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    I was putting some things in my trunk, closed the lid and I heard a lound BANG!. I opened it back up thinking what the hell fell, and I saw a metal bar sticking out of the cardboard backing. I looked at it and I see how it goes up there, but are there any tricks to getting it to bend into place.. I tried doing it by hand but that is not easy.

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    I had to slip a bar over the end of mine to get it on. You are going to need all the leverage you can get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ether947
    I had to slip a bar over the end of mine to get it on. You are going to need all the leverage you can get.
    I had to put mine on the highest setting to hold up my spoiler. keep your hands out of the way when putting them into place(it hurts). and it helps to have someone hold the trunk lid open.
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    get a friend u dont like very much to do it... just incase it flys off. lol i did mine a few times and its a pain in the ass because its so easy for it to fling off. think i used a piece of pipe and some vice grips.
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    ditto on the piece of pipe, thin conduit will work fine, if yoiu can wear leather gloves it will save most of the scratches but go in to it looking to have your hands crushed...
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    scuze me for not knowing what a tension bar is on trunk lid? can anyone tell me what that is...

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    If you open your trunk there will be two steel rods that cross behind the back seat. They are the springs that hold the trunk open.
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    I used a vice grip, a metal rod (to hold up the trunk) and the cell phone to call me dad to open the trunk. Oh and a whole lot of swear words!

    But it was fun, first thing I fixed on the car!


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    Quote Originally Posted by xr7cat
    Oh and a whole lot of swear words!
    Yeah, that was my tool of choice when fixing it the lid on my car. I propose a new name for the tension bars. How about damnit bars?

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    Apparently we're supposed to build a tool from metal cable, rubber hose as a cushion, and a small chunk of water pipe with a hole drilled in it. Set the bar up high against the back of the hinge support (easier angle to put it in the notches), pull the bent end into position with the tool, then while holding that, pry the rest of the bar down until everything snaps into place.
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