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Old 06-12-2013, 12:53 PM   #51
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Ok - With all this talk about suspension "upgrades" does anyone really know what the actual spring rates are or how much the various springs vary from say stock? You have Std. Stock Springs, TI Handling Pk Springs, Ebibach Pro-Kit and Sportline ect... Then you have the various Dampers - how do they compare - i.e. anyone have "real" numbers".
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:52 AM   #52
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After reading everything I can possibly read I have settled on this upgrades:

Rear Sway Bar - Steeda
Springs - Ford Racing Lowering Spring Kits FMS-M-5300-S (linear)
Rear shocks - Bilstein Series: B6 (HD); Rear; 24-196529
Front shocks - (as suggested by Zillon)
AD-1098 F Upper Strut Mounts
AST-12281 LH F Strut (ST-version)
AST-12287 RH F Strut (ST-version)
AD-1094 F Strut Bearings

Not sure if I need anything else - all suggestions are welcome.
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:01 PM   #53
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just an update... I went with the ST struts up front and the Ti (w/ handling pkg) rear dampers and the rear steeda sway bar.

BIG diff in handling, car is more 'planted' , flatter in cornering, less dive under hard braking, and all-round just feel better driving it. Ride quality is a smidge firmer but not hard or harsh at all. glad i did this...
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Mates,

After reading everything I can possibly read I have settled on this upgrades:

Rear Sway Bar - Steeda
Springs - Ford Racing Lowering Spring Kits FMS-M-5300-S (linear)
Rear shocks - Bilstein Series: B6 (HD); Rear; 24-196529
Front shocks - (as suggested by Zillon)
AD-1098 F Upper Strut Mounts
AST-12281 LH F Strut (ST-version)
AST-12287 RH F Strut (ST-version)
AD-1094 F Strut Bearings

Not sure if I need anything else - all suggestions are welcome
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:39 PM   #55
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just an update... I went with the ST struts up front and the Ti (w/ handling pkg) rear dampers and the rear steeda sway bar.

BIG diff in handling, car is more 'planted' , flatter in cornering, less dive under hard braking, and all-round just feel better driving it. Ride quality is a smidge firmer but not hard or harsh at all. glad i did this...
Did you originally go with another setup so this is version2? Any before after pics? Also hope no clunking!? (Not sure if you have dedicated thread..)
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Did you originally go with another setup so this is version2? Any before after pics? Also hope no clunking!? (Not sure if you have dedicated thread..)
No, i did this directly from the OEM set up. No clunking so far but I'm listening. Ha ha. Sorry did take pics yet
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Bumping this old thread.. I've decided to do sportline springs with the ST struts up front and the Ti (w/ handling pkg) rear dampers just wanted see if members who went with this setup still enjoying it... Thinking this will be better then just throwing on the sportline on my stock dampers..
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We have a 2008 Mazda 3S grand touring and it's about the best handling car I've ever driven. My girlfriend drives a base model 2013 3 and even that seems to handle significantly better than the Focus. Would any of the suspension components from either model fit the Focus? Looking underneath both the setups look almost identical. I'd buy new parts obviously, I'm not looking to gimp the Mazda

Another question- I have a Focus SFE which I believe to have the "regular" suspension. How much of a difference is there between that and the SEL/Titanium suspension? Is that enough of an upgrade?
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We have a 2008 Mazda 3S grand touring and it's about the best handling car I've ever driven. My girlfriend drives a base model 2013 3 and even that seems to handle significantly better than the Focus. Would any of the suspension components from either model fit the Focus? Looking underneath both the setups look almost identical. I'd buy new parts obviously, I'm not looking to gimp the Mazda

Another question- I have a Focus SFE which I believe to have the "regular" suspension. How much of a difference is there between that and the SEL/Titanium suspension? Is that enough of an upgrade?
The Mazda and Ford are very similar indeed, and people have swapped at least the springs and aftermarket adjustable camber arms over. I don't really remember what other components, but I do remember that the springs have to be cut to get a decent ride height.

Between the different trims of Focus, there were 3 different suspensions iirc. I noticed a big difference between my SEL and Ti with handling package, but I haven't driven any trim below the SEL. Why not go down to the local dealership and request a test-drive of a HP-equipped model?
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Bumping this old thread.. I've decided to do sportline springs with the ST struts up front and the Ti (w/ handling pkg) rear dampers just wanted see if members who went with this setup still enjoying it... Thinking this will be better then just throwing on the sportline on my stock dampers..

I've been running sportlines on my stock dampers for a year and a half and 30k miles. Zero issues. Still love it. If I don't trade up to an st, I will likely replace my stock shocks at 50-60k.
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