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Old 03-09-2008, 11:44 PM   #1
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More BROKEN Axles...

I noticed that another member of this board broke an axle on his 3rd pass with full slicks. His car was also making similar power to Focus_3XZ. Looks like as more Focus owners get serious about drag racing that we'll see even more broken axles.

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Went to California speedway yesterday. Went 12.07 at 115. Could of hit 11's if I had more runs to dial in the my 60'. Snapped an axle on the 3rd run.

R/T - 1.174
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330 - 5.137
1/8 - 7.828
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This is with 360whp with 24.5/8.5-15 slicks.




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Old 03-10-2008, 10:05 AM   #2
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think John's (03Orange) beast of a car has broken any yet. He runs about the same power as that guy. Haven't heard anything about Tom's white car either. Any difference on the SVT and ZX axles?
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You're barking up the wrong tree...this guy is convinced the Focus' axles are made out of balsa wood and nothing will convince him otherwise.

For what its worth though, Tom put down 700 WHP on a set of stock ZX3 axles on his white drag car...
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think John's (03Orange) beast of a car has broken any yet. He runs about the same power as that guy. Haven't heard anything about Tom's white car either. Any difference on the SVT and ZX axles?
I was snapping axles left and right i have replacing them down to a science i think they r hollow hunks of junk personally. My first snap was at 173whp but it snapped in the center.... just twisted it was the nastiest snap ive seen... Every other time has been the CV axle. I rather spend 60 bucks on a half shaft then 600+ on some billet ones that if they dont snap something else does.. and trust me something else did. my first problem was at 123k miles i snapped my final drive gear that was the craziest sounding popping noise ive ever heard from a transmission. I still have the broken tranny as like a reminder... But i couldnt care less... and 700whp would be less prone to snapping right? more Hp more wheel spin... I may be wrong but thats what i would figure. I cant be convinced that the half shafts are good either but i rather them then a transmission.

LSD Made all the difference tho.... havent had one go yet.
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ya there are quite a few people running high horsepower and NOT snapping axles.

if you CLUTCH DROP at 8k rpms...yes you will snap axles with that much traction...but learn to drive and youll be fine.
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if you CLUTCH DROP at 8k rpms...yes you will snap axles with that much traction...but learn to drive and youll be fine.
What 60ft do I see in your sig, 2.3??

I think you need to learn to drive...
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What 60ft do I see in your sig, 2.3??

I think you need to learn to drive...
ha on a stock SVT pulling a 2.3 with terrible tires and a non prepped track is not bad.

and fyi...i had a 400whp saturn that i was cutting 1.6 60fts with...so i know how to drive a high horsepower FWD...o and i never broke those axles.




theres been 2 incidents of a broken axle in what 8 years since the focus's inception and you are in an uproar...man some people just need a cause.

wheel hop likely caused the broken axle...eliminate wheel hop (ie. driving) and you will eliminate broken axles.

and next time before you insult someones driving...you should know who youre talking to. kthnx...
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if you CLUTCH DROP at 8k rpms...yes you will snap axles with that much traction...but learn to drive and youll be fine.
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Next we're going to hear from the "real drag racers" that the Focus' clutch is also junk when they start burning through them because of high-rev launches. Abuse your car and parts are going to break, period.
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whats there been now, three reports of broken axles, in how many years?
I drag mine too and have never had an axle issue and know several that also do this with no issues. Most broken axles are attributed to wheel hop, which can break even custom axles.
Show me a drag car that doesn't break parts and I'll show you a trailer queen. If breaking a simple axle is such a big deal then why even bother building a drag car... somethings gonna break.

But its his opinion...
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I think all of you guys are missing the point that as more people begin to seriously drag race their Focus that you will see more broken axles. All of the other members you have mentioned have not launched their cars like Focus_3XZ or Dtec04. 03orange has never even drag raced his car period and Tom has never actually launched his car hard as can be seen by his 2.x 60fts. I think its more than just a coincidence that Focus_3XZ and Dtec04 both broken axles after they pulled low 1.8 60fts.
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