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Old 06-20-2012, 12:27 AM   #31
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Guess I'm going to wait and see what people who test them out think before I pull out the credit card!

I've never lowered a car before, does it negatively effect anything in the car down the line?
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:31 AM   #32
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Main negatives would be slightly harsher ride, struts will ware out faster then stock. That's about it lol
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:00 AM   #33
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Those springs don't lower the car enough to affect ride quality a whole lot in willing to bet. Heck, when people started lowering Fusions people noticed an actual better ride with the lowering springs vs. stock.

As for lowering with just springs, stock struts will wear very fast, you'll also get rattles in your interior from the firm ride. Lowering can also cause increased tire wear from camber and toe settings being off. That's why getting an alignment is crucial. Idk if camber is adjustable in the front on the Focus but it isn't on my fusion so I'm stuck with 1 degree in front.

Regardless, none of this will really affect people lowered on Steeda springs as they aren't real low to begin with.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:53 AM   #34
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Well one with this minimal of a drop I doubt the struts are really going to were out faster. I know many people with other cars with 2 inch drops on stock struts and they are fine and have been for years. Granted they may not last as long as stock setup but it's not like they will blow out in a month.

Two (as stated above) I know one of my old vehicles actually rode better with a 2 inch drop on stock struts that it did stock. But my S10 has a harsh ride with a 5 inch drop in front and 6 inch drop in the rear.

Three :( on the drop. Basically $50 more for maybe .20 inch of a drop in front. Claims to reduce understeer, but in most cases just daily driving that is not an issue so really to me the springs are not worth it. I still want something to drop lower. The H&R get you to almost 1.5 inches. Me taste do not want wheel well gap and these don't look that much different than stock. Heck if I saw the Steeda pics online and didn't know it had springs I wouldn't have even guessed it was dropped. But this is all my opinion.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:45 AM   #35
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With a 1.5" drop on the Focus, you will need camber arms in the rear; I believe the front can be adjusted (or inexpensive camber bolts). At about .5" of drop, I'm already noticing negative camber in the rear, though not enough to need the arms (alignment will tell me for sure this weekend). Heep in mins that our Foci don't have a large wheel gap to start with and the shocks/struts are tuned accordingly.

I think the steeda pics were taken right after the install. My car had less wheel gap on the Eibach Pro-Kit. Either that or the sedan sits higher than the HB. Idk, just my observation.
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Quality lowering springs shouldn't settle so it shouldn't matter if that Steeda pic was taken three hours after installation or 3 weeks.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:51 AM   #37
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Spring rates?
195lb (F) and 240lb (R).

Some may not find the amount of drop to their liking, that's understandable. However with these springs we were not going for a 'slammed' look and wanted to focus (pun intended) on providing a drop that almost levels the car while improving handling. (if you 'level' a car, most of the time it will appear that the front is slightly higher) Camber and toe settings really come into effect when you slam the car and stock dampers are really not engineered for such a drop so ride quality would likely suffer.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:02 AM   #38
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What are the stock rates for the hatch sel?
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Question for you or Brandon - Steeda worked with Ford on thier intake design (I'm not sure how closely) did they do the same with these springs?
We did not on the springs. We engineered and developed these in-house. Our president of the company tested these on the street and on the track to come up with the ride height(s) and spring rate(s) that were chosen.
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I think the steeda pics were taken right after the install. My car had less wheel gap on the Eibach Pro-Kit. Either that or the sedan sits higher than the HB. Idk, just my observation.
I think they used a slightly lower tire profile than what comes on factory 18's, leading to the slightly larger wheel gap.
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