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Old 10-12-2006, 06:51 PM   #1
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Question FocusSport Rear Stress Bar...

Is it really worth the hassel? I'm quite loyal to FocusSport products, but tapping into the sheet metal of the car? I'm not sure I'm that loyal.

I know I can make a home made one(Don't worry, I'm a skilled metal frabricator) that'll use the bolts right there. But I have OCD too, so I like my car looking very uniform(meaning that Red Powder Coated Paint job and the FocusSport emblem).

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Old 10-12-2006, 07:13 PM   #2
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It will reduce your car's ability to car large items, and the gains are minimal at best. For a rear stress bar to work, it should be triangulated to the bottom, IMO.
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Old 10-12-2006, 07:24 PM   #3
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I know what it does, my question is: Is it worth tapping into the sheet metal? Anyone who has ever worked with metal knows when you start putting holes in metal structures, you lose integrity.
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Old 10-12-2006, 07:35 PM   #4
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oh come on, you drill 2 small holes... one in each side. how mucn integrity can be lost?

from what i understand the difference is much more noticable than the front bar which i didnt feel anything from....
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Old 10-12-2006, 07:45 PM   #5
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ehh it still isnt noticable.. i bought the front stress bar from them, liked it ( for its appearance ) and so i bought the rear.
it looked hott. but i couldnt really tell a difference still.
mostly for looks id say (just like the front stress bar)
it didnt take me long to install, and i am thinking about buying it again (i had it on my 03, but crashed it, so now i am starting from ground zero again)
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Old 10-12-2006, 08:52 PM   #6
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i think the real issue here is, is it worth tappin 2 holes in the car for minor performance gain?

personally, i think not. a front stress bar will be fine. unless your makin a roll cage dont worry about a rear stress bar, the portion of a focus is rounded so its alittle ridgid by itself.

i see you have an ST. so you have a rear sway bar, put the money towards a new rear sway bar and im sure you'll have alot more fealing of a result of doing something.

plus if you look at the rear suspenion, the rear shocks are held in by a series of washers and a rubber mount so even if you stiffen the body, the shocks will still have the ability to move left to right.

i vote a new sway bar.
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yes it is worth it, ecspecially if you don't have a rear sway bar
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yes it is worth it, ecspecially if you don't have a rear sway bar
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i see you have an ST. so you have a rear sway bar

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Old 10-12-2006, 09:53 PM   #9
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haha! Well I say no the integrity will not be sacraficed. I know a little about it, but sheetmetal.

Just worry about rust if the holes are exposed.

Oh ask WD40 or any autoXr's if you really want to know
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