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Old 01-09-2017, 10:03 AM   #1
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Lowering of a MK2

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So this is more for informational purposes now, but, if my bonus is big enough, i am considering lowering my car. How do you do it. I searched this weekend for a coilover kit for an 2008-11 focus and didn't find any. Lowering springs i found a few, but that kind of scares me based on my driveway into my place, its kind of steep, and my parents is 10x worse for when i visit there. Just wondering what others have done to lower theirs?


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Old 01-09-2017, 11:03 AM   #2
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Lets see your lowered 08+

https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?url...9&share_type=t it all depends what ride quality you want and how low you want to be, coilovers are going to be stiffer than springs and provide a range of ride heights, however they will be more money for a good set. That link above is a thread deducted to the mk2 and lowering it. You can use coilovers from the mk1 focus but need a kit from massive that allows it to work.

There are many kits for the mk2, for springs you have the FRPP kit which is a tad lower, eibach springs, and h&r springs. Springs are a tad lower not as stiff.

Coilovers you have MANY brands, h&r is a popular one among the focus community from what I've seen I run them myself, they are stiff but offer a range of heights, ksport, kw, BC Racing, Raceland, and a few other brands make coils for the car.

As far as driving low it's not that hard if you stay above stance nation ultra low. My car is pretty low and I've never had a issue, you just need to take turns at a angle, in the terrible bumpy city im in I've never had one issue with inclines, bumps, etc. Here's a pic for example of my car im about half way down give or take on my coilovers, low but very functional.


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Air ride then.
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This may also help, made this about a year ago but there is some good info here too Inexpensive Coilovers

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thank you guys for starting me out. This forum is awesome and has lots of great people!
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Yup and it all depends on what you want to do with the car. Looks? track? or just something to lower it some and add a bit of handling. Budget has a decent roll to play as well. Search around you will find something that fits your needs.
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My overall is just for looks. My last car was my racecar. After the accident, i dont want to do engine work again, atleast not until i have moved out of the country, and at that point, this car isn't going with, so it won't matter.

Looks and handling would be great, but i dont know if my struts/shocks have ever been replaced on the car and i dont know if they would hold up to getting just lowering springs (154k miles on the car.) I guess i will have to wait until the next time its in and ask the guys who did the work on the last one their thoughts. It looks like if i do it would be springs based on price constraints. we will see. I will find out in a month or 2 what the number is and if i can.

This car will be doing a road trip to FL this summer.

Again, thanks for your guys' help!
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Springs if you are on a budget. But trust me you will want to go lower. You can find a nice set up (coil overs) used or new if you shop around. If not on a budget go air then you won't have to worry about any drive way haha.
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My overall is just for looks. My last car was my racecar. After the accident, i dont want to do engine work again, atleast not until i have moved out of the country, and at that point, this car isn't going with, so it won't matter.

Looks and handling would be great, but i dont know if my struts/shocks have ever been replaced on the car and i dont know if they would hold up to getting just lowering springs (154k miles on the car.) I guess i will have to wait until the next time its in and ask the guys who did the work on the last one their thoughts. It looks like if i do it would be springs based on price constraints. we will see. I will find out in a month or 2 what the number is and if i can.

This car will be doing a road trip to FL this summer.

Again, thanks for your guys' help!


No problem! Glad to help! But I agree with Andy, springs will not make you happy, and in the long run I think will be the same as coilovers, checkout fswerks.com they have h&r products. Eibach springs can be bought on tire rack, drop the car a bit and are I believe $200. Now I say coilovers because if you get springs you may need new struts, those can run a couple hundred bucks and in the end you're at a mid range coilover price.

Bags are nice but can be pricey, however if you have the money go for it. Raceland is OK I have them on my miata and they aren't bad however I don't daily drive that car. I would not recommend putting them on your daily driver, if want a nice mid range look for used coilovers or even ksport they aren't bad at all. If you're worried about stiffness with coilovers try and find a set with dampening. There's a brand called ST Suspension that is VERY good they are made by KW. The focus is very high from the factory so you being on coilovers you will be low but if you don't slam it you are still at some cars stock ride height.

Also Andy I just saw we are both from Cleveland! Too funny!


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whats the best way to check if the shocks/struts have been replaced recently? I have only had the car about a month and know the guy put new tires and brakes on it before i bought (to make me feel safe as i am just getting driving again.)

i am on an extremely limited budget. lol.
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