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Old 04-28-2014, 02:27 PM   #1
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SVT Rear, stock front?

Hi All. I'm planning the suspension on my upcoming focus purchase. I am looking at 02-05 ZX5's. I will be daily driving it with some occasional forest road fun. I come from lifted trucks and suv's so I'm looking for a similar driving experience in that I don't have to slow much/drive sideways over speed bumps, potholes, steep driveways etc. I am realistic in knowing that it's a totally different animal. This will not be a performance canyon carving machine, just a comfortable DD with good ride height and ride and a slight Rally look (16" wheels, larger sidewalls to fill the wheel well, mud flaps, rear roof spoiler).

My thought is to swap in rear SVT coils and shocks to get the 1/2" drop and firmer suspension without a dramatic drop. Then in the front simply replace with stock OE coils and struts to maintain ride height and suspension travel. I do plan to run a 205/55/16 or maybe even a 205/60/16 if it will fit to keep some sidewall. Any concerns from mixing suspension setups? Any suggestions to achieve my goals? Thanks for the help.


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Old 04-28-2014, 02:49 PM   #2
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Hi. I can not help with your questions but wanted to share some (FYI) info that might help your study of the project your doing. Please note that some Foci in that range come with a rear sway bar (stock is a 20-mm bar) while other cars do not have it installed and may not even have mounting holes pre-drilled for it.

Cheers!

Edit: Found this cheap 22mm sway bar hiding in the very back of the www a few months ago. Just a reference...
http://www.topspeedauto.com/index.ph...product_id=166
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:01 PM   #3
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I dont think I understand the part where keeping the front oem to "maintain ride height and suspension travel" because you will be losing that by changing the rear anyways.

The same setup at all four corners will perform better than mixing the two.
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Marde- Thank you. I didn't know some didn't come with a rear bar. I assumed they all did because everyone upgrades them.

Rambleon- Let me expand- I'm thinking of it like drop shackles on a truck. They sit very rear high so guys put on shackles the rear to level out the stance. The front end stays at stock height for clearance but the rear drop improves handling and doesn't really affect anything since it was higher to start with.

Dropping it the 1/2" wont affect the front ride height. So by dropping the rear only I don't loose any valuable front end ride height but level out the stance a little more.

Like I said I come from trucks and suvs so if I'm totally missing something please let me know.
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If I were looking for the functionality that you seek, I would:

1) Retain stock springs.
2) Add very large rear sway bar.
3) Install '03/'04 SVT lower rear control arms OR do a DIY reinforcement tab at the sway bar mounting point to prevent breakage.

That should help a lot with inertial drift and throttle-lift over steer.
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I dont think I understand the part where keeping the front oem to "maintain ride height and suspension travel" because you will be losing that by changing the rear anyways.

The same setup at all four corners will perform better than mixing the two.
This^^^^^^^ Plus the rear suspension is a irs to begin w/ & most sit lower to begin w/ & add the weight of whatever you put in the trunk.
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