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Old 06-22-2012, 10:37 PM   #41
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:44 AM   #42
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Did anyone try looking on the ends of the rack bar?
So those are just some plastic things that you can pop out??
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:45 AM   #43
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I'm of the opinion that the spacers are not necessarily to prevent rubbing but to prevent a larger steering angle in conjunction with heavier wheels and stickier tires. Ford probably noticed some added wear/slop in the CV's/knuckles with the 18's that they attribute to being able to input too much steering.

My question: Do EDM Ti's have limiters? Is the USDM ST gonna have 'em too? If not, why not?
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:10 PM   #44
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So those are just some plastic things that you can pop out??
On that particular rack, yes - but that is not a picture of a Focus steering rack. It's from a Factory Five website.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:54 PM   #45
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I would not remove myself the limiters if I were you, PratoN.

I was there and I checked whether to go Ti or SEL and the final choice was SEL. Exactly because of the 18" wheels and the limiters that come with them. So, I suggest you either downgrade to 17" wheels and get rid of the limiters or learn to live with them. I, at the time of purchase, couldn't stand them. And I love how my 17" wheels Focus do the 180 turns.
So.... are the limiters because the wheels are 18" and rub at full turn or because the tires are 235mm wide?

i want to upgrade the stock 215/50/17 tires to 235/45/17 and am thinking that they won't rub cuz the wheels/tire height is roughly the same as the stock

i.e.: 215/50/17 = 25.5" tall
235/45/17 = 25.3" tall

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Old 10-29-2012, 01:06 PM   #46
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So.... are the limiters because the wheels are 18" and rub at full turn or because the tires are 235mm wide?
All of the wheel heights are roughly the same, that's why I think it's the width... I believe offset also has to do with the rubbing. Here a little picture I drew up... I think it goes without saying that it's obviously an over-simplified representation of the car's steering system. haha
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All of the wheel heights are roughly the same, that's why I think it's the width... I believe offset also has to do with the rubbing. Here a little picture I drew up... I think it goes without saying that it's obviously an over-simplified representation of the car's steering system. haha
It is curious that people who have put the THP 18's on a non THP car have not reported any rubbing issues. I would gladly lose the limiters, as I don't do full lock at speeds above 5mph or so. Also, Ford Racing is selling the THP 18's in black, and not warning customers about a potential for rubbing in non THP cars.
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I would gladly lose the limiters
Tell me about it; try living with them downtown.
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Tell me about it; try living with them downtown.
Yeah, and it looks like it would be a total PITA to do a swap

le sigh

My wife's AWD '12 Impreza out turns the Ti
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:45 PM   #50
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Driving an SVT Focus I do feel you all about wide turns, but well... that's something I gladly sacrifice for the handling I get when I'm actually driving the car.

Also, don't forget about handbrake, it's not only for track, or a RICER show-off tool.
You can do that even at very low speeds, or even from a stand, and it makes your 4 lane turn getting reduced to 2 line turn.
I decided to mention it after reading concerns from people about winter time U turns, that's especially useful there, and you won't even abuse the tire while doing it on snow.

Keep in mind, in countries where winter prevails for most part of the year, that's just the way they do it. In Finland when there's snow, people do one lane U turns :P
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