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I have bought a lot of stuff from overseas and never once been charged customs or taxes. Probably well over 100 items over the last 10 years.
from what I understand smaller things shipped though the mail don’t get taxed unless it’s worth a crap ton of money.
the most expensive item I shipped from the uk was about 1000$ and was in a 20x20x15 box.Didn’t get changed a penny. I have also bought computer parts from both Germany and china and never been charged, even though computer stuff is supposed to be taxed when imported. I never quite got why I never got charged but Im not complaining.

btw get twi identical shocks, getting two different ones can make the car ride wonky.
 

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gotta be a percentage of value id assume. probably call customs
called customs they are clueless.
I have bought a lot of stuff from overseas and never once been charged customs or taxes. Probably well over 100 items over the last 10 years.
from what I understand smaller things shipped though the mail don’t get taxed unless it’s worth a crap ton of money.
the most expensive item I shipped from the uk was about 1000$ and was in a 20x20x15 box.Didn’t get changed a penny. I have also bought computer parts from both Germany and china and never been charged, even though computer stuff is supposed to be taxed when imported. I never quite got why I never got charged but Im not complaining.

btw get twi identical shocks, getting two different ones can make the car ride wonky.
thanks i already have a new monroe rear shock bought the last one in the USA i believe. not paing more for two shocks that will cost more than the motor cost.
 

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lets hope then the two shocks are similar enough that the car doesn’t handle wonky. A monroe strut would be rather soft compared to a strut from the uk.
If it were front I would worry more. being its the back and I have new coils going in as well im not AS concerned as if I had left the twenty year old on there.
 

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Interesting, the sway/roll bar is mounted differently on a EXP. The bar mounts directly to the strut and does not use the rod/end link. maybe they changed that in 89? I never seen a 86-88 GT rear end so ford could have changed the setup in 89?
The exp is completely different. The gT has the sway bar going from the frame to the knuckle.
 

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looking at RickGT's photos that is not the case, its mounted to the struts as well but via a end link rod. The EXP (86-88) seem to cut the middle man out and mount the bar straight to the strut. Or is your GT different too?
Frame to knuckle its a shock not a strut, nothing attached to body of shock but the spindle
 

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Frame to knuckle its a shock not a strut, nothing attached to body of shock but the spindle
that's odd that ford would use 3 different setups over the years.
86 GT the roll bar is attached to the knuckle.
This would mean 87-88 roll bar is bolted to the shock/strut (they're more or less the same thing)
89 the bar is attached to the shock/strut via a link bar.

Do you have any photos of your car's setup?
 

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that's odd that ford would use 3 different setups over the years.
86 GT the roll bar is attached to the knuckle.
This would mean 87-88 roll bar is bolted to the shock/strut (they're more or less the same thing)
89 the bar is attached to the shock/strut via a link bar.

Do you have any photos of your car's setup?
I go by oemfordpart.com it has never failed me in this build. Contrary wise it has saved from the wrong part several times
 

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that's odd that ford would use 3 different setups over the years.
86 GT the roll bar is attached to the knuckle.
This would mean 87-88 roll bar is bolted to the shock/strut (they're more or less the same thing)
89 the bar is attached to the shock/strut via a link bar.

Do you have any photos of your car's setup?
Well look at the motor choices. Care, eFI, diesel. And i don't think they used that pulse air injection more than a couple years. I have noticed that the EXP is quite different from the GT and parts that i bought are not the same
 

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Well look at the motor choices. Care, eFI, diesel. And i don't think they used that pulse air injection more than a couple years. I have noticed that the EXP is quite different from the GT and parts that i bought are not the same
What exp parts didn’t fit? Aside from the glass, doors and trim most everything swaps year for year.
 

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What exp parts didn’t fit? Aside from the glass, doors and trim most everything swaps year for year.
As far as I know ford only used the HO, for that year then switched to another motor, the shocks and struts don't match, cat, air box, plugs, just off the top. But the Uk's stuff sometimes matches but news mods
 

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As far as I know ford only used the HO, for that year then switched to another motor, the shocks and struts don't match, cat, air box, plugs, just off the top. But the Uk's stuff sometimes matches but news mods
The exp could have any number of the regular escort motors aside from the diesel, the air box, cat, plugs, shocks, struts and so on are all the same. The problem is that the exp tends to be more optioned out so trx suspension package and the ho were far more common on the exp. The only real difference on the exp was the body and door panels. The exp is modified 2 door sedan so the doors, panels and most of the body work is different. Mechanically there the same.
 

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The exp could have any number of the regular escort motors aside from the diesel, the air box, cat, plugs, shocks, struts and so on are all the same. The problem is that the exp tends to be more optioned out so trx suspension package and the ho were far more common on the exp. The only real difference on the exp was the body and door panels. The exp is modified 2 door sedan so the doors, panels and most of the body work is different. Mechanically there the same.
Got any idea on where to get bushings for all this. For the rear that is. Part numbers?
 
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