I finally found the right lift supports for the rear hatch and got them installed.
I had to order the ball studs separately online. I couldn't find them at any local hardware or auto parts stores.
Here's a picture of all the parts for one side. This pic actually shows the first strut I tried that had too high of a pressure rating- 50 lbs. I exchanged these for struts with 30 lbs. pressure and they work fine.
If you buy the StrongArm lift supports (struts)- Part #4644 will work. They measure 19.7" extended 11.8" compressed 30lbs pres. I bought the 10mm ball studs and nuts here- www.maxumhardware.com You can also buy struts here, but you have to order at least 4. The washers I bought at the local hardware store.
After weeks of waiting for parts, I got my Trekker back from the shop. 2" lift and 4.88 gears. I slapped on some new tires the next day. I love it! It drives 100 times better and looks cool too. I will post pics soon!
My new hatch lock assembly came in today. Here's how I was keeping the hatch closed before...
Old lock base plate...
Lock parts, New and Old...
I had to reuse the flat hooked latch. I also reused the two mounting screws and nuts. I wanted the flat key cylinder, but I ordered the wrong part number. After waiting 4 weeks to get this one, I think I can live with the tube key for now.
I also recently put in some new seat belts up front.
and had some driveshaft work done to fix a vibration issue.