front coil springs and coil insulators - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace

Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > Brakes, Suspension & Body Chassis

Brakes, Suspension & Body Chassis The place to go for answers on brakes, suspension, camber, alignment and more.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-18-2013, 09:45 PM   #1
Focus Enthusiast
Join Date: Feb 2012
Fan#: 95211
Location: northeast, PA
What I Drive: 2007 ZX3 5spd, 2012 SE Sedan Auto

Posts: 325
Points 1,639, Level 23
Points: 1,639, Level: 23 Points: 1,639, Level: 23 Points: 1,639, Level: 23
Level Up 39% Completed
Level up: 39% Level up: 39% Level up: 39%
Forum Activity 9%
Activity: 9% Activity: 9% Activity: 9%
FF Reputation: 9 Lscman Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
front coil springs and coil insulators

The Focus is roughly the same in this respect for 2006 thru 2011. In the process of replacing wheel bearings and struts, I noticed the former owner installed eibach front springs upside down. They fit in that way pretty nice and did not become dislodged or squeak after several yrs of driving. The smaller diameter on one end of the spring fits snugly in the upper or lower perch, but it belongs down. The large end seats up or down, but it belongs up.

The factory service manual is not clear enough to show which way the spring should be installed. In fact, the manual does not have enough detail to show one end of the spring is a smaller diameter. It also does not show any detail about the sleeve insulators that go on the coils to prevent squeaks.

I wound up visiting a used car dealer lot to see how the spring insulators and springs are installed. This confirmed my suspicions. Will be installing new factory springs, struts and insulators this weekend.

As for sleeve insulator positioning, the lower insulator on the smaller end of the spring should be installed flush with the end of the spring. It is long enough to cover about 3/4 of a coil (270 degrees). This keeps it from rubbing metal on metal against the lower perch.

The upper end of the spring is the larger end. An insulator cap goes on the end and a sleeve insulator should be installed such that it nearly butts against the end cap, maybe within 1/2". It will only be long enough to cover about 1/2 of one coil (180 degrees).

The lower sleeve insulator is a discontinued item. the upper sleeve insulator is not discontinued and it also supersedes the lower sleeve part for use on the lower end. I bought four, they cost about $8 each.

PS: everything mentioned above applies to the front springs for 2006 thru 2011.

Last edited by Lscman; 07-19-2013 at 11:18 PM.
Lscman is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Old 07-19-2013, 10:43 AM   #2
Old Phart
sailor's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2008
Fan#: 57268
Location: Lockport, NY
What I Drive: 2004 Pitch Black ZTS 2.3 5spd.

Posts: 43,281
Points 31,633, Level 100
Points: 31,633, Level: 100 Points: 31,633, Level: 100 Points: 31,633, Level: 100
Level Up 0% Completed
Level up: 0% Level up: 0% Level up: 0%
Forum Activity 100%
Activity: 100% Activity: 100% Activity: 100%
FF Reputation: 134 sailor Excellent Standing Member sailor Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Moved to "Brakes, Suspension & Chassis".

Good info. for reference!
"Rubber Side Down"

S.R. #275
Focus Takeover #003 / Tarbo Fan #003
sailor is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
What I Drive
Year, color, and model of your car. Example: 2003 Pitch Black ZX3
Your real name.
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:26 PM.

Copyright 2002-2015 All Rights Reserved : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Mazda CX-3, Audi S3, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus, Focus ST and Focus RS related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. If you own other makes have a look at Challenger Hellcat Forum, Charger Hellcat Forum, Cadillac ATS-V Forum, Cadillac CTS-V Forum, Lexus RC-F Forum, Lexus GS-F Forum, Mercedes GLA Forum, Mercedes GLE Forum and Volvo XC90 Forum.


Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1