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Old 12-14-2012, 01:49 AM   #19261
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Did you get it off one of those SVT's? That primer is supposed to chemically treat the rust from what I remember. You could always just sand it off too and throw the primer on there.
Yes I took the frame off the black SVT that sits at Apache Autoparts. I saw they still have this front knuckle so I guess you didn't pick it up :P

And ye I will probably sand it a little, even bought some metal reconditioning pads for my drill. I just know rust can come back after even deep sanding, so I hope that primer will prevent it from showing back.

At the end of the operation the only parts that will be left not replaced in the whole rear suspension will be left trailing arm, sway bar, and some of the bolts.
But at least I know i was worth it, considering how bad those stuck control arm bushings affected the ride.

I have brake calipers, Centric rotors are already on the way from partsgeek, pads I will buy at NAPA because $, and I'm now looking around after some stainless brake lines... BUT really wondering if it's worth to pay $100 for stainless when regular ones come at $45 for set.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:53 AM   #19262
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Yeah I ran out of money and couldn't grab it. I sure hope it's there later on maybe a month later hopefully, unless the meeting I'm having with my bosses next week goes good.
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:08 AM   #19263
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I hope it will go good for you mate. So you can show some love to your focis ;)


and I just scrapped the idea of stainless brake lines, will order the oem ones.
read if interested -> http://forums.maxima.org/advanced-su...orth-risk.html
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:25 AM   #19264
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I have SS lines on Ole' Yeller' and they really really helped the braking feel. Now my pedal stays firm when I cook the brakes but before would get super mushy to go with the fade I had. Really any line can burst, it's your choice to use SS lines or not. From a cost stand point I'd go with the factory lines myself and since the SVT has plenty of braking capacity it's not really needed. When and if I ever get to upgrade the brakes on Ole' Yeller' I'd probably keep the SS lines in the back but switch to the factory SVT lines up front, but only from a cost stand point. I still think switching to the SS lines on the factory brakes on Ole' Yeller' was one of the best upgrades I've done, especially since I don't have abs and the lines really helped greatly with pedal modulation to control the lock up.



Is that the only source of material that you used in your decision Chris?
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:32 AM   #19265
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Is that the only source of material that you used in your decision Chris?

I did read a lot, but after reading the source I linked started to doubt if it's a good idea to go with SS. Tho now I realized they talk about failures of which probably none happened on Focus. Those Russel lines look solid and almost identical to OE in design, so ye I'll follow your advice and get em.

F..... money pit SVT :P - I had to take loan just to be able to keep up with spending on parts.
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If it's cheaper to get the factory lines then get the factory lines, that's what I'd do. Also just because a SS line hasn't failed on any focus that we know doesn't mean it can't happen, but also remember that any brake line can fail. You just need to be careful when installing them you don't want to twist them or put them in a bind that can break them internally which could cause a failure down the road, again this is with any brake line.

Why are you replacing the lines anyways, are your rotting or have cracks in them?
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:08 AM   #19267
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Why are you replacing the lines anyways, are your rotting or have cracks in them?

All the safety sheets on rubber lines say 6 years and older are a safety hazard, and it's clear that lines on my foci weren't ever changed, you can see they've seen some winter. I don't wanna cheap out on safety.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:24 AM   #19269
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Fyi on stainless lines, good quality ones are far better than oem in performance as Paul mentioned. Ran stainless lines on my Honda for years with no issues. Ss lines are another performance mod brought over from the racing industry. But as far as longevity goes a ss line would most likely need to be replaced b4 a rubber line since they aren't designed to last as long as a rubber line.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:53 AM   #19270
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Need some advice: Shocks/struts, what are some good brands? I was looking at bilsteins but there are a hundred different types and and I have no idea what will fit my mkII. Thousghts?
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