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Old 10-26-2012, 02:45 PM   #1
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Steeda Font & Rear Sway's

Well here is some love and hate. I love the sway bars, they tighten up the handling and make the car really feel like i wanted it too. Its feel way more stable at high speeds, and around the corner's body role is cut down by more than half. I highly recommend these to anyone who really tears up the road's in the Focus.

The Rear one took maybe 20 min super simple no issue's at all. On the other had the front one was a pain in the ass. Ford put the oem one under the sub-frame so you have to drop it to even be able to reach it (wont even budge from the side, if you can get from out from there I'll consider you a god). So after you take apart the cross bars and drop the sub-frame its still has to be wedged out. Not easy! Then the major problem, the brackets for the front sway bar are identical to the rear ones but the bolts are not. I dont have the exact measurements of the bolts but the brackets fit the rear perfectly. The front bolts are extremely large, about a cm +, so you will have to machine down the brackets quite a bit to fit. The Brackets clearly weren't made to fits, their to small, the holes had to be made wider and longer, so hopefully i didnt weaken the integrity of them.

I waited a week to see what Steeda had to say, hoping that i might have accidentally been sent the wrong ones. Well sadly i have to say i was not. After a few emails and calls, the brackets are the only ones they have. I emailed them the photos on Monday and only received this in return "Thank you for the photos. I have passed them on to our manufacturing dept.". I called back today to get a some information, and was told it was normal, and up to the manufacture. He told me he would contact me if he heard, but no guarantee the problem would be solved. But i want to give them the benefit of the doubt, so ill update this if i hear otherwise. I would think Steeda would have ran into this problem if they had installed this before on the new focus, there is a pretty substantial and noticeable difference.

I'm not hating on Steeda, i love the parts and bars are quality. I have only heard good things about them, and that's why I'm surprised the brackets were over looked. Has any one else ran into this problem? I think i may have been the guinea pig with these. So if anyone had ran into this i would like to know?

I only have two photos, i probable should have taken a comparison one.

Before ( or standard rear)


After (a bad angle shot, the grinding down is hard to see, but i could fit my index finger through after we did)


Again, if you want sway bars for the MK3, buy these. There worth it, but be aware you will have to put in a little work to make the front brackets fit.


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Old 10-26-2012, 02:48 PM   #2
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Maybe I will do my RSB this weekend, it is still sitting in the box.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:53 PM   #3
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Do it it takes like 20 min! super easy, brackets fit perfectly but take a sec to compare the front bolts to the brackets you were given, because their the same brackets for the front bar, and the bolts are way to big for them. But i love them anyways
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Do it it takes like 20 min! super easy, brackets fit perfectly but take a sec to compare the front bolts to the brackets you were given, because their the same brackets for the front bar, and the bolts are way to big for them. But i love them anyways
I just have rear bar, so I dont have to worry about the front issue.
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How much did you end up paying for the RSB?
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Yeah but you can see what im talking about the brackets are identical.
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330 for both, brandon hooked up the rest.
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The grinding you did looks good. I wouldn't worry a bit about the bracket's integrity.

I like the balance of the car so well with just the RSB that I don't believe I want to chance altering it with the FSB. Well, that and I don't want to commit to all that work with the front subframe either.
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Do it it takes like 20 min! super easy, brackets fit perfectly but take a sec to compare the front bolts to the brackets you were given, because their the same brackets for the front bar, and the bolts are way to big for them. But i love them anyways
Can the rsw ONLY be done and not negatively affect handling cuz the front was left stock?
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If u add either I will improve the handling, ull feel a little bit of difference with the rear, but if u add the front ull feel the most improvement because it a FWD car, the ride is slightly rougher with both but doesn't bother me, i actualy like feeling the road more
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