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Just purchased an 05 EXL and thinking of upgrading the liftgate to power. First, any feedback on why I should NOT? (Reasons TO are pretty obvious) I assume the gas struts problems would not come into play since I would be installing new?

Also, wondering if this is a DIY project or just suck it up and take it to the expensive dealer service?

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To date, only one person has done this. They did post pix. Perhaps you can look the old post up by searching.

Your best bet is to trade your 2005 EX-L and either get a Touring from the same era or a EX-L and up from 2009 to get this feature. I believe you'd come out ahead of you did that.

The dealer is NOT going to help you add power liftgate.
 

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Thanks. Tried searching first but I may not be the most adept "searcher". Will try again to locate the post to which you refer.
 

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Here's the post.

http://www.odyclub.com/forums/27-diy-modifications/80947-add-oem-power-tailgate-rearview-camera-odyssey-07-project.html

Found using the search term add power liftgate in the google search uptop. It was on page 2 of the results.

You need to cut two holes one in the rear body and the other in the tailgate to make it all work in addition to fabricating wiring for powering the tailgate not to mention you need several harnesses that you will need to run all the way to the back. IMHO, not worth it DIY if you ask me.
 

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Thanks again -- have checked this out and am now very content with my manual lift ;)
:D Thought that you'd be plenty content with your current setup after seeing the effort and cost involved. :D
 

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Not to mention that the powered liftgate could kill you!

or at least bonk you on the head.

http://www.odyclub.com/forums/58-odyclub-com-news/151280-2009-honda-odyssey-investigated-nhtsa-liftgate-malfunction.html


is the 2009 powered liftgate different from the earlier years ?
Its not different. Oddys have been plagued with bad gas struts. If you have a manual one and your gas struts fail, you know about it. With power, it raises the gate and then suddenly due to the failed struts, the gate falls back potentially hitting you if you were under it.
 

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I have thought about this for a long time. If I ever were to attempt it, I would look into replacing the wiring harness(es) with one or ones, that include the power liftgate. I wouldn't want to be tapping into wiring like the guy did in that post. Of course I wouldn't be able to do this until I get my next van, then I'm not sure I'd be as interested in upgrading the Ody, but knowing me, I wouldn't rule it out. ;) On another note, I am considering adding the power liftgate latching device that in theory would let you "soft close" the door, the way the sliding doors do when turned off.
 
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