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Old 11-12-2012, 12:32 PM   #1551
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All Ti handling pack's came with the same wheel, 18" 5 spoke.
Sorry, I wasn't sure if you had the standard Ti with the 17" rims. Hmm... beats me, then.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:48 PM   #1552
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It's possible that the towers have been deformed, it's also possible that it's merely unwanted NVH due to variations in weld/stamping. I know my towers aren't visibly deformed, so I wouldn't worry too much just yet.

I'll know more when the brace arrives.

It is a new part number, though: #DV6Z-16A200A for the new one vs CV6Z-16A200A for the 2012 Foci.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:50 PM   #1553
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what about the new bolts zillion? do you know the number for those?
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:03 PM   #1554
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I don't, sorry. They're still listed as CV6Z-3C448 regardless of which VIN I enter into fordparts.com.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:05 PM   #1555
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Alright well im gonan loko into getting this brace, I can use the bolts I upgraded and just take some washers out, I still dont get how this upper brace helps the struts, cause it looks like there making noise between the strut topper and the underside of the car
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:06 PM   #1556
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Just looked up part on Fords site, funny how the old part lists for $132 and the new part lists for $117. Funny name too, Bracket fender mounting.
Put one in my cart just in case no noise from my front end yet. Unless the added strut tower brace I made is causing the difference.
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I have Steve ordering one in just to verify that the plates are attached, and if he's right, he'll let me know so I can purchase it and get it shipped to me.

So, that being said, give me a few days so I can hear back from Steve for verification purposes; he has to order the part in, which will take ~3 days. Otherwise, everyone will be throwing money at something that may not exist.

Also, if anyone used Grade 10.9 hardware and torqued them to 35 ft-lbs, I would not recommend re-using the bolts. The torque limit on them is only 27 ft-lbs, so you've compromised the integrity of the bolts, and reusing them will likely have you shearing the bolts on installation. Buy new ones; they're cheap enough.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:11 PM   #1558
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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?
Hi dyn085,

See Zillon's hard work hunting down these parts below. I verified the part numbers on http://www.FordParts.com. If you have any other questions, shoot me a PM.

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Steve is telling me that these reinforcement plates aren't actually separate parts, but they are part of a revised strut tower brace...
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...It is a new part number, though: #DV6Z-16A200A for the new one vs CV6Z-16A200A for the 2012 Foci.
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I have Steve ordering one in just to verify that the plates are attached, and if he's right, he'll let me know so I can purchase it and get it shipped to me.

So, that being said, give me a few days so I can hear back from Steve for verification purposes; he has to order the part in, which will take ~3 days. Otherwise, everyone will be throwing money at something that may not exist.

Also, if anyone used Grade 10.9 hardware and torqued them to 35 ft-lbs, I would not recommend re-using the bolts. The torque limit on them is only 27 ft-lbs, so you've compromised the integrity of the bolts, and reusing them will likely have you shearing the bolts on installation. Buy new ones; they're cheap enough.
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I'm pushing for a response from Ford as hard as I can...Additionally, I did something I thought I'd never do, and signed up for a Twitter account so I could tweet to @FordService, @FordFocus, and @Ford with a link to my thread with all the photos on FordSTNation.com.
Hey Zillon,

Once again, thanks for all of your efforts here. I've pushed the information that you provided me into the hands of the decision-makers; I'll keep you posted on the results. Please let me know how things go with the parts you ordered; this will help me out when I hear back from engineering.

Thanks!
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:01 PM   #1559
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Good to hear, Crystal! Thanks!

I'll be looking forward to a response.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:46 PM   #1560
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My 2012 SE Sport clunks more than my 100K mile VW. Ford needs to get their act together and issue a proper TSB that fixes this once and for all. I've been hesitant to get the bearing TSB done because of reports that the noise returns after a few months. This discovery about the brace actually makes sense.
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