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I received my front lift kit from "Universal Car Lifts" last week. Looks like a well made kit, like the one @needliftnow had built from Phat Matt's. But, if I recall, his used the original mounting bolts to attach the spacer to the strut and another set of bolt, nuts and washers to attach the whole assembly to the FE. They sent me bolts, nuts and washers to mount the same as the TEMA 4X4 kit. Does anyone know what length bolts would work for me to mount it the same as needliftnow?
 

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@Wrecker I just somehow managed to wipe out my whole message without having a chance to copy it first, so here we go again, LOL!

First off congrats on the nice front spacers. They look very much like mine and look well made. I could be wrong but from looking at my front spacer photos I see threading on holes on one side. I thought the threading was for just tightening down bolts (without nuts) into the lengthened strut assemblies from inside the hood...but perhaps there was a nut to hold it all together nonetheless. I am really not sure and wish I had that answer for you. If one side is threaded, that would be easier to tighten the strut assembly into place from on top of the strut tower. It's a tight squeeze with the lengthened strut assemblies in place. Getting a tool in there to tighten a nut won't be easy, but it should be possible. My best advise for you is to bring it to your local mechanic/installer and have them sort out the best install method for what you have. Maybe they will want to mount the spacer to the underneath of the strut tower top first, locking that in place and then bolt the strut to the spacer. Phat Matts likes to install what they build because they can figure things out and also correct any issues that arise. Let your mechanic/installer sort it out and save yourself the headaches!

@turboholic, it has been a few years since you were active on here and perhaps you no longer own your lifted Escape. Would you mind giving Wrecker some advise on his install. If I remember right your front spacers were not threaded either and you may have some knowledge that would help out. Do you still have your lifted Escape and how is it running?

@Wrecker if you don't hear back from anyone else here in the next few weeks with bolt lengths, just have your mechanic/installer sort it all out for you. TEMA lifts have a solid front spacer construction and they are not as long as the front spacers that you and I have. That being said, if someone here who has a TEMA lift knows what bolt sizes were used, that could serve as a start and then you can get a few different length bolts to try out. Again, this is what your mechanic/installer does, so don't lose any sleep over it!

@Wrecker, I noticed that I did not see rear spacers in your pictures. If you add urethane hock puck-type spacers in the rear, you will gain a little center clearance, clearance that will come in handy or crowned/rutted roads and trails. TEMA sells these that certainly fit. Phat Matt carved a Jeep spacer variety to fit and they work perfect as well. I don't remember the Jeep model/year spacer Phat Matt used on my Escape though. Don't go over 1.25" spacers in the rear fore reliability. Anything more and the spacers would be tall enough that they could potentially pop out of the coil spring "bowl" if you bottom out on rough terrain. You really do not need rear shock spacers like TEMA sells. I never had such spacers made for my shocks and have no issues with the rear shocks hyper-extending, leaking or otherwise not functioning normally.

Please keep us posted with your progress and add some pictures when you can. Also, please post the link to where people can purchase your left as it must be a new one to the lift kit market, one I have not known about until now. I've added my front spacer photos here for you to check. Like I said, it appears from my photos that there is threading on the holes on at least one side. The other size looks drilled clean through. Thanks and good luck!
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Like I said, it appears from my photos that there is threading on the holes on at least one side. The other size looks drilled clean through. Thanks and good luck!
That would make sense. The factory strut tops have threaded holes in them. I'm guessing with your spacers you fit the spacer to the top of the strut using the factory bolts through the unthreaded spacer holes and then bolt the entire strut/ spacer assembly into the vehicle's strut tower using the spacer's threaded holes (that mimic the factory strut top.)

I'm thinking using long bolts that go through the entire spacer into the strut is going to be a pain to fit. (Getting all the holes to line up in the top of the suspension tower.)
 

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Thanks for the info @needliftnow . I didn't post pictures or the rear kit as I have not received them, yet. I ordered the TEMA 20mm rear spacer and you know how long that will take to arrive. So, for now the front kit will sit here until the rear kit shows up.
The reason I was asking about the bolts? I didn't want to pull the struts apart to press out the bolts from the strut mounts. We had to do that with my daughter's Highlander. What a pain.

On a side note, I purchased the front kit from Universal Car Lifts.
Strut Spacer Front Lift Kit For 12-18 Escape, C-Max, Focus, and Transit Connect - Rim Fitment Specialists
 

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That would make sense. The factory strut tops have threaded holes in them. I'm guessing with your spacers you fit the spacer to the top of the strut using the factory bolts through the unthreaded spacer holes and then bolt the entire strut/ spacer assembly into the vehicle's strut tower using the spacer's threaded holes (that mimic the factory strut top.)

I'm thinking using long bolts that go through the entire spacer into the strut is going to be a pain to fit. (Getting all the holes to line up in the top of the suspension tower.)
I agree. That's exactly the setup mine had. I think @Wrecker will be able to find some long bolts to just tie everything together. Turboholic did it that way, so I am sure Wrecker can as well. It'll be a little more challenging tightening the nuts in a tight space, but it is doable.
 

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Thanks for the info @needliftnow . I didn't post pictures or the rear kit as I have not received them, yet. I ordered the TEMA 20mm rear spacer and you know how long that will take to arrive. So, for now the front kit will sit here until the rear kit shows up.
The reason I was asking about the bolts? I didn't want to pull the struts apart to press out the bolts from the strut mounts. We had to do that with my daughter's Highlander. What a pain.

On a side note, I purchased the front kit from Universal Car Lifts.
Strut Spacer Front Lift Kit For 12-18 Escape, C-Max, Focus, and Transit Connect - Rim Fitment Specialists
YW. Remember your mileage when you have the struts out. As I mentioned, they are not the easiest to get in and out , so if you have some higher mileage on the struts, just replace shocks inside while you are at it!

Thanks for posting the lift kit link as I am sure others would be interested. Being from an American outfit, those ordering the lift will likely get them reasonable quickly too. Are those 2" spacers or 1.5" spacers? They look good. Finally between Universal Car Lifts and TEMA there are so every day lift options for the Escape, right?!?!

Again please keep us posted for updates on your left after you get all the parts and add some pictures too!
 
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Remember your mileage when you have the struts out. As I mentioned, they are not the easiest to get in and out , so if you have some higher mileage on the struts, just replace shocks inside while you are at it!
Yes, I should have thought about that. Especially since I bought the FE used with 134,000 miles on the clock.
 

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Are those 2" spacers or 1.5" spacers? They look good. Finally between Universal Car Lifts and TEMA there are so every day lift options for the Escape, right?!?!
I had finally gotten around to measuring the front spacers from Universal Car Lifts. Not the 2" I thought they advertised. Oddly enough, they are 1 5/8".
And an update, the rear spacers from TEMA have arrived.
Now, maybe, I can get them installed before the fall. ;)
 

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I had finally gotten around to measuring the front spacers from Universal Car Lifts. Not the 2" I thought they advertised. Oddly enough, they are 1 5/8".
And an update, the rear spacers from TEMA have arrived.
Now, maybe, I can get them installed before the fall. ;)
Nice. Keep us posted and good luck.
Any amount of lift is better than the stock 6".
My spacers measured at 2", but once the vehicles was back on the ground with them installed, it was a little less than 2" increase...probably just some suspension articulation thing.
1 5/8" is still very good and you'll have a slightly less steep CV joint angle, which could perhaps increase CV longevity.
I've not had problems with the CV joints, so you shouldn't notice a drastic change either.
 
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Has anyone installed strut spacers/lift kit themselves? If so is it difficult or any special tools needed? Any tips appreciated
 

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Has anyone installed strut spacers/lift kit themselves? If so is it difficult or any special tools needed? Any tips appreciated
I plan on doing it myself when I have an open weekend. And, the funds to get new strut assemblies, rear springs and shocks.
On a side note, I had a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica 3.5L AWD. the spring sag was SOOOO bad, replacing the struts and rear springs lifted the car almost 3 1/2 inches.
 

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Has anyone installed strut spacers/lift kit themselves? If so is it difficult or any special tools needed? Any tips appreciated
The front struts require a fair bit of disassembly to remove them. i.e. ideally you'd remove the hub. Actually, with fitting spacers I don't see any way to do it without the hub coming off. It's the hardest vehicle I've ever removed front struts on.

The top strut bolts are hidden under the windscreen lower cowling and you may require a puller to get the wipers off the wiper motor spindles. Some of the suspension bolts are single use item and Ford say to replace them. Have a look on here for diagrams of the suspension Chassis FORD Kuga 2012- (CBS)
 
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I did it. I finally installed my lift.
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The rear lift was installed on Saturday. It really wasn't difficult once you figure out all you have to do is remove the one bolt holding the control arm to the spindle assembly.
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On Sunday, we were rained out. So, I installed the spacers on Monday. The fronts are a bit more difficult. But, it would have been much worse if I had replaced the struts.
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Today, I think the new KYB Gas-a-just shocks are still settling down. Because the initial height of the rear was much higher than the 20mm of the spacers.


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As of this afternoon, the measurements are:
Front 28 13/16 stock to 30 1/8
Rear 30 1/4 stock to 31 15/16
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Next it is off to get a 4-wheel alignment.
 
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