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Old 06-17-2012, 12:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question rear tail gate lift height

We have a 2011 Outback, and my wife can barely reach the open tailgate in order to close it. Would shorter struts work to keep the tailgate from opening up so high? If so, do any of you know of shorter struts which would work?
Or - any other ideas?

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Is there place to attach a strap that would hang down to her height?

I'm a fan of cheap and simple first.
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yeah, just attach a strap or bit of rope along the inside bottom edge of the window. Make it as long as the distance from the bottom of the window to the lower edge of the liftgate. That way it will dangle down when the gate is open, and then tuck itself out of the way when the gate is closed.

I reckon you could remove the plastic trim under the rear window, drill a hole through the trim part, pass the rope through and tie it to one of the various steel webs that are normally hidden. Then replace the plastic trim and you're done.
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If so, do any of you know of shorter struts which would work?
Or - any other ideas?
How about limiter straps between the strut mounts?

I would use 1/8 inch diameter plastic coated steel cable and crimp fittings. All you need to do is keep the struts from fully extending by a few inches. There is actually only moderate force being exerted at that angle and small cables would work fine.

Make loops in each end and clamp them under the mounts - I don't know what the mounts are like on a Gen 4 - are they ball studs or steel "ell" brackets?

You could try this out with some heavy string to see what would be needed.

If you decide that you need shorter struts you could call these guys and see what they can offer: .... Lift Supports Systems | Hood | Window | Trunk | Hatch | Auto Parts By Lou ... they have great customer service and low prices. I bet they could find a set that would work.

Remember that you turn the hatch into a potential head knocker if you reduce the opening height.

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the mounts are ball studs. Interesting idea - the wires would need to remain in-line with the struts when the tailgate closes, so as to not wander into the weather seal gasket or outside the tailgate itself; but it might work.
Thanks for the idea.
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That approach might work. There is an access door to the rear taillights, with some steel bodywork behind the door. I'll definitely be taking a closer look at that approach.
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A strap seems so much simpler... Then the hatch opens all the way for you, or anyone else who is taller, but your wife can still easily close it. It's not unusual, either... Sme SUVs have a strap for just that purpose.
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A strap seems so much simpler...
This. Some of you guys are really over thinking this.
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This. Some of you guys are really over thinking this.
So, what's the harm in that? I am a full time overthinker.....

A strap hanging down is so Old School.....

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