may drop down and closes so stay out of it and good luck
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you talking trunk lid shocks or springs? you probably have to open the trunk to the right angle to release the tension on those springs.

A word of caution though: I don't know how big of a guy your are but do NOT climb in the trunk to fix it unless there is someone around the car to let you out;
that lid may drop down and closes so stay out of it and good luck
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The trunk lid shocks (struts) are the ones I'm wrestling with and you're right about the possible lid closing, I don't want to feel like one of Tony Soprano's midnight "riders." I might just have to remove the front end connection (after removing the stubborn clip-if I don't break it) and try again by installing the rear end of the shock (strut) first, that way I may be able to control the tension better.
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LOL..good luck just make sure someone is around you if/when you decide to take a dip in the trunk!!
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