Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum - Reply to Topic
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > Brakes, Suspension & Body Chassis > Eibach sportline & sways install suggestions?

Brakes, Suspension & Body Chassis The place to go for answers on brakes, suspension, camber, alignment and more.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Thread: Eibach sportline & sways install suggestions? Reply to Thread
Title:
  
Message:
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Topic Review (Newest First)
03-20-2013 09:00 AM
Deeprecon1 That is a hard call, I have not driven a focus with Steeds. I would suggest you get a set of struts and shocks before you take on the swap. DONT USE STOCK
the foci will handle much better w/ sways and springs. I really need to get off my butt and post pics showing how the car stands with stock 17s. I have no wheel gap and have never rubbed.

Compression rate on the stock strut is not set up for handling the rough Cali roads.

Rebound is ok ... but you will have a little NOT BAD bounce after mild bumps

The sways ... make a big difference in roll. Very noticeable when cornering hard on rough surface. The foci likes to rail corners

The big question is are you going to self install ?

you will need METRIC sockets, wrenches, Allen keys .. big cheater bar.

Since your back east soak the bolts the night before "liquid wrench"




Quote:
Originally Posted by RedVAhb757 View Post
If you had the choice to do it over again would you have gone with the steeds springs & bars? I'm contemplating this same kit really hard. I do know the ride in my focus is rougher now than when I bought it but I accredit that to the factory continentals having 42k miles on them and 4/32 tread left.
03-20-2013 05:45 AM
RedVAhb757 If you had the choice to do it over again would you have gone with the steeds springs & bars? I'm contemplating this same kit really hard. I do know the ride in my focus is rougher now than when I bought it but I accredit that to the factory continentals having 42k miles on them and 4/32 tread left.
03-05-2013 05:34 PM
felixthecat
Quote:
Originally Posted by snake420 View Post
">>>>Undue the sway bar link on the strut & the pinch bolt & pound on the top of the knuckle to loosen the strut from the knuckle. Or you could open up the pincer's on the knuckle w/ a prybar.<<<<"

We actually did all the above, and it was still quite difficult. I think it was a mixture of the slightly below 50 temperature, winter road grime, and inexperience. Definitely a "spring" job.
Thats where a garage w/ heat comes in, huh
03-04-2013 10:35 PM
snake420
Quote:
Originally Posted by felixthecat View Post
"Deeprecon1'' also replaced the front sway bar too. Dropping the cradle adds a little time.
">>>>Undue the sway bar link on the strut & the pinch bolt & pound on the top of the knuckle to loosen the strut from the knuckle. Or you could open up the pincer's on the knuckle w/ a prybar.<<<<"

We actually did all the above, and it was still quite difficult. I think it was a mixture of the slightly below 50 temperature, winter road grime, and inexperience. Definitely a "spring" job.
03-04-2013 10:44 AM
felixthecat
Quote:
Originally Posted by snake420 View Post
Wow a video would have been a great service. I just did a prokit install with a friend today and it took us 8 freaking hrs. He's a wrench vet but knows older cars and I'm a novice at best.

The rears were quick and easy but the front struts were such a bitch. Had no idea about the barrings in the cap and nearly lost them. I probably decreased the life of the CV joints banging at the knuckle to get the strut off. There has to be a better way; how to the Ford techs do it? I know I'm missing something obvious. And to top it off, I scratched my paint.>>>>Undue the sway bar link on the strut & the pinch bolt & pound on the top of the knuckle to loosen the strut from the knuckle. Or you could open up the pincer's on the knuckle w/ a prybar.<<<<

I kept searching on here for installs but the only one that I found for the MK3 with pics, started with the struts already off. Everything is back on now and working fine but it feels as if I've awakened some premature gremlin waiting to strike. Sorry to vent.
"Deeprecon1'' also replaced the front sway bar too. Dropping the cradle adds a little time.
03-03-2013 12:10 PM
Juicedz
Quote:
Originally Posted by snake420 View Post
Wow a video would have been a great service. I just did a prokit install with a friend today and it took us 8 freaking hrs. He's a wrench vet but knows older cars and I'm a novice at best.

The rears were quick and easy but the front struts were such a bitch. Had no idea about the barrings in the cap and nearly lost them. I probably decreased the life of the CV joints banging at the knuckle to get the strut off. There has to be a better way; how to the Ford techs do it? I know I'm missing something obvious. And to top it off, I scratched my paint.

I kept searching on here for installs but the only one that I found for the MK3 with pics, started with the struts already off. Everything is back on now and working fine but it feels as if I've awakened some premature gremlin waiting to strike. Sorry to vent.
Sounds like me workin on my cars. My luck always seems to go 50/50. I like the saying,"if modifying cars were easy, everyone would do it".
03-01-2013 11:22 PM
snake420 Wow a video would have been a great service. I just did a prokit install with a friend today and it took us 8 freaking hrs. He's a wrench vet but knows older cars and I'm a novice at best.

The rears were quick and easy but the front struts were such a bitch. Had no idea about the barrings in the cap and nearly lost them. I probably decreased the life of the CV joints banging at the knuckle to get the strut off. There has to be a better way; how to the Ford techs do it? I know I'm missing something obvious. And to top it off, I scratched my paint.

I kept searching on here for installs but the only one that I found for the MK3 with pics, started with the struts already off. Everything is back on now and working fine but it feels as if I've awakened some premature gremlin waiting to strike. Sorry to vent.
03-01-2013 10:18 PM
Deeprecon1 Ok, I just got this all done and need to write a little DIY with small video.

I installed springs front rear and sways front rear.

Started 1 pm done at 7 pm 6 hrs of wrenching.

Rears took me no lie 30 min for sway and springs.

Fronts about 5.5 hours.

This is not a job for a novice, putting in the front sway requires finesse and muscle. the sway bar comes out behind the steering pump and you must unbolt
the engine tray from the body. The front struts can be done with out any special tools, i have a video of what it should look like when you get ready to remove the strut.

Blarson did a lot of the front end work on his pic heavy thread so i will add mine with his after i get permission. Brad forgive me if you stated this in your thread ... but you need to be careful taking the struts apart the top mounting plate can come apart and send bearings all over ... I have video of that as well to save some one from a bad day.

stay tuned ... first impression good so far.

Louder road noise
A little stiffer
a lot less roll

it really does need a good set of dampers and shocks.... I sure hope some come to market soon.

I did leave the stock shocks and dampers on ... will need to upgrade in 30k miles for sure.
02-22-2013 10:19 AM
felixthecat
Quote:
Originally Posted by Deeprecon1 View Post
Blarson, lol he and I have been in communication. I had a couple tricks with my VW = more wrenching but made the job easier in the long run. I figured the sways would be pretty straight forward.

Im just on the fence about wrenching myself or paying $$$ local shops are all $500 plus

Includes install and alignment. labor rate in my area is about $110hr
Is that dealers or shops? It should only take 2hrs to install struts/springs.
02-22-2013 08:55 AM
Deeprecon1 Blarson, lol he and I have been in communication. I had a couple tricks with my VW = more wrenching but made the job easier in the long run. I figured the sways would be pretty straight forward.

Im just on the fence about wrenching myself or paying $$$ local shops are all $500 plus

Includes install and alignment. labor rate in my area is about $110hr


Quote:
Originally Posted by jdubhack View Post
Search user: BLarson

He wrote a "how to" on the sport line install, pic heavy.

The RSB is pretty straight forward once you get under the car.
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:43 AM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX or Fiesta ST. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.