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Old 06-25-2012, 01:59 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Instead of the spring pictured above, which I think is putting more load on the tensioners all the time while the trunk is closed, I have a loop of bungee cord hanging loose on the cross bar the spring in the pics is attached too. When I open the trunk lid and need to make sure it stays open, I'll hook the loop of bungee onto the hinge (the nub of the tension bar). Seems to do the trick to keep the trunk lid open on windy days, etc. It wouldn't solve opening issues however.
The "spring mod" doesn't put any load on the torsion bar tensioners when closed. It does stretch the spring itself when the trunk is closed, but other than that, it/they (I use only one) just connects from the hinge bar to a stationary rod.
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Old 06-25-2012, 02:55 PM   #17 (permalink)
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But that hinge bar is what the torsion bar is connected too isn't it? Come to think about it, I think I had it backwards, it looks like the spring might actual reduce the work on the torsion bars when the lid is closed (at the sake of stretching the spring out over time).
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:44 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Turns out mine is due to a BROKEN torque bar!

Access is from the rear fascia and many fasteners later.

It broke due to rust inside the protective sleeve on the one bar. No other rust anywhere.
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:04 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I had the same problem, broken torsion spring-bar thingy. A pain in the butt to fix. 3 hours to change it, a couple of hard to see body screws. You need to take both rear tires off & loosen both fender liners. Remove rear bumper cover. It will make the job a lot easier.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:17 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I replaced the torsion bars with new ones and the lid now opens much better and stays firmly open.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:03 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I replaced the torsion bars with new ones and the lid now opens much better and stays firmly open.
Was anything broken? Or was it just a matter of the bars being worn out?
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:26 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Was anything broken? Or was it just a matter of the bars being worn out?
Nothing broken. I just swapped the factory bars out for a new set I picked up last year as spares.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:35 PM   #23 (permalink)
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The trunk struts may be toast.
Struts in the rear? Not in mine. I do have the same aftermarket spring set up as 'ol KappaKadet depicts.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:01 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Nothing broken. I just swapped the factory bars out for a new set I picked up last year as spares.
Interesting, just worn out torsion bars . . . thanks for the info
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:40 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I have read elsewhere that later bars and Sky bars are built to provide higher force. The new set does this
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:45 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I have read elsewhere that later bars and Sky bars are built to provide higher force. The new set does this
Ah, that could explain a lot. IIRC correctly, the red kappa in the video where I first saw this "mod" was a 2007 solstice.

Good to know.
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I replaced the torsion bars with new ones and the lid now opens much better and stays firmly open.
What are the GM part numbers for the torsion bars? I had one break so I might as well do both.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:46 PM   #28 (permalink)
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See Rob's link at post #6 of this thread (page 1)
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See Rob's link at post #6 of this thread (page 1)


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Old 10-12-2013, 10:15 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Bumping this old post.

My trunk is starting to have just a little trouble staying open if the car is on a decline or its windy. So, I'm going to need to do either the spring jerry-rig or replace the torsion bars.

It seems everyone is using the same springs for the spring rig. Would anyone mind giving me some info on it so I can get the same one that you've had success with?

If I do wind up needing to replace the torsion bars, how hard is it to remove the rear fascia with hand tools? Would that be better suited to a body shop?

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