Originally Posted by AllOutZX2
In a FWD Escort or Focus chassis you would swap in Wagon rear coil springs, and install 90/10 shocks if you can get them to keep the rear end up. If these shocks are not available you can use air bags in the rear springs. You would also swap over to some skinny tall rear runner tires 1-2" taller in diameter then your fronts to get that rack going forward.
As stated above i havn't done the A-arm urathene mod yet, but I have ES Inserts in rear and a Wagon front motor mount.
Pretty much this!
I'm running 24.5 x 8 slicks on the front with 25.5 x 4 skinnies on the back with Koni adjustable rear shocks set as stiff as they'll go. I'm building ~7psi on a 4000rpm 2-step which is nice with the manual because it doesn't load the suspension. The FSWerks lower stress bar, control arm poly bushings, and LSD did wonders on reducing wheel hop.
I'm pretty much in the same boat as elsolo. Being a fox body / radial tire car guy for so long, learning to launch this car was a whole new experience. Trying to apply some of the same principles from a RWD to a FWD didn't turn out so well. Just learning how to launch FWD took me from a 14.18 on my first pass to a 13.42 on street tires. Slicks got me in the 12s.