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Trunk Hinge

just noticed on my friend's 5th gen sedan that his trunk hinge has the struts and stuff like many new cars, while my 7th gen sedan has that hinge that goes INTO the trunk storage area....why did honda go backwards in technology?! the hinge makes it look so much cheaper and prevents you from being able to really pack your trunk tight since you have to leave room for the hinge...

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It's cheaper, and also the 5th gen trunk was really small.
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Hmmm thats odd my 96 had deck lid hinges just like the 6th and 7th gen
Did Honda put diff hinges on Ex's?? I'll have to check out my sisters 97 LX...

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We have been annoyed by the hinges on occasion too. They were the same on the '02 & the '86... the '86 had a wider area between the hinges even though the actual space seems bigger in this one.

When packing up the little Civic we just got for my mom we had to rearrange stuff a few times to fit things in & close the lid. It seems to be a Honda thing.....

Of course, some don't like the hood struts so maybe having trunk struts would cause the same complaints...

I'd like struts in both areas myself.... they look better & would be out of the way....

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I can't answer your question, but them's some clean trunks!

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Hmmm thats odd my 96 had deck lid hinges just like the 6th and 7th gen
Did Honda put diff hinges on Ex's?? I'll have to check out my sisters 97 LX...

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weird...his was a 95 EX-V6 sedan...

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My '96 LX has the torsion bar hinges that go into the trunk, and its quite annoying at times. I wonder if there's a mod somewhere for this....

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my mom's acura has the hinges that go into the trunk too...on an acura?!?!?!
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Hmmm thats odd my 96 had deck lid hinges just like the 6th and 7th gen
Did Honda put diff hinges on Ex's?? I'll have to check out my sisters 97 LX...

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Old topic I know, but I have an answer!

The 94-95 model had the struts, and then the 96-97 had a larger trunk opening and it had hinges. The struts arn't that hard to convert to. They sell them at autoparts stores, and all you'd need to do is drill holes, and make sure they line up right with the body. I couldn't imagine it taking more than an hour or two of you left the existing hinges on to make all the measurements, and drilling.

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i think its a lot more complicated than just bolting the struts on. you need to figure out the geometry of the hinge and stuff. plus i dont think the run channel has enough room to fit the hinge and strut.

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i think its a lot more complicated than just bolting the struts on. you need to figure out the geometry of the hinge and stuff. plus i dont think the run channel has enough room to fit the hinge and strut.
I agree. Not enough room and not worth the effort just to save a handful of cubic inches.

Plus, the struts are a pain in the @$$ in the winter. When it gets cold out, they turn to molasses. I had the struts on my 94 and 95 Accords, my A4 and Passat. It was the same deal with all of them. On really cold days it took some oomph to get the trunk lid open. You won't run into that with the "suicide hinges" and the tension bars. And you don't have to worry about replacing the struts if you keep your car a long time. I'm sure they'll need eventually replacement just like the struts on my Wagon's rear hatch did.

If the strut set up was that good, Honda would not have went thru the cost and effort to re-engineer the rear end in the 96 aned 97 models. It required a new trunk lid, quarter panels and slightly smaller rear glass to accomodate the larger trunk lid over the enlarged opening.

I'd rather Honda leave the complexity behind and use those few extra dollars somewhere else in the car.

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why does honda use struts for the hood then?

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well i think they used hinges on the 6th and 7th gen because some models have the automatic trunk opener. my friend has the accord with the struts and when she use the mechanical trunk opener at the driver seat, it looks like the trunk doesn't even pop open a crack. the old passats have the struts, but the new passats with the auto trunk opener are in hinges. the new 7 series have hinges, although they're hydalic hinges which does the auto open and close. i don't know if the 3 series have an auto trunk opener with the struts.

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No 6th or 7th gen have a power trunklid, and a power latch mechanism (opening it from the keyless remote) doesn't affect which design is used (hinges or struts).

The struts are on the hood because they're more common I guess, gotta compete with them Camry's...not a big fan of the struts anyway.
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