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2G Rear Hatch Adjustment Help

Ven

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Aug 16, 2021
Colorado
I am having problems adjusting the rear hatch on my 2g. The hatch is closing unevenly and is causing the driver side of the hatch to sit higher than the passenger side. I have tried to adjust the rubber stop but it didn’t seem to help with the unevenness. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can go about fixing this issue?

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motomattx

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Dec 9, 2010
wampum, Pennsylvania
There aren't many other adjustments that you can make, if there is no problems with the seals making contact in the wrong places then it comes down to the hinges being bent or something.
 

gofer

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1,274
Feb 18, 2006
South Gilbert, Arizona
If you can't find a strut causing the issue there are 4 hinge bolts that you can loosen up that have a little bit of play too, it's trial and error though and the hatch is fairly heavy so be careful. I wouldn't back them out completely, just loosen them, make your adjustment, then tighten them back down and see if things line up a bit better.
 

randman2011

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509
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Feb 26, 2012
Indianapolis, Indiana
I also had this problem due to the struts. Or, specifically, missing one strut. Installed a new one but still had the problem because the new one was a lot stronger than the old one. They both went out soon after and now that they're matching my hatch sits level.
 

Ven

Probationary Member
3
1
Aug 16, 2021
Colorado
Thanks for the reply’s everyone! I will try removing the struts and seeing if that fixes the issue and if so I’ll order a pair of new struts. One strut does look newer than the other so that very well may be the problem. If that doesn’t help the problem I’ll try a new set of hinges.
 

Ven

Probationary Member
3
1
Aug 16, 2021
Colorado
Leaving a quick update. I replaced both struts with new ones and unfortunately that didn’t fix my problem so it looks like I’ll be attempting to adjust the hinges and most likely trying a new set of hinges with the hope that’ll fix it.
 

randman2011

Proven Member
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236
Feb 26, 2012
Indianapolis, Indiana
Boo. I've never tried adjusting the hinges on an Eclipse but when I tried adjusting the gullwing doors on my Autozam it sucked a lot. It was like a three person job because everything is so heavy and the force from the struts is at such an odd angle. Good luck!
 

gofer

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Feb 18, 2006
South Gilbert, Arizona
Leaving a quick update. I replaced both struts with new ones and unfortunately that didn’t fix my problem so it looks like I’ll be attempting to adjust the hinges and most likely trying a new set of hinges with the hope that’ll fix it.
It's a lot of work but to get more adjustment on the hinges you can open the holes up with a drill to give you some more "wiggle" in the direction you need to line everything up. Like I said, I had to do this to get my Carbonetics CF hatch to line up and it was still heavy af.
 
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