08-30-2012, 04:54 PM
Hi, I have a 2011 second gen Focus SE and have heard that it would be good to replace the front sway bar end links with Moog. Does anybody know if this will improve highway stability? My Focus is a bit wandering on the highway and subject to cross winds, wondering if replacement sway bar end links would help. thanks.
08-30-2012, 05:59 PM
the links wont do too much for your symptoms. only replace them if yours are making noises when you go over bumps or if you managed to brake one of them
could be lots of things causing that though... id check alignment first.
How many miles are on the shocks/struts? Hit any big potholes or curbs lately?
08-30-2012, 07:11 PM
There are 20k miles on the car, no bit potholes that I know of. I'm having tires rotated and balanced, but that of course has nothing to do with highway sloppiness. But alignment is a good possibility.
Is there something reasonable price that can be done to improve the suspension? Say in the $200-300 range?
09-06-2012, 11:19 AM
in the 2-300 range i'd be looking hard at the prothane website for some poly bushings(sway bars bushings, front/rear control arms etc.)....great way to tighten up the car for not a lot of $$. i did the full kit last year, lots of work but the outcome was sooooo worth it
09-06-2012, 11:53 AM
jasonbi, thanks for the response. Which parts did you install and about how long did it take? and what improvement did you find?
09-06-2012, 12:21 PM
Moog endlinks are good but they require annual servicing. I wouldn't recommend them for your application.
Bushing are a nice way to tighten up sloppiness however, highway sloppiness would likely be unchanged.
Alignment is going to be your best bet and maybe consider bumping up the air pressure in your tires. I run mine at 35/37lb front/rear. Some think that's high but I prefer it.
09-06-2012, 03:14 PM
i also have the moog endlinks...build quality over the stockers is well worth the 20 seconds it takes every oil change to grease them! overall the poly bushings tighten the whole feel of the car, better feel on the road. tighter steering response, handles better...little more maintenance to them, occasionally you have to grease them as they tend to squeak. i have the front control arm bushings, rear control arms, toe arms, sway bar bushings front and rear. if i had to guess, i'd say it took me a full day in the garage...hardest part was the front sway bar bushings, they took forever! pressing in/out the rear bushings was a PITA too!!
09-08-2012, 07:27 PM
Ever since ford changed the design on the ford/escape links(tsb-longer, locking nut) we don't replace them near as much so if u wanted to keep it oe that is an option...