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post #46 of 54 (permalink) Old Dec 28th, 14, 6:41 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Lowering the rear of your hood or front of trunk: alignment

Tell me, do you mean the "rear" of the trunk up by the hinges or the "rear" of the trunk by the tail lights? We all often mix these up.

The rear by the tail lights you lower the striker that is on the rear body panel, that pulls the trunk down tighter.

Tell me, have you replaced the rubber?

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Tell me, do you mean the "rear" of the trunk up by the hinges or the "rear" of the trunk by the tail lights? We all often mix these up.

The rear by the tail lights you lower the striker that is on the rear body panel, that pulls the trunk down tighter.

Tell me, have you replaced the rubber?

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the rear near the bumper.I think the trunk seal has been replaced don't know the brand though.it sits very close now with the rubber bumpers removed and the trunk seal removed.I am going to try and remove the catch on the trunk and see where it sits ..thank you all for your help

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I forget now, I would need to go out to my car but I think BOTH the latch and the striker both move quite a bit to bring it down. The rubber seal around the trunk will keep it up when new but if you bring it down tighter a little at a time over days with the new rubber it will compress it down and work fine. If you try to smash it down all at once when you put the new rubber in expecting the trunk to fit as it did before the rubber was installed, you are asking a bit much and I don't like to do that, the lid needs to be SLAMMED shut and I just don't like doing that. I loosen up the striker and leave it that way a few days then tighten it up over a few days until it fits well again. On the doors, if you leave them on the "first catch" of the latch a few days before shutting them completely that works well.

It's not a must do, I just find it nice to let them get slowly compressed down, it just feels right to do it that way.

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I forget now, I would need to go out to my car but I think BOTH the latch and the striker both move quite a bit to bring it down. The rubber seal around the trunk will keep it up when new but if you bring it down tighter a little at a time over days with the new rubber it will compress it down and work fine. If you try to smash it down all at once when you put the new rubber in expecting the trunk to fit as it did before the rubber was installed, you are asking a bit much and I don't like to do that, the lid needs to be SLAMMED shut and I just don't like doing that. I loosen up the striker and leave it that way a few days then tighten it up over a few days until it fits well again. On the doors, if you leave them on the "first catch" of the latch a few days before shutting them completely that works well.

It's not a must do, I just find it nice to let them get slowly compressed down, it just feels right to do it that way.

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Would the proceedure of lowering the pass side trunk towards the bumper..be the wood under the hinge resting on a peice on the trunk floor and pulling slightly down lower it? would 1/8 be too much to expect?

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Re: Lowering the rear of your hood or front of trunk: alignment

Really there is nothing you would do at the hinge to lower the rear at the bumper. You need to move the striker down. But often the rubber bumpers are too tall (reproduction are "similar" to original not identical) or the lip of the jamb where the rubber goes is too high, or did you install new rubber? It could be folded over and holding the lid up too high there.


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Re: Lowering the rear of your hood or front of trunk: alignment

This post and the other 'MartinSr' hood adjustment narrative post were answers to my hood adjustment prayers!! My hood is now nicely aligned!! Thanks MartinSr!
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Awesome! Sometimes the things we do on these cars can be awful frustrating. If I played even a tiny part in ending that frustration for you, you made my day!

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OMG...another of our body shop experts has showed up again. When Brian talks
people should listen and learn. Good to see you posting!
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Thanks for the kind words.

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