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Old 08-21-2012, 12:17 PM   #1
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New member here. I've had my 2003 SVT Focus for about four months. I'm having a few problems though. First, this thing has some SERIOUS negative camber both in the front and the rear. Is that normal? I haven't taken it to be aligned yet as I fear it may have been lowered by the previous owner. I read somewhere (probably here) that the SVT models have no factory camber adjsutment, which leads me to believe that excessive negative camber is caused by lowering. Could someone give me a measure ment to the bottom of the front fender from the ground going through the centerpoint of the wheel? I don't know any other way to tell if it's lowered. If it is, I need to find some stock springs pronto. It eats tires like there's no tomorrow.

Also, my driver side inner fender likes to rub the tire sometimes while braking or making a harder right turn. This further supports the lowered theory. Any and all help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!


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Old 08-21-2012, 12:23 PM   #2
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post a picture, we will tell you if its lowered

What color are the spings, shocks/struts? Are you on stock wheels (5, 6 or 15 spoke 17" SVT wheels) and tire size (215.45/17?) Lager diameter or different offset wheels can cause rubbing as well as blown shocks.
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:32 PM   #3
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Shot down the left side. Is this amount of negative camber normal?



Same shot down the right side.


It's on the factory wheels with 215/45 17 tires. The struts are red. I don't recall seeing a specific color on the springs....so I guess they're black. Since I've had this car it's already eaten both inner CV boots. My weekend job this weekend is replacing the driver side axle.

I'm getting a "wub wub wub" sound coming from the front left when braking. I assume it is the inner fender rubbing as the frequency decreases with vehicle speed. Strangely though, this only appeared when I reinstalled the brake caliper clips on the front. Apparently someone previous to me felt they were too difficult to put back on.

Thanks again for all the help!
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For sure they changed the strut's in the front, if its red it is probably a set of KYB AGX, this is the height of the car if it was stock 25 1/4 front and 26 1/4 rear
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the driver side front looks lower than the passenger side too
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*edit*

Actually, now that I look at pics of my sedan with SVT suspension, I don't know that your car looks lowered... that is a big wheelgap in the rear. Might be stock.

That driver side front does look lower. Maybe the spring broke near the top of the strut....
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Other then k-sports and the stock springs which are black?
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the H&R sport springs are black. I know because I just bought some from another forum member.

But like I said, that rear wheel gap is awfully big for a lowered focus. Seems wierd that someone would replace the struts with aftermarket though and not do the springs.
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the H&R sport springs are black. I know because I just bought some from another forum member.

But like I said, that rear wheel gap is awfully big for a lowered focus. Seems wierd that someone would replace the struts with aftermarket though and not do the springs.
It dosent seem to be lowered, maybe they just replaced the old shocks and struts with an aftermarket pair.
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Honestly, I'd just go buy an SVT suspension package from Tousley and be done with it. It's $250. You can do the install yourself, though I'd avoid messing with unbolting the LCA and use an internal spring compressor or a crowbar to remove the rear springs.

There's no telling what the previous owner did with the suspension. Something is clearly out of whack with camber like that. Have you checked for camber plates and bolts? Some people swap those in aftermarket.
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