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Old 11-20-2012, 09:48 PM   #121
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I'm dying in anticipation ...... Uuuhhhhg...
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:03 PM   #122
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Yep, sounds exactly like what I'm dealing with.

So, preliminary verdict is really tough to determine right now. I torqued everything to spec, and used grade 10.9 bolts, but the creaking didn't disappear from the driver's side. I'm going to try and address that this weekend, since the creaking didn't appear until I swapped out the bolts the last time. I feel that has more to do with me over-torquing the strut mount bolts than anything to do with the strut brace itself.

As far as the clunking goes, it's a mixed bag. At first, the clunking was much worse than it's been, but strangely enough, it improved the longer I drove it, and by the time I got home, the end result seemed to be much better than before I installed the brace. I'll see how the suspension reacts on my ride into work tomorrow morning after sitting overnight. This certainly was not the instant magic band-aid I was expecting, though.

I'm going to be putting some miles on the car in the next few days due to the holiday, so I'll be keeping close tabs on how things are working out. I'm also going to put the car up on jackstands and realign the mounts in the towers, check the alignment of the strut brace, and maybe add some lithium grease to a few contact points. I've got a few things to check.

Regardless of the clunk, the updated DV6Z strut brace is MUCH beefier than the CV6Z version. The plates are substantial enough, but the actual metal that the brace is stamped out of is thicker, as well.

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Old 11-20-2012, 10:44 PM   #123
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So the dv61 was also applied intermittently through the manufacturing of the focus in 2012? I am looking to get ford to install this bracing to my vehicle as well, there is something in my gut telling me they will say they did not find anything wrong, but mostly from reading other posts from members and their dealership. But in that case would I have a case to ask them to try swapping the brace over from the cv61 to the dv61. Like I am at a loss of how to approach this situation because of the fact I've never dealt with a dealership before, this is my first new car, and the reason for buying it was I had a 2001 focus sedan and loved it, and my brother and sister work for ford.
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Maybe it's just me but that DV6Z looks like a solid piece near the mount-point end vs the sandwich/welded multi-piece construction of the CV6Z (or possibly the whole DV6Z is stamped/formed as a single member).
If that's true, that's a HUGE difference in design - apart from the addition of the mounting plate. Something tells me Ford knows much more about this issue than they are letting on...

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Old 11-21-2012, 05:01 AM   #125
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So the dv61 was also applied intermittently through the manufacturing of the focus in 2012? I am looking to get ford to install this bracing to my vehicle as well, there is something in my gut telling me they will say they did not find anything wrong, but mostly from reading other posts from members and their dealership. But in that case would I have a case to ask them to try swapping the brace over from the cv61 to the dv61. Like I am at a loss of how to approach this situation because of the fact I've never dealt with a dealership before, this is my first new car, and the reason for buying it was I had a 2001 focus sedan and loved it, and my brother and sister work for ford.
Ford started Mk3 Focus production in early 2011 with a brace that had reinforcement plates (whether it's the same one that I'm installing, cannot be determined just yet), and then the brace disappeared for several months. In its place was a strut tower brace without reinforcement plates over the strut towers, #CV6Z-16A200A, which is what was installed on my car from the factory.

In the second half of August 2012, a reinforced brace was added back into production, in the form of this DV6Z-16A200A brace.
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:02 AM   #126
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Maybe it's just me but that DV6Z looks like a solid piece near the mount-point end vs the sandwich/welded multi-piece construction of the CV6Z (or possibly the whole DV6Z is stamped/formed as a single member).
If that's true, that's a HUGE difference in design - apart from the addition of the mounting plate. Something tells me Ford knows much more about this issue than they are letting on...
This is correct.

And I do believe that Ford knows much more than they're letting on.
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:41 AM   #127
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there is Definitely a huge difference in construction... I can see what you mean about the DV one being a beefier piece.
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Ride in to work this morning was strangely silent. Temperatures were around 34 degrees, though; Temperatures are supposed to head into the mid-50s later today, so I'll give 'er another test drive this afternoon/evening and see what the verdict is in warmer temps.

Things may be looking up, fellas.
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Ride in to work this morning was strangely silent. Temperatures were around 34 degrees, though; Temperatures are supposed to head into the mid-50s later today, so I'll give 'er another test drive this afternoon/evening and see what the verdict is in warmer temps.

Things may be looking up, fellas.
Thanks for the update, Zillon. I'm keeping an eye on this thread, but feel free to contact me (or your CSM) once you've put some additional miles on your Focus and feel confident in making some conclusions.

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