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Replacing tired Gas Hatch Struts

The boot hatch on my 2004 MINI has takon on the nasty habit of falling on my head because of the gas rams or supporting struts becoming a bit weak in their pressure department.
I bought a couple of aftermarket new ones from ebay for £18.50 the pair.
They arrived 2 days later & I set about fitting them.

They are held in place on each end by a spring clip, which is readily released from its ball mount by gently prising a small flat bladed screwdriver between the clip & the strut.
The end will now pull free.
The same is done to the other end & the Ram is released.

IMPORTANT - Only replace one side at a time or else the hatch becomes a tad heavy.
Its an idea to either have someone hold the weight of the hatch whilst doing this or to maybe prop it up with a clothes pole or similar.

When reattaching the new ram, you dont have to prise back the spring clip as it will simply push over the ball & click in place.












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Thanks, bought two new struts today from the local mini dealer, £86 for 2, plan to fit tomorrow on my 2005 Mini Cooper.

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Wow that's some expense there cowboy. There is a a breakers yard at the other end of the M9 that has a few Minis in stock that would have given up their struts for a no more than a tenner!
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Ah, thanks for the heads up Sean. Can you install a new radio (Halfords, Sony) if you have the disabled message on the old Mini radio? Thanks
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I paid £10 from ebay for mine, they work great
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I'll try eBay next time! Thanks
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TBH I'd have gone with brand new strut too.
Second hand struts are going to be 10 years old at best so probably worn out too.
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Second hand struts can can perfectly fine in most cases, like everything else it all just depends on what life it's had.

Tex, re your radio. That I'm not sure buddy. Providing there is still power going to the unit which I presume there is if it's saying "disabled" then I would imagine that an after market stereo would work. Remember to buy the facia kit to house the new stereo in

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Thanks Sean, managed the gas struts, but got Halfords to fit the radio. Works great, the mechanic said it's the information that is disabled, with a Sony radio it works great, also took the opportunity to upgrade to Bluetooth and have a USB Jack, all good. Thanks for getting back! I need a rear parcel shelf, so will try the nearest breakers yard!
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They seem to be £13 new. I needed custom struts previously and just called them up and they sorted it, so if your model isn't showing I'd recommend you do that. I have no connection to them - am just a happy customer.
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