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Old 01-16-2013, 12:19 AM   #21
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what the model name of those wheels? gorgeous!
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:59 AM   #22
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I recently upgraded my springs on the car to the Eibach Sportlines, on the 4 door sedan. Being that it is on the stock 16inch rims, it looks, and handles amazing. I come from the mustang world, which i traded for my '13 F-150, and i am used to using steeda stuff. I ended up getting the eibachs for a great price. The camber is just right, and its not too bouncy at all. It feels close to stock, and sits significantly lower. I had steeda ultralites on my mustang, and that was far more bouncy than the focus is on the sportlines. I am still utilizing the stock shocks/struts, which i plan on upgrading soon as well. I will post pics eventually.

Oh and hello, i'm new to this forum :)
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:19 PM   #24
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Hey Bilky....how does your car handle with the Steeda rear sway? After my green filter it's next on the list if it is worth it. @Zillon: car looks tough.
It handles really well. When you first get it on it makes a huge difference but I either broke it or Ive gotten used to it because after a while I guess you get used to it... It made the car feel like there is a lot of roll, but mostly from the back to there is some roll all around and makes the rear end feel more planted... Get it!

Zillon, if that wish list on amazon looks right then i'll probably order it today or tomorrow... Thanks for your help mate!
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:49 AM   #25
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I wouldn't say I'm a guru. I just have more practical experience than most in the MK3 area of the forum.

The reason I suggest staying away from coils is due to the area you live in. As a fellow member who lives in the northeast, coilovers are not a good bet for a daily driven car. I don't say that because the ride will be rough, but I say that because the salt, sand, brine, and other de-icing agents used on our roadways wreak havoc on suspension components.

I've had coilovers on past vehicles. Both times, the threads seized, rendering the ability to adjust the ride height useless, despite my best efforts to keep them oiled, lubed, and free of salt, sand, or other corrosive material. If you're after street performance, a good set of dampers paired with a set of reputable performance springs will be your best bet for durability, handling, and ride compliance. Pro-kits are fine. Steeda's springs might be better, but I can't vouch for that. I will say that the handling of my car with the Prokit springs, ST struts, and Koni rear shocks with the Steeda rear sway was phenomenal for backroad driving.

For the dampers, call up Tousley Ford and ask for Steve.

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- AST-12281 LH F Strut (ST-version)
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- 8040-1353SPORT Rear shock, adjustable, Mazdaspeed3

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Yours will sit a hair lower, simply because the Titanium is a little heavier.
I am wondering if there is a reason you went with Koni yellows instead of ST rear shocks. Can I use ST shocks for the rear or do you recommend the Konis? I want to order my suspension this week and would like I go ST all around (shock part # anyone?) but will go with Koni shocks if that makes more sense. What do you recommend?
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I am wondering if there is a reason you went with Koni yellows instead of ST rear shocks. Can I use ST shocks for the rear or do you recommend the Konis? I want to order my suspension this week and would like I go ST all around (shock part # anyone?) but will go with Koni shocks if that makes more sense. What do you recommend?
ST rear shocks won't fit.

Ford altered the rear suspension of the ST to fit a full-width sway bar. In doing so, they changed the rear bearing carrier entirely, so that the shock mounts to the top instead of the bottom. The ST shocks are about 7-8 inches too short; I found this out the hard way.

Mazdaspeed3-fitment shocks, however, are a perfect fit.

The reason I went with Konis is because of the rebound adjustability they offer. It afforded me the ability to fine-tune the setup to match the damping of the ST front struts as best I could. Overall, I was very satisfied with the setup in terms of ride quality and handling, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone else until Konis finally comes out with a front strut fitment for the Focus/Focus ST.
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The reason I went with Konis is because of the rebound adjustability they offer. It afforded me the ability to fine-tune the setup to match the damping of the ST front struts as best I could. Overall, I was very satisfied with the setup in terms of ride quality and handling, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone else until Konis finally comes out with a front strut fitment for the Focus/Focus ST.
So all the stuff you listed has been ordered. Is there any way you could tell/show me exactly what setting you have it tuned to since I want the Konis at the same adjustment as the front ST struts like you have it.
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Sportlines







They are huge pics, with great detail, so much detail that in the first pic you can see how dirty the rims really are, and the last pic you can see my F150 with my Ad1das plates :)
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So all the stuff you listed has been ordered. Is there any way you could tell/show me exactly what setting you have it tuned to since I want the Konis at the same adjustment as the front ST struts like you have it.
I had the rears set at ~60%, IIRC.

Just follow the instructions in the package. 1 turn = 1/2 of a revolution on the shock with Konis. Turn it to full soft, then find out how many turns it takes to get to full stiff. It's just simple math after that; just need to figure out how many half turns it takes to reach 60%.
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