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Old 12-19-2010, 07:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My Trunk Striker Mod

I saw Chris P.'s (ILM MK3) trunk Mod and decided to try my own. For a long time I was unimpressed with the FFr "Trunk Striker " screw then I saw something on my friends 99 Honda Accord and thought,
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So here's mine.

Striker is the Door striker from a 99 Honda Accord about $12.00
The plate under the trunk is a piece of scrap 1/4 x 3 x 4 secured with # 14 x 1 self tapping screws to the lower 3/4 trunk tube. The striker is held in place with two 5/16-18 x 1 Stainless machine screws and nylock nuts.

Another plus is when the latch latches, now it "clicks" into place.


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Old 12-19-2010, 08:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That is an outstanding idea, really ads a level of safety over the stock latch/rod combination.


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So you are still using the regular FFR latch assembly?
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So you are still using the regular FFR latch assembly?
Ditto.. I'm confused.. What clicks? Lets see the other half of the latch that you're now using.
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Everything else is still the same. Still using the stock FFR latch assy. I guess the click comes from the latch fitting the diameter of the striker better. It just feels more secure, more positive.
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I used a 1/4 inch u bolt but that looks much cleaner
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Great idea! Looks very professional compared to the FFR striker system.

Does it prevent the trunk lid from tweeking slightly to one side when you tighten the latch up? I have that issue currently, and need to figure out what needs to be adjusted to prevent that.
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Old 12-20-2010, 06:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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65 427 COBRA, good job and thanks for the credit on the bottom brace, I really wonder if I was the first but I have never seen it. Its a much better and stronger solution to the FFR striker. You can shut and lock your trunk with confidence.

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Great idea! Looks very professional compared to the FFR striker system.

Does it prevent the trunk lid from tweeking slightly to one side when you tighten the latch up? I have that issue currently, and need to figure out what needs to be adjusted to prevent that.
Bill, yes it does help this, it was the crappy fit that got me started down the path. Its easy to line up becuase you dont rely on predrilled holes in either the body or the aluminum. I was planning on making larger holes with a plate sandwiched between to cover them to give myself some adjustment, but it ended up I didn't need any (it was really easy to get right the first time). Just mound the plate under the car first and then open the trunk, put the latch in the closed postions and eyeball where the striker is needed left to right (you could mark it on some masking tape).

I used a 316 stainless boat cleat, here is mine in another thread. I have since put shorter SS bolts through the cleat. I like the cleat because you can use it as a solid tie down point as well or loop something through it.
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That is an outstanding idea, really adds a level of safety over the stock latch/rod combination.


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Dan, I just did this mod yesterday, my car has been finished for 4 years now. This is a mod that can be done on a finished car.

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Old 12-20-2010, 08:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:08 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Someday, Sorry I threw away the bag, But if you ask for a 99 Accord striker I am sure the Honda dealer in your area can find it.

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I love this idea and I came up with a slight variation of it for my rig. This is just a stainless steel U Bolt from Lowes.



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Old 04-10-2011, 01:41 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Great ideas - I like the idea of the U Bolt from the hardware store - I think it probably allows for a bit of adjustability if the Honda one doesn't fit quite right.
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I made a catch and spring loaded it so it not only latches the trunk but also pulls it down for a better fit.
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I like this mod I wish I could do it. I have a spec and there is a tube right under that part of the trunk. HMMMM I wonder If I could mount it to the tube??? I will work on that. Great work guys.
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I made a catch and spring loaded it so it not only latches the trunk but also pulls it down for a better fit.
I'd like to see that. How 'bout some pics?
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How do you adjust the height of the latch?

Great Timing...I installed the Darkwater trunk storage boxes so the standard FFR bolt will not work, can't get to the back to install the nut. I was just trying to figure out a latch today in the garage and here's this post! I like the look of the Honda part, do you need to adjust the height of the striker or is it just right as Honda made it.

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I saw Chris P.'s (ILM MK3) trunk Mod and decided to try my own. For a long time I was unimpressed with the FFr "Trunk Striker " screw then I saw something on my friends 99 Honda Accord and thought,
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So here's mine.

Striker is the Door striker from a 99 Honda Accord about $12.00
The plate under the trunk is a piece of scrap 1/4 x 3 x 4 secured with # 14 x 1 self tapping screws to the lower 3/4 trunk tube. The striker is held in place with two 5/16-18 x 1 Stainless machine screws and nylock nuts.

Another plus is when the latch latches, now it "clicks" into place.


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So......not to knock this mod, but what am I missing? What's wrong with the bolt that FFR uses? It's always felt pretty sturdy to me.
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So......not to knock this mod, but what am I missing? What's wrong with the bolt that FFR uses? It's always felt pretty sturdy to me.
The mod just gives it an OE look and feel that is all.
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Here's a picture of my mod. The FF design didn't hold down the trunk tightly. This catch is adjustable up and down. There's just enough "give" in the springs so that it goes up when the latch is being rotated and then pulls the trunk lid down for a tight fit.

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