The original Automatic Hatch Opening became less reliable over time as the springs compressed, this updated guide uses new struts from Skoda and bumpers from the Scirocco.
- 2 x 6Y0 827 550 C (6Y0827550C) – Skoda Fabia gas struts
- 2 x 1K8 827 761 C (1K8827761C) – Scirocco bumpers
- 2 x 1J6 827 439 A ( 1J6827439A) – Strut ball pins
- VCDS or Volkswagen Dealer to perform the changes required
- 13mm spanner (an adjustable spanner can be used instead)
- 24mm spanner (an adjustable spanner can be used instead)
- Small flathead screwdriver (#1 size)
- 3mm allen key
- optional – Something to hold the hatch up (a broom, your head or similar)
- optional – plastic safe grease
The parts required
Removing the gas strut
Working on the hatch side insert the #1 flathead screwdriver into area shown (there is a small recess) and carefully lever the clip towards the end until it sits in place as shown in the second photo.
Replacing the ball pin
Installing the new gas strut
Removing the bumper
Using a 24mm spanner or adjustable spanner remove the bumper by rotating ~90 degrees and pulling it out.
Installing the bumper
The new bumpers are shown below, the lower one is adjusted to be fully extended and the upper one is fully retracted which is how it will be used on the Golf.
Insert the 3mm allen key into the end (make sure the bumper is locked first by pressing down on it and turning – the pictures above are of the bumper popped out and able to move up and down whereas the picture below shows the bumper locked into place) and turn counter-clockwise until it stops.
Push down on the bumper until it’s fully retracted and turn the allen key clockwise until it stops to lock it into position.
The bumper should now look like this, install into the opening, turn ~90 degrees to lock it into place and press downwards on the bumper and turn to unlock it so it is as shown in the second photo. The bumper can now be compressed and will assist in the initial opening of the rear hatch.
In VCDs/Vagcom change Byte 2 Bit 3 in the Central Convenience Controller 46.
Measurements (before and after)
Before: 65cm or 25.5″
After: 61.5cm or 24.25″
Comparison of parts
First photo is the bumper extended and the second locked in place to show it’s closed position (standard top / scirocco bottom).
As above, shows the standard bumper and the scirocco both extended and locked in position.
Ball Pin Comparision
(new one on the left, old one on the right)
The washer on the new one is 17mm whereas the old one is 20mm.
The height of the new one is 19mm whereas the old one is 30mm.
The size of the ball is identical when the paint thickness is taken into account.
The length of the shafts is pretty much identical at this end.
The thickness of the struts is different with the old one being 22.15mm and the new one being 19.20mm.
At this end the length of the struts is clearly different with the new one being 9.50mm shorter.