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Old 09-29-2011, 11:44 PM   #121
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Like crap and will handle even worse. You should have replaced the shocks 70K miles ago! Shocks have a useful life of 50 to 60K miles.
I don't mean to step on your toes. I completely agree with you that the shocks need replaced. I'm just speaking from experience on a budget. Do you think SVT shocks would work with a 2" drop cause they run fairly cheap. Being SVT is 1.5" lower than stock.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:48 PM   #122
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How about the handling? I plan on getting 18x8 rims in the future... Give it a 2" drop for now. How much would the h&r shocks cost?
I honestly think it handles fine. But I'm sure it'll be better with new shocks, I have 18x7s and they rubbed like a bitch in the turns before I "rolled" the fenders.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:58 PM   #123
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I purchased the car 4 months ago with 123k miles... I was looking for svt suspension but no one is selling so i gave up. Now I'm looking for a 2 ish inch drop with great ride. Now that you mention that, maybe not 2 inches.. i don't want to rub.. my hatch is full with 100 pounds of speaker box haha
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I purchased the car 4 months ago with 123k miles... I was looking for svt suspension but no one is selling so i gave up. Now I'm looking for a 2 ish inch drop with great ride. Now that you mention that, maybe not 2 inches.. i don't want to rub.. my hatch is full with 100 pounds of speaker box haha
You can get a full SVT suspension from ford racing for around $500 shipped.


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Old 09-30-2011, 12:18 AM   #125
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They also have this on which is a upgrade for the SVT spouse to get another .5" lower.

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And its just fordracing.com?
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And its just fordracing.com?
fordracingparts.com I posted the links above just click on'em.
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:33 AM   #128
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Yeah, i saw that after i posted. :P sorry. Thats not bad. The upgraded svt suspension. 320 before shipping.. ill look into that one! Thanks a bunch! :)

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Old 10-05-2011, 11:50 AM   #129
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Not sure anybody will see this post from a nube cuz the thread lists 135 posts and I can only view 128...

I'm just looking to replace my factory '02 SVT suspension. FRPP kit M-18000-ZX3 looks like what I need if replacement of seemingly fine springs isn't needed. They do have the same 168K as the rest of the car...??? Obviously I don't treat the car the same at this mileage as I did nearly 10-years ago when it was new. I've already tried it lowered 1/4" more than stock but didn't like the front rub on lousy Ohio roads.

Is there anything else I should consider replacing also at this mileage? All bushings etc 'appear' fine. I am considering the Steeda strut tower brace just to add rigidity to an aging car.

What is good for the rear that would be compatible with the stock SVT suspension? Would the adjustable rear camber arms, or the bolts, or the Ingalls camber shims, all listed @ Summit continue to provide the same handling characteristic's if I were to dial out the tire chewing I've experienced since new back there?

Like I said, I'm a total nube to doing anything on this car. It's provided me with great times and transportation since May 02 with very little hassle or headache. Well, aside from a set of tires every year ;)

One problem I'm running into is that as the FRPP phone guy advised me, they don't take orders. There are no area dealers either where I could spend my money locally. If I go too far from NC Ohio, shipping will eat me. Summit doesn't honor the employee discount I should be able to get from Ford either. Anybody know a source where I can get Ford parts with my discount, that the shipping won't eat the savings?
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I don't mean to step on your toes. I completely agree with you that the shocks need replaced. I'm just speaking from experience on a budget. Do you think SVT shocks would work with a 2" drop cause they run fairly cheap. Being SVT is 1.5" lower than stock.

The SVT is more like .5" lower than other Focus models.... not 1.5". The SVT shocks are successfully used with 1.5" drop Ford Racing springs. My best guess is that the SVT shocks (while good) would be taxed by a further drop and/or spring rate increase (spring rates normally increase the lower you go).
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