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Old 12-29-09, 07:50 AM   #1
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My 2005 LS430 needs new hood struts. When i raise the hood, it tends to fall down. After looking for parts, i found that the stealership wants about $90/ea and an aftermarket vendor (partsavenue on ebay) wants $75/pr.

The aftermarket vendor also sells trunk struts and i was curious if anyone has uses parts from this source. Please advise.

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I did buy the hood struts from the only online vendor selling them. Sure, there are OEM sellers, but i decided to save some $ and go aftermarket.

Here are few pictures from the replacement. Note: the OEM part was the WHITE lettering. The aftermarket ones had a aquamarine color words.

After the install, the hood does stay up fine. It will stay in place when opening 1/2 way. If you gently lift a little further, the hood will raise up on its own to a full open/up position.

Closing is not hard. The struts are not overly powerful, so closing the hood still feels like it should.
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now the before and after...
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The only question left to answer is how long will the replacement part last compared to an OEM part. All of these shocks gradually leak and lose their pressure. Does this mean that you could expect shocks that cost half the price of OEM to only last half as long.

Would be nice if people had enough hard data to develop a good emperical data base.
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Exactly. I guess you could say my OEM hood struts lasted around 4 years. I'll keep you posted on how well these work out. I tried to get some advice months ago, but nobody on this forum commented???
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I called Lexus they said $335, part and labor (for a 1998 LS)

I was out testing a couple 98, 99 over the weekend they both have the hood strut problem. I did saw part available on ebay for $40/pair.

I don't see I will do much on the engine myself so $300+ is out
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My mom's LS430 hood struts have gone out and my dad props it open with a broom stick . I ordered a set from ebay and this will def help when I go to replace them for her. Thanks!
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My 2005 LS430 needs new hood struts. When i raise the hood, it tends to fall down. After looking for parts, i found that the stealership wants about $90/ea and an aftermarket vendor (partsavenue on ebay) wants $75/pr.

The aftermarket vendor also sells trunk struts and i was curious if anyone has uses parts from this source. Please advise.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2-NEW...Q5fAccessories
DDLexus - Hey did the replacement 3rd party hood struts you bought and installed work out OK? Do they appear to be lasting and in good shape so far?
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Hood struts still holding strong. Been installed for 1 yr No regrets.
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Yesterday, I replaced my (made in japan) OEM Tokico DK1 hood struts with Strongarm 6236 UPC 845998010286 that I purchased on EBay from liftsupportsdepot.com.

The Tokico's do not have an exposed tension clip for easier removal of the stut from the mounted ball stud like the trunk struts by KYB. Instead you must position an open end 12mm wrench around the hex nut of the ball stud and loosen very carefully so you don't slip and scratch the painted surface. A little tricky but doable with patience and care.

Make sure you have the hood properly supported. I used an expanding painters rod made of aluminum. Put a soft bristle brush head on the end and buttressed that on the underside of the open hood and the other end on a metal support member near the hood latch.

The Strongarms come with seperate ball stud/joints that you first screw into the hood and inner-fender of the engine compartment. Make sure you screw these into position and then attach the struts to the mounted ball studs. Do not attach the ball studs to the shock first. They use a 7/16" wrench for the hex nut and not 11mm or 12mm as I first tried. Had to dig out the old SAE's.

These seem to perform well. Hood stays upright and closes properly unlike the trunk struts which are are a bad match for the OEM's.
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My 2005 LS430 needs new hood struts. When i raise the hood, it tends to fall down. After looking for parts, i found that the stealership wants about $90/ea and an aftermarket vendor (partsavenue on ebay) wants $75/pr.

The aftermarket vendor also sells trunk struts and i was curious if anyone has uses parts from this source. Please advise.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2-NEW...Q5fAccessories
Replaced mine with PartsAvenue and still going strong after one year. Price $78.00. Labor 20 minutes tops!
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My 2005 LS430 needs new hood struts. When i raise the hood, it tends to fall down. After looking for parts, i found that the stealership wants about $90/ea and an aftermarket vendor (partsavenue on ebay) wants $75/pr.

The aftermarket vendor also sells trunk struts and i was curious if anyone has uses parts from this source. Please advise.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2-NEW...Q5fAccessories
I replaced both the hood and trunk struts with partsavenue about one year ago, and still going strong. I am in and out of the trunk alot!! (golf) I would go that route again.

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I found OEM replacements for half the cost for my 2006 Lexus GS300. Taped a video and it looks like the install is pretty much the same on the LS.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RozBafARk3A
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Thanks very much!
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Old 12-16-11, 03:10 PM   #15
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Replaced my struts about 2 months ago and it took about 10 minutes per side. Used a box end wrench and replaced the entire anchoring bolt as well. Works perfect and I don't care if it only lasts a couple years. For the price and the time it took, I could afford to take my wife dinner and a movie with the savings.
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