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Old 08-26-2012, 10:21 PM   #91
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:49 AM   #92
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I suppose that the ST guys won't have to constantly argue/discuss whether they get better peeformance on 93 octane...
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:28 AM   #93
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I wonder how much the front knuckles are modified...

I've got the ST dampers & mounts on order. It really would be a shame if the ST is different enough to make any aftermarket shock & strut parts incompatible.
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Old 08-27-2012, 07:14 AM   #94
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I wonder how much the front knuckles are modified...

I've got the ST dampers & mounts on order. It really would be a shame if the ST is different enough to make any aftermarket shock & strut parts incompatible.

I very much doubt that the mounting is different. They are probably different in the amount of caster they allow in the suspension and may even allow the car to sit lower without too short of a spring. I believe that is the issue with the MS3 springs and why they need cut to work with a Focus and MZ3. It isn't so much the weight of the front of the MS3 and ST, but that they have raised the spindle point for different geometry.

Just a theory...
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I guess we'll find out.

I don't think the knuckle will alter the caster any, that lies with the upper strut mount, which is different for the ST. I have ordered those.

You might be right, though, in that it might be slightly shorter to allow for a lower mounting point and keep a tall spring. If that's the case, I might end up doing something stupid... and trade the car in. I'm tired of the front suspension problems.
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I guess we'll find out.

I don't think the knuckle will alter the caster any, that lies with the upper strut mount, which is different for the ST. I have ordered those.

You might be right, though, in that it might be slightly shorter to allow for a lower mounting point and keep a tall spring. If that's the case, I might end up doing something stupid... and trade the car in. I'm tired of the front suspension problems.
I bet anything the strut is the same. The knuckle can change castor with with angle it puts the bottom of the strut in relation to the top of the tower. Also where the spindle location is. The angle can be changed on either end, but the knuckle was probably a lot easier to change than modify the upper strut mounting. Just a theory...
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Any recent picks of this drop?

I have some springs lined up I just need some proof of concept before I pull the trigger
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Where did you find the MK3 spring rates?
Eibach spring site.

BTW, I have ST front struts and Mazda 5 rear shocks with these springs now. Plus I ditched the Steeda 25mm hollow rear sway bar for a solid 26mm MS3 rear bar.

Wow. Just awesome.
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Eibach spring site.

BTW, I have ST front struts and Mazda 5 rear shocks with these springs now. Plus I ditched the Steeda 25mm hollow rear sway bar for a solid 26mm MS3 rear bar.

Wow. Just awesome.
TORQUERULES, All of your pictures seem to have disappeared. Could you post an update on your MS3 spring measurements, some pictures of your car and part numbers/cost of the Mazda parts you mention above? It would be very helpful.

I just bought a set of 2012 MS3 springs last week. I plan on installing ST struts too using the info Zillon posted.

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Front MS3 spring on the right. This is before cutting it one full coil...


Rear MS3 spring on the right. Do not cut...


Right after install...



After about 6 months...



Rear sway bar... (It's the big one in the foreground)



Sorry no pics of the struts or shocks.
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