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Old 03-25-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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Back in a Focus (05 ST)

Well, I traded in my 2012 Mustang over the weekend for a 2005 ST. Partially motivated by reducing debt and also because my car needs have changed. The Mustang was great but now that I live in Washington, there's pretty much no open road to enjoy what Mustangs do. There's also almost no car culture. When I lived in Houston, I was out all the time at car meets (and doing races on the side.)

So, with that in mind, I thought about owning Focuses again. I've owned a ZX5 and an SVT before. I think I prefer the ST to the SVT, as the SVT's design has some big flaws, like that dreadful gearing and timing belt. Though the ST lacks a bit in the turns, which I think has to do with the tires.

Anyone have some 5 spoke SVT wheels to sell me? Any other suggestions for this car? I have a little reconditioning ahead of me. The rear taillights have some internal cracking. A new replacement set is $36 on ebay. I also want to replace the shift knob. Who knows how much ball sweat is in that thing. It also came with the original window sticker. Pretty cool.

Cliff Notes: Sell me your 5 spoke SVT wheels. Your mom is hot.


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Like I said on AFM, sounds like a smart choice!

05 is a good year, the 00-04 suspension stuff fits. Start with a CAI, poly "dogbone" inserts and a steeda STS and itll be a lot of fun. 05-10 Mustang knobs fit and can be had new/ stank free.
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If you were local I'd give you a decent deal and deliver my 5 spokes to you but I'm not wanting to deal with the shipping to WA. Check the buy/sell seciton here, almost always a set up for sale, you might even find someone willing to ship! You can find ST knobs new still if you wanted to keep things OEM, cfm sells them. Pick up a STS and rear motor mount while you are doing the knob too, both those were really good mods imo.

New wheels/tires and shock/springs would really wake that car up in the handling department. With the car being an '05, you should be in the 00-04 suspension category which would give you plenty more choices compared to the '05.5+ model.
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What's a reasonable price for SVT wheels with ok tires? Does the motor mount make the car shake? What makes the 2005.5 differ from the 2005?
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Like I said on AFM, sounds like a smart choice!

05 is a good year, the 00-04 suspension stuff fits. Start with a CAI, poly "dogbone" inserts and a steeda STS and itll be a lot of fun. 05-10 Mustang knobs fit and can be had new/ stank free.
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Been considering it recently lol. My 07 was a whole lot more "chuckable" than the Mustang

05.5+ have a slightly larger strut where it bolts into the knuckle up front. I believe different spring mount and or top mount as the early springs wont work on a later strut. Ford seems to love pulling dick moves like this, eh?

Rear trans mount (dogbone) will have no real difference in vibrations. I had all 3 poly mounts in my car for a short while and it vibrated so bad that I couldnt tell what kind of car was behind me when I looked in the rear view
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Been considering it recently lol. My 07 was a whole lot more "chuckable" than the Mustang

05.5+ have a slightly larger strut where it bolts into the knuckle up front. I believe different spring mount and or top mount as the early springs wont work on a later strut. Ford seems to love pulling dick moves like this, eh?

Rear trans mount (dogbone) will have no real difference in vibrations. I had all 3 poly mounts in my car for a short while and it vibrated so bad that I couldnt tell what kind of car was behind me when I looked in the rear view
Are the 2005.5s easy to spot? Is it VIN number related?
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Are the 2005.5s easy to spot? Is it VIN number related?
I've actually never heard of a 2000-2004 suspension not working on an '05. Probably had to do with some time in 2005 when they started making/selling the 2006 models. Have a caliper that measures in mm? 00-04 front shocks are 45mm and 06-07 are 50mm (iirc)
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