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Old 06-16-2012, 10:43 AM   #31
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:26 PM   #32
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For me a good spring and damper set is more appropriate, overall I have been satisfied with the stock ride. After putting it on the lift I noticed that the suspension/brakes needs some TLC: Front sway bar bushings are clicking, front brakes are getting worn down, ride feels a little softer than "new" etc.

Also for the ~$1,000 I would spend I coil overs I can get this instead:

Ford Damper kit
P/N M-18000-ZX3B from
($159.50 + $25 shipping Tousley Ford)

H&R Sport Spring Set
P/N 51662
($206 +16.83 shipping Tire Rack)

Moog front sway bar links
P/N K80066
($17.97 x 2 = 35.94 + 11.75 shipping Rockauto)

Energy Suspension front poly bushings
P/N 9.5158G
($20.90 Amazon)

Energy Suspension rear sway bar grommets
P/N 9.8105G
($13.90 Amazon)

Alignment at local shop (~$75)

Total For suspension upgrade/fix:$564.82


Not related, just needs to be done:
AKEBONO Front Pads
P/N ACT1339
($53.79 + 11.75 shipping Rockauto)

CENTRIC Rotors
P/N 12061093 (120.61093)
($51.79 x2 = 103.58 + 11.75 shipping Rock Auto)

Tires on hold for now, I think I will wait until I'm finish installing above / do more research. Also, I was not able to find 20mm rear bushings w/ zerk fittings for the rear sway bar, only 20.5 mm, but they seem to be in good shape, so I will hold off.

Edit: Updated with prices and P/N's (hopefully it helps others to build / price out their own systems)


ok question that clicking noise does it sound like a heatshield rattle kinda sound as you drive over some bumps? i replaced my sway bar end links and still get a rattle kinda sound lol...also damn you and ur moog for only $17+ lmao if it wasnt for the short notice i pb would have looked more lol
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:49 PM   #33
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No need for greasable bushings just use the right grease to start and you'll never need to lube again
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:01 PM   #34
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synthetic grease? or red and tacky?
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:39 AM   #35
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nice but needs to be little lower
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nice but needs to be little lower
It is as low as I want to go for Michigan snow / potholes / DD.

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synthetic grease? or red and tacky?
I use Mobile 1 SPH-1000 and re-grease with my oil change intervals if applicable (between 10-15k).

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ok question that clicking noise does it sound like a heatshield rattle kinda sound as you drive over some bumps? i replaced my sway bar end links and still get a rattle kinda sound lol...also damn you and ur moog for only $17+ lmao if it wasnt for the short notice i pb would have looked more lol
It is the sway bar bushings for sure, while on the lift I grabbed on the bar rocked it fore/aft left/right and was able to recreate the noise. The links are probably ok, I had the dealer replace them @ 22k (warranty) because they were clicking, but since I am "in the neighborhood" I thought it would be a good idea.

I am paying for the Moog name I'm sure. In hindsight, I could have picked up master pro at O'reilly's for $25.00 vs $50.00 and still have gotten a quality product.
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It is the sway bar bushings for sure, while on the lift I grabbed on the bar rocked it fore/aft left/right and was able to recreate the noise. The links are probably ok, I had the dealer replace them @ 22k (warranty) because they were clicking, but since I am "in the neighborhood" I thought it would be a good idea.
so how hard would it be to change them out with out a lift and could you do it with out taking the end links off and the tires cuse i got blocks i can just drive up on lol??
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Well, I made a mistake. If I read correctly the M-18000-ZX3B dampers while spec'ed for 06-07 focus should fit on the 08-11 focus. What I did wrong, was I bought the 08-11 (H&R P/N 51662) springs. In this spring set the front springs go down to a 4" coil on both ends, but the M-18000-ZX3B front struts have pockets spaced for ~6" coils on both ends. To fix this I believe that I should return the H&R P/N 51662 and go with H&R P/N 51666 that is made for the 06-07 focus.

Any thoughts?

Even with this fix, I haven't been able to find any data about how the H&R spring rates compare to the M-5560-ZX3B springs that have been discontinued but I'll find out when I drive it. Ahh, details...

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Old 06-20-2012, 10:01 PM   #39
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dont use that seat. that is for the 06-07 spring. use the seat that comes with your car which looks like this.



and end up like the one on the right. the one on the left is the one with the 06-07 spring with the top hat in the pic you posted



if you think about it, if you buy 08-11 springs, it should be a direct replacement for your stock springs. everything made for a specific year should be a direct replacement. idk where you got those seats from but send them back. you're good
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and the springs with that top will stay center and not slide off??
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