As we all do, i couldnt wait for more parts to arrive without doing "something"
So decided to install the rear Ford Escape / Mazda Tribute 2001 shocks .
A size comparison :
As you can see, the lower bushes are different. RAV4 Toyota has only the rubber bush to slip over the lower mount.
The Ford Escape / Mazda tribute shocks have a metal tube.
Even though my purchase of these was based off a Russian forum, which was translated into English, the bush part worried me... none the less I continued
I greased up the lower shock mount pin. Assuming they were going to fit, I'd rather not have RUST eat its self between the shock bush mount an the lower mount.
To my surprise the shock pushed straight on, Almost a "PRESS-FIT" onto the mount. There is literally ZERO movement of the tube on the shock mount!! Amazing!
The factory Toyota mount bolt fit fine, with plenty of turns (5 rotations) and secured the shock fine on the mount.
Up the top, The factory Toyota 14mm Nuts also fit on just fine, using the new rubber isolators which came with the Ford Escape / Mazda Tribute shocks .
I went for a test drive an they feel a lot more supportive and rebound is a LOT more improved.