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Old 03-10-2008, 06:00 PM   #21
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Here is one more to your recent Focus axle breaking, and it was at an autox. (not sure if it was counted)

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We ran the first event of the year with the FSP car up here in Oregon and sure enough... broke an outer CV.

The car has probably endured 400-500 drag-style launches at this point, so it isn't REALLY a big surprise, but it does mean we will probably replace axles on a yearly basis or so.

This is a 190hp, 160 ft-lb N/A Duratec on wide R-compounds.
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Old 03-10-2008, 06:19 PM   #22
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I think all of you guys are missing the point that as more people begin to seriously drag race their Focus that you will see more broken axles. All of the other members you have mentioned have not launched their cars like Focus_3XZ or Dtec04. 03orange has never even drag raced his car period and Tom has never actually launched his car hard as can be seen by his 2.x 60fts. I think its more than just a coincidence that Focus_3XZ and Dtec04 both broken axles after they pulled low 1.8 60fts.


I've pulled as low as a 1.78 60' time and COUNTLESS (no less than 100) 1.8's without ever breaking an axle. I'm also rather certain that myself, Tom, and EconorocketZX3 were some of the first Focus owners to even use slicks, and never once did any of us have a problem with the axles.

The axles that have broken usually come at a transition period between no traction and traction gain. ANY axle is going to be extremely stressed during that transition, and there isnt anything you can do about it. I'm not saying that we have indestructable axles, but they MOST DEFINETLY are not weak.
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Old 03-10-2008, 10:07 PM   #23
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whats there been now, three reports of broken axles, in how many years?
I drag mine too and have never had an axle issue and know several that also do this with no issues. Most broken axles are attributed to wheel hop, which can break even custom axles.
Show me a drag car that doesn't break parts and I'll show you a trailer queen. If breaking a simple axle is such a big deal then why even bother building a drag car... somethings gonna break.

But its his opinion...
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Old 03-10-2008, 10:43 PM   #24
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:01 PM   #25
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I see you are at it again , LOL like tobyboom said there were Foci out there running you "have to be running these 60 foot times to be quick" before your SVT was even born

There has been dozens of Foci running fast LOooooong before you came here

Anything can be tore up or broken showing you can run fast and not kill you equipment is a sign of a true racer

When you get to a 10.95 @ 137 MPH on DOT Tires stock axles and ATX come back and talk to me

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Old 03-11-2008, 08:13 PM   #26
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There's something thats being left out....

The axle that broke was a DURALAST replacement axle, and the poster stated that it is weaker than the stock axle..... that he didnt buy because the stock replacement was $350.

Feel free to go over to fj and read it yourselves.... it was posted by Dtec04 in the FI forum.
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:17 PM   #27
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but if you are racing competitively, launching soft=lose
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2002 SVT stock axles,DOT tires 12.99@111 over 150 1/4 mile passes

#1 qualifier at EVERY Focus Fun Ford Weekend and the few times I did the true street cruise where you go and drive for 20 to 30 miles then come back and do 3 passes round robin with 130 all mustangs and finishing in the top 20 cars then making a dozen or so passes during the racing ,Did FFW for 4 years and only 2 times ever went home with broke equipment there is a BIG Diff between abuse and trying to run hard

I dont agree at all that taking care of your equipment launching soft as you call it = lose , If you cant be there in the end to make the next round you loose just as bad , I would rather go home 2nd not have to work on the Foci and go to the next race

What these people dont understand is things break at the weakest point and changing the axles to take the load and breaking the trans cost a lot more then changing from 1.80 to 2.20 `60 for a few 10th in the end just isnt worth it in my opinion

As for the guy that states a 2.20 `60 that he needed to learn how to drive was just a moronic statement , I say he is smart for not wanting to tear up his equipment just because he can

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Old 03-11-2008, 08:21 PM   #28
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i was just about to post that John i read it myself too over on fj
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Here's Dtec's post #7

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It was a duralast axle. The stock ones are a bit beefier but cost 350$ from ford.... It snapped during the burnout when I hit the dry pavement. Is there any stronger aftermarket axles for the duratec?

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I see that both sides of this friendly debate have had goods points and I think that the original poster may have been misinterpreted a bit. I too share in his concern and thoughts regarding trying to get the best 60' times out of my Focus. I live on an island where the drag strip is dominated primarily by all-wheel drive Evolutions and rear wheel drive Skylines, Silvias and a ton of other Japanese cars hitting 1.6-1.8 easily. We only run the 1/8 mile and the 60' time is a HUGE factor in who comes out on top. Yes, massive horsepower can compensate for average 60' times but there is no easier way to knock off up to half of a second than by just throwing on a pair of slicks. Risky, abusive? Maybe.........but the original poster and the actual owner of the car currently seems to think that the axles are the weakest link in their drag setup. And so far, it has proven to be so since the axles have broken at least twice. Hopefully, the upgraded axles will solve their problem without causing any more problems. Personally, I hope that the axles work out for them and I would like to see some pics if possible.
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