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Old 10-07-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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Help with rear suspension

Hello folks, just registered with this site having recently purchased my first Focus, (first Ford) Hoping someone can help me out here. I recently replaced front end suspension components and now that its straight and tight up front the rear end is very noticeable. It feels and looks as if the bushings on trailing arm, control arms, and stabilizer bar? are all shot. It was a northern vehicle. And wow is the rear a lot more expensive to replace. Are there bushing kits instead of replacing it all? What would be the first thing to replace if I have to do it gradually? When going around a bend in a highway or higher speed road, the rear end slides out a little more than I am turning. And knocks and tings and all sorts of things. Any help or advice would be very fricken wonderful! Thanks everybody


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Hello folks, just registered with this site having recently purchased my first Focus, (first Ford) Hoping someone can help me out here. I recently replaced front end suspension components and now that its straight and tight up front the rear end is very noticeable. It feels and looks as if the bushings on trailing arm, control arms, and stabilizer bar? are all shot. It was a northern vehicle. And wow is the rear a lot more expensive to replace. Are there bushing kits instead of replacing it all? What would be the first thing to replace if I have to do it gradually? When going around a bend in a highway or higher speed road, the rear end slides out a little more than I am turning. And knocks and tings and all sorts of things. Any help or advice would be very fricken wonderful! Thanks everybody
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Check out Rockauto.com for factory replacement bushings. You may want to consider just buying new suspension arms as they come with new bushings already pressed in. The trailing arm though is not available in the aftermarket and only through Ford, so you may want to just buy the bushings on that one and have it installed, but the others may just be cheaper to buy new arms with the bushings instead of paying someone to push all of those in. It would probably just equal the cost of buying a whole new arm. Good luck with what ever you decide.
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^ditto that...we hate to welcome a new member with bad news, but here goes: there's little chance that you're gonna be able to replace the rear LCA bushings on an '02 northern Focus, because you're gonna destroy the LCA removing it. The center cam bolt (toe adjuster) seizes in its sleeve, so your choice is to "let sleeping dogs lie" or spend the better part of an afternoon on your back grinding it off. For more details, use the forum search box above.
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What a great site! Thank you for the advice and I'm going to research each avenue and figure what would make th most sense. Probably replacing the LCA and having new ones pressed into the trailing arm. That's a great arm :) this thing is like a go-cart station wagon. Looking forward to it being a little tighter on the road though. Thanks again I appreciate it!
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to minimize your "sticker shock" for this job, include in your research the various comments by forum members who got nickle-and-dimed on new LCA hardware. To get you started, here's an old thread of mine; your wagon will be a little different from my hatchback.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=297299
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