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Old 03-31-2016, 11:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anybody confirm if the rear hatch lift struts are the same for both generation Tribeca's? I see from a parts database that they have different part numbers, but looking through some photos, it would appear it is the same part.

Would the 06-07 fit the 08-13 and vis-a-vi?

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Old 04-01-2016, 10:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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For the 2008+ body style you can get aftermarket units. For 2006-2007, buy a set of two under the part number issued for the service campaign. The question of interchangeability (old to new or new to old) has not been investigated, as far as I can tell.
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Old 04-01-2016, 11:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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For the 2008+ body style you can get aftermarket units. For 2006-2007, buy a set of two under the part number issued for the service campaign. The question of interchangeability (old to new or new to old) has not been investigated, as far as I can tell.
We'll find out shortly. I'll either have a new post here in the classifieds or my gate will no longer sag...
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Old 04-03-2016, 08:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have an 09 and was wondering which aftermarket struts are available, and which you would recommend? They want $100 each from the local stealership...
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I have an 09 and was wondering which aftermarket struts are available, and which you would recommend? They want $100 each from the local stealership...
If the ones I picked up don't work, you'll be hearing from me soon!
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Old 04-04-2016, 11:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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And what aftermarket ones did you order nribs? I suppose I should wait until we have a report
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I have an 09 and was wondering which aftermarket struts are available, and which you would recommend? They want $100 each from the local stealership...
Subaruonlineparts has them for $74 each. They usually do free or $4.99 flat rate shipping for orders over $100, too. Not too bad.
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Considering aftermarket are usually $20 for a pair, that's pretty steep in my book.
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Old 04-04-2016, 07:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Here's an example, http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Rear-Hatch...VUP2VC&vxp=mtr.
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So my 08 struts came in and I now visually verified the right side is the same part but the left the bracket/hinge on the body side has a 5mm curvature difference where the bracket attaches to the body with two 10mm screws.

If you take a look at any model Tribeca, the left and right sides are quite different where the hinge meets the body. The rear panels L/R have a slight different curvature, hence the slightly different bracket.

I may try and see if I can remove the left side bracket and swap with the one I purchased. Unless some forum member wants to redeem them from me...;^)

I had bought them from a Subaru parts recycler off a low mile, front end crash 08 for $75 shipped.

Hatch struts 06-07 not same part as 08-13 - left side that is.

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Old 06-07-2017, 04:32 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I figured I'd bump this thread because I installed the eBay struts that avk linked to.

Initial impressions: Fitment is good, installing them correctly is key and they come with no instructions.

They open the gate with very little effort needed by the person opening, you can almost just touch the unlatch button and they open themselves, to the point where they actually bounce the liftgate a bit at max open, so they're good there.

Obviously the really important thing is how well they age, which only time will tell (but I'll let you guys know).
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Thinking of changing the struts out on my 08 Tribeca. Both my wife and I almost got concussions this past winter when the rear gate actually dropped on our heads after opening it. I think it's time.
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thanks,
just ordered
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Just to chime in, the 2006 did have a service action on the early ones for the "Rear hatch stay" kit.
This kit comes with both the right and the left struts and should be the same for 2007.

As of 06/09/2017 this part number X6326XA000 is stall available and can be sold over the counter.
It lists at my dealer for about 105.00 bucks, but that covers both struts.

You can call that sponsor link up top and see if they can order this, one would think that can, and these are the updated factory units. In my experience, they are far better then the aftermarket ones.
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I'm thinking to replace mine, just because of this strange squeaks they make.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRVIql_BXK8
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I'm thinking to replace mine, just because of this strange squeaks they make.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRVIql_BXK8
Heheheheheh. Sounds like chewbacca!

I was wondering what that sound was though. My car makes the same noise. Maybe it's time to switch them out!
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I'm thinking to replace mine, just because of this strange squeaks they make.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRVIql_BXK8
Try compressed air first. I go offroad and my OB was at the point of making unbearable noises. I do not remember what exactly I used but it is quiet now.
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Try compressed air first. I go offroad and my OB was at the point of making unbearable noises. I do not remember what exactly I used but it is quiet now.
What exactly did you do with the compressed air? Gonna try it out on mine, but I have no clue what you're talking about. haha
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Ordered replacement ones from the ebay link. You could also get them off their website: https://www.liftsupportsdepot.com/

Install is easy, but no instructions. You unbolt the 2 bolts on the fixed body and then ubolt the ball on the hatch. Hold the hatch with your head, or use your head, and get something to prop up the hatch before you start. It's heavy!

Attach the new ball, then the strut with the two screws. Sliding the retaining spring by pulling down and it will slip out of a small hole. Push the socket on to the ball (some persuasion necessary) and push the retaining spring back up in to place.

Here's details on the clip: https://www.liftsupportsdepot.com/bl...ft-support#top
I should have read this first, but figured it out on my own.

20 minutes total finding tools and putting it all away.

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Tip: a 6-foot stepladder is just the right height to hold the tailgate. You can place a rag on the top to protect the plastic trim.
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