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Old 04-09-2009, 07:44 AM   #1
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coil over suspension

Ok all, I finially figured out what I'm going to do about my suspension!

However, I have some quick questions...

I'm thinking about getting coil overs...now those have the strut and shock built in...correct? (I don't know anything about suspension)

Also, my understanding is that coil overs are adjustable. That being the case, say I have them set to lower my car...than during the winter, I want to raise them up closer to a stock ride height. Will I have to get my car realigned every times I do that?


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I cannot recommend an adjustable coilover system unless you have a specific need or use for it and especially if you're not familiar with what it can and cannot do. If you are looking to simply lower the car and improve handling get a kit that comes with matched set of non adjustable springs and shocks (Eibach Pro System, etc.).
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well i do have somewhat of a need becuase i live in the middle of no where and during the winter I would like to raise my car to a higher height than during the summer i would like to have a lowered focus
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To effectively raise a car using coilovers you need a different setup than what is commonly sold. You need a shock BODY that can be adjusted for length. The standard method of compressing or decompressing by means of the spring perch is designed for lowering and does little to effectively raise the car. Adjustable shock bodies are found are higher line kits (read more expensive) and the selection is thinner as well, especially for a Focus. If you drive on rough or unpaved roads the higher spring rates that come on these will make the ride far worse and the handling very squirrelly. Stock springs and a little firmer shock would be a better solution for those conditions.
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Sounds like a job for SVT springs to me.
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ya, i agree, you won't want coilovers unless you know what ur getting into!! they are stiff, not always the best for a DD.
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