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Is the liftgate opening height adjustable on a 2011 Limited


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#1 OFFLINE   topdri68

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Posted 22 February 2018 - 05:22 PM

I purchased a 2011 Edge Limited a couple years ago.  I am 6'1" tall.  Can I adjust the height on the liftgate?  I am not seeing anything online.  I have seen some articles that say No.  If not, could I install the mechanism that opens the liftgate from a newer edge.  I think the adjustable liftgate started in 2012.  I cal push mine higher manually but not automatically.  Thanks for any help!  Todd









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Posted 22 February 2018 - 05:26 PM

I do not believe it is adjustable, as I do not see any mention of a process for it in the owner's manual.  Weak struts can make the liftgate not open fully, so maybe new struts will help with full extension.  That's what it did with mine (manual liftgate) before I installed new struts.

 

EDIT:  2015 was the first MY where you could adjust the height, AFAIK.  Lower, not higher.


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Posted 22 February 2018 - 05:30 PM

Thanks!  Do you happen to know what the opening is supposed to be from the ground to the liftgate?  Would I need to replace the two struts on either side or the strut / mechanism that pushes the liftgate up?  You may not know these answers but I figured I would ask.  Thanks again!



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Posted 22 February 2018 - 05:44 PM

I have not seen that particular spec anywhere, though various body dimensions are listed, as they are important for alignment purposes.  These of course are mostly independent of suspension and height off the road.

 

The struts I am referring to are the 2 struts, not the power arm.  The power arm is used to simulate the manual effort you would initially apply to the opening of the liftgate, but the two struts do the rest of the work to lift.

 

EDIT:  Other model lines received the adjustability feature earlier than the Edge.  Case in point, the Escape, as seen in this video

 


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Posted 22 February 2018 - 05:54 PM

Thanks for all of the info.  Ordered on amazon.  Cheap.  Worth a shot as i can push it up higher manually.  We will see.  Todd


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Posted 26 February 2018 - 02:18 PM

I have a 2011 and it find that the power arm doesn't lift the hatch all the way up..  I can usually push it up an inch or two further. That can make the difference in banging my head or not.



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Posted 26 February 2018 - 02:25 PM

I have a 2011 and it find that the power arm doesn't lift the hatch all the way up..  I can usually push it up an inch or two further. That can make the difference in banging my head or not.


Did you try resetting the height to the higher position?

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 03:41 PM

Like Can't reset the height on the 2011 Edges.  I think that started in 2012 probably following major complaints of tall people banging their heads :)  And to akirby - yes you can manually push it up another inch or two.  I was looking for the vehicle to do the work.  As mentioned by WWPerfA above maybe replacing the two struts will help as they could be worn.  All the power arm does is simulate a person limiting it - the struts do most the work.  I ordered them and will put them on when I get a second and post back to the forum.  Thanks for all of the advice thus far.



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Posted 26 February 2018 - 04:03 PM

I thought our 2008 was height adjustable but maybe that was the Escape that replaced it.



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Posted 26 February 2018 - 04:06 PM

That would be great if it was.  I can only speak for the 2011 as I looked everywhere in the owners guide as well as online.  No luck.  I hit my head daily :-( ... I would have waited and purchased a 2012 if I knew but it was not one of the things on my list to check unfortunately.



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Posted 26 February 2018 - 06:23 PM

IDK if there is height adjustability BEYOND preset height.  Loweing yes, raising probably not.  This feature did not show up till 2015 in the Edge.



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Posted 26 February 2018 - 06:43 PM

Thanks!  I was thinking the maybe I could put a newer power arm on my car for a larger opening but not sure it would fit.


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Posted 26 February 2018 - 06:51 PM

You would need new struts to go with, the oem sized struts for 2011 would not extend that far.  plus there might be clearance issues between the roof and the edge of the liftgate (there is a weatherstrip there).  These designs are kinda fixed in place.  might be better to have swing door like they have on some Chevy SUVs or on vans.  IDK ...



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Posted 26 February 2018 - 07:26 PM

Thanks!  Do you happen to know what the opening is supposed to be from the ground to the liftgate?  Would I need to replace the two struts on either side or the strut / mechanism that pushes the liftgate up?

Mine measures 72-1/2". I was able to push it up to 75-1/2". (My old struts still open ok, but probably need replacing ad they can't get the liftgate all the way up).

What does your liftgate measure when open?
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Posted 27 February 2018 - 11:19 AM

I will measure it when I get home as I forgot to this morning.  Stay tuned!



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Posted 01 March 2018 - 10:47 AM

My edge opens to about 69 inches - I can push it open manually to about 72 inches.  I have not installed the new struts yet.



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Posted 02 March 2018 - 12:39 AM

Here's a video on gow to change the struts. Recommend Motorcraft.

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 09:39 AM

BTW did you ever try resetting the opening height? Mine doesn't have this feature, but I belief that you open it, then manually set it to the height you want, then press and HOLD the soft button on the open hatch, until you hear a chime, indicating that the new height has been set.

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 09:42 AM

Thanks for reminding me to respond back to you all.  You cannot adjust mine either.  I installed the non-fomoco struts that I purchased thru Amazon and it now opens to just over 73".  The struts were bad.  :)


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 02:14 AM

All's well... 👍




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