So am going to answer my own post. These are easy to replace and no need to go to a dealer. There is a small clip on each end of the ball that you just wedge up slightly and the old ones pull off; new ones just snapped into place. Me and the wife (she had to hold the lid up) did this is 15 minutes. Wish all repairs were this easy. Now I can show off that carbon engine bay and x brace at the next car show. You can YouTube as well as all cars gas struts go on in a similar fashion.