Ordered new hatch struts from Driftmotion. Stabilus Lift-o-mat, part #SG229017.
Used the search features here & on several other sites, as well as Google, etc. I see tons of info on how to get the struts out. That actually seemed pretty straightforward, even if it was involved & time consuming to do it without stressing the trim too much.
Didn't see much talk at all on how to get the new ones back in. So I was a little surprised when the new struts needed a good 1/2-3/4" compression in order to fit into their designated spot, and I was unable to compress them without standing them on the ground & leaning on them. Which is useless. Since they're on the ground at that point.
What's the maternal-ancestor-copulatin' trick?