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Old 01-28-2009, 01:59 PM   #31
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TIRES, TIRES, TIRE'S...........an sways
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:30 PM   #32
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Tires are #1 buy a longshot.
...all the better if are on light wheels.

then dampers...oh, and springs...

then RSB...



Brakes are really not a huge deal...decent pads on an otherwise well-functing stock system are fine...spend the $$$ elsewhere.

Front--camber is a big deal. Good camber plates like LCR are worth the money. A FSB is a matter of opinion. I think they help a stock class FWD car alot...but are less important as you get into ST or SP. You can tune the front of the car with springs and camber more effectively. The bigger you go on the FSB, the 'better' the car *may* slalom...but the worse you *may* be on corner exit due to wheelspin.

Here is a tried-and-true ST/SP setup--it will give you a solid car to run with:

Konis
H&R Race
24-25mm RSB
OE 21mm FSB
Bushings all around
LCR camber plates

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3wwZjib_H8
The car as shown had:
H&R Race springs
Konis in front
SPAX adjustables in back
24mm 3-way adj. RSB
Specialty Performance front camber adjusters
FSB poly bushings on OE bar

That was on 15x6.5" wheels--.5"-1" wider would have been better...on 205/50 RT215 Falkens

This was the fastest 'street tire' Focus (including SVTs) at the Focljet Jetfest I autocross in 2005...4th overall.

You don't need to go crazy to get a nice soild setup...
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Old 01-28-2009, 04:49 PM   #33
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TIRES, TIRES, TIRE'S...........an sways
I'm finally getting through to you Austin
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^^ well at least on the tire part ;)
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Well i Experienced the um no grip when we went after holloween. An on a side note i saw it in a youtube video too.
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I'm good on tires! Good a really good set of Bridgestones. I'm looking into the camber plates and koni struts and shocks right now.

What about ways to decrease the weight of the car? What can be done to better balance the weight and lighten it as possible? Any heavy hidden items?
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I'm good on tires! Good a really good set of Bridgestones. I'm looking into the camber plates and koni struts and shocks right now.

What about ways to decrease the weight of the car? What can be done to better balance the weight and lighten it as possible? Any heavy hidden items?
How radical do you want to get with the weight? An you WILL love the koni's beleave me
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sweet! I'm looking to go pretty radical. As light as possible but still be street legal.
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Do shop around for the koni's considering they cost $$$$$$$$$ I got mine from Newedgeperformance.com. But for making the fat lady skinny lose the spare, jack, tire iron, all the interior panals except the front dash an center console, rear seat an passanger seat, carpet, head liner (do remember without the panals, carpet, & head liner inside it's going to get really hot/cold an really noisey)
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after market race seat for the driver. How's the driver, I lost 60 pounds and my wife thinks it was for my health...HAHAHAHAHA!
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