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This is a discussion on ---<{{{The Official Wagon Thread}}}>--- within the Exterior & Appearance forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Originally posted by QuickSilver Hey, do any of you wagon folks have issues w/ your rear gate door lifts? Mine ...

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    Originally posted by QuickSilver
    Hey, do any of you wagon folks have issues w/ your rear gate door lifts?

    Mine the hydraulics pooped out...nothing holds the door up...and I gotta use my head to keep the door up while I get my groceries out...and now it slams like a mofo when I just release it.

    I've only had the wagon for a bit over a year...shouldn't be going out so soon. I have over 50K miles so the warranty will no longer cover...

    dan.
    I had this problem with my old CRX after like 5 years. I lived with it for a while and used a cane to prop it up, but occasionally the cane would slip and it would slam down, sometimes on my head or back. So I got the hydralics replaced for like $50 each or the pair. The CRX's hatch with 2 sections of glass and it's size of almost 1/2 the car meant it was so heavy that whenever I closed it, the car would shake and even pop the sunroof up briefly to release the air pressure. I pretty much opened and closed the hatch 4 times daily to throw my briefcase in there and whenever I bought groceries since that was the only storage area.

    I doubt the WRX hatch hydraulics should die after only a year. I open mine just about daily and it still works fine after 19 months.

    The other thing with the CRX hatch is when it started dying, it wouldn't hold the hatch up in cold weather, but on warm days like in summer, the hydraulics would work. Does yours work at all on warmer days, like after being parked in the sun or on 50+ degree days, or is it completely dead?

    If they worked fine before you had it in the body shop and stopped working afterwards, you better ask the body shop to pay for the replacement. If they refuse, don't hesitate to badmouth the body shop to your local forum - bad businesses don't deserve any business.
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    I coulda sworn I had my pic up here too.... Guess not. Here it is.
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    Originally posted by crazycam31
    I coulda sworn I had my pic up here too.... Guess not. Here it is.
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    reply to WTYPEROGERX:

    Well the hatch worked fine right after I picked it up from the body shop. It wasn't till a day or so later they failed. I can tell the fluid leaked out of them recently since I can see a puddle of oil on my rear cargo mat. Since they worked when I picked up the car...I don;t really have a case against the shop.

    It'll be like $80 for each hydraulic...really bites. I've got too many miles for it to be covered under warrranty.

    I may have to go the "cane" route till I get really sick of it.

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    Originally posted by QuickSilver
    Well the hatch worked fine right after I picked it up from the body shop. It wasn't till a day or so later they failed. I can tell the fluid leaked out of them recently since I can see a puddle of oil on my rear cargo mat. Since they worked when I picked up the car...I don;t really have a case against the shop.

    It'll be like $80 for each hydraulic...really bites. I've got too many miles for it to be covered under warrranty.

    I may have to go the "cane" route till I get really sick of it.

    dan.
    I was watching one of the many DIY mechanic shows that are on cable, and they were plugging this gizmo that mechanics can attach to the arm and it locks it in place. It uses a set screw to lock onto the arm, so maybe they used something like that on yours, and the set screw damaged the housing.

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    Finally catching up with the wagon thread...
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    nice one

    SVC - man I love the wagons without the roof rails!! Just gotta get the cajones to do that one.
    headlights look good too!!
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    Thanks man! Taking off the rails makes all the difference in the world. Luckily I'm not a big skier, and wouldn't be caught dead putting a mountain bike on my car
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    this is a great thread, however a lot of the pictures arent comming out~ I have a white 04 wgn myself. Thinking of painting the stock rims hahah im too poor to buy sum new ones. my friend tells me to just paint them black because he's not sure if bronze will come out good. Does anyone have any pics of a white wgn with bronze or even gunmetal stock rims. And if you do can u post a pic and tell me what kind of paint u used

    thanks

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    my vote is for the gunmetal color...or i believe the paint is actually graphite...!
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    I painted mine with Duplicolor Graphite rim paint. I think they look sweet, and it's the best option of getting "new" rims for about $20. See bottom of page 17 for my picture.
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    Someone please see the overall stockness of this vehicle

    At least I have some future plans...

    *My eibach pro kit is here waiting for my Rex
    *I have a set of painted side skirts in the mail
    *And I have some 18" Flat Black Rota Subzero's in the back of my head...soon
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    Originally posted by high on 02C
    Someone please see the overall stockness of this vehicle

    At least I have some future plans...

    *My eibach pro kit is here waiting for my Rex
    *I have a set of painted side skirts in the mail
    *And I have some 18" Flat Black Rota Subzero's in the back of my head...soon

    Very nice- i cant wait to install those springs and for you to get those rims.

    (you also need an uppipe and downpipe)
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    Originally posted by platano
    At 14???
    shoot , I'd hit it at current age, on roof of the car, with cousin driving , neighbor and town priest in the back seat, and that kid from "N.Korea" riding shotgun.

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    Originally posted by platano
    At 14???
    shoot , I'd hit it at current age, on roof of the car, with cousin driving , neighbor and town priest in the back seat, and that kid from "N.Korea" riding shotgun.

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