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Old 08-07-2005, 09:47 PM   #1
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Problem: Lowered Suspension & Tires

Bought at used '02 Focus ZTS 4 door not too long ago, it had aftermarket 18" rims w/ directional tires and obviously suspension lowered too. Took it with me to military duty in Missouri.. bad roads out there and every pothole and uneven surfaces were noticed, SEVERELY, to the point that it ruined the CD player. Thought it was those skinny rubber tires so had them swapped out with new rims with fatter rubbers, all season. AFter that, you could hear the rubber sound like it was grinding against the wheel well, and you could definitely hear the grinding when carrying passengers or extra weight. After some research, looks like it's the lowered suspension that's the problem, probably done in a chop shop type joint. Maybe springs cut too short, bad shocks, etc...
Does this sound like the right diagnosis, and if so, any optimal repair recommedation??


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Old 08-07-2005, 10:02 PM   #2
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change the whole setup. but if you cant afford the shocks and struts try getting the tein s tech springs. thats what i have on right now and the ride didnt really change a lot.
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Old 08-07-2005, 10:14 PM   #3
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change the whole setup. but if you cant afford the shocks and struts try getting the tein s tech springs. thats what i have on right now and the ride didnt really change a lot.
How much out of pocket for a decent shock and struts job?? As my ride's suspension had aftermarket work done, I imagine it'll cost some more, esp. since it was a lousy job. (I know some places won't touch it if it had previous aftermarket work done and it wasn't them).
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Old 08-08-2005, 01:09 AM   #4
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i live in Missouri and the roads SUCK. I saw on the news we officially have the worst maintained roads and highways in the entire country....sucks for our cars
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Verify if its rubbing and where its rubbing. There should be marks on the tire as well as on the wheel well, fender lip, or on the springs. There are the three main areas where it will occur. What offset do the new wheels have? If they're 40 mm or less these are probably the culprit. An offset like this will rub on the fender lip. Having the lip rolled under will usually solve this problem, but have someone who knows what they are doing do it. It's very easy to crack the paint.
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i live in Missouri and the roads SUCK. I saw on the news we officially have the worst maintained roads and highways in the entire country....sucks for our cars
My sentiment exactly.. got to the point I cringed everytime I got out on the roads. Wonder what this does to the longevity of the overall suspension package for Focus and just about every other passenger vehicle.
Guess the roads are fit only for truck chasis if you're concerned about durability??
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