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11-07-2012 11:27 PM
Planner
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Originally Posted by Mile30 View Post
For that shifter issue, check out what this guy did; there's a piece like that on your MTX75, so it stands to reason you should be able to tighten that up too.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=231797
Thanks!
11-07-2012 10:30 PM
Mile30 For that shifter issue, check out what this guy did; there's a piece like that on your MTX75, so it stands to reason you should be able to tighten that up too.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=231797
11-07-2012 10:22 PM
Stover from what research ive done the stock ends on the focus are not normal bushing type like most shifters its a plastic coupler on a plastic pivot ball and it just snaps on and looks like almost no dealers will get just the cable ends you have to get the whole cable (what i was told)
11-07-2012 09:21 PM
Planner
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Originally Posted by rambleon84 View Post
The rear engine/transmission mount is known around here as the dog bone mount, that will be your best bet for tightening up shifts. Many companies sell a version that use stiffer polly bushings.

As for the front stress/strut bar, I'd move that to lower on you list.. It makes very little difference to daily driving, our front strut towers are tied in nicely to the firewall and dont have too much movement. Leave that for down the road, same for the rear stress bar (although that one is slightly more beneficial.) Best gainers in real handling help will be new struts/shocks and stiffer springs , and what you linked to will be a great $/performance gainer (especially sicne the stock suspension has 80k+ miles on it.) Getting those Sparco wheels and some sticky rubber will also be a great addition. I'd also double check to see if your model came with a rear sway bar, crazy as it sounds some models didnt include one.
CFM 'dog bone' is on the list.

My Subaru is a manual tranny as well, so when I drive the Focus, the slop in the stick is appalling. You can find polyurethane bushings for every pivot point on the Subi 5MT, does the replace,ends not exist for the focus?

Tracking the dog bone will help firm up the driveline making shifts better (Subi has the same thing, just higher up called a pitch stop), but it won't do away with the sloppiness in the shifter.
11-05-2012 09:44 AM
rambleon84
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Originally Posted by Planner View Post
3- Are there replacement polyurethane bushings for the shifter? I already plan to swap the rear torque mount, read up on that. Not sure I want to put money into a short throw shifter yet (my kids will not have an STS before I have one in my Subaru :D), but the shifter is a bit sloppy. I have a 5MT in my '06 Suby Outback and replacement bushings abound for that car.

I do plan to add an FSwerks front stress bar and am still debating whether the Massive or FSwerks rear is the better choice. Down the road, will install the M-300-ZX3A SVT assembled suspension, some black Sparco Asseta Garo 16" wheels, a larger rear sway bar, do a light tint on the windows and a cold air intake. Maybe a cat back - but that's all Dad will pay for. That'll leave the car with a taught suspension, looking good and running great. Kids can fund the rest.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8335/8...e7f93647_c.jpg
The rear engine/transmission mount is known around here as the dog bone mount, that will be your best bet for tightening up shifts. Many companies sell a version that use stiffer polly bushings.

As for the front stress/strut bar, I'd move that to lower on you list.. It makes very little difference to daily driving, our front strut towers are tied in nicely to the firewall and dont have too much movement. Leave that for down the road, same for the rear stress bar (although that one is slightly more beneficial.) Best gainers in real handling help will be new struts/shocks and stiffer springs , and what you linked to will be a great $/performance gainer (especially sicne the stock suspension has 80k+ miles on it.) Getting those Sparco wheels and some sticky rubber will also be a great addition. I'd also double check to see if your model came with a rear sway bar, crazy as it sounds some models didnt include one.
11-04-2012 10:36 AM
Planner
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Originally Posted by zx3_bmxrider View Post
Wow your car looks very clean! When I bought my car, there was many scratches, dents,etc all over it. You also might be able to find some of the stuff you are looking for in the Buy-Sell-Trade section on here as well:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/f...splay.php?f=30

Welcome to Focus Fanatics by the way!
Thanks. It's got one dimple on the rear passenger fender and the paint on the rear bumper is bad (clear coat issue) but for a 10yr old car, can't complain with it's condition.

My son is itching for some white wheels, I'm pushing him to black which my daughter likes. I could throw some Orange Sparco's on there and a white racing strip for an Irish flare (my wife's heritage is part Irish/Scottish).
11-04-2012 09:16 AM
Planner
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Originally Posted by pyroinsa View Post
to FF

I am also in Colorado Springs, look me up if you ever need any help with your ride!

Most likely culprit for vibrations will be the passenger side motor mount. You might also want to replace the strut mounts and endlinks as well since these parts often fail.
Fantastic, a helping hand is always in order. Thanks for the offer.
11-04-2012 08:41 AM
Planner
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Originally Posted by PRSman25 View Post
Also, check out the Steeda page, FSwerks page, Central Florida Motorsports page, and Tousley Ford page.

All sell aftermarket stuff fairly cheap
Thanks. I'd been poking around FSwerks and CFM, but will check out Steeda as well. Tousley was saved to my favorites as well.
11-03-2012 02:42 PM
katiekay to FF

I am also in Colorado Springs, look me up if you ever need any help with your ride!

Most likely culprit for vibrations will be the passenger side motor mount. You might also want to replace the strut mounts and endlinks as well since these parts often fail.
11-03-2012 01:42 PM
zx3_bmxrider Wow your car looks very clean! When I bought my car, there was many scratches, dents,etc all over it. You also might be able to find some of the stuff you are looking for in the Buy-Sell-Trade section on here as well:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/f...splay.php?f=30

Welcome to Focus Fanatics by the way!
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