Rear swaybar mounting brackets solution - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > Wheels & Tires - Sponsored By Tire Rack

Wheels & Tires - Sponsored By Tire Rack The place to go for answers on wheel types, tire sizes, offset, wheel patterns and more.
Sponsored By:
Tire Rack


Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-04-2005, 06:27 PM   #1
bigal
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Fan#: 21961
Location: Georgia
What I Drive: 2005 CD Silver ZX3

Posts: 201
FF Reputation: 1 bigal Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Rear swaybar mounting brackets solution

For those of you that have no provisions to mount a swaybar such as the 05 S,SE models,I have a solution that works.I have tested it at the track and autocrosses and it has held up to all the abuse I could throw at it.
It is simple and cheap.
First of all,
I installed the bottom end of a HD 2.75" muffler clamp cut to the shape of the crossmember.
I purchased one strip of metal from Lowes 5/16" thick and 1.5" W and roughly cut it to the shape of the swaybar D clamp and also drilled elongated holes to match the holes in the Progress bar D clamp. I used two pieces of 5/16" metal behind each d clamp so it would push the bar back a little so the endlinks would line up properly. I had a machine shop cut it neatly so it would look almost factory.
The 3/8 bolts are Grade 8 and so are the washers and locking nuts. Bolts are 3.5"Long. That is basically it and I hope this helps some of you that have a problem. Here are some pictures of the install.
http://community.webshots.com/album/440036606XVfNty





Last edited by bigal; 11-30-2005 at 07:01 AM.
bigal is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-25-2005, 11:50 AM   #2
05WhiteZX3
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Fan#: 19917
Location: So Cal
What I Drive: 2005 Cloud 9 White ZX3

Posts: 122
FF Reputation: 1 05WhiteZX3 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Ford actually sells a kit to add the rear sway bar to those vehicles that do not come with it standard...just another option - although it might be a more expensive one
__________________
+=

Team Duratec #28

K&N AirCharger, Borla Cat-Back Exhaust
05WhiteZX3 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2005, 01:48 PM   #3
bigal
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Fan#: 21961
Location: Georgia
What I Drive: 2005 CD Silver ZX3

Posts: 201
FF Reputation: 1 bigal Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
The last few months I researched this topic and went to Ford Dealers and emailed a few and no one had a solution. The only thing offered was a new crossmember since the original mounts are welded to it. My way has proven to be holding up quite well so far and cheaper I am sure. After several autocrosses and a couple of track days it has been flawless. So I guess it is up to the individual to make their choice. I sure would like to know the part number for that kit and see what it looks like.
bigal is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2005, 05:33 PM   #4
LittleCinqCoupe
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Fan#: 25729
Location: St. Catharines, ON., Afghanistan
What I Drive: 2005 Black ZX3

Posts: 81
FF Reputation: 1 LittleCinqCoupe Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Thanks for the pictures!

Do you have a pic that shows the other ends of the sway bar (i.e. where the sway bar endlinks are), and how it attaches to the body?

I haven't looked closely at the end-link area -- but maybe there are factory provisions on all cars, and I don't need to fabricate anything on the end-link side?

Thanks again
__________________
No guts, no glory
LittleCinqCoupe is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2005, 07:00 AM   #5
bigal
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Fan#: 21961
Location: Georgia
What I Drive: 2005 CD Silver ZX3

Posts: 201
FF Reputation: 1 bigal Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
No need to fabricate anything for the endlinks,the holes are already there. Your'e welcome
bigal is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2005, 03:50 PM   #6
p0sitivevibez
Focus Fanatic
 
p0sitivevibez's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Fan#: 11223
Location: Taneytown, MD
What I Drive: SVTF

Posts: 1,567
FF Reputation: 1 p0sitivevibez Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (6)
Sweet, thankd for the post and method bigal! Gonna save mad money from this. How you like them apples, cheapo Ford?
p0sitivevibez is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2006, 04:08 PM   #7
05zx3slowcus
Focus Enthusiast
 
05zx3slowcus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Fan#: 13060
Location: sumter, sc
What I Drive: 2005 Focus ZX3 S...angriaRed

Posts: 124
FF Reputation: 1 05zx3slowcus Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
I just finished making the brackets for my '05 S model and put a Progress bar on. It's one of the best things I've done! Now I when I turn the wheel, the front tires just dig in. And while accelerating in turns, inside wheel spin is greatly reduced. Although it is more easily coaxed into oversteer, it is just a controllable as before.

I've got enough metal left to make 2 more sets of brackets. If anyone is interested, let me know. I'll ask for $5 + shipping, basically the cost of materials and a few extra Dremel cut-off wheels. It will include two meal strips with the proper holes drilled, and the two muffler clamps cut to fit the crossmember. I'll put a coat of black paint on them too. I could get you the right bolts too, but it'll be another $2 or something.
05zx3slowcus is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2006, 04:15 PM   #8
b16sir1991
Focused Focus
 
b16sir1991's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Fan#: 16612
Location: Kannapolis, NC
What I Drive: 2004 SVT Focus, Sonic Blue

Posts: 6,403
FF Reputation: 175 b16sir1991 Excellent Standing Member b16sir1991 Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (116)
What kit are you talking about, i work for Ford and havent seen a kit to add a bar. Or are you talking about the rear subframe that FRPP has?
__________________
"The right driver can work magic"

Oct 2005 Ride of the month.
SVT Squad #25
Call me Mike......

Give rep points and feedback when you appreciate someone on here!
b16sir1991 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2006, 04:22 PM   #9
05zx3slowcus
Focus Enthusiast
 
05zx3slowcus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Fan#: 13060
Location: sumter, sc
What I Drive: 2005 Focus ZX3 S...angriaRed

Posts: 124
FF Reputation: 1 05zx3slowcus Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
It's not a Ford kit, its home-made. Other than making them yourself, the only other way to do it would be to replace the entire rear subframe like FRPP has.
05zx3slowcus is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2006, 04:08 PM   #10
05zx3slowcus
Focus Enthusiast
 
05zx3slowcus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Fan#: 13060
Location: sumter, sc
What I Drive: 2005 Focus ZX3 S...angriaRed

Posts: 124
FF Reputation: 1 05zx3slowcus Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Just a quick update for those interested in the rear sway bar brackets:
I have gotten more requests for these than I expected, but unfortunately I am not a machine shop. I currently have to make these by hand with a dremel, so it takes some time. The two sets that I mentioned above are spoken for, and I'm still not even done making those. However, if I continue to get more requests, I may look into buying some better tools so I can make them faster. I could always use a good excuse to buy more tools. So please continue to post here or PM me if you're interested, but for now the brackets are out of stock.
05zx3slowcus is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks
-->
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:14 PM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX or Fiesta ST. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.