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Old 05-16-2013, 10:23 AM   #1
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FRPP struts and shocks question

I was wondering why the stock replacement struts and shocks for my 2007 Focus SE 3 door are more expensive ($380 at dealer) than the FRPP struts and shocks ($180 on ebay). It is not a performance car and I want pretty close to daily driver ride, but for $200 less I will take a little stiffer ride. There are several listings and they all say it is a direct bolt on replacement for my car.

Anyone have opinions or thoughts on why the price difference and have any experience using these less expensive but original Ford items?


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Old 05-16-2013, 10:59 AM   #2
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I'm assuming your 'dealer' price is your local dealer? They will always charge more than what you can find elsewhere. Village Ford and Tousley Ford usually have the best prices on Ford and Ford Racing parts. If the damper set you're referring to is the M-18000-ZX3B, Tousley has them for $159.50 and Village Ford will match that if you ask. These are essentially the stock dampers that come on an SVT Focus.

Also, ride is primarily controlled by springs, not dampers. The dampers will help keep body roll in check and should increase cornering performance.
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See this post to register for sponsorship on fordparts.com with village
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=308146
(that contest is over but the directions are the same )
then search the parts you need and see the price Village will sell them to you at. Their shipping rates are pretty fair as well.

the frpp vs stock stuff isnt a dramatic difference. my gf i dont think even noticed a difference (passed the gf test!) You get better handling, slight drop in ride height (which the 07's sit way high!) and not much of a difference in ride quality

Hurry though, Ford Racing suspension bits are on the way out, ford is discontinuing them
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=312920
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I appreciate the answers guys. I guess I wasn't clear though. I need to replace the front struts and rear shocks. I was going to go with the cheaper of the two, FRPP struts and springs or the stock replacements. I wanted to know the difference between the two, if any.

I sure hope struts and shocks affect ride quality to a degree swan, without them the ride would really suck!

Yes ramble, the dealer quote was from a local dealer on the stock stuff. If your GF can handle the ride in a stock focus going from stock struts and shocks to the FRPP stuff, I bet my 48 year old arse sure can. LOL

I would just hate it if the FRPP stuff was much harsher than the stock stuff. I am mainly familiar with the V8 Mustang stuff and wanted to be sure the Focus stuff was kinda similar. You can dramatically change a Mustangs ride quality by struts and springs if you aren't careful.

I just want to replace my struts and shocks as cheaply as possible without going to cheap chinese stuff that won't last.
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try meeting up with some locals, the Texas guys are pretty active:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=314490

Maybe one of them near you has the FRPP stuff and can take you for a ride along
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The part number I gave, M-18000-ZX3B, is for front struts and rear shocks, and all the mounting hardware you need.

My comment about ride quality was just that springs have more of an influence on ride quality than dampers do, if everything is in working condition. If dampers are shot, like my rears were, the ride quality is certainly degraded.

If your main goal is to return the car to original spec, I'd suggest contacting Village Ford (Andy is the sponsor on this Forum) to see what they charge for the OE struts and shocks. You also have aftermarket options like Monroe, KYB, etc.

If you would like a bit of performance improvement, the SVT dampers are the way to go. Can't beat the price, and the ride should be largely the same. FWIW I have the FRPP lowering springs as well, and the ride is firm but not jarring. They pass the passenger wife test as well.
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Thanks Ramble and Swan! I am gonna see what Village can offer and if it is all the same, buy the SVT stuff. It's not a performance car, but if I can improve the performance a little and have more fun for the same price, thats the way to go!

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Watch which "FRPP" stuff you purchase, the SVT for example won't fit in front without adapters (Omni Kit) since yours is an '07!

Strut diameter was changed for '06 and later to a larger size - no issue with rear shocks.

Just a heads up, since not all posters happen to notice what year Focus you're working on...

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^^ M-18000-ZX3B is what OP needs, thats the part number for 06-07s
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Thanks, guys! I will make sure and buy the right ones for my car.

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