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Old 02-20-2012, 05:23 PM   #51
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Here is what you get with the SVT shock kit and then you add FRPP 1.5" springs to that.
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Any thoughts on the poly bushings? Do I need anything else to install this kit, for example new bolts or strut mounts etc?
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And that is the kind of feedback I'm looking for!

How long did you wait after installing the kit before you got an alignment? And what kind of rubber/rims do you have?
I was pretty sure I was in need of an alignment before I got the new suspension installed. So I got an alignment immediately and the shop agreed it was in need of one.

In the summer I am using 215.45/17 Dunlop SP Sport Signature (Ultra High Performance All-Season) on SVT 5 spoke rims. For winter I am using 205.55/16 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D on 16" 6 spoke Cougar wheels.

The summer tires are fine, I'm happy with their dry performance and they grip well. Not the best when it comes to colder or wintry conditions (I'd call them closer to a summer tire than an all season.) I will probably switch to a dedicated summer tire once these wear out. The winter tires are performance winter/snow tires, so they handle more like a sport tire than a dedicated snow tire but you give up a little snow/ice grip for their better dry/wet performance (which they handle much better than an all season in the snow.)

I only picked up the 5 spokes because I wanted a nice looking wheel, which they do look sharp on our cars. I will probably look to get a lighter 16 or 17" rim in the future to replace them. They probably cost me an MPG or two on average and take a slight toll on performance (the whole unsprung weight thing.)
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Any thoughts on the poly bushings? Do I need anything else to install this kit, for example new bolts or strut mounts etc?
Poly bushings for the lower control arm? Don't waste your time and $ on that...those things are a PITA and it will cost more to have them removed/installed that it's worth. Poly bushings for the motor mounts are nice add and are very easy to install.

As for the kit, you do not need anything at all. It comes with new nuts/bolts and bushings. You may want to rent a spring compressor but it is not absolutely necessary. I used a jack to remove/install the rear springs (jack between the lower control arm and frame) and just muscled the front springs on. It's very easy to do yourself and no instructions are needed, just remove/replace.
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Poly bushings for the lower control arm? Don't waste your time and $ on that...those things are a PITA and it will cost more to have them removed/installed that it's worth. Poly bushings for the motor mounts are nice add and are very easy to install.

As for the kit, you do not need anything at all. It comes with new nuts/bolts and bushings. You may want to rent a spring compressor but it is not absolutely necessary. I used a jack to remove/install the rear springs (jack between the lower control arm and frame) and just muscled the front springs on. It's very easy to do yourself and no instructions are needed, just remove/replace.
Knowing my ineptitude with all things car install related, I may have to call on one of my buddies to help with the install. By help, I mean - he does the work - and I supply the Pizza. :)

I got the lower engine mount from CFM - that was a pain to get in to the holder but man does it do its job!
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:17 PM   #56
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Knowing my ineptitude with all things car install related, I may have to call on one of my buddies to help with the install. By help, I mean - he does the work - and I supply the Pizza. :)

I got the lower engine mount from CFM - that was a pain to get in to the holder but man does it do its job!
It should take you guys 2-3 hours.

One note though, the nut supplied for the top of the strut will not thread all the way on the strut shaft when you install the new struts on upper mount. You can do one of two things; you can use the old nut from your original struts or you can use the supplied nut with some thread lock. both solutions are acceptable.
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Great, I will keep that in mind. Why won't it thread all the way?

I ordered the FRPP M-5560-zxm springs with the SVT damper set from Steve - who has consummate knowledge of the FoFo. All in all, costs $340ish with shipping. And I'm in the process of getting a SVT rear sway bar from a member for $55 w/shipping.

Not bad considering the bar is new and unused.
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not to hi jack the thread but I was thinking of doing the same thing and wanted to go svt oem parts. can someone tell me the difference between these 2
http://www.amazon.com/RACING-2000-20.../dp/B004J02BUY
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http://www.amazon.com/Ford-Racing-M3.../dp/B002TZ86AK
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Not sure on the threads. It's either a shorter threaded shaft, a longer threaded nut or thicker sheetmetal or bushing. Either way, any method you use is acceptable. Personally, I would use the old nut.
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not to hi jack the thread but I was thinking of doing the same thing and wanted to go svt oem parts. can someone tell me the difference between these 2
http://www.amazon.com/RACING-2000-20.../dp/B004J02BUY
and this
http://www.amazon.com/Ford-Racing-M3.../dp/B002TZ86AK
They are one and the same. They are the OEM SVT kits with rear sway bars. If you have a 2000-05 ZX3 or ZX5, you'll get a 0.5" drop without a degradation of ride.

While Amazon is a good place to buy these products, supporting the guys who support our forums is a better deal. You can get the M-3000-ZX3 kit for $247 + shipping via Tousley or Hillbish. Shipping costs depend on where you are. Talk to Tousley if you're in the central, mountain or west coast. Or Hillbish if you're on the eastern seaboard.

I just purchased the SVT dampers with 1.5" drop FRPP springs and a rear SVT sway bar for a total of 390 (shipping included). The bar was bought off of a FF member for a lot less than actual cost.

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