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Old 8th October 2019, 12:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Boot Strut - Pending disaster or not!

I noticed when I first got the car off of TREG (MY09) that the N/S boot strut was slightly loose and there didnt appear to be a way of tightening it. I have also noticed that this area of the car warrants attention after rain and washing due to the buildup of debris.

Has this been fixed with later model GTR's, or is there a fix, besides a zip tie carried in the boot, before it gets to this stage:
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Old 8th October 2019, 01:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nope same issue, personally i use a good quality polish on my cars just for the boot sides, door opening section, fuel cap section and under bonnet. This stop water sitting there and its very easy to dry. As for the so called drain section by the rear lights just keep it clean and the water generally runs out fine.
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Yeah. I do the similar, but I worry given that the strut is loose that its a ticking time bomb as all of the wax in the work wont help protect the other side of the strut that you cant get too.
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I should add that that is not my car.....

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I was wondering what the hell you had done to it
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bloody hell blobbish, don't do that to me. i mean, we all know TREG car was a shed, but.....
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bloody hell blobbish, don't do that to me. i mean, we all know TREG car was a shed, but.....
Give yourself a smack round the back of the head***x1f600;.

I think we better have a photo of what the car looks like now Blobbish- Is it still in one piece?
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Yes Uncle TREG, its still in one piece.

After looking at that picture, I wonder how many people went and checked their boot struts.

The image is off of a GTR sales add for a SVM tuned GTR on ebay.
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Yeah. I do the similar, but I worry given that the strut is loose that its a ticking time bomb as all of the wax in the work wont help protect the other side of the strut that you cant get too.
Can't get in with a nozzle to spray Waxoil type stuff?
Similar idea to spraying into the chassis box sections.
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I noticed when I first got the car off of TREG (MY09) that the N/S boot strut was slightly loose and there didnt appear to be a way of tightening it. I have also noticed that this area of the car warrants attention after rain and washing due to the buildup of debris.
Has this been fixed with later model GTR's, or is there a fix, besides a zip tie carried in the boot, before it gets to this stage:
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Now he tells us!
I was wondering what the hell you had done to it
I thought you'd been done by Treg then as well then! .. and was just warming up my seat, and getting the ready for the onslaught!
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I spray WD40 on the nut and the hinge mechanisms. I find otherwise the hinges can get stiff and when the boot goes up, and gets caught by the wind, there is a lot of strain on that bottom damper bolt. The metal looks really thin in that photo of the broken damper, shame a support can't be easily made to sit behind the panel.
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Old 9th October 2019, 04:26 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I thought you'd been done by Treg then as well then! .. and was just warming up my seat, and getting the<img src="https://www.gtr.co.uk/forum/images/smilies/new/popcorn.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Popcorn" class="inlineimg" /> ready for the onslaught! <img src="https://www.gtr.co.uk/forum/images/smilies/tongue.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Stick Out Tongue" class="inlineimg" /><img src="https://www.gtr.co.uk/forum/images/smilies/tongue.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Stick Out Tongue" class="inlineimg" />

Lol<img src="https://www.gtr.co.uk/forum/images/smilies/new/chuckle.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Chuckle" class="inlineimg" />

It's amazing what you can fix with a bit of duck tape and super glue. I built that car myself out of some old beer barrels. <img src="https://www.gtr.co.uk/forum/images/smilies/eek.gif" border="0" alt="" title="EEK!" class="inlineimg" /><img src="https://www.gtr.co.uk/forum/images/smilies/new/chuckle.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Chuckle" class="inlineimg" />
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thats horrific
Its a NISSAN Mike, 1mm thick steel panels throughout its construction....What on Earth did you expect?!
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Best not to let it get too late. Just had to have a plate welded in. Nissan use two sheets laminated to add strength. Not that it dose anything. Makes it a real pain to weld. Really awkward spot to get in to.

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A1ex,

Can I ask where you took the photo from. I cant tell if its from underneath (bolt looks to close) or from removing the rear light cluster.

Because if nothing else I want to get some sort of protection on it.

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The boot liner needs to be removed. Image bellow is not from my car but i found it really helped to visualise the construction. There is a panel above between the lights and wheel arch with a few holes. The one in red is the one closest to the light. It is still really hard to reach the rear most nuts. A mirror is handy to inspect with. It's not a straight shot, as you may see the access hole dose not line up. Getting a socket on it is almost impossible. For that you have to go in where the alarm is bolted.

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Jeeez. This issue looks to be a real PITA. I think I will get the endoscope out when I get some time and see whats going on with mine. I do not want it turning into a nightmare.

Thanks for the images though, they'll be very helpful.
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