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Old 11-10-2018, 01:20 PM   #1
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Are the gas struts the same for the front and rear trunks on an 03 Box. ? Everyone sells rear struts but I can't find front struts for sale.
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Old 11-10-2018, 02:12 PM   #2
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Different I think, i got both on Amazon for pretty decent.
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Old 11-10-2018, 03:41 PM   #3
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It's easy to find any part via part number: https://www.porsche.com/all/media/pdf/originalparts/usa/986_USA_KATALOG.pdf

Front Strut PN: 996 511 551 01
Rear Strut PN: 986 512 551 01

So they aren't the same, fronts look to be about $15/each aftermarket, or $25/each for Stabilus which is the OEM supplier.
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Thanks Rick, I am off and running !
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Be careful when you remove the retaining clips. I nearly shot one clean across the garage when I did my fronts. When I do the backs I'll probably wrap a rag 95 % around it before I pop it off.
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Be careful when you remove the retaining clips. I nearly shot one clean across the garage when I did my fronts. When I do the backs I'll probably wrap a rag 95 % around it before I pop it off.
i just replaced the fronts a couple weeks ago....the new struts had new retaining clips already installed....i just slid the new struts over the ball mount and they 'clicked' into a locked position....

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But The Stabilus, the cheap ones don't last and you'll end up spending 2x the $$ buying them again in a year.......at least that's what I found....or as my favorite quote around here goes, "Ask me how I know".......
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But The Stabilus, the cheap ones don't last and you'll end up spending 2x the $$ buying them again in a year.......as my favorite quote around here says, "Ask me how I know".....(I love that one)
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Old 11-13-2018, 11:27 PM   #9
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I ordered a pair from an ebay supplier who delivers from Sydney AU.. $35 pair including postage and they have 3 years warranty. This supplier says on their store site that they moved from the states in 2003 to enjoy the Australian lifestyle.
A local business quoted $35 per strut to re gass plus a $55 call out fee. A friend had the four re gassed on his Cayman from another guy and paid about $100 for the four..
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:09 PM   #10
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New struts arrived today. Took 10 minutes to fit. Head should be safe for a while now.
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