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Tired of whacking my head on the hatch. Which VW prop rods do the trick for an 03?
 

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Strongarm lifts #4325 Strongarm lifts #4325 or BOXI 2pcs Liftgate Lift Supports for Honda Element 2003 - 2011 Liftgate SG226011, 74820SCVA01 all at amazon or local auto parts store
 

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Had the same issue and so this was a way to solve the problem. Ordered a pair off Amazon and installed in less than 10 minutes. No more head-banging!

StrongArm 4351 Volkswagen Beetle w/Spoiler Hatch Lift Support 1999-01
 

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Tired of whacking my head on the hatch. Which VW prop rods do the trick for an 03?
 

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Tired of whacking my head on the hatch. Which VW prop rods do the trick for an 03?
Just installed the StrongArm 4325 on my 07 Element. They went in very nicely. I was disappointed that they didn't fully extend on their own - it required a little push. I wrote to the Amazon retailer who replied that it may be due to the cold weather where I live and suggested some alternatives.

They said:

The OE model for the 07 Element is rated for 73 pounds,
The StrongArm 4325 is rated for 70 pounds, and
The StrongArm 4351 is rated for 79 pounds - and has the same travel height as the StrongArm 4325

The StrongArm 4351 "may work better for the winter but would be harder during the warmer months. .... In the warmer months the 79 pound one would be harder to close as it is more pressure, but in the winter would likely perform better than the 70 pound ones."

I would like to try the 4351, but don't care to pop for another $30 right now.
 
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