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Old 06-15-2013, 11:17 AM   #11
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Ordered a front tower brace, received a rear tower brace... however vendor is making it right and sending out correct part.
Really doesn't matter as have spent the last few days running from colorado wildfires...
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:58 AM   #12
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Oh man, hope you stay safe out there! Last I heard it was just about half way contained.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:26 PM   #13
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Received and installed the Massive front tower brace. It may be all in my head, but I seem to notice a fairly dramatic improvement in the way the car handles.

Next will be Massive lower motor mount.

Springs, shocks and struts after that.

for a cheap economy car, this thing is costing me some money...

We survived the fire unscathed, just a few days evac'ed and back in. No damage to our property.
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Hello, great forum with lots of good info.

I just picked up a 2008 Focus Sedan S with manual transmission. Vehicle has 71K miles and is in really good shape.

I have already installed A103 spark plugs gapped to .055" based on info from this forum, definitely noticed a change in performance.

I do have a few questions:

1.) in regards to replacing the dogbone bushings with Energy Suspension bushings, they only list bushings for older Foci, should those be compatible with the 08-11 Foci? Specifically looking at part number 4.1123 on their website.

2.) I just purchased / installed new tires and rims from TireRack to replace the snow tires that the car came with. Unfortunately I was unaware that TPMS is a requirement on 2008 and newer vehicles, so I opted to not get the TPMS sensors installed. Then while driving the car after installing new tires/rims the light comes on... so, I found the VDO Redi-Sensor (part number SE10001) and those seem that they should work. Are there any known issues with using those sensors on a 2008 Focus? Should they work OK?

3.) I am attempting to do some very mild upgrades on the vehicle over a period of time, vehicle is my daily driver which may see some autocross use in the future. Current path / plan of upgrades is as follows:

a.) Replace dogbone bushings.
b.) have TPMS sensors installed in the new tires/rims
c.) install strut tower brace
d.) install lowering springs
e.) install fresh air intake
f.) install new exhaust
g.) tune

And that should be about the extent of it. Are there any other fixes / modifications that make sense for a daily driver, possible Autocrosser? Doing this on a pretty small budget.

Thanks for any advice.
You are following in my footsteps lol. I had the tpms sensor issue when I put my aftermarket wheels on also. I would highly recommend FSwerks race exhaust, Cool flo CAI, and strut bars. They make great products. The exhaust sounds amazing. I got h&r lowering springs through FSwerks but looking back I should have spent a little more and gone with coil overs. The lowering springs made the handling noticeably greater and it looks much better lowered but the oem shocks aren't made for it and it bottoms out/ kills the shocks. Also I want to adjust the camber and give the car a nice stance. I have all those parts and can send you some videos and pictures of the install if you like. -freshly
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:09 AM   #15
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Thanks for the feedback.

In regards to the Redi-Sensors (valve stem style), they work great, did require resetting the system on the car however.

Next up, lower motor mount, then suspension ( springs / struts / shocks ).

then the intake and exhaust.

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