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Old 01-21-2015, 12:29 PM
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I do it ALL the time with my key in my pocket. I have nothing else in my pocket and my BMW key has a keychain with only 2 keys on it. I dont know how it happens but i do it at least 4 times a week.
OK. I get how it could happen in your pocket. That happened to me once in the early days with my E39. Since then, I keep my car key separate from my house keys. I just use the single key in my ignition. This is also nice because I usually leave my house and office keys in the car and I don't have to jingle jangle around with them in my pocket. I need them at home, so they come with me inside. Easy peasy.

But that's not what I was asking about. The person I questioned said to be careful while driving. THAT I (still) cannot see.
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5 minute install, EASY if I can do this anyone can, my wife is so happy.....I am the man today....LOL...Thanks Garrett for getting them to me so fast, This forum is AWSOME for ideas and help and making new friends....loving the X5 right now.....
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5 minute install, EASY if I can do this anyone can, my wife is so happy.....I am the man today....LOL...Thanks Garrett for getting them to me so fast, This forum is AWSOME for ideas and help and making new friends....loving the X5 right now.....
I got the shocks in from ECS this week, but I am waiting on the springs to install them.

Meanwhile, I did wash the X5, secure, cut and arrange 44 roses into vases around the house for my wife's special day tomorrow, and prepared 4 pork shoulders for an all day smoke- a dry run for the Super Bowl. Off to the birthday dinner!
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5 minute install, EASY if I can do this anyone can, my wife is so happy.....I am the man today....LOL...Thanks Garrett for getting them to me so fast, This forum is AWSOME for ideas and help and making new friends....loving the X5 right now.....

Awesome. I am glad they worked out for you. They just weren't for me - with the way I am always popping the hatch with the keys in my pocket, I am sure we'd have trouble......


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I'm tihnking its not $30 sadly.
the buyers will have to buy new rear hatch gas shocks too for these, as the Bimmer parts do not have unscrewable heads, which are needed for this set-up.
I wanted them till I figured this out
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I received mine last week, didn't realize until after I got them that you have to have aftermarket struts to install them because the you can't remove the ball from the OEM struts.
Sure you can. Well, at least *I* could. Of course, I went from the advice within this thread and bought new struts anyway. My old ones were holding the trunk just fine, but they took a bit of encouragement to lift.

Anyway, I bought the aftermarket struts that were suggested here and I found the ends difficult to remove/unscrew. In fact. I had to use channel locks to grip the strut rod and then unscrew the end to install the springs- more on them later.

That experience made me curious. The OE struts removed from the hatch, I figured I had nothing to lose. So, I gripped the OE's with channels and twisted the other end.. and guess what? They twisted right off.

Here is my original strut with 'E53 HK' in blue.


and here is the end removed of the OE strut (note 11 years of dirt and grime). Easy peasy:
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Old 03-08-2015, 09:23 PM
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Great! We have a few test mules lmao.. Post up how the install went and how it works guys. Ill be hopping on this as well then.
The install was only confusing at first. That's b/c I expected the ends on the struts I ordered from ECS to be easier to unscrew. I headed to YouTube, found some video of the removal, and realized I just wasn't trying hard enough.

10 mins later, the ends were off, the springs were in, and the assembly was installed. (watch your head if you go at this alone: one strut is not enough to hold the hatch)


I've had them now for about a week. Only one Costco run in that time, but it was *really* nice to walk up and drop in the stuff.

There *is* quite a bit more tension shutting the trunk. I am not sure my lil wife will get it done the first time she tries. You have to push like you mean it to get it to close. Not a problem as you're kinda in the swing, anyway. I'd say it's a trade off at this early stage in the experience. I'm willing to put a but more pressure on the close for the convenience of it opening all the way.

I noticed tonight when I took a picture that the springs are blue. Other than that, this is not a detail that I am prepared to obsess about. How often do we look at our hatch and hood struts anyway?
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when you guys ordered this was it from slovakia??
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I've had these on my E53 for almost a year. They are one of my favorite modifications that I have done (and I've done a lot). They work beautifully and are such a nice convenience. My Mom wants them so badly for her X3.
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Neat, thanks guys for sharing your experience with these.

Am still a little leery because it might put undue stress on the soft close mechanism (having had to repair it and price out parts for it, they are $$$), but they still look interesting!
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when you guys ordered this was it from slovakia??
Yes. I ordered mine at the end of Jan and they showed up last week.

Having said that, the seller is VERY good at communicating even if his English is not. I'd buy from him again.
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