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My new to me 2005 Pilot and so far so good. One hiccup is the hatch height when open is a head knocker. On our 2005 Excursion, I was able to remedy a similar 'height challenged hatch' by replacing the rear supports for the 4WD with supports from a 2WD Excursion. Wondering if the same can be accomplished with front wheel drive Pilot model lift supports? Or has anyone found longer supports to add 2-3" of hatch height.
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No Kidding! Tall folks like me have a real head banger with the Pilot. I put new gas struts on my Yukon and solved the problem for THAT vehicle, because it was designed to have a higher opening. The Pilot of that generation (like my 07) will not go higher with just new struts. I've looked at it a bit and can't see how a longer gas strut would work. Others may have a solution or suggestions. I'm tired of banging my head!
 

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I think the problem you might have with trying to install a lift support with a greater extended length is the compressed length will also increase. This may not allow the gate to close.
 

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I got these MONROE 901630 tailgate struts a few years ago and installed them. They do succeed in raising the tailgate all the way, but I still bean myself from time to time. Anyway, they don't seem available anymore at RA.

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What they have now is listed under "Lift Support," which sounds like what Jane Russell was doing commercials for years ago for "full-figured gals." :)


 

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I'm 6' 3" & have bonked my head innumerable times on the open rear hatch - I don't think you can do longer struts because the "spoiler" on the top of the hatch lid will run into the "jam" (where the hinges are mounted in the top of the opening) - you could test this by detaching the struts & opening the hatch further (carefully) but it looks to me like it would hit.
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You would also have to move the lower mount. A longer opening length means a longer closed length.
I was able to put longer struts on my campers rear hatch, but I had to move the lower mount to accommodate the new "closed length".
 
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