||mention that new ball studs were supplied), I began contemplating extracting the old ones by cutting with a Dremel. I went back to the forum and that's when I found Bernie's post. It made me think I should look in the box more closely for new studs.
I had started the strut installation with searching "replace hatch struts" and only got about 10 results, which didn't include Bernie's, and non of which were very helpful. Before I began this thread, I searched again (same search phrase) and got dozens of results with Bernie's at the top of the list. It's a mystery to me and one of the reasons I brought Bernie's post to people's attention now.
Chance favors the informed