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Old 04-28-2013, 07:37 AM   #21
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looks like they got it covered...so all I'll add is... nice VT500 I spy through your wheel :D

(at least I think it's one... 83-84?)
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I had a spare tire go up in flames once, my truck was hit with an rpg though.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:29 AM   #22
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On the rear end that much rusted, you will fight every bolt, and need to replace nearly everything.

Try to simply unbolt (be f... careful not to drop it on your head) whole crossmember/subframe, and perform work off the car. Maybe even replace whole sub frame assembly from other Focus.

I'm just finishing my rebuild.
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V8 swap. Sounds easier than dealing with those stupid bolts. haha.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:08 PM   #24
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i had to replace one rear corner on my 08 when i went to upgrade the springs and absorbers. the nuts spun off with no fuss but as the bolts came out they seized. turns out i had a bad bushing. paid $127 for anew control arm from ford (it was the only option in my area) seems to run 35-55 anywhere else and $12 per bolt (ford only). there was no room to cut them out and i went through a lot of sawzall blades (spring for the hardened steel ones). its an easy chore to do in you garage if you have a jack and stand. torching might be easier but burning a bushing inches from your head isnt the wisest thing... you will definitely need a 4 wheel alignment afterwards (~$90). i would say total time per corner using the sawzall 3hrs (if you need to cut both bolts).
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