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When purchasing new tailgate ones bear in mind their are two different types. Some are held on with a bolt on each end and some have a ball and clip at each end, I think the change over was late 2007 but best check what you have first.

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When purchasing new tailgate ones bear in mind their are two different types. Some are held on with a bolt on each end and some have a ball and clip at each end, I think the change over was late 2007 but best check what you have first.
Thanks for all the information gents. I shall have to make a decision over the next couple of weeks but I now know what to consider.

Which ones do you stock Paul?

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When purchasing new tailgate ones bear in mind their are two different types. Some are held on with a bolt on each end and some have a ball and clip at each end, I think the change over was late 2007 but best check what you have first.
And, as we now know, some have a bolt at the top and a ball at the bottom...
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So, after lengthy dialogue with those nice chaps at the Custom300cShop and some correspondence with Rock Auto in the US I'm still no nearer to getting the correct struts. It was suggested that I change the ends - put the old end from my existing strut on to the new strut - but I couldn't figure a way to do this without the risk damaging the piston on the new strut.

On top of every thing else, the top - tailgate end - of the strut, the one held on by a bolt [slightly larger than a T40 torque] didn't seem to want to move. I've been soaking it with WD40 every time I open the boot and today it finally moved!

So, the only thing I can think of now is to fit a ball fitting into the bolt hole and use a normal strut. I don't see any reason why this should be a problem apart from obtaining a ball fitting that is...

Does any one have any idea what size I would need? I can remove the existing bolt to get a thread size, is there a standard size for these ball fittings?
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Just spoken to Chrysler UK and they tell me that the original struts were discontinued in 2008 and are no longer avaiable...

They tell me that the later struts are a direct replacement but need an additional part - the top ball fitting - which is part number 6508 306AA and is [according to the parts list] STUD, M8x1.25x44.80 - and that they are out of stock...

They tell me that they hope to have some soon...

So, at least I now know what I need.
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Just wondered if you can remove the original strut and use the oem end to put on the newer style strut? if that make sense



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Just wondered if you can remove the original strut and use the oem end to put on the newer style strut? if that make sense
Well, I ws waiting for the ones from Rock Auto to arrive - they assured me that they were the right fittings...
But, they arrived today and, no, they're not the right fittings.
I've emailed them and will wait to see what they say but your suggestion is exactly what I was thinking, thanks Paul.
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Thanks Bill,

The top ones are the right ones - or look like it. However, I've got some coming from those nice people at the custom300cshop - after a bit of research between us they now have a replacement ball stud to swap fro the T40/M8 stud that fixes the originals on.

As for the second set, I have a pair here just like them waiting to be shipped back to Rock Auto...
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