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Old 02-22-2014, 11:08 AM   #1
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Default Whats the deal with the reproduction 245 tailgate hinges?

In the middle of repainting my 245, but my taligate hinges like most of them, are a victim of pitting and bubbling chrome due to the potmetal construction. Seen these hinges being reproduced aftermarket. http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Driver-O...a0ddbc&vxp=mtr

Im asking because ive had horrible experiences with aftermarket chrome parts and they usually last about a month before it falls apart. But if someone has used these before and has had them hold up I would buy them to have my hinges loooking as good as the rest of the car. Thanks.
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:49 AM   #2
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They are soft metal and utter garbage, just like the aftermarket door handles.

You are better off to buy a used not-too-whooped out set with intact stops for the full open position and to open the hatch gently and let it gently come to rest at the top as you guide it by holding the hatch handle every time.

Soak the hinges in some LPS-3 lube before install and periodically and do the above and you will seldom if ever need another set.

The black factory ones, just like the black factory door handles are junk (relatively speaking) too, but still better than aftermarket.
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:32 PM   #3
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Ahh I figured they were junk, Thanks
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