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Old 11-03-2012, 03:12 PM   #41
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Please explain, I did not realize the Ti was the epitome of handling for the Mk3
IMO, it handles better than the standard SEL set up...(minus the big turning radius) If u don't agree that's fine. Just reporting what i experience...no more , no less.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:18 AM   #42
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Hey all,, final update (well at least for now)

New tires def made a difference as i said above... Had Steeda's rsb installed this morning and it does make the car handle much better... Not to Ti standards, to be sure, but def better.. Corners flatter, better and/or sharper turn in (some of that no doubt due to the new tires), less push in taking sweepers and on/off ramps faster... Do feel the bumps a tad more but it's barely noticable -- very solid feeling.. The jiggle-ness of the rear suspension w/ the oem set up over multiple bumps is totally gone. Def feels as if there's more 'connection' with the pavement. So far, very happy w/ my investments.

tightened it all to 42 ft lbs of torque as advised and greased the hell out of the bushings... No squeeks or clunks or bangs or any noise at all.
Glad to hear you like your Steeda RSB!
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:23 PM   #43
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Since I've had my Steeda RSB installed for almost a year now I thought I'd post again ... I have a Ti with the handling package.

1st, the car still has understeer with just the Steeda RSB installed. No worries of oversteer, just reduced understeer.

2nd, driving I90 through Idaho at 75 to 85mph around corners marked with 45mph caution signs felt significantly better than previously with the stock RSB. I'd hate to admit it, but it actually feels better than my 2011 Brembo Mustang does on the the same corners. I just drove the same route in the Mustang and it wasn't long before I started thinking about sway bars for it. Previously, the Mustang had felt way better than the Focus on that drive.

Can't say anything about whther or not actual grip in corners has improved, but confidence and "feel" definately has.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:39 PM   #44
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Please explain, I did not realize the Ti was the epitome of handling for the Mk3
Most likely referring to Ti w/ handling package.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:44 PM   #45
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Most likely referring to Ti w/ handling package.
exactly! thank you.. at least someone understood what i meant.. i probably should have specified 'w/ handling pkg' but i guess i figured that was understood as w/o that pkg it's not much diff than the SEL suspension-wise.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:59 PM   #46
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Please explain, I did not realize the Ti was the epitome of handling for the Mk3
I think Sonic meant that it's hard to believe that any OEM suspension setup is the absolute best that anyone will ever do for the mk3. I would tend to agree that aftermarket parts will currently or eventually out-perform an OEM setup, even if it is the highest end option from the factory.

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Old 11-05-2012, 06:07 PM   #47
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Alan, thanks for the back up in that. You are correct in aftermarket vs OEM, but what I was really getting at is Cobie drives an SEL, not an SE Sport or Ti with handling pack. I just have a hard time saying those are perfection and what should be aspired to. The ST would be a better benchmark.

Cobie, I knew you meant "Handling pack" equipped.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:27 AM   #48
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Steeda FSB/RSB (MK3 Focus)

I purchased a Steeda RSB a while ago and recently heard groaning/squeaking from the rear so I pulled the bar off and relubed the bushings; anyone else have this? I called Steeda and told them about it and they seemed suprised.

http://www.steedafocus.com/parts/201...r-swaybar.html


While I was on the phone with them I discovered they have a FSB for the 2012's so I bought one; anyone have one and if so thoughts on it?

http://www.steedafocus.com/parts/201...t-swaybar.html
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:58 AM   #49
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Poly bushings will squeak/groan after a while, even if you lube them well. I used the entire tube of silicone grease included with mine when I installed it, but it still groans in colder ambient temperatures. It's a tradeoff of having those stiff poly bushings vs. the quieter, softer rubber ones.
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I wouldn't recommend the FSB unless you decide to also install the Steeda springs. A stiffer FSB will tend to shift the balance back toward understeer with the stock springs. Besides, it's a reall PITA to install one.
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