HOW TO: FRPP (or any) Lowering kit (springs, shocks, dampers) - Focus Fanatics
Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forums
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace



Go Back   Focus Fanatics > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > Brakes, Suspension & Chassis

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

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

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-26-2008, 10:36 PM   #1
Derek Zoolander
Focus Addict
 
Derek Zoolander's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Fan#: 55170
Location: US
What I Drive: 2008 Vista Blue SES

Posts: 627
FF Reputation: 26 Derek Zoolander Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
HOW TO: FRPP (or any) Lowering kit (springs, shocks, dampers)

okay sorry for the delay been real busy this week. last friday my FRPP suspension for my 08 came from Mike at hillbish. talk about quick shipping (3 days)

Anyway... the guides out there didnt provide many pictures on how the install was actually done so i took plenty of pics showing exactly what to do.

First you need:
1. suspension kit (duh)
2. Floor jack (a couple of regular jacks can be used but it makes it MUCH more difficult/dangerous)
3. 2 Jack stands
4. Socket/rachet set (it helps to have the deep ones, but you can get away without them, just makes it harder)
5. Flat head screwdriver for prying
6. Big ass pliers
7. Hammer (block of wood) or rubber mallet
8. cold beer for refreshment

NOTE: My kit came with the front dampers preassembled with the lowering spring. If your kit has not been assembled you will need a spring compressor, you should be able to rent one somewhere. I will denote where you will need the compressor if your dampers and springs arent assembled.

PRE INSTALL STUFF (you dont have to do it but it will make the install easier and quicker)

1. Remove all the crap from your trunk, the side and floor fabric. This will expose the top bolt holding the strut to the body of the car.


Now on the other side if you have the Audiophile sound system your Sub box will be severely restricting access to the drivers side bolt as seen here...


remove the sub box, it isnt necessary but will make working easier

ACTUAL INSTALL:

NOTE: ALL HARDWARE REMOVED SHOULD BE SAVED, IT WILL BE REUSED UNLESS YOUR SPECIFIC KIT COMES WITH NEW HARDWARE!!!

Okay first you gotta get the car off the ground... Jack it up and support both sides with the jack stands, the HIGHER you can get the car, the easier it will be to work on it...

I did the rear first.

Remove the nut holding the suspension to the body of the car. this is pictured above.

i first had to remove the rear sway bar from the LCA, the bolt is circled below



OPTIONAL: You may need to use the floor jack to raise the LCA in order to pull this bolt out.

Save the bolt, nut and 3 bushings, you need them later...

Next get under the car and find where the sway bar is bolted to the rear subframe. There should be four bolts, 2 on each side. These might not to be completely removed, I just removed one side and loosened the other almost completely and that was sufficient.



Next the LCA must be removed from the brake drum/shock assembly. To do this jack up car in location shown and unbolt the highlighted bolt.



THIS PART IS DANGEROUS. that spring is now compressed and being held into position by the floor jack. You must SLOWLY release the pressure in the spring so you can remove it. Slowly lower the floor jack and remove the stock spring. Keep the foot on top of the spring you will need it.



Next the actual stock shock must be removed. The bolt holding it on is behind the brake drum. Unscrew it and then slide out the stock shock....



Now you are done removing the stock shock. To put the new system in you basically reverse these steps, i will list them quickly.

1. Reinstall shock using bolt you just removed
2. Place spring right side up into the LCA and begin to raise it back up using the floor jack.
3. Reinstall bolt holding LCA to wheel assembly. You might need to use the screwdriver to pry/correctly line up the two holes
4. Hand tighten nut in trunk
5. Start over and do the other side

DO NOT RE ATTACH THE SWAY BAR UNTIL YOU HAVE FINISHED BOTH SIDES

Now the front.

Once again raise up the car, support with jack stands and pop the hood.

Loosen the 3 bolts on the strut towers, do not completely remove them yet!!




First remove the front sway bar from the damper.
NOTE there is a spot you need to grab with the pliers, this is shown in the second pic (sorry its a bit blurry)






Next you want to remove all the brake lines from the damper and move them aside to avoid damage. this does not mean disconnect them just remove them from the holders.

Next its time to remove the big ass bolt holding the damper to the wheel. Use your tire iron to get it started, its really torqued on there...



Now the damper is ready to be removed use a rubber mallet or a hammer (make sure you separate it from the components with the block of wood) to remove the damper from the wheel assembly.



Finish loosening the bolts on the strut tower and then slide the damper out.

Now is where the spring compressor is required. Use it to assemble your front dampers.

Now basically reverse the steps again

1. Position the damper in the wheel well and re bolt it to the wheel assembly (use the floor jack to raise the assembly to the correct height, do it slow, and be careful not to bend the hook that sits in the gap on the assembly if it is not correctly aligned)
2. hand tighten bolts on strut tower.
3. rebolt sway bar to damper and attach brake lines.
4. Repeat procss for other side.

Now lastly once the car has been removed from the jack stands you must fully tighten the 6 bolts on the strut towers up front and the 2 in the back.

Congrats your done, crack open that beer and admire your work..

DISCLAIMER: I have written this guide to the best of my knowledge, it is meant to be exactly that a GUIDE some steps will have to be modified slightly for your car, i am in no way responsible for you messing up your suspension, damaging your car, or hurting yourself.

Lastly if you like this guide +rep is appreciated thanks



Last edited by Derek Zoolander; 05-27-2008 at 08:22 AM.
Derek Zoolander is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-27-2008, 08:50 AM   #2
nov173
Focus Fanatic
 
nov173's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Fan#: 29840
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa, United States
What I Drive: 2014 Focus ST

Posts: 3,263
FF Reputation: 79 nov173 Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (4)
i don't see any of the pics... all x's
__________________
SVT header kit, 2.25 MBRP cat-back & flex, r/t high flow cat. aem cai, frpp kit

For Sale: Rear bumper(stock). SVT side skirts FS as well. Buy em!!!!
nov173 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2008, 08:54 AM   #3
lowblackdub
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: May 2008
Fan#: 55979
Location: Barrie, ON.
What I Drive: 2001 Focus ZX3 S2 (Liquid Grey)

Posts: 15
FF Reputation: 1 lowblackdub Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
You forgot pics of the final product ;). Good write up - this will come in handy!
__________________
Steve

2001 ZX3 S2 ~ SVT Snorkel w/K&N ~ FocusSport SCT 4-position chip ~ Ported TB ~

Coming soon:MSD coil/wires, Vibrant 2.25" exhaust
lowblackdub is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2008, 08:55 AM   #4
NCedillos
Illest.... <3
 
NCedillos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Fan#: 50780
Location: Farmington Hills, MI, MI
What I Drive: 2002 French Blue SE

Posts: 3,573
FF Reputation: 7 NCedillos Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (9)
I see the pictures. But yeah some pics of it all finished up would be awesome.
__________________
Sedan Revolution #68
~SOTM OCT 08~ROTM NOV 09
NCedillos is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2008, 09:00 AM   #5
Waffles ZX3 Kona Sport
WAFFLEY!
 
Waffles ZX3 Kona Sport's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Fan#: 10426
Location: Oneonta, NY
What I Drive: 2006 Fusion SE Midnight Blue

Posts: 5,156
FF Reputation: 11 Waffles ZX3 Kona Sport Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (6)
Nice writeup dude!
__________________
Waffles ZX3 Kona Sport is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2008, 10:18 AM   #6
nov173
Focus Fanatic
 
nov173's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Fan#: 29840
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa, United States
What I Drive: 2014 Focus ST

Posts: 3,263
FF Reputation: 79 nov173 Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (4)
well why the H do i not see them! lol damnit
__________________
SVT header kit, 2.25 MBRP cat-back & flex, r/t high flow cat. aem cai, frpp kit

For Sale: Rear bumper(stock). SVT side skirts FS as well. Buy em!!!!
nov173 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2008, 01:54 PM   #7
Derek Zoolander
Focus Addict
 
Derek Zoolander's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Fan#: 55170
Location: US
What I Drive: 2008 Vista Blue SES

Posts: 627
FF Reputation: 26 Derek Zoolander Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
hmmm... idk why some are getting redx'ed and yeah i wanted to wait till it settled a bit and i got it aligned... should have some later of the finished product
Derek Zoolander is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2008, 03:19 PM   #8
kcoury
Focus Enthusiast
 
kcoury's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Fan#: 55557
Location: Somerset, NJ
What I Drive: 2008 Vermillion Red SES Coupe

Posts: 62
FF Reputation: 33 kcoury Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Great guide man, this will really come in handy if I decide to get a drop done. Do you have any pics of the finished product yet? I'd really like to see how the drop looks with our wheels.
kcoury is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2008, 03:27 PM   #9
Derek Zoolander
Focus Addict
 
Derek Zoolander's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Fan#: 55170
Location: US
What I Drive: 2008 Vista Blue SES

Posts: 627
FF Reputation: 26 Derek Zoolander Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
oh snap, yeah i do... just made a huge pic thread... here is the link:

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=166022
__________________
Team Duratec #167

If I have helped, rep is always appreciated.

Derek Zoolander is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2009, 09:56 PM   #10
NemesisEnforcer
Force-Powered Focus
 
NemesisEnforcer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Fan#: 48598
Location: New England, Afghanistan
What I Drive: LIQUID GRAY 2005 ST

Posts: 6,875
FF Reputation: 352 NemesisEnforcer Outstanding Standing MemberNemesisEnforcer Outstanding Standing MemberNemesisEnforcer Outstanding Standing MemberNemesisEnforcer Outstanding Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (3)
Cant believe i never saw this. Just gave u rep for this. good stuff.
__________________
GIVE DUE REP!! ST Crew #78 /Duratec Crew #91
Go Pats!! Go Green!! Go Sox!! Go B's!
Seeker of Wisdom, LG Crew #1
Resident Sith Lord & Jedi Master, MMA
Thx to those in the military.
NemesisEnforcer 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
Pics of FRPP lowering kit and FS exhaust after install.............. zzr4u2nv Ford Focus Builds & General Showroom 40 05-24-2008 03:36 PM
lowering springs vs a whole new suspension kit PatinPending Brakes, Suspension & Chassis 18 04-28-2008 07:48 AM
For Sale: Brand New Eibach Sportline Springs and Pro Dampers *SOLD* jeeptofocus Archive 26 02-21-2006 01:27 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:31 AM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information : Site Map

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. You can find all Ford Focus related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.