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Pelican Technical Article:

Hood Shock Replacement

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$30

Talent:

*

Tools:

Needle-nose pliers, small screwdriver

Applicable Models:

 
Porsche 986 Boxster (1997-04)
Porsche 986 Boxster S (2000-04)
Porsche 987 Boxster (2005-12)
Porsche 987 Boxster S (2005-12)
Porsche 987 Cayman (2007-12)
Porsche 987 Cayman S (2006-12)

Parts Required:

Hood shocks, two for each lid

Hot Tip:

Be careful not to drop the small clips

Performance Gain:

No more bumping your head on the hood

Complementary Modification:

Install the Das Schild hood and trunk protectors
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Are you getting tired of having your front or rear trunk lids fall on your head? It's probably time to replace your hood shocks. These are among the most disposable of parts on the Boxster. They will fail - it's just a matter of when. Replacing them is an easy task, however one that is made easier with small hands that manipulate tiny pieces. With a little bit of patience, you can replace your hood and trunk lid shocks in about 30 minutes.

The front hood uses two gas-pressurized shocks that hold up its weight. Start by lifting up the front hood, and securing it using a long stick or a baseball bat. Make sure that this support is securely affixed, as the hood will hurt if it falls on your head. Starting with the right side, use a small screwdriver to pry out the hood retainer clip. Then use a screwdriver to pop the hood shock off of the pivot ball that is attached to the chassis. Remove the other half of the shock in the same manner.

Replace the old shock in the same place and orientation that the old was in. Snap the new shock into place. If you can't get it around the pivot ball, then remove the retainer clip, push the shock over the ball, and then re-snap the clip into place. It is relatively easy to drop the clip down into the recesses of the trunk, so work carefully and don't rush.

The rear trunk shocks are very similar in their replacement process. The whole process should take you less than 30 minutes or so.

Each shock has two sockets on either end.
Figure 1

Each shock has two sockets on either end. To remove the shock, carefully pry out the retaining clip with a small screwdriver (inset photo). With the clip loosened, you can then pry off the hood shock from the car. Wrap your screwdriver in duct tape if you don't want to scratch your paint during the replacement process. The new shocks should last you several years, until they begin to wear out again.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Dave Comments: Can not open the front trunk/lid on 2001 Boxter. I can hear the release click when I suppress the key fob or hood release, but it won't open. Is there an emergency front hatch release?
October 24, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Try gently pressing down on lid when using hood release. At times there is an emergency release on the right side of the vehicle, in fender. But this is also left inside for safety in case someone is locked in trunk. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
986s Comments: I have a 986. Are the front hood shocks and the rear trunk shocks the same or are they of different length strokes?
February 2, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: They are different. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Bob Comments: Simple task...insert a small screwdriver blade under the clip...slight twist and pop the shock off using your hand...no tools or rubber hammer needed. The replacement clips on without any tools involved. Really took less than 10 minutes for both. Now the hood "pops" up.
January 10, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
99 boxster Comments: The only challenge for me was replacing the clips after removing the bolts that came with the new set. After that truly a 10-15 min job. Did not need to remove clips to install new shocks. Thanks!
November 14, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Blue Comments: This was so easy to replace. I recommend you reattach the bottom first and then the top. So easy I could do it in ten minutes max. Thanks
September 26, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Gordon Comments: It turns out that the struts CANNOT be compressed with reasonable effort prior to installation, but work just fine when installed. Problem solved!
June 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I was thinking that would be the case but I had sent in an email to Stabilus to see if there was a bad batch out there. Glad everything turned out OK! - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Gordon Comments: I'm having the same problem as Mr. Playa: I can't get the strut to compress. I've twisted the tube in both directions to no avail. I have not been able to find anything on the Stabilus website that was at all helpful. What am I missing?
June 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That is normal. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
jbsedona Comments: Jim: 987, Took more time to select the right tool, than to install: Hot tip: I used a small flat blade from my gun maintenance kit; slipped perfectly into factory slot; slight twist; out it came...reverse process, presto..great part, and GREAT photos/explaination..thanks Pelican!!!
February 12, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for sharing your installation process and experience. These type of comments add so much to the Pelican tech community.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Dcrocker Comments: Just did both front and back. Great results! Full agree with use of rubber mallet to wedge small screwdriver under spring clip. Thanks Pelican for these tips - inspires a loyal customer base.
January 18, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
simon Comments: How much to purchase a 97 boxster front trunk hood?
June 15, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
John Comments: My 1999 Boxster front trunk won't "pop up". We have one person pull the release, and the other person has a rope around the hood to exert upwards pressure, so we can therefore trigger the release under the hood.
I don't think it's the shocks as the trunk stays open once up.
Is there a spring in the latch that makes the hood pop up or is that the shocks?
March 23, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, the latch may be corroded or dirty. Try cleaning and lubricating it. Once clean, close it with a screwdriver, (with the hood open) then see if it unlatches. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
purdueme91 Comments: insanely easy to do. Just follow the advice of the other comments. Remove the threaded bolts first from the new parts by popping the clips. When installing the new ones, I did the bottom holes first and that seemed to need the clip partially pulled to fit. The top one just slipped on after that. 10 minutes start to finish.
February 24, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Brian Comments: Super easy repair to fix the rear trunk not staying up on my 2005 Boxster. Got the part in a few days from the time I ordered it. Removed the old one a bit tricky since I could not fit the screwdriver into the indent on the end at the trunk lid, but was able to wedge it in from the bottom of the retainer clip. The old shock popped off and the new one popped on. No more getting clunked in the head :
December 27, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
C Fraulino Playa Comments: Purchased the Stabilus front hood shocks and unable to compress the new product out of the box - almost like it's frozen with no give. A little concerned that the light weight aluminum hood on the Cayman may buckle once these both new shocks are installed...?
August 9, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the instructions and see if the unit is in a shipping position. Maybe you have to twist it to unlock it. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Bud Comments: Follow up: figure it out. The rear trunk shocks came wtih the mountng bolt in the ends. Had to use a smal screw drive to patially pop the retaining clip out, the poped the mounting ball / bolt out of each, then they snapped right on the existing ball/ bolts. Good to go.
February 24, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Happy to hear you were able to install the rear deck supports.

- Denny at Pelican Parts
 
Bud Comments: Front shocks exactly as described, rear shocks, I'm stumped.. The new parts came with what looks like a threaded bolt sticking out one end, but doesn't appear to be a way to un-bolt the old shock. So not sure I actually have the correct part 986-512-951-00-M24.
February 17, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That is the correct part number for the rear shocks. It sounds like the the ones you received have the mounting bolt installed. You can install them using the bolt in the shock or remove the bolt and pop the shock on to your existing ball stud bolt.

- Denny at Pelican Parts
 
MAS Comments: My hood shocks were going and the hood falling down, so since I was about to do the starter replacement, which involves disconnecting the battery, so I did the hood shocks to be sure I didn't have the dreaded lock-out happen accidentally! I used the Stabilus products - a bit more but I didn't see scrimping on a part that should last another 10 years.

The shocks went on in 5 minutes! Super easy. My suggestion is to use a rubber mallet to gently tap a small flat-head screwdriver between the retainer spring and body of the old units. You can then easily pop them off. Putting the new ones on, don't worry about the retainer spring at all. Put it in position and gently tap with the mallet and the spring will slip right into place. I did use a broom to hold things up while swapping, but once the first unit was replaced I didn't need it! These things worked great!
February 10, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes they should last another 10 years. In lieu of using a rubber mallet, which can be a bit large, you might want to use a small plastic hammer. Thanks again for the tips. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Smitty Comments: This was even easier than I thought it would be. I replaced both front hood shocks as well as the single shock in the rear of my 2006 Boxster. In my case, I simply pried back the retaining clips slightly and pried the shock away from the socket with a screwdriver covered in duct tape. The new shocks were simply pushed over the each socket without fiddling with the clips. They just snapped in for me. 10 minutes and I was done with all 3! Don't forget to prop the hood up with a broom stick, etc.
January 3, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Great, glad it worked out well for you! - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Coop Comments: Great write-up! Purchased the shocks from Pelican Parts arrived super fast, and 10 minutes later I was done. Easiest repair to the Boxster to date! There are lots of projects a novice like me should avoid, but this is definitely doable by anyone.
April 29, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bill Comments: Rear trunk replacement tip- Screw diver blade should NOT be wider then 1/4".Working with the new shocks first. Pry the clip away from the round sockets,BUT NOT OFF.You now know the feel and force needed on the clips on your car plus the new shocks are now ready.Now start on the car.Start with the shock attaced to the truck lid first prying back the clip.Pull it from the trunck lid.Now you can pivot it to get better access to remove the lower socket the same way. Pop the new one inplace and push the clip in and one side is done.Repeat on the other side.
May 15, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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