I have found that by simply removing the weight undernight the plastic fixture in the hatch fixes the problem quite nicely too.
x2 - plus you have to remove it anyway if you get any type of aftermarket spoiler.I have found that by simply removing the weight undernight the plastic fixture in the hatch fixes the problem quite nicely too.
Why is the wieght even there you think? :dunno:
The plastic liner pops out pretty easily. I looked at every angle before I started carefully prying it off. I popped the ends near the springs with a screwdriver, then slowly pulled the rest of the liner off, careful not to bend it. The clips are orange, I believe. The slide in sideways into the slot that is molded into the liner.I understand that the weight is supposed to counterbalance the rear hatch. Without the weight, it would be more difficult to shut the hatch.
Problems arise if you have the "Nismo spoiler" added to the lid. This is supposed to weigh an extra 10 pounds or so. Between the extra weight of the spoiler, the weight inside the hatch, and the weaker original springs, the hatch won't pop open the way it was intended. And it won't stay open.
I found this out about a week after I bought my car during a cleaning session. Got crowned good and solid on the head when the hatch suddenly slammed down!
I would also like to remove the weight on the inside. But I'm unsure of how you get the plastic liner off the inside of the hatch without damaging it. Can anyone give me some tips on this?
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