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03-10-2014 01:34 AM
Red Jay 918 Depends how low you want to go & how much you want to spend.

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03-09-2014 09:01 PM
Vladdy24 Considering my focus is an SES, I believe it already has a sport suspension. Would that make a difference?

What shocks do you guys recommend?
03-09-2014 08:47 PM
pfsantos Get performance shocks. Not sure what the focus guys here prefer (I'm fairly new here). The damping of the OEM shocks will be too soft and worse now. Don't need coilovers unless u plan on serious and often track or competition...but some go all out when upgrading.
03-09-2014 08:39 PM
Vladdy24 I'm looking to buying the Eibach Sportline springs. My car has approx. 110k km. I intend on using the original shocks. Is that a bad idea? Should I replace the shocks while I'm at it. If yes, would I be better off looking into coilovers?

Any advice would be greatly appreciate it.

Thank you,
11-26-2013 03:42 PM
pfsantos
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Originally Posted by whimsicalpouch2 View Post
no actually. the eibach springs are the same height, they are just more springy since they are lowering springs. more flexible. the rears were the same way. i had no clue on how to get them off and on, so i brought them to a shop and they pryed them off and on. it was ridiculous. you'd think ford would make an easier way to do this. the spring compressor i had before the shop didn't fit onto the spring haha. and that dumb bolt that is slightly welded on for the rear control arm is bogus aswell
First post!

Ford didn't make anything more complicated here. This design is used on a shi*load of vehicles, even down to the bracket holding the flex brake line. Did this job on a '93 Escort in the past month, both fronts.

You should always use a spring compressor if you wanna do the job right...never risk that the spring will be 'loose' by the time the center nut is off. That also means no prying anything on or off. Use a good quality spring compressor or rent one for free (i.e. Autozone). Compress only as much as necessary. When the spring is loose between the upper spring seat and lower strut mount, you're good. Never stand around on the business end of the spring...stand beside it. Google "youtube spring compressor accident". My bro was shitting brix after seeing the videos and watching me compress the spring.

The Eibach springs (don't know off hand re this model) may be progressive springs which mean they compress initially easier than stock, but then become harder to compress (the coils go from tighter to further away). Since they're lowering springs, they have to become harder than stock as they compress, to reduce travel. Always use performance springs and shocks together. A lowering spring will kill a shock sooner than later.

Not trying to be a smart ass, just trying to help. I've been a member of a bunch of forums and know far from all, but hope to give and receive help here now that I'm 'joining the family/gang' lol. Just conditionally purchased a 2009 SES in manual and about half a year ago pointed my sis. to an identical model (minus leather and sunroof but her's is auto). So two in the family (plus the 93 Escort we've had since new and I've done most work on except tires lol). :)

edit: another quick tip, although not sure if applicable on these cars. Sometimes the strut mounts have to be installed a particular way so you don't mess with the camber, and sometimes the strut to spindle bolts have to be marked before removal if they're the type that have an offset portion for alignment adjustment. Always good to have an alignment shop double check aligment after strut, tie rod and/or balljoint/control arm replacement. Still not familiar with these cars (only did a front and rear brake job on sis's car) so I don't even know if the balljoint is replaceable from the control arm.
05-26-2013 07:28 AM
stephenellis Yeah, ive noticed that there is no guides on here for it that ive noticed anyway!

Ive only ever done electrical mods on my car so this will be a challenge!

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05-26-2013 07:22 AM
indy_11 It's not, this is actually one of the easier things to do. Just be patient
05-26-2013 07:00 AM
stephenellis Seems like a pain in the arse.. im looking to fit coilovers soon and not looking forward to it!

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02-19-2013 12:05 PM
Bryan23ferra Lol, I know this has been up for a while, but to get the rear springs off, once the car is on jackstands, put a jack under that control arm, remove the bolt and slowly let the spring down! Oh, and dont forget to unbolt the swaybar links. :)
02-21-2012 01:24 PM
gcart
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wat?
Lol, sorry...

I meant to say "wrong thread"...

i was looking at two different threads at once and posted in the wrong one... so i came back and edited it.
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