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Old 12-26-2010, 04:27 PM   #1
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Ok heres a doozy if your moving at 80 mph

And it's a really effing breezy day how quick is the air moving outside of the car? MAN OH MAN was I getting blown around like a rag doll today on 95 :O/ I know these cars are light but this is ridicilous LOL! I had to draft a truck or two to keep from being blown around so much....How much time did ford spend in a wind tunnel with these things?


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Old 12-26-2010, 04:44 PM   #2
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Listening to the weather channel, the whole east coast is being hit a lot harder than we are in Florida but we're getting the winds, gusting to up in the 50's. That will blow almost anything around and because the Focus's are a light car comparably speaking, you don't have a chance.
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Old 12-26-2010, 04:45 PM   #3
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I'm from Jupiter tell me about it ROFL gusts in the 50's then that explains it LOL!
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Hey up here in CT we are getting that big snow storm, wooo wee it's coming down and the wind feels like it's hitting 50.
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Old 12-26-2010, 04:53 PM   #5
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Its been fairly windy here latley also and a few times when i had my radio up a little a quick burst of wind hits your car and you feel this huge push on the front end of the car i had to turn down the radio and listen to the engine thiking the tranny was slipping or a missfire or somthing. When it did it again i didnt notice any change in the sound i knew it was the wind.

When i was about 20 i had a 1972 volkswagon baja bug and that is one really light weight car with a not so very aero body shape. It was a little scary driving that car i wound up planning most of my routes using back roads over highway.

It was a really small air cooled engine and geared so low that at highway speeds pretty much redlined the engine to keep up with traffic anyway.

The car i got after the bug was a fairly larger car with a 3.0 engine and i never really noticed it as much as the bug and now the focus.
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Old 12-26-2010, 04:58 PM   #6
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I had the same exact complaint about my old ZX3. I thought it was just me because everyone else would just breeze by along the highway! Glad to hear that's not the case.

This might sound weird but the problem sort of went away when I got the SVT suspension kit installed. Might have something to do with slightly lower ride height and stiffer springs being less affected by wind turbulence... but that's just a theory. I know at the very least the car felt more stable on bumpy roads at higher speeds (no more floaty/bouncy feeling).

Nowadays... I don't mean to brag but my current car handles wind gusts like it doesn't even exist. I guess the combination of underbody panels, improved aerodynamics, and electronic assist steering might have something to do with that. The only downside is that steering feels slightly more numb when compared to the hydraulic assist found on older cars. I guess that's the tradeoff you get.



EDIT: Hmmm!!! Noticed you have a newer Focus. Anyone know if the 2008+ use electronic or hydraulic assisted steering?
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The only small car I've ever had that did good in wind was my 83 RX-7, an I think that was due to it's low side profile. The Focus weighs just a little more, but it built like a freaking sail.

Now the Bug--- oh yeah. Those things barely weigh a ton, if that, and have nice flat wind catching sides, but the car was designed in the 30's when going 25 mph was as fast as you wanted to go on most roads.
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Humm depends on the conditions I suppose. I was driving around on I295 once and it was hella windy. I had my stiffer tires and higher offset wheels and it felt fine.
But when I swapped back to my squishy soft tires I was wobbling all over the place even with out the wind with the wind making it worse. Eventually you figure it out
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It is just a product of having a lightweight car sitting fairly high up in the wind. If it bothers you I would recommend trying a different suspension. The FRPP kit can be purchased for a very reasonable price. The car sits lower, looks better and will be more stable under braking or while driving in windy conditions. The car is very stable at high speed. It is by far the best modification I have done to the car.
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