Gass Hood struts

Question by ExplorerRuss posted 8 months 4 weeks ago in 2003-2009 (W209)

I read the article on how to install gas hood struts on a Mercedes W209. What's missing is what to do if the struts are too long to slip on the pivot ball. How can you adjust the struts to the proper length, given that the hood won't go up any further?  Anybody else having the same question or a solution?