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Old 05-22-2012, 11:03 AM   #121
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I got the MS3 springs. Hope they come soon so I can try them. I am trying to go subtle with this car since it is my DD and I spend a lot of time in it. From my previous MS3 experience, the springs should stiffen things up without going overboard and even provide a slight drop. I figure the stock dampers can handle them for now since they seem to be working will for those who have purchased FRPP and Eibach springs. When some better aftermarket ones come available, I will go that route. Or see if I can get a discount at the local Ford dealer and get some Ti handling package dampers.
Awesome, definitely interested in these results! Keep us updated
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:09 AM   #122
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:31 PM   #123
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Along with your newly acquired 2010+ MS3 springs, I'm wondering about the rear sway bar. I know the platforms are similar enough that it should carry over... however, I can't for the life of me figure out what size the bar is.

I have also read that the 2010+ moves its mounting points outboard from the previous generation.... so I'm not sure which variation our car might employ.

Simply looking at photos of the rear MS3 bar, it does appear to be larger than ours.... but it's hard to tell from photos.
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Along with your newly acquired 2010+ MS3 springs, I'm wondering about the rear sway bar. I know the platforms are similar enough that it should carry over... however, I can't for the life of me figure out what size the bar is.

I have also read that the 2010+ moves its mounting points outboard from the previous generation.... so I'm not sure which variation our car might employ.

Simply looking at photos of the rear MS3 bar, it does appear to be larger than ours.... but it's hard to tell from photos.

The MS3 is 26mm front and 26mm rear.

I remember seeing those numbers or similar. I have the Steeda rear bar on my car now, but I would like to try the Racing Beat MS3 swaybar set, or the massively sized Hotchkis swaybar set for the MS3. I feel the Focus could use more bar all around, especially the rear. The 25mm Steeda is still not enough IMHO, though with the springs it may feel better. We will see.

Racing Beat still uses a larger front bar in their set (28.5mm i think and 27mm in the rear), but the reviews I hear are really good for them providing an excellent balance.

I would love to try them.

The Hotchkis bars are 29mm front and 32mm rear.

Oh, and there are some killer front and rear endlinks for the MS3 that will work on our cars and are fully adjustable.
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:39 PM   #125
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Along with your newly acquired 2010+ MS3 springs, I'm wondering about the rear sway bar. I know the platforms are similar enough that it should carry over... however, I can't for the life of me figure out what size the bar is.

I have also read that the 2010+ moves its mounting points outboard from the previous generation.... so I'm not sure which variation our car might employ.

Simply looking at photos of the rear MS3 bar, it does appear to be larger than ours.... but it's hard to tell from photos.
You are reading my mind for my next step (though I dread tackling that front bar install...). Plan of mimicking the GTSpec chassis braces too...
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You are reading my mind for my next step (though I dread tackling that front bar install...). Plan of mimicking the GTSpec chassis braces too...
I'm trying to get someone with a 2010+ MS3 to measure the distance between their mounting points on the RSB to see which generation MS3 bar we need.

I scoped out the FSB when I was doing the engine mount yesterday.... yikes.

I'm not looking for too much bar... I have a feeling MS3 springs/RSB will be right up my alley.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:36 PM   #127
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I noticed the 2012 FF has a lot of clunking and clattering at low speeds and over small bumps at low RPMs. Could this be an engine mount issue? I've had all the struts, springs, boots, etc. replaced and it's still a clank-box.

Trying to eliminate the sound and I'll do whatever it takes! Thanks for the help
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I'm trying to get someone with a 2010+ MS3 to measure the distance between their mounting points on the RSB to see which generation MS3 bar we need.

I scoped out the FSB when I was doing the engine mount yesterday.... yikes.

I'm not looking for too much bar... I have a feeling MS3 springs/RSB will be right up my alley.

I tend to agree...

The trouble with sway bars is that they require experimentation to really find out what is best for you. Diameter is not the whole equation. There is the location of mounting points, the stiffness of material, etc. All that being said though, I do believe that the stock MS3 bar would be a great, affordable, upgrade. I can't believe I didn't think of it before I bought my bar. But the verdict is out until I swap springs.
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Once you stiffen up the springs you might find the bar is enough. The bar is most likely doing more work because of the soft springs.
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Once you stiffen up the springs you might find the bar is enough. The bar is most likely doing more work because of the soft springs.
That is what I am hoping.
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