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Old 10-05-2011, 11:38 PM   #1
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Suspension lift?

The ladyfriend drives a 2011 Ford Focus sedan and also enjoys a lot of hiking, mountain biking, climbing, etc. We live in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The forest service roads around here can get pretty gnar. I mentioned an idea to her today of lifting her Focus a bit for more ground clearance, putting on some decent all-terrain tires and adding a front skid-plate -- sort of a lite version of a rally Focus.

I thought for sure someone would offer rally type springs to run along with Bilstein HD shocks. Looks like that's not the case. She doesn't need to drop $1k-plus for a rally suspension setup.

Is there anything out there that I'm missing? No one honestly offers a set of springs that'll raise a Focus about two inches? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I think this could be really damn fun.


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Not that I know of, DGR used to have a rally suspension kit, but it was like 1200 or more.
You could always see if some after-market spacers for the 4x4 world would fit the top of the front struts. then find a used set of rear adjustable spring seats to use with your factory springs to lift the whole car up about 1-2"

you would also most likely need some heavy duty alignment parts but it might work, and dont put too big a tire on there, keep it within an inch of your factory size. and last but not least get some universal Rally Armor mud flaps and have fun.

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trade it in and get a SUV or truck...
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Thanks, ST.

Why would someone with a handle like "Slammed_2.0" even come into a thread called "suspension lift?"
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To give his two cents.

Going with a larger wheel may give you the road clearance you are looking for without having to do a lift.
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In the end it will always be cheaper and easier to start with what you need (car wise). If you are going to be hard core offloading a FoFo then there is some truth to saying get a car that was designed for the task. I.E. a Subaru (anyone really) they all came with AWD and have higher ground clearance from the factory.

If you are just looking to do a little minor work to the FoFo for the not so hard offroad trips then my previous statement still stands.
Let us know what you do, and how/what you did to get there. I have thought about doing this all myself as I drive on a lot of construction sites that a made for Trucks, and Im lowered 1.5"!

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leave mike alone...because he can.....get a subie or anything with awd theres no way you are going to raise a fofo enough to get enough ground clearance to traverse anything...
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Im dead serious. Lifting a focus will cost plenty-o-money just as dropping a focus. Just trade in for a SUV for A lot of ground clearance but if you dont want an suv go for a Subi or CRV.


What benkap stated will give you an additional 1" clearance with bigger wheels. Try using hockey pucks as used in trucks.
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and even then i dont think hockey pucks will stay still will they mike?
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and even then i dont think hockey pucks will stay still will they mike?

With the pucks i've used for F150s they've held up tight. PVC pipe, epoxy, and longer bolts. Call it a redneck body lift! I would say 1 puck all around would give you good clearance to put a bigger wheel/tire combo...
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