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Today 12:38 AM
FreeFocus Ahh that's right...the eBay special. I think I remember you buying them actually a long while back. Seems they held up pretty well for you at least. Can't beat the price either! I think you will come to enjoy the fancy shenanigans. Low is good.

I posted in the Xtreme Boredom thread. I am unsure if I am going to go or not. Finding time and having the funds available. If not this one I plan to hit 2-3 plus FF. Just started my "real life" job, well will start Monday. And maybe a vacation this summer if I get time off. It's 3rd shift, any tips on that? Do ya eat or just eat before then go to bed when you get home?

Full time would be great. Mainly the extra money though. I bet the focus would love the garage life. You'll figure it all out in good time. Search long and good, it will be worth it.

I would go ahead and just drive the escort around haha. Put in a water cooking system and then mount a fish tank to the hood lol.

So wheels are done. Suspension done. Paint is done. Body is done. What's next?
Yesterday 11:57 PM
zx3_bmxrider
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Originally Posted by FocusedOnSVT View Post
Well, look who decided to show up!


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Originally Posted by FreeFocus View Post
Sounds like you have been busy Stephen! And here I was expecting a picture update to go with it...what were the old coilovers you were running? I'm sure new makes a world of difference!

Good job using some ingenuity to get those backs on. Sounds like it was ahead scratcher for a while.

Sounds like you care more about the wheels than the actual car haha. But you have been wanting those wheels for a while. Nice to see you are keeping them clean. Now get that car cleaned!

Wedding is creeping up slowly but surely, I'm sure you are both excited and ready to get it done at the same time and do some house hunting and start your own life. Congrats again and good to hear from you.
The old coilovers I had were TA Technix. Honestly that weren't really that bad of a coilover, especially for the cheap price I got them for. (Around $350 new shipped to my door on eBay.) They're essentially Racelands. Anyways yep the new ones go way lower, and ride better. They have camber adjustments built in and comfort settings and other fancy shenanigans.

I care about the whole car. Lol I washed my car atleast every month all the way up until I moved out. The only touchless car wash I liked was out near my parents place, and everytime I drive out there, I'm always in a hurry to get there or get back. I'll clean her before the meet on the 7th of February hopefully. Are you going to that? Can't remember what you told me before.

Yup I'm excited about the wedding! It's taken up a lot of time and planning. But it will be worth it when its over. If I go full time at work this year or next year, I'll be parking the focus for a bit and buying a DD and making the focus a little more show worthy. But a lot of things have to happen in order for that to happen...like a house and garage... lol So who knows.
Yesterday 09:00 AM
FreeFocus Sounds like you have been busy Stephen! And here I was expecting a picture update to go with it...what were the old coilovers you were running? I'm sure new makes a world of difference!

Good job using some ingenuity to get those backs on. Sounds like it was ahead scratcher for a while.

Sounds like you care more about the wheels than the actual car haha. But you have been wanting those wheels for a while. Nice to see you are keeping them clean. Now get that car cleaned!

Wedding is creeping up slowly but surely, I'm sure you are both excited and ready to get it done at the same time and do some house hunting and start your own life. Congrats again and good to hear from you.
Yesterday 12:01 AM
FocusedOnSVT Well, look who decided to show up!
01-26-2015 11:57 PM
zx3_bmxrider I kept a secret on here for once, but I did mention it on FX on Facebook. I bought some K-Sport Kontrol Pro's at the end of November. They had 3,000 miles on them. My buddy was home from the Navy at Christmas, so I wanted to install them with him. It turned out that we only had one day (3 hours to be specific) to get them installed on Christmas day. I didn't want to rush, so I was planning on doing the fronts only. Well within 15 minutes, we had both of my old front coilovers out and went to slide the new ones in. But the new coilovers were so short. Lol I adjusted the bottom nut where the spring sits so give me a wee bit more room. We forced the knuckle up to the coilover, but atleast it fit. Then we noticed a problem. The sway bar end links were a good 3 inches from the mount on the side of the coilover. Just for giggles, I dropped the car down to see where it sat. The tire was sitting on the fender. Lol I was so confused... I had no idea what was going on because I didn't see any other way they could be adjusted. Then I remembered that the reason everyone loved K-Sports was because the whole gas chamber assembly spins on the shaft. So that way you can control your ride height, and not lose ride quality. When I figured it out, it was already midnight and we couldn't get them unfrozen. I let them soak in PB Blaster for a week at the apartment and brought them to my parents place and got them unfrozen within a few seconds.

Soooo, fast forward to yesterday. My fiancÚ had her bridal shower, and her brother and I wanted to get the K-Sports on the car finally. The install went pretty great, the fronts were on and dialed in within an hour or so. The backs we had a small problem with. We had no idea how the washers and grommets went on the strut. The seller only gave me one washer. So we ran into town and picked up some hardware. We got it figured out and installed the rest of the way and took it for a drive. She rides real well! Better than the other coilovers by a little bit. I did go 3/4" lower than what I was at before. My fender heights are currently 23.5" up front and 24" in the rear. But I still have about 2.5" of threads left. :D So I could easily go a lot lower. I'm going to buy some adjustable sway bar end links first (Massive I'm guessing), and get those camber arms installed before I do that. I haven't taken any pictures yet. When I do, I'll post them on here.
11-04-2014 01:53 AM
zx3_bmxrider
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Originally Posted by stealthzx3 View Post
The bottom of the strut / knuckle hole is larger from 05.5-11. The 00-05 is smaller so the omni kit spacers make it possible to swap to the bigger size. Can't fit it in the other way unless you use 05.5+ knuckles.
Ok thanks for the info! That makes me think it may be possible if I swap to 05.5+ knuckles... which is possible. I'm sure they're cheap at pullapart. But my shmancy new wheel bearings are in the ones on my car now... ugh. lol I'll probably just pass on it for now. I reaaaaaaaally need to save monies for a wedding and house and whatnot. As long as my car lasts, she'll be lower some day.

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Car looks great
Thank you!

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so much beef on those tires i love it.

at FF this year we had a few escorts show up.. one had ITB's on it sounded mean lol
Thanks! Funny how that happens, I didn't want a big meaty tire, but I didn't want a tiny sidewall that would blowout on a pothole. Everyone I talked to recommended a 45 series tire. I wanted 195/45/16's, but they were about $200 more total than the 205/45/16's that I went with. It wasn't really worth the extra money to me. If these wheels were 16x8 the look would be perfect. (They're 16x7.5). But I've been really happy with these tires so far!
11-03-2014 01:39 PM
LouBomb so much beef on those tires i love it.

at FF this year we had a few escorts show up.. one had ITB's on it sounded mean lol
11-02-2014 12:39 AM
99scortlx Car looks great
11-01-2014 07:17 AM
stealthzx3
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Originally Posted by FreeFocus View Post
That's odd you can't go the other way with it. What is the main difference?
The bottom of the strut / knuckle hole is larger from 05.5-11. The 00-05 is smaller so the omni kit spacers make it possible to swap to the bigger size. Can't fit it in the other way unless you use 05.5+ knuckles.
10-31-2014 07:00 AM
FreeFocus
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Originally Posted by stealthzx3 View Post
The omni kit is to adapt 00-05.5 suspension to 06-11. It doesn't work the opposite way. If his is early 05 it'll work

That's odd you can't go the other way with it. What is the main difference?
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