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09-10-2015 07:19 PM
DangerRanger
Rust City

I live in Michigan and here all the Focus look like that. The adjustment bolt is permanently welded with rust. The only thing you can do is CUT them out with a grinder and thin disc. Of course you then have to have an entire new unit to put back in. I got some online Mevotech I think maybe that were'nt too much. About $40 - $50 bucks with the shipping. ( each ) You rip the nut right off this side and then grind the head off the other side and pry the bracket back enough to squeeze that end out. The other end is similar but harder to get at. Have to grind in between the bushing and bracket to cut the bolt with a thin disk. Lots of fun for sure. Don't even imagine trying to get the bolts to turn. Maybe if you have an impact wrench and hammer at them for 20 minute or so that's just a maybe. Otherwise you just destroy them to get them, out.
You have to either get a new expensive adjustment bolt assembly or make one. You can re-use the offset washers and get a new bolt, I think it was 12mm . You have to weld a washer onto the head of the bolt and grind a groove in the threaded end for the washer with a tab in the hole to fit into. You make it so the washers are offset together so they work against the tabs on the frame to move the bolt back and forth in the oval shaped mounting hole. The nut tightens it all up when you get it where you want it.
That adjustment moves the bottom of the tire as well as the back. If your Focus feels like the rear end is on ice on a dirt road in summer or when driving in snow feels like a bunch of kids are shagging and throwing their weight all around then it is probably this adjustment on one or both sides.
05-07-2013 10:48 AM
gondorian I fixed mine, and I'll get to making a thread about it probably next week. PWGuy just send me a PM if you have any urgent questions or need any help.
05-07-2013 09:04 AM
PWGuy I'm looking for updates to this as well - same issue
11-16-2012 05:30 PM
gondorian Any updates? I have the exact some problem with my car right now.
09-02-2012 06:19 PM
gettingtheregreen just wanted to offer a follow up.
1. we are buying two new control arms from rockauto. cheaper to buy two from rockauto and pay for shipping to Canada than to buy even just 1 locally.
2. euro-bred is kind enough to sell us the bolts we need.
3. we are going on vacation for a week and a half and won't easily be able to replace the control arms before leaving so we needed to either borrow a car or come up with a temporary fix for our car. today we put together this fix in the photo below. keep in mind that the seized bolt is still in place and hasn't budged whatsoever. as you can see in the photo, we have sandwiched the bolt between two metal plates which are bolted together with 2 bolts, nuts, and washers. that seized bolt couldn't move even if it wanted to! (it probably wouldn't move anyway, since it is SEIZED! but we wanted to be just extra cautious)

Looks good?


08-30-2012 10:39 PM
Now534 Euro bred has a lot of them.

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08-30-2012 10:34 PM
euro-bred
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Originally Posted by gettingtheregreen View Post
do I HAVE to go to a Ford dealership to get the adjuster bolts?
it would be nice if it just came with the control arm.
I have those bolts for sale. PM me if you're interested...

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Originally Posted by Magus2727 View Post
Assuming the 2005 rear suspension is the same as 2000 - 2004 get the SVT rear lower control arm if one is needed. I am not sure if newer non SVT ones have ever been updated but it had extra enforcing in key sections that are known to have stress problems.
The 05 RLCAs are the same as 00-04. I've even seen an 08 with the same RLCAs so I'm assuming that they are the same all the way up to 2011... Most, if not all, aftermarket RLCAs are already reinforced just like the SVT. The 08 that I saw (at a junk yard) even had reinforced RLCAs and it didn't even have a sway bar.
08-30-2012 10:10 PM
Now534 Here in the states the bolt is a special order through Moog in the parts stores computers it has the Upper arm camber bolt which is to short.

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08-30-2012 05:56 PM
Magus2727 Assuming the 2005 rear suspension is the same as 2000 - 2004 get the SVT rear lower control arm if one is needed. I am not sure if newer non SVT ones have ever been updated but it had extra enforcing in key sections that are known to have stress problems.

Is the mechanic not able to back out the bolt?
08-30-2012 04:32 PM
gettingtheregreen do I HAVE to go to a Ford dealership to get the adjuster bolts?
it would be nice if it just came with the control arm.
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