300TE weak tailgate/boot struts

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Ali_Boz
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300TE weak tailgate/boot struts

Post by Ali_Boz » Fri 27 Jan, 2017 4:31 pm

Hi Guys,

Seeing as my 300TE boot struts are dead and have been dead since I purchased the vehicle I'm thinking about putting some new ones in.

Had a quick search for them in Aus and can't find them! does anyone know where i can get them? and whats involved in the job if anyone else has done them recently.

thanks guys!!
1991 w124 300TE
1993 w124 300TE 2.8 R.I.P

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Re: 300TE weak tailgate/boot struts

Post by Bartman4800 » Fri 27 Jan, 2017 4:46 pm

Some of the auto parts stores sell generic ones, is that an option?

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Re: 300TE weak tailgate/boot struts

Post by Ali_Boz » Fri 27 Jan, 2017 6:05 pm

To be honest Bart, im fed up with having to hold the tail gate 80% of the time I use it so any struts would do if they were good quality of course
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Re: 300TE weak tailgate/boot struts

Post by Pete49 » Sat 28 Jan, 2017 12:32 pm

Last lot for my '83 280TE I got from the forum sponsor. Maybe try them if you haven't already
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Re: 300TE weak tailgate/boot struts

Post by benzy53 » Sun 19 Feb, 2017 7:45 pm

Hi Ali
I changed my struts about 2 years ago with after market ones from Germany. Still going strong.
The process is very easy and straight forward. It took me almost 5 hours and it is a good
idea to have a helper to hold up the tail gate. The time is in getting all the parts out and dropping
the rear section of the head liner to gain access to the rear mounting of the struts. I searched the net
and found a very good write up with pictures. Unfortunately I don't have the link anymore. If I have
to do it again I think I can cut the time in half.
I would change the struts as a weak tail gate is a pain in the .......

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Re: 300TE weak tailgate/boot struts

Post by Don-vic » Tue 21 Feb, 2017 12:17 pm

G'day Ali
Benzy53 has it covered re installation. One of the rear "bolts" on my wagon was slightly rusted and took some effort to remove. Don't be scared to use some force, otherwise a straight forward procedure. Be careful with lining and wiring. The rubber boot is a bugger to reinstall to the rear, so be patient and use a long, small screwdriver. Tailgate is very heavy so you will definately need another body to help reinstall the bolts. Got my replacement struts from "mercbits" in melbourne via a phone call. Their details are on the web and they are very good to deal with and had parts posted to me in the country within days. Struts are branded "febi" and work fine, so far. It's great to have tailgate that I now have to "pull down" rather than having it drop on my head.
Cheers, Don.
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Re: 300TE weak tailgate/boot struts

Post by benzy53 » Fri 24 Feb, 2017 7:24 am

It is funny, while we are talking about the struts a friend of mine asked for a helping hand in changing the struts.
It took about 4 hours plus an extra 2 about talking about cars and drinking coffee. Just a few tips if you are going to
change the struts.
1. Take the plastic strips off. 2 on each side. Be careful when removing the upper on. You have to slide it down to get it
off and take the light off first.
2. Remove the top rear cover. You have to pull it towards the back. Don't forget the little screws, particular the one next to
the side window.
3. Disengage the headliner and remove the bracket on the passenger side that holds the net.
4.Take the pin at the hinge out fist and the bolt at the other end second. It just needs a little strip of metal to be bend
out of the way.
5.Get the wiring out of the way and pull the the struts to the front of the car. It is tight but it DOES work.
6. Leave the rubber boots in place, they don't have to come out.
7. Push new struts in and fit the pin at the hinge first and second the big rod second.
8. Put everything together and enjoy your tail gate.

The tricky part is getting the bolt at the hinge back into place. The trick I use is I super glue the bolt to a long flat screw driver.
This makes it very easy to get back in the hole. Once in you just snap it off.
I hope this gives you now the confidence to it youself.

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Re: 300TE weak tailgate/boot struts

Post by Ali_Boz » Fri 24 Feb, 2017 2:47 pm

thanks heaps for all the details everyone!!

ill have a look around the place for some new struts and give it a crack sometime soon and will report back!!
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Re: 300TE weak tailgate/boot struts

Post by benzy53 » Fri 24 Feb, 2017 3:51 pm

One more advice. DO NOT buy second hand, it is just not worth it for the work in wolfed.

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Re: 300TE weak tailgate/boot struts

Post by JohnAlb » Fri 16 Jun, 2017 7:30 pm

Hi,

Has anybody tried re-gassing their struts?

Subject to condition upon removal; I am considering doing so to the 230 TE.

Regards,

John
benzy53 wrote:One more advice. DO NOT buy second hand, it is just not worth it for the work in wolfed.

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