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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-28-2010, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Torque bar lift for rear lid

The other day I went to lower the top; rear lid didn't pop up, but I was able to lift it eventually...quite heavy when one of the torque bars is broken. Anyone have any experience repairing/replacing this? My 2007 has 16K miles, but out of warranty!

I'm new to this site, so if this has been addressed, I apologize... just let me know of the proper thread.

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On some, the springs are weak and don't hold the top open but I've never heard of one breaking. Yours may be the first.

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I agree, the first I have heard of breaking. Are you sure that it is actually broken, as opposed to somehow disconnected ? I haven't heard of that happening either, but seems more likely and, possibly, easier to fix.

I have been told that replacing one requires that the rear bodywork be removed, making it pretty much an all-day job.

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There are a couple of threads on the solstice forum about using springs from Lowes to help get the trunk open. One has pictures. To get at the torque rods hnd hinges you have to pull the rear valence, inner fenders and the rear bumper. It is not terribly difficult, jut time consuming. Lots of fasteners.
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Mine were replaced several weeks ago. Too bad they didn't do anything to raise the deck so I took the advice of someone on the forum and went to Lowe's and got me two coil springs. Now when I hit the button the trunk opens all the way vertical and stays there. I just love the surprised looks I get from people after I hit that button.

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Thanks for the info; the service tech at the dealership diagnosed the break...but it could be disconnected...it's certainly loose, and tough to get at....more investigating to do!
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I got a better look this am...it's broke, appears to be broke right at the elbow...now for the fix....if anyone has any shortcuts, good ideas, etc...I'd be most happy to hear about them. I'd like to get it done before I put it away for the winter...but if it means tying it up for a long time, I'll wait until January....Any thoughts, shortcuts, etc...
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I got a better look this am...it's broke, appears to be broke right at the elbow...now for the fix....if anyone has any shortcuts, good ideas, etc...I'd be most happy to hear about them. I'd like to get it done before I put it away for the winter...but if it means tying it up for a long time, I'll wait until January....Any thoughts, shortcuts, etc...

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I have one extra from my parts car. send me a note texaslifeonline at gmail.com
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This is a drawing of the rear compartment from the Sol catalog but its the same for the Sky. In fact, I have Sky torsion bars on my Sol.

I have found the left one but not the right.

I asked ICS to see if they have any in their inventory. They are checking.
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Epilogue ....before I put it away for the winter, I had my body shop guy do the repair...both rods pretty cheap..around $20. He removed/replace/ adjusted for proper lift for a total of $200...a bargain since I didn't have time to play with this. That was 12/2010...been problem free since then...
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There are a couple of threads on the solstice forum about using springs from Lowes to help get the trunk open. One has pictures. To get at the torque rods hnd hinges you have to pull the rear valence, inner fenders and the rear bumper. It is not terribly difficult, jut time consuming. Lots of fasteners.
Hi, Yeah dang... Mine broke on the driver side at the bend. I heard that all that stuff has to be taken off to replace the torque rod. Where can I get the instructions to go about what and where to remove (fenders, bumpers, etc.)? And the best place to order the driver side part?
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Yes you do have to remove most of the rear end body parts to access these torque rods/hinges for our trunk lid.
I had a hinge go bad on mine. Just plain broke. PITA. I order the new hinge part ( special order non-stock item )
from the dealer.

I had the work done by my local body shop however. Cheaper then doing the dealer rates for this.
My suggestion would be get an estimate from a local body shop about repairing this. Order parts and pricing
is cheaper through them, then you buying them from the dealer and trying to do the install yourself imo.

Not sure what the current price is for these torque bars are, you can be sure is if one is bad, the other one
you don't replace is sure to go out soon. After replacement of the mechanical parts for operation of our trunk lid,
then the body panel alignment is key here. I would check with the body shop manager to see if in fact they have
worked on a Kappa before... making any commitments. Round about guess here would be $100. in parts maybe
with 2-3 hours labor body shop rates for this type of repair. Just make sure your happy with the end results here.
Does the trunk work right? Are the body panels lined up right? No noises or odd sounds from trunk operation?

You could try wholesalegmpartsdirect or one of the other parts sites listed here in the forum. This will give you an idea
about part #'s, pricing, availability, shipping info, etc. OR you could leave up to the body shop manager to source
the correct part numbers and pricing for this. It is his job after all or his parts guy that is.

I have parts drawings for our trunk, but no numbers or pricing info. I do have the PDF from the factory on Body
Panel adjustments, the how to for our car. These are just for reference sake and not as a guide for this repair.

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