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Old 07-10-2013, 04:01 AM   #31
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Fantastic,

Thanks guys for the clear advice, and for the welcome to this very useful site. I understand what you mean about toe-in/out dynamics changing in corners on these cars. Alignment too - I've generally been careful to get regular alignments (front and rear).

To be honest, this is my 3rd Focus in ten years, and I think I've had that behaviour in all of them, which also makes me think it's a 'normal' handling characteristic on this car. Which for me is one of the best handling 'ordinary' cars I've ever driven.

Will get roll bar end link changed soon, or do it myself.
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Old 10-12-2013, 06:46 PM   #32
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Just to clarify, does the Prothane kit 6-307 include the bushings for the lower spring mount control arm as well?
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Old 10-12-2013, 07:58 PM   #33
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yes. I just didn't install them at the time i made the how-to.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:08 PM   #34
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Do you definitely need a press to do the bushings?

I calculated that doing the bushing kit is cheaper than replacing all the arms with new aftermarket replacement parts.

I do have this from before http://www.harborfreight.com/ball-jo...cles-4065.html and an impact gun (electric)

If I need a press then gotta take it to shop but wanted to this myself.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:11 PM   #35
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Most definitely need a press. Sorry.


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Old 11-19-2013, 09:09 PM   #36
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$69 will get you a press
http://www.harborfreight.com/garage-...ress-1666.html
still probably cheaper than buying entire control arms, or having a shop do it, plus u get to keep the press
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Well the press won't be worth it for, plus my spring buckets are rusted the hell out of them and need new ones.
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I managed the complete bushing kit install without a press. I used a piece of threaded rod to drive out/in the bushings with suitably sized sockets. For the big bushings on the front A arms I used a floor jack against my tractor. No doubt the process would've been faster and easier with a press though
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This was my press alternative.
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:14 AM   #40
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What you did in the first pic is the same thing the ball joint service kit does. Mine is not actually from harbor freight it's another kit with more pcs and sizes.

I've done bushings on control arms on bmws with it but the reason I asked was the kit for the focus requires to press the metal sleeve in them and didn't know much force it needed.
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