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Malpopies 10-26-2012 01:23 AM

Front suspension bottoms out on small bumps
 
So i bought a 3rd owner SVT and it had few suspensions issues from previous owner but i replaced them all and its tight. But, the main dilemma is, the front struts and springs.

I bought the M-18000-ZX3 kit from Tousley Ford and installed it. The Focus drove like brand new, straight out of the factory! For the first 500 miles that is...

Now its back to bottoming out on highways and roads and even while turning i hear the strut hitting the shock tower like a sledge hammer, mostly on passenger side!

So i called Tousley parts and spoke to a guy with an SVT that has KW springs and bigger wheels. So i told him about my NEW dampers and that they dont dampen much. He said that the front springs are most likely shot and he told me that FRPP springs would be better over stock.

So today i installed FRPP springs (M-5560-ZXM) and its even worse than on the stock SVT springs!

Has anyone had this issue, because i love the car, but i just dont want to drive it anymore due to the bottom outs... [rant]

Malpopies 11-27-2012 12:56 AM

yup, the sway bar was to blame..
It feels like the front end is bottoming out, but it's actually not the noise of the coil springs being fully compressed or the damper, it's the end links' bolt hitting the unibody everytime you hit a decent size bump!

Sway bar shifts over 4/3" left or right and this is what you get. Take a look and if you have a dent in that area, you have found the problem.
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g7...s/IMG_2107.jpg

I've cut off the excess bolt and it's good for now.
If only i knew, i wouldn't buy new shocks and/or struts, new links and wasted days driving angry...

Geezer 11-27-2012 12:38 PM

There have been quite a few reports of sway bars creeping to one side or the other. While trimming the bolt may prevent it for a while the true way to fix it is to properly align the bar and then place clamps on either side of the bars center mounting bushings. Something as simple as hose clamps have been used with success. For a more professional looking solution some have used clamp on shaft collars from McMaster-Carr.

Malpopies 11-27-2012 01:19 PM

I'm a little busy with my newborn right now, but soon i'll make steel brackets that will lower the mounting of the top link to the strut, thus lowering the sway bar itself about 1 1/2" and that will fix it for good.

I tried hose clamps, but they rub on the steel bushing mount and i'm pretty sure they also destroy the bushing fast. Another user reported professional clamps, but installing them, well you know how easy that is..

I'll experiment with the brackets to lower the bar, that shouldnt affect it's function as it's still properly mounted, but a little lower.
I've also installed 'Autocraft front round base coil spring boosters #AC181901' and those really help prevent serious dives, especially on FRP springs.

SVTisRight4me 11-27-2012 01:46 PM

haha same here! i have a 3 door svt got a month ago 75k miles. u need new struts i just got mine for the same reason. ur missing a ruber bumper in the struts if it sounds like medal to medal. now mines all better.
take to just a local shop

Malpopies 11-27-2012 03:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SVTisRight4me (Post 4472756)
haha same here! i have a 3 door svt got a month ago 75k miles. u need new struts i just got mine for the same reason. ur missing a ruber bumper in the struts if it sounds like medal to medal. now mines all better.
take to just a local shop

SVTisRight4me, i believe you've missed a lot of info about this subject. Scroll up and take a look at the photo i've taken showing the issue about the 'clunking while diving' issue.

ChrisRobin 12-02-2012 03:13 PM

You could always use a small piece of garden hose and clamp that on the bar with a regular hose clamp. The edge of the garden hose won't eat the bushing (or small piece of coolant hose)


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