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Old 06-11-2018, 05:55 PM   #1
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9-5 Wagon Hatch Replacement

Hey all,

Lots of information out there about changing hatch struts, but I'm curious who has experience swapping-out the entire hatch? My 2005 has rust and I found a great replacement, but its an hour away and I will be going on a solo mission to retrieve it. Ideally I'd perform the swap immediately and drive home (to NYC - even less hospitable to DIY jobs), so if anyone has any insight into how I could pull this off, I'd be much obliged!
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:40 AM   #2
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I can only be halfway helpful here. I took one off a car that was going to the scrapper, but I've never put one on. I want to say we had the headliner out by the time we were taking the hatch off, but maybe you can get at the bolts with it in place, or maybe its a junk car and you don't care about bending the headliner out of your way.

If you're doing this without another set of hands, one thing to keep in mind is that the hatch is very heavy.
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