How to replace your lift supports
Always replace lift supports in pairs. Like windshield wipers, lift supports work as a pair.
No special tools are required: a socket wrench and pair of pliers are in most cases all you will need. Most people can replace their old lift supports in a matter of minutes.
...BACK DOOR STAY REPLACEMENT
A few years ago, I purchased a set from http://www.autopartspeople.com
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) APP tends to sell Genuine Toyota OEM parts for usually less than what your local Toyota dealership sells the same parts for. Toyota OEM parts were what I ordered and that was exactly what I received. Thank you APP
The parts arrived in about a week and were a bit tricky to install, only because of the loc-tite that was used by Toyota to keep the bolts in place. Everything else was straight forward and was a simple install.HOW TO REMOVE BACK DOOR STAY
1. Remove the bolt and back door stay from the back door panel.
HINT: USE A STICK (or a friend) TO HOLD THE TRUNK UP WHILE YOU WORK ON REPLACING YOUR TRUNK SHOCKS.
2. Remove the 2 bolts and back door stay from the body.
Do not strip the bolts by trying to unscrew them with only regular tools. For these bolts that were "impossible" to remove, I used a gas BBQ lighter
to heat up the "loctite" glue (blue) that Toyota used on the OEM trunk-shocks so it could be unscrewed from the trunk hatch.
More information on using heat to remove loctite can be found at: http://www.ehow.com/how_5201363_remove-loctite-bolts.html
-- If you've never done this before, searching YouTube videos for "how to remove loctite bolt" could provide additional help.NOTICE:
When handling the back door stay...
* Do not disassemble the back door stay because the cylinder is filled with pressurized gas.
* The gas is colorless, odorless and non-toxic.*
* When working, handle the back door stay carefully.
* Never score or scratch the exposed part of the piston rod, and never allow paint or oil to get on it.
* Do not turn the piston rod and cylinder with the back door stay fully extended.HOW TO INSTALL BACK DOOR STAY
1. Install the 2 bolts and back door stay to the body.
Torque: 8.3 N-m (85 kgf-cm, 74 in.-lbf)
2. Install the bolt and back door stay to the back door panel.
Torque: 26 N-m (270 kgf-cm, 20 ft-lbf)