I ordered from AutoNation Ford of White Bear Lake last month. Backorder fill date was June 6, then June 20, and now "a few weeks out."
Email received today:
I contacted Ford. Currently, the ETA keeps getting pushed back. I tried to confirm an exact date and they wouldn't give one. The best i got from them was "a few weeks out". I have 2 more for another customer on order and they are stating the same... Ford GT parts have always been a nightmare to get a hold of.
I use this work around. Get some 1/4 black fuel line. The thick rubber with the woven reinforced fabric. Measure the amount of exposed shaft on the gas strut with the clam fully open . It's about 4" . Cut the tubing slightly shorter. Cut two pieces of tubing that length . Slice the cut tubing length wise. With the clam fully open place the split rubber tubing on the shaft both sides. It will act as a stop. and keep the clam from closing. I use this when the struts get weak. I've also used this with good struts on a windy day to provide extra resistance to keep the clam from closing. When I get out to the shop I will snap a picture. This may sound complicated but they push on in seconds. I keep them in the pouch behind the seat so they are readily accessible..
wow - long thread. I called Ian and Joe at Milliken Ford. said 'my struts were weak'.
They ordered new ones from Ford Motor Company. Took vehicle in for oil change.
Said to Joe and Ian...." do the oil and filter change and install the new gas struts and check out the vehicle. I will be in the waiting room reading and having a coffee. page me when complete."
You were fortunate that the struts were in the parts system at that time. Not that struts are critical. But NOBODY could get struts for months. Unless a dealer happened to stock them, which would be very unusual.