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Old 01-24-13, 08:32 AM   #16
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I noticed the generic aftermarket strut to be about 1/3rd inch shorter than OEM.
really makes no difference in everyday use....

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if your trunk lid is feels really heavy, you might lube the trunk hinges...
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Old 01-24-13, 08:43 AM   #17
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I called Lexus and they said the struts or STAYS are covered. I haven't taken it in yet to have them replaced.
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i have a 2005 btw.. haha frustrating carrying heavy things to put in the trunk when 1 hand is holding something and 1 hand is struggling to push it open lol
I'm not up on the abbreviations and acronyms. What does btw stand for?
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Old 01-24-13, 10:57 AM   #19
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I'm not up on the abbreviations and acronyms. What does btw stand for?
buy the way
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Old 01-25-13, 07:29 AM   #20
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Like many others, my trunk struts were also defective. I replaced mine with the FIGS Engineering trunk struts. It's been over 3 years and so far, they work like brand new. I recommend them.
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Old 01-25-13, 07:42 AM   #21
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Strut performance is also temperature dependent.

Cold weather can make the struts less effective. My daughters Nissan tail gate won't stay up in our 'harsh' Arizona winters. Soon as the temps come up, the tail gate stays up!

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Old 10-09-16, 09:25 PM   #22
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Like many others, my trunk struts were also defective. I replaced mine with the FIGS Engineering trunk struts. It's been over 3 years and so far, they work like brand new. I recommend them.
When we bought our 06 LS six months ago it had the heaviest trunk I've ever experienced in a car. I thought it was odd but normal since it only had 48K miles and a few other LSes also exhibited heavy trunks. I revisited this thread after the trunk fell on my head a few times recently. Decided to do a test and the video below shows the trunk deck will start to fall at a height of 32 inches. Ordered a set of replacement struts from FIGS Engineering and will report back after I install them later this week.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By4...w?usp=drivesdk
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I just replaced with Monroes. IMHO the lid is somehow heavy as I was hoping it would not slam after the new struts, but it still does. Whereas when the hood got new struts, it will work its way to full open. $15 ea rock auto......
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We have replaced both the trunk and hood struts.

The trunk, even with brand new units, still has to be lifted before the strut takes on the weight and in closing it still slams. I chock that up to the design of the trunk so unlike newer designs or motorized options it takes some practice.

The hood works as expected with new/good struts.....
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The trunk lid is the part I hate on the LS430 the most. It will stay put at almost every position but is way too heavy to lift and close. The LS400 trunk lid, on the other hand, is as light as the feather and a pure joy to operate.
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We have replaced both the trunk and hood struts.

The trunk, even with brand new units, still has to be lifted before the strut takes on the weight and in closing it still slams. I chock that up to the design of the trunk so unlike newer designs or motorized options it takes some practice.

The hood works as expected with new/good struts.....
Exact same experience, replaced ours last Wed. The hood kept falling prior, now the struts by themselves will keep extending until all the way up.

On the trunk, I had thought my wife's cousin was just slamming it, when in reality, unless you really lay it down where your fingers are still there (unnatural), it does slam, even with brand new struts. Since it is soft close (or whatever it's called), it would be nice to simply lay it down and let the car close it..

p.s. I don't have this problem on my Maybach. (joking)
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I have to take great care when closing the trunk and typically guide down to the "soft spot" and then press down so the closing motor can grab it and complete the process. Occasionally the lid gets away from me and it slams closed which is not great for the lights/sockets/wires in the lid......

While I agree the process to install the hood struts was a PITA, luckily that replacement is not too frequent compared to the trunk.
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When we bought our 06 LS six months ago it had the heaviest trunk I've ever experienced in a car. I thought it was odd but normal since it only had 48K miles and a few other LSes also exhibited heavy trunks. I revisited this thread after the trunk fell on my head a few times recently. Decided to do a test and the video below shows the trunk deck will start to fall at a height of 32 inches. Ordered a set of replacement struts from FIGS Engineering and will report back after I install them later this week.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By4...w?usp=drivesdk
Just installed the FIGS Engineering LS430 trunk struts and couldn't be happier with the result! I should have done this sooner. They were $70 + $18 shipping, no tax. Arrived in two days and are high quality. I went to buy some silicone grease at the autoparts store but just noticed that FIGS pre-lubes the ball sockets for you.

In my earlier video I used a suitcase scale to measure the force needed to lift the trunk with the old struts. It was equivalent to lifting a 20-lb dumbbell. Surprisingly, after installing the FIGS struts it still required 20-lb of lifting BUT you don't have to lift up for as long. I am really surprised that it requires the same amount of force because I can lift it with one finger now. If you view the video link below it is clear that the trunk begins to lift itself the rest of the way after you help it the first 12-inches or so. As reported by others, it does require a little more force now to close the trunk but it's not bad at all and, actually, the little extra effort required to close the trunk just ensures the trunk lid won't fall on your head on its own.

Super easy 5-10 minute install. The FIGS cost more than Monroes or StrongArm struts but I have no regrets and am very satisfied with the results.











https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By4...w?usp=drivesdk

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