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Old 06-19-2012, 03:49 PM   #161
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warranty shmorranty. they cant void it if you dont break the car
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Old 06-26-2012, 11:07 PM   #162
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Well, last week the wheel came back, and the repair is perfect. Yay!
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:51 AM   #163
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The weather was beautiful tonight so I gave the Focus a quick bath and then headed out to a couple of local meets.




I happened across a YB hatch, and someone with the same wheels as me.




Good weather, good cars, good company.
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:52 AM   #164
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My Steeda rear sway bar has arrived! I was emailed today by the shop owner saying it had shown up (sooner than planned too!). Come Friday I'll head over and pick it up.
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My Steeda rear sway bar has arrived! I was emailed today by the shop owner saying it had shown up (sooner than planned too!). Come Friday I'll head over and pick it up.
Let us know how it goes! Btw, this thread is fantastic, thanks for all the great pictures too.

...and my roommates think I have a problem because I want to detail my car weekly. Psh.
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Let us know how it goes! Btw, this thread is fantastic, thanks for all the great pictures too.

...and my roommates think I have a problem because I want to detail my car weekly. Psh.
Things went as planned and I got it today. Check the uupcoming post for more.

I use "I'm a detailer, therefore I have to keep my car clean" as the excuse for wanting it spotless 24/7. Having access to wash bays and supplies at work makes that easier too.

Edit: And thanks for the compliments! I like to have fun with my camera and try to come up with interesting shots to use for my threads.
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Steeda rear sway bar, part I:

It's Friday! That means I have the day off work and therefore had the chance to pick up my new sway bar.

At a major car show last month I was able to meet the owner of a local shop that carries parts for the 2012 Focus, and placed an order through them shortly after for the Steeda rear sway bar.



Included is the bar, brackets, bushings, grease, and a one-page instruction sheet. A quick read-through and it all looks very simple.



The install is waiting for now, as I got caught in a HEAVY rainstorm while coming home. On the plus side, the undercarriage got a good wash, but I think I'll let it dry out before I crawl under the car.

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Old 07-07-2012, 01:34 AM   #168
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Good news; I just received an email stating that my carbon fiber piece is out of the body shop and will be shipped Monday morning.

August 5th is my deadline for this next batch of updates, hopefully it doesn't get tied up in shipping.
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So, today I crawled under the Focus to get to work swapping out the rear sway bar.



And that's what it still looks like now. Yes, that's the stock bar. Yes, the Steeda piece is back in its box. No matter what, I could not get the sway bar free from the end links. It simply would not come out, so I put the bolts back in place and will need to take the Steeda bar with me to work and borrow a hoist.

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Steeda rear sway bar, part II:



I apologize for the picture quality. A couple were taken quickly with my phone (I wasn't going to bring my real camera to work) and the others were taken while I was laying on the ground trying to see what I was shooting at.

Today I brought the bar to work and at the start of my lunch break grabbed a free hoist and put the Focus up in the air. A co-worker of mine helped out too, and together we had the new Steeda bar in by the end of lunch.

The swap is simple enough, but the bars put up a fight with the endlinks. It was challenging to remove the old one and wrestle the new one on, as it took both of us applying force to finally do so.



The bushings were well greased to prevent squeaking, and then everything was tightened down.




So far my only test of the bar was driving home from work, but even during the normal commute the Focus seems to be improved. I don't know how much of that was real and how much was imagined, but it does seem to turn in sharper now.
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