- jdubthegreat wrote:
- Hello all,
I have a 2013 Scion TC that has had the rear trunk shocks go bad, which has made it very difficult to lift and use the trunk space. With that being said I am in a current situation with an auto shop who had replaced the trunk shocks with a brand called, Stabilus Lift-O-Mat. They told me that these shocks are straight from the dealership and that they are classified as "heavy duty" shocks. However, I have to lift my trunk to the highest point possible for those shocks to hold the trunk open, which, doesn't seem right. Another thing I was told is that the dealership has two sets of shocks that are classified as "stock" and "heavy duty", which the stock one costs 3x the price of the heavy duty ones (also doesn't sound right).
With that being said, can anyone confirm that this is correct? And if not what would be a good replacement brand that will solve this issue?
I appreciate any advice/info in advance, thanks!
for one.. I see you're new here, welcome to cstc, but I have to ask, I wonder if you will respond to this posting, since we have a lot of people who join, ask, then never answer their own posts..
onto your question, you went to an independent shop who claims they went to the dealer. I've seen those lies before. There is an aftermarket brand (get at any auto parts store) called Stabilus it's made by SACHS, which does make the Toyota brand lift supports. That brand makes the 1st gen tC (that I have, read the part numbers myself) There are two sets of lift supports, one is from TRD (toyota racing) which is for anyone who installs the trunk wing (more weight). The other is the factory which is about 3x the price. Which I do not think it's worth the price. Many who have installed the cheaper TRD lift supports without having the wing have commented how fast they lift the hatch!
But.. That shop probably bought the aftermarket lift support that was not designed for your hatch, claims they bought it at the dealer, since it's the same manufacturer. I laugh at how stupid that is.. Just because it's the same manufacturer doesn't mean it's pushing out the same pressure/force! I bet that shop installed the wrong Stabilus aftermarket supports! When do these shops get a brain?! So many stupid things they do.
Best thing.. get the correct Stabilus part number from oreilly, advance auto, and compare it to the one installed on yours.. I bet you'll find it's not the correct number. You could argue with the shop but I can bet you $$$ they won't do a thing and say it's fine. but you could try and complain.. Stabilus in the aftermarket is a decent product, but they don't last as long as the TRD or Toyota ones. But they DO lift the hatch fully and quickly.
EDIT: I find it odd that your 13 lift supports were already failing. I have a 13 year old tC 1st gen, and the stock units are just getting lazy now.