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I am guessing my issue has more to do with the drain holes. I noticed VW used butyl(hate that stuff) to seal the covers over the strut chambers. I am thinking I need to seal that better since I opened them and clean drains. The water drip off tail gate wont make a fish pond out your spare tire well, its just annoying.
If you ever removed those covers, you absolutely have to reseal them. It's glossed over in the diy tutorials for replacing the struts. I think once upon a time the seal would hold up, but on my 2006 that seal completely disintegrated when I removed the covers. I think I was the first person in there in 14 years. I cleaned them the covers and roof with goo gone / rubbing alcohol and used a healthy bead of loctite marine sealant.
 

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Im also thinking a little sealent in the upper edges of the hinge covers might help to. I dont see myself ever removing those hinges so I could just caulk up that hole above them.
 
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