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03-16-2014 04:23 PM
sailor Moved to "Brakes, Suspension & Chassis".

Useful "How To" left behind when the sections were split.

Good to see it helped again, and appreciate the notes on what worked easiest for you.

Rest up the sore back, then have some fun with the new suspension!

Cheers
03-16-2014 10:20 AM
mjoyce So I replaced my stuts with some Konis and it was raining so I when ahead tackled the sway bars. It looks easy enough in the pics and I have air tools so I started. It took every bit of four hours. With air it helps but the sway bar brackets air can't be used. So it took most of the time getting those out. Oddly enough it went back together alot faster. I completely removed all sub frame bolts and it hangs nicely. I actually could have used more of a drop to get more room. Anyway putting all the sub frame bolts back in as far as lining them up with the holes was easy. No issues at all. Maybe 30 minutes after the new sway bar was positioned. Hours laying on concrete takes it toll. My body hurts. Lol.
08-20-2012 03:12 PM
Mumford oh ok that makes it sound so much better and less stress full then i thought lol thanks guys ill let you know how it goes here pb next month lol
08-18-2012 01:53 PM
elsolo You don't need to drop the subframe completely.
Leave the forward two bolts in, tilt the subframe so the rear is hanging down 3".
I didn't find any part of the front swaybar install tricky, very straightforward.
08-18-2012 11:16 AM
svtguy88 Again, this is going off of what my car is like, but dropping the subframe isn't really that difficult. I didn't want to do it either, but once you bite the bullet, it's not that bad.

The bolts are tight, so air tools are useful, but not absolutely necessary. Back them out evenly, and the subframe will drop down nice and slow. Put a floor jack under it to support it (just in case you back the bolts out too far).
08-17-2012 03:36 PM
Mumford well from looking at a diagram on autozones site it pretty much says to do the same thing an drop the sub frame and me being a not so ace mechanic lol was kinda worried bout droping the sub frame with out a lift or at all for that matter but from looking at your pics it pretty much looks the same think i might take a look here in a couple weeks and see whats goin on might do a right up or just link to this one lol if its the same lol
08-17-2012 01:13 AM
svtguy88 Wish I could help...I don't know much at all about the newer Foci. I'd be willing to bet that the front sway bar is still a pain, and may require dropping the subframe.

Maybe I'm way off base though...I haven't so much as looked underneath a Focus that is newer than mine...
08-16-2012 09:28 PM
Mumford i couldnt help but notice how this looks similer to the 2nd gen fo-fo and i know that some parts are more or less the same would that be true in saying this write up would be helpfull for a 2nd owner?? cuse ive been looking for a tear down to see what i can do from home to replace the bushings
08-01-2011 10:05 AM
svtguy88 I may try to attack those swaybar bolts from above today. I was planning to throw my shiny new sway bar in, as I have the front end ripped apart already (control arms/hubs out). I thought it would be pretty simple, but the swaybar bracket bolts are a royal pain, as mentioned above.

I was able to get one of the bolts out of the swaybar bracket on the passenger side (managed to convince an impact gun to fit up in there), but the rest are ridiculous.

I guess I'll drop the subframe and hope for more working room....
05-25-2010 11:46 AM
ChrisRobin The passenger side maybe but I don't think so for the driver's side. Too much crap in the way.
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