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11-05-2013 06:34 AM
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09-18-2013 11:37 PM
2012sel Thanks everyone ( especially TORQUERULES ) for the valuable information. Finally got my MS3 springs installed. Exactly the height I wanted.



04-26-2013 11:52 AM
asting
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Originally Posted by 2012sel View Post
The rears do sound easy and the Eibach link will help a lot on the front. Thanks for sharing those.

I found this video that does a pretty good job of showing the basic process for replacing the front springs on a Mazda3 which should be very similar to the Focus. There are lots of videos for the Mazda3 strut replacement which is the same process to replace the springs.

Front Spring replacement video...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LFm4AS-Lqc


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I started the front, and honestly the removal of the strut isn't hard. I'm just caught up on the stupid damn hat. It requires a 5mm allen and an 18mm, but mine is torqued on there. I need another set of hands to be able to proceed I think, so I guess I'll wait a few hours.
I also had to use a spacer to get the damn spring compressor to compress enough. It's not proper I'm sure, but I didn't have much choice.
04-26-2013 09:34 AM
2012sel
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Originally Posted by asting View Post
That seems to be the type these guys used.

I cut my front springs yesterday, and the rears are installed. If you haven't done yours yet, the rears are easy. I just wasted so much time messing around/trying to figure it out. Just undo the brackets that hold the sway bar to the car (2 on each side, 4 bolts total 13mm). You'll need a deep well socket for the top, and short well for the bottom. Then undo the main bolts that hold the spindle to the control arm. 15mm. You'll have to jack up the spring quite a bit to get the holes to line up/reduce shear force. Then it will slide out and you can lower the jack. With your sway bar free you then push down on the lower control arm and the springs pop out!
The rears do sound easy and the Eibach link will help a lot on the front. Thanks for sharing those.

I found this video that does a pretty good job of showing the basic process for replacing the front springs on a Mazda3 which should be very similar to the Focus. There are lots of videos for the Mazda3 strut replacement which is the same process to replace the springs.

Front Spring replacement video...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LFm4AS-Lqc


.
04-26-2013 09:17 AM
asting
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Originally Posted by 2012sel View Post
I got a set of these cheapies from Harbor Freight. Haven't used them yet. Not sure if it's the best tool for the job.

That seems to be the type these guys used.

I cut my front springs yesterday, and the rears are installed. If you haven't done yours yet, the rears are easy. I just wasted so much time messing around/trying to figure it out. Just undo the brackets that hold the sway bar to the car (2 on each side, 4 bolts total 13mm). You'll need a deep well socket for the top, and short well for the bottom. Then undo the main bolts that hold the spindle to the control arm. 15mm. You'll have to jack up the spring quite a bit to get the holes to line up/reduce shear force. Then it will slide out and you can lower the jack. With your sway bar free you then push down on the lower control arm and the springs pop out!
04-26-2013 08:22 AM
2012sel I got a set of these cheapies from Harbor Freight. Haven't used them yet. Not sure if it's the best tool for the job.

04-25-2013 09:28 PM
asting So for those that have done springs, I take it
will not work. I rented one without really checking it out, and it seems like this is the wrong type This needs to be in the middle to work, which obviously won't fit with the strut there. I just need to do the front now (rear done).

Edit: and I just read the little pamphlet. One side is a short arm, the other a long arm. Hopefully one will be enough to do just the front.
04-21-2013 09:09 PM
asting
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Originally Posted by hooligander View Post
Get it alligned!


You must always after any major suspension change
Did these springs require the camber arms to get in spec?
04-21-2013 09:05 PM
hooligander Get it alligned!


You must always after any major suspension change
04-21-2013 08:59 PM
asting So as far as alignment goes, it seems that no one with these springs did anything? Did anyone get it checked and find it in spec?
Thanks.
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