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Old 08-07-2012, 11:11 AM   #11
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Looks really good. The comparison pictures really show off the difference.
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:41 AM   #12
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I honestly think Ox White is the best looking color on this car (don't hate me people), and lowered, it just looks so much better. Nice job!
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Looks really good. The comparison pictures really show off the difference.
I have to agree!! : ) and thank you!!

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If you disconnect the rear shock and the outboard lower control arm bolt, the suspension arm will droop down and you'll be able to slide the spring right in.

Much easier than dealing with spring compressors for the rear.
That prob. would have been easier for the rear, as you need to remove the rear shock anyways. You would also have to unbolt the rear sway bar on both sides where it connects to the control arm. By the time you unbolt the lower control arm, and the rear sway bar, and then utilize a jack, it would prob. take about the same amount of time, but it might be easier. It only took me about 20 mins to remove and replace the rear spring, and then another 10 to swap out the parts in the rear shock and put it back. So even using the spring compressor I was able to do both rears in about an hour. It would have saved me the time of renting the tool though.
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:16 PM   #13
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looks good, now just some 17 inch wheels or 18inch.

what are those yellow dots on the road?
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:29 PM   #14
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what are those yellow dots on the road?
They use those (wisely I think) out west instead of painting lines on the road. Makes a hellofalot more sense than paint, which fades. Plus they act as little bumps to alert you if you're leaving the lane.
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:52 PM   #15
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So how much did the ride quality change? that is my biggest worry with going lower as the Focus has become THE family car. I don't mind a stiff ride but I just don't want to hear it from others...
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Epic post Blarson! Thanks for sharing. Could you edit the original with Update: info on the results of the alignment? Thanks.
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looks good, now just some 17 inch wheels or 18inch.

what are those yellow dots on the road?
Yeah, some black 18" wheels are my next purchase. But $1400-1500 for new wheels and tires was more than my wife and I wanted to spend. So I've been looking every day for the perfect set of Craigslist specials.

They call them "bots dots" and they use them almost everywhere in California. For the reasons described ^. My boys like when I purposely drive over them.
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They call them "bots dots" and they use them almost everywhere in California. For the reasons described ^. My boys like when I purposely drive over them.
yeah there is no need to plow the roads in winter of course, a lot of southern states use them. Nevada is huge on them in Vegas
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Epic post Blarson! Thanks for sharing. Could you edit the original with Update: info on the results of the alignment? Thanks.
Yeah. After they fully settle, I will have the alignment checked and post an update with more current and accurate pics and info. Glad you all enjoyed it!
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:31 PM   #20
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Looks good! I like it. I just put sportlines on my car a couple months ago. Ive only scraped once. lol
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