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Old 07-29-2008, 12:08 AM   #1
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So just a little question here. I am going to be doing a full suspension install for SEFOC05 here soon. I believe the car came from the east coast and it has a bit of rust on the front suspension which I have seen. Haven't actually looked at the problematic rear lower control arm bolts yet but it worries me a little. I have heard some of you use your spring compressors to compress the spring right in the arm and remove it. The compressor I have is one of these.
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Works well but just wanted an opinion on if you think these will work to compress them out right in the arm or which tool should be used. If I have to buy another tool its ok. Love adding to my collection. Descriptions and pictures of tools or procedures would be nice as well. Installed my SVT springs no problem on my car but it also didn't have any rust.... lol


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Old 07-29-2008, 12:14 AM   #2
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I believe you are going to need a spring compressor instead or a strut compressor.

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Good to know. Yeah that tool looks a bit more able than mine. I was worried that mine not be able to reach in far enough and still be able to get a wrench on the bottom to compress it....

Although it looks like that tool goes inside the spring to compress it correct? I wonder if I could even fit it inside the spring...
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Yeah it goes into the middle of the spring. I am not sure how well it will work on the Focus though. I considered it when I put the SVT suspension on my ZX3 but I got lucky and was able to break the LCA bolts loose. They were pretty rusted. Maybe someone else has used one and can chime in.
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i just tried to break my lca's loose on sunday... even with my impact wrench on the highest setting the bolt didn't even budge... a lot of people i know say their bolts move with the bushing... LOL mine sure didn't. My pass shock bolt was seized as well... but a lil heat on the bolt broke that loose.. i too got a internal compressor i am going to use for the rear springs... i don't want to get new lca's... so i am going to compress the spring out of there.. i know it can be done, cuz ppl have done it on here and in the Haynes manual it states to do it that way anyway. I don't have a lot of rust at all underneath and i live in Pittsburgh, Pa with a lot of salt and rain.

You'rs is a 05? so i wouldn't think you "should" have much trouble releasing those bolts... but you never know man.
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If you do decide to take the lower control arms bolts out (which i dont recongmend) and they are seized to the bushing you'll be looking at the following: $60 for new bolts, washings, and nuts $120 or $140(svt) for both depending if its a SVT or not and $60 or so to have it aligned. maybe 100-150 to have someone just put the parts in if you don't do it. I've learned this the hard way.
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Well I am planning on doing it. Did a full suspension on my ST from springs to bars and wasn't a problem. I guess I will just have to look and find an internal spring compressor to get those babies out.
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i will be doing this soon as i get the compressor in ... and i'll take pics too for ppl.. cuz i know there aren't pics of the process on here.. or atleast any that i have seen.
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Hey that would be great man. Probably won't be doing this for a couple weeks or so.
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jetrinka, dont spend that much money, this is what you need:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Exter...3286.m14.l1318

i bought mine awhile back when they were just 9.99$ plus shipping... they work fine.

and just an FYI... you need an external spring compressor... an internal would be for like an older car where the spring was squished inbetween the arms.
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