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Since I don't have a manual, I thought you guys could help. When I started to install the S/R struts in my 1997 Escort SPI tonight, I noticed the upper strut mounts had a discrepancy. The passenger one had the flat part of the strut rod facing in towards the engine, while the driver's side was 90 degrees off, with the flat part facing towards the front of the car. I also noticed the rubber mounts had nipples that were in the same position as the flat part of the washer, where the strut comes through. So the camber is off for sure.

Obviously the guy I bought the car from did not put much effort into his upgrades, as I have run into many similar half-finished jobs that he did. One of these mounts at a minimum is incorrect, and any information would be appreciated.

I also noticed these strut rods are about 3 inches shorter than the stock ones, but otherwise are the same. This made it a bit harder to get the rods into place. But I left the job as is for now because the driver sway bar link broke when we attempted to remove it. I am going to replace that tomorrow, and if anyone knows where I can find a urethane replacement link, that would be great. I am not sure of the exact measurement because I didnt get the whole thing off yet. Atleast the springs are lowered, that was one less headache to worry about today when doing the struts.

Thanks for the help!
 

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well, pictures would be greatly appreciated to aid you the best. I upgraded to the S/R struts, but I didn't have any flat parts protruding off the rods themselves. but I did have a flattened edge of the threaded part that I had to line up to get the strut to line up properly is that what you are talking about? If so, I hav eboth of mine lined up facing towards the engine if memory serves, I don't know if yours got rotated somehow, doesn't seem like it should, I remember it being a hole in the chassis itself. also, the S/R struts are supposed to be shorter in the front of the car, that's why many of us use them when we lower our cars, prevents bottoming the strut out and punching a hole into the housing. if you can post some pics I can help you out a bit more, or if you'd like I can try and scan the strut section of my manual and send it to you for your own usage.
 

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Yes, I was talking about the threaded part of the rod. This is part of the washer on the actual strut mount, which has the four bolts to hold the top of the strut to the body of the car. I should have explained better. The strut mount on one of my struts looks like it will have to have the nuts from the 4 bolts holding the strut mount in removed, and I will have to reposition the strut mount 90 degrees. The driver side had the flat part of the threads facing towards the front of the car, and it sounds like that side will have to be moved 90 degrees clockwise to face the engine.

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yeah that sounds about right... mine were both set up with the flat edge facing my engine, I think you are right in that you can remove the bolts and re-position the mount so the flat edge faces howver you need it to. Have you tried putting things in as it is set up? you might be able to just rotate the rod inside the body and get it to fit in, but if you want uniformity then go ahead and rotate that thing.
 
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