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Old 03-31-2009, 07:38 AM   #1
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I dont know Jack.....

Or Jill.
Quick and dirty to start incase a quick link can answer my questions that have been asked 300 or more times already....
I have not found one, but is there a thread here or a link for a "lowering your car 101"? The basics and general rules?

Reason I ask is because I've never had a car that I wanted to lower. (alwys been a pickup man, so I'm used to going up. Not down.) A co-worker of mine has a 01 that he lowered for his woman years ago. She wants a stock height ride again. So he asked me if I wanted to trade springs. Of corse I said yes. But now I am full of questions.

1. Are springs alone enough to do it right? Or will springs alone cause really bad wear on my tires or something else?

2. I need new shocks as it is now. does this change something about what shocks I will need?

3. Is there anything else I need to know or am missing?


Thanks for any info, and patience in what I know are repetative questions.



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what kind of springs are they? what kind of drop is it? you will need new shocks.. depeinding on the springs you might want stiffer shocks.. Depends on what you want. One of the main issues you might have is the Lower control arm bolt. It seizing on pretty much everyone's focus. Just the way it is. If yours is you will have to cut the bolt out and replace the whole control arm. It's like 50+ plus bucks a piece. Other than that the process is pretty straight forward and reasonably easy to do. Just take your time. Do a search on Lower control arm and you'll find lots of threads on it including one of mine.

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I dont have a brand yet for what they are. All I know ATM is that its a 3" rear 2" front.

He offered to have his father in-law do the labor for us at his garage as a favor. I think I will also get the old man to hook me up with shocks while hes under there.
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Old 03-31-2009, 08:32 AM   #4
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I haven't ever heard of a drop like that. But to answer your questions no springs alone are not enough. You need matching shocks/struts otherwise your stock shocks/struts will fail a lot faster.
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you can ride lower with stock shocks and struts but its not reccomended AT ALL.
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just swap the full suspensions, that includes the dampers. you should be fine then as if it is a good suspension setup, then he should have aftermarket shocks/struts on his. Just trade him ur oem's
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I already asked him this morning if he did anything else besides the springs originally. Nope.
So Im shopping for the rest. If I do have to run with the lowered springs on the stock suspension, it wont be for long.

Man I feel really dumb asking this one for some reason.... But do aftermarket springs like these have a mileage life?
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Springs will tend to sag a bit over their service life but it takes a LONG time. Honestly though you really need to find out what these springs are. I have never heard of a spring kit or even springs that lower the rear of the Focus 3 inches and the front 2. Are you sure these aren't the crappy "ebay coilovers" which aren't coilovers at all? Seriously need to find out exactly what he is selling you cause if its crap, you don't want it.

And if they are truly legit springs and you want em you are gonna have to get some dampers to match em. I would go with either the Koni Yellows or the KYB AGX's. Both of which can be found on www.focussport.com. They both have adjustability which I am not sure if you need but honestly with that drop I wouldn't go with anything else.
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Konis for sure 3 inches is to short for KYBs
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