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Old 09-08-2010, 04:43 PM   #178
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Originally Posted by hurtinfocus View Post
It would be easier to fabricate your own rear end by modifying the current rear IRS with a "box" in the middle of it to mount a rear diff, then fab your own "forked" lower control arms to allow half-shafts to pass through them. Then use some front coil-overs meant for a honda civic front end, with the honda lower "forks" on them from a junkyard honda. If I had a car to fab this up on and the money to do it I would already have done it. I have it mostly figured out/planned out in my head.

Uuse the jag trans, remove the output shaft and have one custom made to replace it with the proper diameter and splines for the zetec. use jag rear diff, have jag half-shafts shortened for proper track in rear, have jag driveshaft shortened to go in exhaust tunnel of focus. fab custom rear subframe/IRS to hang it all. BOOM stock-looking focus AWD. Add a powerworks or nice turbokit and you have a pretty serious sleeper
hey would you be willing to give me more info???

i have a 2.5L Duratec in my Focus so i'm a step ahead of most of you guys in that regard... did the jaguar have an LSD in the front and rear too? or just the viscous in the middle?

also has anyone actually started doing this? i think we could do it if we put our heads together.

i'd love to manage this in my car... the jag has a 40/60 front/rear TQ split assuming all the wheels are gripping, the viscous coupling corrects if you lose traction in the rear or front as appropriate.....

i'm reviving this cause i'm very seriously considering it. I have to get my car back on the road first, but i totally think it's doable, especially if i pick up and el-cheapo x-type and use it as a parts car.... and see what will and won't fit on the focus... and i'd love to do it with the custom shafts so that i can leave my hubs just how they are... and maybe even try to retain the stock rear suspension to a point.
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