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Hey guys,
The rust got to my original Hatch
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And all I could get a hold of was Black tail gate from an 2003 ext at the local junk yard.

The only problem is that it won't fully close to where it latches with the support struts attached.
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I was told the liftgate was interchangeable.
Am I doing something wrong?
 

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They look the same, and there's no way to adjust how the hatch is mounted.
Everything lines up like it's supposed to when I take the support struts completely off, but man is that liftgate heavy😓 without them
I checked a couple of parts places and the struts are supposedly the same for the '03 and '05 but that does not mean that the mounting points are exactly the same between the model years.

Yeah, it seems like they would be the same but it is possible that while the mounts could be the same distance apart from year to year, the actual locations might be higher or lower relative to each other. If you are mixing a higher mount location on the car or a lower location on the lift gate your strut will appear to be too long and may give you the symptoms you are experiencing. . Since the problem only shows up when the struts are installed it sounds like a strut mounting point issue?????
 

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I checked a couple of parts places and the struts are supposedly the same for the '03 and '05 but that does not mean that the mounting points are exactly the same between the model years.

Yeah, it seems like they would be the same but it is possible that while the mounts could be the same distance apart from year to year, the actual locations might be higher or lower relative to each other. If you are mixing a higher mount location on the car or a lower location on the lift gate your strut will appear to be too long and may give you the symptoms you are experiencing. . Since the problem only shows up when the struts are installed it sounds like a strut mounting point issue?????
That has to be the issue, it's the only thing that makes sense. Thanks for all your help!
 
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