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Old 10-03-2007, 11:42 AM   #11
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alright thanks for the help guys.
I'm havin a friend come over tonight and we are going to try and get it open.
I'll let ya know how it goes

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Yep...that does appear to be a problem.

If you could get to the latch. You could unbolt it and get it open, right?

This is a bit harsh, but it'* time to buy a new tail light. Yup, you heard that right. Tail light. It'* the only access point large enough for a hand/arm to gain access to the latch. Personally I'd use my rotozip and cut right through the plastic, cut the backing plastic and then stick an arm in and undo the bolts for the latch. There'* two of them. 10mm
If i have to go this direction (no big deal i have extra set of lights)
How exactly do i get the latch off? Where are the bolts? Is it just undo the bolts and it pops right off? Is the Inner tail the best one to take off? Thanks.
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I'd try through the rear seat first if your box isn't too large. The seat removed pretty easily (just two large flat washernuts and 2 bolts holding the belts 15-19mm, can't remember exactly ) Once the seat is out, there will be a cargo net. This should be in with 10mm nuts. Once that is off, it might give you enough room to alleviate pressue on the trunk latch by moving your sub box around. Don't need to actually get it out through there, but give the latch space. If you can remove it from there, all the better and then it should be easy to open.

You also have to remember, if the tire is pushing on the latch, you are going to have a hell of a time getting to the bolts that hold the latch on (one on each side of the latch. ) plus you'll be doing it blindly. might want to re-consider the tail light method.


Just some thoughts...
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Old 10-03-2007, 01:38 PM   #14
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Alright this sucks
One little mistake is turning into a huge nightmare!
I've got the back seat ripped out right now, and i'd be home free, but my system wont fit through the opening
I've even tried grabbing the tire to wiggle it with a long crow bar through the rear speaker opening.
It looks like i'm either going to have to destroy my sub box, or my taillight.
I cannot figure out another way.

But i'm going to wait till my friend shows up to see if with two people we can do it w/out destroying anything...


Let my stupidity be a leason to all... if it dosen't fit don't put it in the trunk!
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:00 PM   #15
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Don't forget..with a second person..maybe you can get the key to work normally in the lock.
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Well, first, you are really just trying to re-arrange stuff in there to get things off your latch mechanism.

Is there any way you can get something (arm, leg, crow bar) in there to move the tire at all to the left or the right to maybe gain some clearance?

Also, since you can get in through the speaker, can you see the trunk latch? Is the tire pressed up against it or covering it?

Can you maybe when your friend comes over try and push in and down on the trunk while turning the key to open it? This might give the trunk latch a quick second to free itself.

This is most likely going to take persistence and time. Remember, don't rush into it if it is not immediately imperative to get in there. While pushing down might not have worked so far, it might be that things just need to be shifted a little.

The last thing you want to do is break something important(expensive) by rushing into it.

Keep trying some of the various things we've mentioned as just possibly the right combinations of movements will work.
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well we finally got the trunk open, without breaking anything
We pushed my system as far back as we could, then pulled the spare tire out, and shimied the system around so that it was leaning in the spare tire hole, then that was enough to lay the tire down, and reach the latch from the inside to pop the trunk open. But through this process it busted the latch so now i cannot open the trunk form the outside anymore (and my trunk popper has never worked, always had to use the key)
So now i have to get a new trunk latch.
But at least i got the tire out w/out breaking anything.
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Congrats. Glad you were able to pull your rubber out!!!!
Seriously, sorry you occurred some damage, but at least you got the tire out of there.
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That'* awesome (I'm glad you didn't have to use my tail light murdering thoughts.)

Trunk latch is normally a very easy request... ... except Cheetah needed one yesterday. If you still need after this coming w/e..holler.
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I just happen to know a guy an hour or so south of you that has a trunk latch you could probably get for very cheap

Mini meet ??
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