Clunking rear shock mounts: Solved? - Page 5 - 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 > Brakes, Suspension & Body Chassis

Brakes, Suspension & Body Chassis The place to go for answers on brakes, suspension, camber, alignment and more.

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

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-19-2008, 12:13 AM   #41
loudfocus01
Focus Fanatic
 
loudfocus01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Fan#: 26006
Location: Bates City, MO
What I Drive: 2001 White LX 2002 Infra-Red Svt

Posts: 7,250
FF Reputation: 107 loudfocus01 Excellent Standing Member loudfocus01 Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (17)
I'm watching this thread closely, cause mine are clunking and its annoying as hell.
I may have tightened the nut down to much last time I messed with them, but it
seems really hard to figure out how much to tighten them down. Cant exactly get
a torque wrench on the nut and hold the shaft in place at the same time, so its
hard to just gauge how much to tighten it.
__________________
O'Reilly Auto Parts
Store Manager
Oak Grove, MO
loudfocus01 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-19-2008, 01:53 AM   #42
S0C0nFused
Focus Fanatic
 
S0C0nFused's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Fan#: 39405
Location: Saint Louis, MO
What I Drive: 2007 TorD-Red ZX5 SES

Posts: 3,364
Points 11,949, Level 71
Points: 11,949, Level: 71 Points: 11,949, Level: 71 Points: 11,949, Level: 71
Level Up 75% Completed
Level up: 75% Level up: 75% Level up: 75%
Forum Activity 1%
Activity: 1% Activity: 1% Activity: 1%
FF Reputation: 77 S0C0nFused Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by loudfocus01 View Post
I'm watching this thread closely, cause mine are clunking and its annoying as hell.
You have an early Focus. Can you not just do as WD40 did? That really is a good solution. I would use it if possible, but the shocks on my 07, the thread is to short.
__________________
Steeda SRI w/CAI intake. Trubendz SS 2.5" . FR Susp/Struts. Tune by Tom (FocusPower). Rota Grids. SAP rear spoiler. Custom front air dam, rocker panel bits and Rear valance.
Last of the Hatches #28
S0C0nFused is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2008, 02:01 AM   #43
loudfocus01
Focus Fanatic
 
loudfocus01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Fan#: 26006
Location: Bates City, MO
What I Drive: 2001 White LX 2002 Infra-Red Svt

Posts: 7,250
FF Reputation: 107 loudfocus01 Excellent Standing Member loudfocus01 Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (17)
His Koni shocks must be different than my eibach ones. Mine didn't come with washers....
But, I may look into doing what he did. Looks like an easy enough solution.
__________________
O'Reilly Auto Parts
Store Manager
Oak Grove, MO
loudfocus01 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2009, 11:12 PM   #44
malim
Focus Enthusiast
 
malim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Fan#: 55004
Location: Toronto, Canada
What I Drive: 2007 Ford Focus ST - Black

Posts: 469
Points 938, Level 16
Points: 938, Level: 16 Points: 938, Level: 16 Points: 938, Level: 16
Level Up 38% Completed
Level up: 38% Level up: 38% Level up: 38%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 4 malim Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Hmmm, i am just wondering. The bushing that's on the top(seen in the trunk) should it be moving when pressing down on the suspesion or should it be tight but not too tight so there is no movement ?
I have a feeling that by not allowing it to move, makes the suspension stiffer, but having it move is wrong as well.

Chime in on this one, please :)
malim is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2009, 07:58 AM   #45
CaysE
EDM Specialist
 
CaysE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Fan#: 22059
Location: Tampa, FL
What I Drive: Blown red SVT

Posts: 6,581
Points 15,564, Level 80
Points: 15,564, Level: 80 Points: 15,564, Level: 80 Points: 15,564, Level: 80
Level Up 43% Completed
Level up: 43% Level up: 43% Level up: 43%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 80 CaysE Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (13)
If it moves, the nut is too loose. It should be tight, but it should not deform the bushing underneath it.

Honestly I don't know why it was designed this way. It would make more sense if a solid rubber bushing was used, unless I'm missing something.
CaysE is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2009, 03:40 PM   #46
malim
Focus Enthusiast
 
malim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Fan#: 55004
Location: Toronto, Canada
What I Drive: 2007 Ford Focus ST - Black

Posts: 469
Points 938, Level 16
Points: 938, Level: 16 Points: 938, Level: 16 Points: 938, Level: 16
Level Up 38% Completed
Level up: 38% Level up: 38% Level up: 38%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 4 malim Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Geezer View Post
Any shock that has a shaft that uses a single nut and bushings above and below the upper shock mount should never be fully tightened. That fully compresses the two rubber bushings which can cause noise and doesn't let them do their job correctly. The top shock mounting shaft has to be able to move and not be bound up. Most install directions that come with shocks clearly indicate how much the top bushings are to be compressed. Most of the time there's even a graphic. In most cases you're suppose to "slightly" compress the bushings and then stop tightening.
That sentensed confused me that's why i asked.Geezer is saying that it has to move.
malim is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2009, 04:08 PM   #47
CaysE
EDM Specialist
 
CaysE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Fan#: 22059
Location: Tampa, FL
What I Drive: Blown red SVT

Posts: 6,581
Points 15,564, Level 80
Points: 15,564, Level: 80 Points: 15,564, Level: 80 Points: 15,564, Level: 80
Level Up 43% Completed
Level up: 43% Level up: 43% Level up: 43%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 80 CaysE Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (13)
The shaft of the shock itself has to be able to move in the bushing. The stock bushing has an air pocket inside it... if you overtighten the nut, there's basically no bushing and the shaft can't move, making it prone to bending or breakage. You don't want the bushing itself to move around.
CaysE is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2009, 04:32 PM   #48
Geezer
Focus Fanatic
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Fan#: 1427
Location: Westminster, CO
What I Drive: 99 miata, 05Mazda6, 09GTI, 12Imprez

Posts: 8,023
FF Reputation: 141 Geezer Excellent Standing Member Geezer Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
The rule of thumb is to compress the bushings (stock rubber ones) so that they are no bigger in diameter than the above and below washers (stick out much beyond the diameter of the washer). For a urethane bushing this would be way too tight as they don't compress much unlike rubber. For urethane I'd just go hand snug (slight compression) on the upper nut unless the bushing installation instructions say otherwise. In either case, the goal is to not bind up the bushings.
Geezer is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2010, 07:26 PM   #49
oddballmazda
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Fan#: 74369
Location: appleton, WI
What I Drive: 2002 grey se sedan.

Posts: 1
FF Reputation: 1 oddballmazda Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Can the clunking issue be solved the same way in a 2002 se sedan?
oddballmazda is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2010, 11:48 AM   #50
Alex2507
Focus Enthusiast
 
Alex2507's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Fan#: 74979
Location: Pawtucket, RI
What I Drive: 2000 Silver Focus SE Zetec

Posts: 75
FF Reputation: 1 Alex2507 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by oddballmazda View Post
Can the clunking issue be solved the same way in a 2002 se sedan?
Let's hope so.
I'm going out to buy shocks now and armed with the 13 foot pound number I plan to make my 2000 SE ride like a Bentley.
__________________
This is like 30 days in County.
Alex2507 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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Ford Focus Parts List! gthang MK2 Focus 13 01-26-2009 11:05 PM
LPE Rear Shock Mount Shims focusonthis420 Wheels & Tires - Sponsored By Tire Rack 6 04-26-2008 02:38 PM
Clunking noise from rear of Stock SVT SVTF4243 Wheels & Tires - Sponsored By Tire Rack 9 12-13-2007 10:56 PM
Idea to spruce up a stock rear bumper...cheap idea...need opinions J-Dawg MK1 Focus 33 01-11-2005 12:22 PM
rear shock mounts jeremy Wheels & Tires - Sponsored By Tire Rack 2 02-04-2004 02:33 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:57 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.