DIY: Trunk Shocks

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but where do I get different trunk springs?
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You have to make different trunk springs. As far as I know you can't "get" them anywhere. Well, the OEM spoilers come with different trunk springs. Besides that there are none.
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Well. . my fatory tension bars that assisted the lid are gone. . So is it still ok to do these shocks without them? I have the Kappas series 6x9s too, so those stock bars just don't fit.
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Factory tension bars? You mean the trunk springs, right? Yeah, it's OK to install the trunk shocks without those trunks springs. It's just that you'll need to use a stronger shock. In turn that might cause the trunk frame to bend a lot in the place where the shocks attach. just make sure that you have them attached firmly and you should be all set.
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Are those considered shocks? They are just bars that cross-over each other. . ??
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they hold the trunk up because they are twisted... A LOT. That's why they're called torsion bars, and they serve the same purpose as springs/shocks would...to put tension on the trunk lid and keep it open. Im have a stock lid, and am going to get 50lbs shocks in a few days, no trunk "springs". I'll let you know how it goes.
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don't get the 50#. get the 60! I have a stock spoiler and I got the 50. They work, but 60 would be better.
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i dont have a spoiler though
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oh, my bad...you'll be fine with 50's then
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What if you don't have a spoiler and you use 60s?
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then it will probably be harder to close...or you could strap a 10lb weight to the inside of the trunk lid and call it even
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LOL. . You turn the key and the trunk pops open and knocks you out cold.
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or it would make a nice pumpkin catapault...

i'm using 50s right now...and it goes up automagically with no spoiler...or at least i think they are 50s
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LOL. . You turn the key and the trunk pops open and knocks you out cold.
ahahaha...good one
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ok; i got a problem. Im installing them right now, and I placed the holes so that the trunk opens all the way. Only problem is that the shocks arent fully extended when the trunk is open. I can't get them onto the brackets. One is fine, but I need to depress them about 1/2 an inch to get them on the other one, and they're 50lbs, so its pretty impossible to compress them, then get them in place, then push them on the ball studs. I tried a big clamp thing, but the hardware on the ends is too big. Any suggestions? This is pissing me off; half hour of measuring, hour of doing, sitting at an hour and a half of trying to get these damn things on.
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Originally posted by jwalker87
ok; i got a problem. Im installing them right now, and I placed the holes so that the trunk opens all the way. Only problem is that the shocks arent fully extended when the trunk is open. I can't get them onto the brackets. One is fine, but I need to depress them about 1/2 an inch to get them on the other one, and they're 50lbs, so its pretty impossible to compress them, then get them in place, then push them on the ball studs. I tried a big clamp thing, but the hardware on the ends is too big. Any suggestions? This is pissing me off; half hour of measuring, hour of doing, sitting at an hour and a half of trying to get these damn things on.
You just gotta muscle it in there man. I had 50# shocks too, and it is tough, but you can do it. The hardest part is the initial movement of them, once you get them in a little bit, it's easier to keep them in. Just push hard and fast at first, then they will go in. Good luck.
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i layed on my back inside the trunk and attached the lower attachment point first...push hard and hold it...and then snap it on
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got it! I used some vice grips to get some better grip on the shocks to compress them with. Then...snap! A note to anyone thinking about this; I have a completely stock coupe trunk lid, no spoiler. 50# will keep the lid completely stationary at any point bringing it up...until about 10" from the top, where it gently pulls it up and keeps it there. If I were you, I would get 60# with a no-spoiler coupe. Other than that, they work flawlessly! Thanks grey!
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I have 50 pound ones on a stock trunk. No trunk springs. No wing. No anything else. Mine opens all the way and then it jerks up when it gets towards the end. Mine are a little too powerful. I will get a spoiler though, so it's all good. I also didn't have to compress them to get them in. I just open up my trunk all the way and I snap the trunk shocks in. Perfect measurement I guess. Then again, mine doesn't do the gentle thing like yours does. I'de like it to do that though. Hmm... Maybe after I get a spoiler? ???
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i dunno...it is kinda nice that all the way up it stays where I put it...but I do like the concept of just pushing it up at the bottom and it does the rest. Oh well, this is better than a yardstick that I had before
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UPDATE! It's now been two months after I installed them. They're still holding up fine, but have weakened a little bit. THey stay up fine once they're up there, but I now have to apply more pressure than I did (almost none previously) for them to go up. These are 50# on a bone stock coupe trunk lid. I would have gone with 60#s or even 70's if I were to do it again. Only hard part was compressing the shocks that 1/2 inch to get them to go on...
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im just curious guys..
what is the purpose of this mod??
why would u need it??
im just wondering..nothing else
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elminate trunk springs, and that allows for room for larger rear speaker magnets to be installed.
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yup thats it. Without trunk springs the trunk doesnt stay up, like mine use to. Theyre also a lot better than the trunk springs even if you dont have bigger speakers; you can get like 80# ones and the trunk will open on its own.
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Also, it keeps the trunk lid from hitting you in the head. I've had it on my sedan with no problems for about a year now.
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if u were to put subwoofers in the back of the trunk towards the rear seat.......would these shocks get in the way of the box.......in other words, would u have to use a smaller box?
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no. Theres other stuff in that space which hangs lower than the shocks; i have a picture of mine in the "my ride" section. It might be a little too close in for what you want to see, but you get the idea.
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sorry off topic... that is the best pic!!!
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i'm gonna do this DIY this weekend if i have time ... i bought 50# ... stock trunk with m3 style trunk lip ... should i take out the trunk springs or just leave it ??

i want to do this because i have remote trunk release ... so it'll be cool combination with the trunk shock
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