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02-03-2013 01:17 PM
my_beautious_ZX3 Hi and welcome to the forum!

Seized LCA hardware is a frequent topic of discussion here. Don't know how much SVT LCA's differ from a ZX3, but here's a thread I made last fall to document the problems I ran into. Specifics are at the bottom of the page.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=297299

Good luck!
02-03-2013 12:48 PM
MrJake4933
lower control arm bolt

I have the same problm. I am trying to remove my rear springs so i can put lowering springs on. but the LCA bolts are corroded on the inside and are stuck. We have already broke one and the spring compressor from advance auto wouldnt fit on the spring. Where could i get two new control arms and bolts? Is there anything i can do to avoid breaking the other one and get the spring out?
08-13-2012 11:55 AM
TommyTooHi
totally!

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Originally Posted by Geezer View Post
And yes, the M-18000-zx3 is the stock SVT shock/strut replacement kit. I truly believe the SVT shocks are the best bang for the buck available for an SVT or non-SVT Focus. In fact it's a screaming deal for four quality shocks/struts delivered to your door for under 200.00
yup, I'll second that - having done pig's ear/silk purse upgrades in the past, the value/quality/engineering is freaking unbelievably cheap!!!

I need to do mine, as soon as possible!

-T_T
08-05-2012 06:39 PM
Geezer Coil springs are not considered a wear item. They generally last the life of the car but could be required to be replaced if abused (e.g. off roaded a lot), if damaged (a big hit that causes them to bind), or allowed to rust, which could weaken them but more likely they end up snapping. Cheap aftermarket springs are often made of poorly tempered steel (improper metallurgy) which commonly results in sagging. Most car manufacturers put decently made springs on their cars although Ford did have a bad batch on some very early non SVT Foci which resulted in a service campaign.
08-05-2012 03:11 PM
Dean2 Geezer - So, besides a little loss of ride height, old springs don't really lose any of their "springiness"?

I've been wondering about that. I bought the SVT kit for my SVT. I did the front end, but haven't gotten to the rear yet. The car looks a lot better without the rear end so high and, more importantly, I haven't been looking forward to replacing the springs themselves. If I won't lose anything by just replacing the shocks, I'd sure prefer to go that route.

The difference in ride/feel with the new front struts was incredible. It's like a whole new car and only half done.
08-03-2012 05:42 PM
zed18 Thanks again Geezer. According to the website the kit comes with mounts and spring seats. Should be all I need, right. The image shows front and rear dampers, dust covers, upper mounts and seats. I have not ordered them yet. Had the timing belt and water pump replaced a few days ago at the local Ford dealer. Heard an unfamiliar ringing noise at start up when picking it up. Stopped by the dealer today, it gets worse when the air is on. The noise is coming from the compressor area. Air works fine but the mechanic thinks it is probably the clutch. What are the odds that it would go bad with the timing belt? They did me right on the belt so hopefully the air fix won't be too costly. One thing at a time I guess. Still have the original clutch with no signs of giving out yet. I am the only one who drives it so I figure I should get well over a hundred thousand out of it. Knock on wood!
08-03-2012 12:48 PM
Geezer Shocks wear out, but springs do not as long as they remain undamaged. The average shock life is about 50 to 60K miles depending on use and road conditions. Bilstein states that a shock looses 50% of its damping ability in the first half of its life. In other words, if a shock has a (more or less) 50K life it's half worn out by 25K miles. That says a lot about what the damping quality will be in the next 25K miles. The trouble is that most shock wear is so subtle that most people don't notice its happening. A shock can be completely worn out (offering minimal damping) and most people think they're just fine because they've adapted to the feel. I can assure you that at 95K mile your shocks are WAY past replacement and it will be a night and day difference when you do replace them.

And yes, the M-18000-zx3 is the stock SVT shock/strut replacement kit. I truly believe the SVT shocks are the best bang for the buck available for an SVT or non-SVT Focus. In fact it's a screaming deal for four quality shocks/struts delivered to your door for under 200.00. When I ordered the SVT suspension kit (springs, shocks, and rear sway bar) for our ZX3 it did not come with upper strut mounts and bearings. These are a wear part and should be replaced when new struts are installed. I got ours from Rock Auto (KYB units) for about 50.00 for the pair. You might check with Steve to see if they come with the SVT shock/strut kit. I'm sure he can set you up with Ford ones if not but last time I checked they were priced higher than aftermarket units.
08-02-2012 10:26 PM
zed18 Geezer, just checked, that would be the M 18000 zx3 kit, correct? If so I am assuming that includes everything needed to install them.
08-02-2012 10:04 PM
zed18 Thanks geezer, I assumed the kit was the same as the original svt parts. I have 95 thousand on the car and just assumed the springs should probably be replaced. I looked at them today and there is no rust on them. What additional parts do I need if I go with just the dampers and shocks? I run Continental extreme contact all weathers on the car. Great traction in winter and rain with just a little roll when turning. I loved the original set of summer Conti's but they are worthless in the winter and can't justify both summer and winter tires. You are right about not screwing it up. My intention was to remain with the original factory ride. It has been a great car. Very few problems and just plain fun to drive. It is the only vehicle I have ever owned that I still enjoyed driving after two or three years. I keep thinking I should get something more old man like, but everytime I look around I always come back to my faithful svt. Lol
08-02-2012 09:51 PM
Geezer Based on your driving habits I'd recommend staying with the SVT suspension. You can replace your current shocks with fresh SVT ones for only 160.00 (from Tousley). Apply the money you save to some fresh performance tires if you don't currently have them. If you want to play around a little bit, look into some KYB AGX damping adjustable shocks/struts. The SVT is a nice handling (and decent riding) car straight from the factory why take a chance of screwing it up.
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