|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|
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|
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|
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|
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.|
|05-25-2010 01:13 AM|
Yes the FSB is a royal pain. I'm glad I did mine to tho.
I thought about this after I did the install, I wonder if you had a long enough extension if you could use the ratchet from above the motor.
|05-24-2010 10:39 PM|
Just an update to this thread:
I just swapped out my front and rear sway bars on my SVT. From start to finish, 5 hours. This how-to was bang-on.
-I was expecting to fight with the 18mm and 15mm bolts. Not a problem for my breaker bar! Those came out nice and easily.
-The 13mm bolts for the sway bar brackets were f-ing insane. No room to work with. The passenger side is easier and you can get a 1/2 drive ratchet in there. But you're loosening maybe 1/3 turn at a time. They were on tight though... tighter than the bolts holding up the subframe. I'm going to be sore tomorrow.
-The driver side 13mm had even less room and so I found myself laying there turning the bolts 1/4 turn at a time (well that's what it felt like).
-Getting the sway bar out and new one in was a pain but nothing compared to those 13mm bolts. Damn.
-Get a ratchetting 13mm wrench!! I wish I had one today.
And of course, an install like this can't go without problems: I think one of my 18mm bolts have threads that are all mashed up when reinstalling. The bolt is tight though and not coming out. Mind you everything was properly lined up and the other bolts went in straight and smoothe. I just hope I never have to drop the subframe again.
I was glad to take on my rear sway bar after that. That was a breeze.
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