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Old 12-30-2012, 09:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Community... a small question:
The gas-filled struts for the hatch on both my Insights have lost pressure and it is about time to do something about it before I lose a hand or a neck ;-(
Does anyone know if there is a suitable industial replacement, or are we forced to buy from Honda?
I know that some struts can be "adjusted" by letting out gas. Does anyone know the nominal force required so that the necessary pressure for the nitrogen-filling can be calculated?
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the Lift Supports Depot replacement rear struts one of my Insights. They are stronger than the original struts and are a decent retrofit. I went with them in spring 2011 I believe and although it isn't a ton of time to determine if they will live for a long time or not, they are doing great and I'm happy so far. I think that anything other than the short-lived OEM replacements is probably a better choice. $26.55 right now on their site makes them cheaper than the Honda struts. The shipping to Germany would be $36 though according to their shipping calculator on the site.

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Old 12-30-2012, 10:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi MN, thanks! That was prompt and very helpful... I'll check it out.
Happy New Year, David
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Just thought that the advice from MN deserves a conclusion: The struts (bought 4!) arrived promptly in Germany, but landed in customs, whre I had to collect them and pay 19% duty. (took a total of 30 days)
I fitted them yesterday, my wife held the hatch open and in 10 minutes it was all done!
A completely satisfying experience. Once again, many thanks to Lift Supports Depot and MNdriver.
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Not a problem. I was just sharing my experience with them. Sorry to hear about the wait and duty cost but good to hear you're happy in the end.
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I have the Lift Supports Depot replacement rear struts one of my Insights. They are stronger than the original struts and are a decent retrofit. I went with them in spring 2011 I believe and although it isn't a ton of time to determine if they will live for a long time or not, they are doing great and I'm happy so far. I think that anything other than the short-lived OEM replacements is probably a better choice. $26.55 right now on their site makes them cheaper than the Honda struts. The shipping to Germany would be $36 though according to their shipping calculator on the site.

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I just bought a pair for my insight,
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've had my Lift Support Depot hatch struts on my car now for 2 years and they are as strong as the day I installed them. Very happy customer here.
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Adding another bargain to my list. Thank you for posting this.

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Old 01-31-2013, 12:41 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks MN Driver.

That seller doesn't make it very easy to see, but they're selling StrongArm 6239 lifts at a slight premium.
search Amazon and Ebay for "StrongArm 6239" to find slightly lower pricing.

Today the best deal that I found is:
2 New Liftgate Lift Supports Strut Prop Rod Arm Honda Insight Electric 2000 06 | eBay

I have not yet purchased any.

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Old 01-31-2013, 03:16 AM   #10 (permalink)
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This is the one to use. They were the first to offer Insight hatch struts.

Lift Supports Systems | Hood | Window | Trunk | Hatch | Auto Parts By Lou

They are located in Escondido, Ca.
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