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Old 03-26-2009, 07:41 AM   #1
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Question Shocks help?

Well i want to change my stock shocks but i can't decide on which brand to go with and how can i decide on which brand is right for me? so if you could give me info on what to i should be looking for when shopping for shocks that will be great. these brands are what i'm looking at - Koni, Bilstein, Tokico or the ford racing damper kit. if you have any other suggestions that will be appreciated thank you.


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What springs will you be using...stock or aftermarket (lowering)? It's very important to get the combination correct especially if you intend to go really low or use much higher spring rates. You rarely go wrong with a good spring/shock kit as everything will be well matched and generally a lot cheaper than buying separate components.

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right now i have the ford racing springs on and it's about 1.5 drop which i'm going to be staying with.
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Ford Racing shocks would be the logical choice. Another option would be Eibachs or KYB AGX's. Koni's would be overkill in my opinion. Bilstein does not make a shock/strut (only fully adjustable coil over kits) for the Focus. Tokico HP's aka "blues" are not intended for use with lowering springs. The one other Tokico that has a focus application (can't remember model name) is almost a full race shock and is intended to be used with much higher spring rates than the ford racing springs.
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ok cool. thanks a whole lot for the info.
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Well since this thread is here already...

I have a sedan with svt dampers all around and progress front springs/eibach sportline rear springs.

It rides smooth as glass on the street and is great on choppy freeways.

The only issue I have with it is exactly that. Its not quite to my liking. The spring rates and drop are fine I just want more aggressive dampers. I was just wondering what shocks I should go with.

Mind you this is my daily driver but I don't really care about how it rides as long as it gives me better performance when I hit the track/canyon.

Again I'm not looking for a smooth ride.
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Well i want to change my stock shocks
I've got 95K+ miles on my original shocks. I suppose I should replace them all round.

So what's a good reputable set of stock shocks (to go with stock springs) for my '04 SVT?

Who should do the replacement? Ford dealer? Tire shop? Specialist Suspension Shop (are there any left) ?
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I've got 95K+ miles on my original shocks. I suppose I should replace them all round.

So what's a good reputable set of stock shocks (to go with stock springs) for my '04 SVT?

Who should do the replacement? Ford dealer? Tire shop? Specialist Suspension Shop (are there any left) ?
In your case the natural choice would be the stock SVT shocks ans struts. They have proven durability and afford great handling and ride quality. You can get four for less than $200.00 from several FF vendors which is cheap for any set of shocks especially a good one. If you can use a wrench and socket set the rears are really easy to replace. The fronts aren't that much harder but require some extra tools and care. Check out the on-line how to's on this site. Having a friend's extra set of hands is always helpful even if all they do is read the instructions while you do the wrenching or vice versa.
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Well since this thread is here already...

I have a sedan with svt dampers all around and progress front springs/eibach sportline rear springs.

It rides smooth as glass on the street and is great on choppy freeways.

The only issue I have with it is exactly that. Its not quite to my liking. The spring rates and drop are fine I just want more aggressive dampers. I was just wondering what shocks I should go with.

Mind you this is my daily driver but I don't really care about how it rides as long as it gives me better performance when I hit the track/canyon.

Again I'm not looking for a smooth ride.
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In order of performance and what's readily available. Any would be a good performance shock.

Koni's
Ford Racing Dynamic
KYB AGX
Spax
Eibach
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