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Are modifications needed for SPAL lock actuators?

I just bought a 2000 X a couple days ago, and I need to replace most (probably will replace all) of the lock actuators. I've read that some people have used the SPAL brand actuators with good luck and at a great price.

I've replace lock actuators before on other vehicles, and it was no big deal. I just want to know if these actuators are a "plug-n-play" replacement, or if things like wiring/linkage need to be modified to make them work.

Here is the one that I think I need, but I'm not sure:

https://webstore.spalusa.com/en-us/p...uator-kit.aspx

Can anyone confirm that this is correct? Also, are they a quality product, or should I probably buy them in bulk?
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Do I need a 2-wire or 5-wire model?
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I got mine on ebay. I think they were 50 for all 4. Iv had them in for about 2 years with no problems. I dont know how much those spal ones are but sometimes you can get away with something cheaper. Mine were plug-n-play

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yea got mine on ebay for $50 for 4 but haven't put them in yet
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I found a good video on the "tin foil mod" on YouTube and decided to give it a try before I bought new actuators. I figured I would have to do about 80-90% of the tin foil fix if I used new ones anyway, so I figured I really didn't have much to lose.

It took quite a while last night, but I got all of the locks working perfectly for about $1.20 that I spent on screws for putting the actuators back together when I was done. Labor intensive, but not that difficult of a fix (for those who may be considering doing the same). If you're going to replace the actuators yourself, you might as well give it a shot. If it doesn't work, you're just out a little time. If it does work, you just saved yourself a good bit of money. It worked for me (at least for now), and I couldn't be happier.
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