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How to remove hydraulic strut rods that hold rear glass on C4 coupe (1/5)
 11/9/13 7:01pm
BATaylorEsq
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San Tan Valley, AZ - USA

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87 Red Coupe, not as pretty, had 213G miles, great running engine; got 20-21 around town, 27-28 on hwy; I got to drive a Vette, every day for 6 yrs. It was my first; so now I know what the fuss is all about. (Sold it 2015 for $3000, still ran great.)


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I bought the plastic trim rim that goes around the rear hatch, from the latch around to the center pillars, and hook on just ahead of where the hydraulic strut rods connect on the bottom. Trouble is, I can't seem to figure out how to get those lifter rods off the little studs. There is no clip on mine, just the stud, which has a ball on one end under the end of the rod, and what looks like a 9/16 nut holding the stud to the body. Is there a trick to get the rod off, so that the hole in the trim panel can go around the stud, or is that nut the only way to unscrew the stud and the stud and rod come off together? Chiltons and Factory manuals just say, remove the rods..., but don't tell the trick for how. Just wondering if anyone has had to replace the rods or the trim pieces and had a similar dilemma. As you can tell, I'm no mechanic or body man, so I try, but fly blind. (... but at least I ask for directions!) Much obliged, C4VR amigos.

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Re: How to remove hydraulic strut rods that hold rear glass on C4 coup (2/5)
 11/10/13 2:23pm
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Northern California, CA - USA

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1996 LT4 CE


Joined: 3/17/2010
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If I understand what you're asking, this link might help.  It's actually intended as a guide for replacing the rear hatch weather stripping, but not too far into the video, they talk about popping the struts that hold up the rear hatch.
 


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Re: How to remove hydraulic strut rods that hold rear glass on C4 coup (3/5)
 11/10/13 10:51pm
Mike2977
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Oviedo, FL - USA

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1984 Corvette coupe. Featured in America's Sports Car as the 1984 model. In-process resto-modding.


Joined: 10/30/2013
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My '84 struts just came off with a small screw driver under the 'clip' at the top and bottom. I purchased a set of recommended struts on one of the forums; guy on ebay, I think; and they included instructions on how to do it. I watched a technician at the body shop I use (was there for other service) and he made the whole thing look very easy. Old off in less than 5 minutes and new on in same time, although one of the electrical contacts was loose, so we uninstalled one side, again in less then a couple of minutes, screwed the bottom up against the contact to make it firm, and then back on again.

Here's an image of the instructions that came with the set:




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Re: How to remove hydraulic strut rods that hold rear glass on C4 coup (4/5)
 11/11/13 12:09am
BATaylorEsq
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San Tan Valley, AZ - USA

Vette(s):
87 Red Coupe, not as pretty, had 213G miles, great running engine; got 20-21 around town, 27-28 on hwy; I got to drive a Vette, every day for 6 yrs. It was my first; so now I know what the fuss is all about. (Sold it 2015 for $3000, still ran great.)


Joined: 11/29/2009
Posts: 90

My 87 don't have the little clip to pry out, but the video that LT4CE mentioned (from MAMotorworks weatherstrip install vid) shows them just prying the ball of the stud with a nail puller. I think that's what mine would do, so I'll try it and let ya know how it comes out (or not...). Thanks guys, you are on this Earth for a reason, and this is as good as any - playing with Corvettes and helping others play with Corvettes. Pretty neat.

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Re: How to remove hydraulic strut rods that hold rear glass on C4 coup (5/5)
 11/20/13 12:37pm
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weems, VA - USA

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1993 anniversary coupe


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One of the 1st things of many I changed on my 93 was the rear struts. Very easy job if I can do it anyone can.