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Tailgate Strut Clips for a Volvo 245 (240 Wagon)

Last Updated: 03/29/2016
Parts Group: Hatch strut clip
I almost feel silly offering for sale something as tiny as a tailgate strut clip, but one of the tailgates I removed from a junkyard Volvo 245 had a twisted wire instead of a clip, so ... it seems people do need these clips. If there’s demand, I’m happy to supply: This little clip reminds me of the poem (from Wikipedia)

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

Without getting carried away, it’s not hard to imagine the scenario where someone is bending over under an open tailgate right when the strut slips off the rod for want of a clip to secure it in place. A sharp metal edge on something weighing just short of 100 pounds, coming down hard and rapidly onto someone’s lower back ... not a good thing.
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