Strut/Shock question - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > Brakes, Suspension & Body Chassis

Brakes, Suspension & Body Chassis The place to go for answers on brakes, suspension, camber, alignment and more.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-25-2012, 08:53 PM   #1
BlueFlik
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Fan#: 103620
Location: Kingston, ON, Canada
What I Drive: 2009 Vista Blue SE Coupe

Posts: 57
FF Reputation: 1 BlueFlik Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Strut/Shock question

Hi all;

First, I had a look for something like this - if I missed it, please point me in the right direction.

Now, on to my question. I have H&R lowering springs for my 09 SE Coupe. I've heard it's a very good idea to replace the struts with the springs. I know a lot of people recommend Koni Yellows for performance, but if I'm looking for something more economical, would a set of Monroe Sensa-Tracs (or equivalent) be suitable? If not, what is the least expensive set of struts you would recommend with lowering springs? I'm basically looking for the cheapest option without "doing it wrong."

Any advice would be appreciated, cheers!


__________________
2009 Vista Blue SE Coupe
FSWerks CAI, H&R Springs, FSWerks ECU, Sound Ordnance P-57 speakers, remote start
BlueFlik is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-25-2012, 09:35 PM   #2
1hotfocus
Focus Addict
 
1hotfocus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Fan#: 82813
Location: NYC NYC NYC NYC!, NY
What I Drive: 00' sedan

Posts: 744
FF Reputation: 7 1hotfocus Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (21)
No. Monroe is an OEM replacement. You don't want that. Consider kyb agxs, koni SRT.t's, or eibach pro dampers. Koni yellows are the best in the market for lowering springs but you have to pay to play. Also, for good shocks your going to need the omni kit, as the struts mentioned above are made for 00-05.


Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I717 using FF Mobile
__________________
Give rep if youve been helped :)
1hotfocus is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-25-2012, 09:44 PM   #3
BlueFlik
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Fan#: 103620
Location: Kingston, ON, Canada
What I Drive: 2009 Vista Blue SE Coupe

Posts: 57
FF Reputation: 1 BlueFlik Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Thanks! This is exactly the info I was looking for.
This, however, brings up another question - if I get the Omni kit, will my H&R springs be useless? Or will I be able to use 08-11-style springs with 00-05-style struts on an omni?
Thanks again
__________________
2009 Vista Blue SE Coupe
FSWerks CAI, H&R Springs, FSWerks ECU, Sound Ordnance P-57 speakers, remote start
BlueFlik is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-25-2012, 10:06 PM   #4
felixthecat
w/ my magic bag
 
felixthecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Fan#: 80663
Location: Renton, WA
What I Drive: '05 Silver Sport Technologies

Posts: 10,261
Points 11,461, Level 70
Points: 11,461, Level: 70 Points: 11,461, Level: 70 Points: 11,461, Level: 70
Level Up 53% Completed
Level up: 53% Level up: 53% Level up: 53%
Forum Activity 99%
Activity: 99% Activity: 99% Activity: 99%
FF Reputation: 62 felixthecat Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Omni kit get you far

Quote:
Originally Posted by BlueFlik View Post
Thanks! This is exactly the info I was looking for.
This, however, brings up another question - if I get the Omni kit, will my H&R springs be useless? Or will I be able to use 08-11-style springs with 00-05-style struts on an omni?
Thanks again
Model yr '00-''05's use one type of spring & strut & '06-'11 use a bigger diameter strut & a spring w/ a pigtail at the bottom. So no you can't interchange the two types. So if you have a later='06+ spring you will need the later strut. The earlier '00-'05 struts & springs are more popular w/ the aftermarket then the later cars. Have OMNI kit & your wide open to all suspension kit made. If your going to mix & match= make sure the strut can handle the spring pressure. All lowering springs are going to have more spring pressure to handle the reduced suspesion travel. So you need a strut to handle the increased pressure. Makes sense doesn't? Shorter travel means somethings got to give, huh?
__________________
Introduce Mr. Torsen to the mixBigger brakes then you- D23 crew- D-Tech- Sedan Revolution= #131
felixthecat is online now  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-25-2012, 10:42 PM   #5
BlueFlik
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Fan#: 103620
Location: Kingston, ON, Canada
What I Drive: 2009 Vista Blue SE Coupe

Posts: 57
FF Reputation: 1 BlueFlik Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Got it, thanks!
__________________
2009 Vista Blue SE Coupe
FSWerks CAI, H&R Springs, FSWerks ECU, Sound Ordnance P-57 speakers, remote start
BlueFlik is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-25-2012, 11:28 PM   #6
felixthecat
w/ my magic bag
 
felixthecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Fan#: 80663
Location: Renton, WA
What I Drive: '05 Silver Sport Technologies

Posts: 10,261
Points 11,461, Level 70
Points: 11,461, Level: 70 Points: 11,461, Level: 70 Points: 11,461, Level: 70
Level Up 53% Completed
Level up: 53% Level up: 53% Level up: 53%
Forum Activity 99%
Activity: 99% Activity: 99% Activity: 99%
FF Reputation: 62 felixthecat Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlueFlik View Post
Got it, thanks!
No problem. So which way are you going?
__________________
Introduce Mr. Torsen to the mixBigger brakes then you- D23 crew- D-Tech- Sedan Revolution= #131
felixthecat is online now  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-26-2012, 10:59 AM   #7
BlueFlik
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Fan#: 103620
Location: Kingston, ON, Canada
What I Drive: 2009 Vista Blue SE Coupe

Posts: 57
FF Reputation: 1 BlueFlik Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I'm going to keep an eye out for a good deal on suitable struts for the later years. If nothing turns up in the next few weeks, I imagine I'll be getting the Omni, and then one of the older suspension types (perhaps SVT kit).
Cheers
__________________
2009 Vista Blue SE Coupe
FSWerks CAI, H&R Springs, FSWerks ECU, Sound Ordnance P-57 speakers, remote start
BlueFlik is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-26-2012, 12:28 PM   #8
felixthecat
w/ my magic bag
 
felixthecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Fan#: 80663
Location: Renton, WA
What I Drive: '05 Silver Sport Technologies

Posts: 10,261
Points 11,461, Level 70
Points: 11,461, Level: 70 Points: 11,461, Level: 70 Points: 11,461, Level: 70
Level Up 53% Completed
Level up: 53% Level up: 53% Level up: 53%
Forum Activity 99%
Activity: 99% Activity: 99% Activity: 99%
FF Reputation: 62 felixthecat Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlueFlik View Post
I'm going to keep an eye out for a good deal on suitable struts for the later years. If nothing turns up in the next few weeks, I imagine I'll be getting the Omni, and then one of the older suspension types (perhaps SVT kit).
Cheers
Massive performance has the Omni kit, by the way
__________________
Introduce Mr. Torsen to the mixBigger brakes then you- D23 crew- D-Tech- Sedan Revolution= #131
felixthecat is online now  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-26-2012, 02:06 PM   #9
BlueFlik
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Fan#: 103620
Location: Kingston, ON, Canada
What I Drive: 2009 Vista Blue SE Coupe

Posts: 57
FF Reputation: 1 BlueFlik Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Thanks!
__________________
2009 Vista Blue SE Coupe
FSWerks CAI, H&R Springs, FSWerks ECU, Sound Ordnance P-57 speakers, remote start
BlueFlik is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:42 PM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Cadillac ATS-V, Ford Fusion and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.