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12-05-2014 11:48 AM
cheap sleeper I roll woth my factory 16s on svt suspension/ front brakes. They have to be 'walked' over the hub, but if you take the time to go back and forth across all 4 nuts, they will go on. They have to be kicked loose when taking them off.

When I did the svt front swap on my zx3, I bought the whole strut assembly off of a wrecked one. Everything was still attatched, the spring, strut bearing, all the way to the lug nuts. I pulled the 3 strut tower bolts, undid my brakes, tie rod, ball joint, end link, brake line, and axle nut. Pulled the old assembly out and slapped in the new. Both sides done under an hour! 👍
12-05-2014 02:14 AM
felixthecat
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Originally Posted by MrTerryToYou View Post
I got rid of my black 01 zx3... :-( haven't updated my sig/profile... Now I just got my red 05 zx3. Working on getting it to a better stage in life than it is currently lol. I damaged my driverside control arm, sway bar endlink, and inner tie rod when I slammed into a curb a couple weeks ago. Didn't want to pay the premium for a new control arm for an 05 when i know that the only difference is the ball joints. So I grabbing a pair of used control arms from a guy for 50 bucks and I'm gonna replace the bushings with some poly bushings and get new ball joints that'll work on my 05
Yea, that'll work^^^^^^
12-04-2014 12:21 PM
MrTerryToYou I got rid of my black 01 zx3... :-( haven't updated my sig/profile... Now I just got my red 05 zx3. Working on getting it to a better stage in life than it is currently lol. I damaged my driverside control arm, sway bar endlink, and inner tie rod when I slammed into a curb a couple weeks ago. Didn't want to pay the premium for a new control arm for an 05 when i know that the only difference is the ball joints. So I grabbing a pair of used control arms from a guy for 50 bucks and I'm gonna replace the bushings with some poly bushings and get new ball joints that'll work on my 05
12-04-2014 11:56 AM
felixthecat Having a '01, I'd do a '05 spindle swap to get the svt brakes. 10's to 11.8''
12-03-2014 01:22 PM
focus_guy_03 '00-'11 should all be the same except for the ball joint change starting in '05.

Only question I have is why you need the later style ball joint, since your 'what I drive' and signature indicate that you have an '01?

Mike
12-03-2014 11:21 AM
MrTerryToYou question about lower control arms is the only difference between the 00-04 and the 05 control arms the ball joint? sorry to revive an old thread... just need a driver side control arm and dont wanna fork out $109 to $196(my ford dealership) and dont really wanna deal with interwebs and waiting if i can just go to a junkyard and pick up an 00-04 control arm and just swap ball joints (i know it involves drilling out the rivets to replace the stock ones but i have a drill lol)
10-02-2012 10:37 PM
Geezer
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Originally Posted by Sniperx View Post
Who makes THE BEST performance pads and shoes for them?
Mintex AF for a good performance street setup or Porterfield R4S for street, autcross or light lapping. These are the only companies that make matched front and rear pad/shoe sets that I'm aware of.
10-02-2012 10:11 PM
Rob axel THAT is a good question!!! I have been reading a lot of conflicting stories about this store and that store...either the pads are the "same" or they are totally different..including discs.... Very frustrating!
I have read good things about NAPA's middle performance pads.....not really sure...like I said, Im gonna put the shoes on the rear, replace ALL the fluid, bleed it good. If there is any difference I will post it,, I may actually get a "different" set of pads and see if that makes any change...it would be worth the 30 bucks to see..hell I can always return the others since they have a "lifetime" guarantee.. I mean it they dont work properly, they dont work properly....
10-01-2012 11:41 AM
Sniperx Who makes THE BEST performance pads and shoes for them?
09-28-2012 11:24 PM
Geezer
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Originally Posted by Rob axel View Post
I have a 03 SE non-ABS no traction control Zetec I am looking at upgrading the front brakes....After reading this thread I found this...
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/FMS-M-2300-SVTF4/All/
$600... and from what I can see, direct bolt on...no mods...
I was looking at salvage yards...trying to obtain BETTER performing brakes than what I have...I am not into high performance....I just want the car to stop when you apply pressure to the pedal...
It says "use with rear disc brakes set up"....dont see any reason why you cant install on w/ rear drums?
Good braking is obtainable from the stock setup. There are components that can make it work better such as street performance pads and/or shoes plus fresh brake fluid (importance is often overlooked) and possibly an upgrade to braided brake lines (improves pedal feel). If rotors or drums are worn they should be replaced with good quality OE parts. There's no need for drilled, slotted or for that matter, oversized rotors.
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