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Old 11-11-2012, 03:40 PM   #1531
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You know what that is...

Son of a bitch. See that plate underneath the thinner metal of the strut tower brace? Ford put a plate on the strut tower to strengthen the strut tower. This pisses me off. This means that Ford actually recognized that there WAS a problem. That's why your bolt spacers are thinner.

Mini Coopers have the same issue - many owners install strut tower plates to prevent mushrooming of the strut tower.

Thanks for that photo, Phokus. I've got some parts to order and some phone calls to make.
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:52 PM   #1532
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You know what that is...

Son of a bitch. See that plate underneath the thinner metal of the strut tower brace? Ford put a plate on the strut tower to strengthen the strut tower. This pisses me off. This means that Ford actually recognized that there WAS a problem. That's why your bolt spacers are thinner.

Mini Coopers have the same issue - many owners install strut tower plates to prevent mushrooming of the strut tower.

Thanks for that photo, Phokus. I've got some parts to order and some phone calls to make.
I see it too.

Maybe a call to Steve to see if it is an available part for purchase...

Phokus, is there any chance that you can pm me your VIN for possible parts procurement?
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:29 PM   #1533
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You know what that is...

Son of a bitch. See that plate underneath the thinner metal of the strut tower brace? Ford put a plate on the strut tower to strengthen the strut tower. This pisses me off. This means that Ford actually recognized that there WAS a problem. That's why your bolt spacers are thinner.

Mini Coopers have the same issue - many owners install strut tower plates to prevent mushrooming of the strut tower.

Thanks for that photo, Phokus. I've got some parts to order and some phone calls to make.
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I see it too.

Maybe a call to Steve to see if it is an available part for purchase...

Phokus, is there any chance that you can pm me your VIN for possible parts procurement?
My car isn't clunking at the moment as far as I can tell, but it still has the original bolt/spacer arrangement. Seeing how they changed the car by adding the stiffening plate seems to be tacit admission that there was something not quite right with the way they had the suspension/ strut towers laid out but they aren't going back and fixing the cars properly under the previous TSB.

That irritates me if it was a known issue that they had a solution on the shelf but hoped to shut people up without fixing their cars.

I don't want to be tearing into the suspension if its not clunking as it sits now, but I'd rather not have parts that have been known to be bad either.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:45 PM   #1534
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I'm happy to step in here and help each of you out. Please send me a PM with your VIN, dealer, mileage, daytime phone number, and full name; I'll start researching some options.

Thank you!
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I have a 2013 Titanium with no clunks 2400mi
I peeked under my hood yesterday cleaning out random dirt and leaves and saw that my spacer looks thinner than pics of those posted here and thought you guys might want to know
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I can't find this spacer listed in the parts diagrams. How can we procure this part to attempt a fix on our non-warranty cars?
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:17 PM   #1535
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I've posted a thread on here, Ford ST Nation, and FocusST.org asking for help (and photos) from current 2013 Focus and 2013 ST owners to verify the existence of the plate.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s....php?p=4450773

http://fordstnation.com/focus-st-gen...cus-owner.html

http://www.focusst.org/forum/focus-s...cus-owner.html
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:35 PM   #1536
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My car isn't clunking at the moment as far as I can tell, but it still has the original bolt/spacer arrangement. Seeing how they changed the car by adding the stiffening plate seems to be tacit admission that there was something not quite right with the way they had the suspension/ strut towers laid out but they aren't going back and fixing the cars properly under the previous TSB.

That irritates me if it was a known issue that they had a solution on the shelf but hoped to shut people up without fixing their cars.

I don't want to be tearing into the suspension if its not clunking as it sits now, but I'd rather not have parts that have been known to be bad either.
SEL, S and SE (non sport) didnt have the tendency to make noise, some did but not to many. Most of the noise was the Touring suspension cars.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:45 PM   #1537
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I posted in Zack's thread too. I do not have that extra plate, this may not be the "fix" that you're all hoping it to be.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:00 PM   #1538
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Just a thought here guys but there could also be different bolts and torque specs.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:17 PM   #1539
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Doubtful that it's different bolts and torque specs. I've tried different torque specs and different bolts, and although higher torque specs helped, the noise returned.

Verified: The ST comes with the plate.

http://fordstnation.com/focus-st-gen...html#post46950

http://www.focusst.org/forum/focus-s...html#post17097

Coincidence? I think not.
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Doubtful that it's different bolts and torque specs. I've tried different torque specs and different bolts, and although higher torque specs helped, the noise returned.

Verified: The ST comes with the plate.

http://fordstnation.com/focus-st-gen...html#post46950

http://www.focusst.org/forum/focus-s...html#post17097

Coincidence? I think not.
Damn... WTF FORD... Fix our Shit NOW..... of course our strut towers are probably already out of spec, so would need lots of work to fix....
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