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Old 04-17-2013, 06:09 PM   #1
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Are the FRPP shocks/struts the best to use w/ the 1.5" drop Ford Racing springs?

I have done quite a bit of research and it seems like a popular way to go on lowering a Focus is doing KYB adjustables in the rear and KYB up front paired w/ Ford Racing 1.5" springs. I cannot however find through my research if the FRPP shocks work well with more than a .5" drop. I don't want to wear them out. This would be just a street car not a track car. It's an 06 zx4. Anybody have any suggestions or experiences?


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Not sure about those springs but I am only a ~1.2" drop with H&R sport spings. I used the M-18000-ZX3B damper kit.

The right rear shock blew out in just 1 year ~ 25,000 kms. Not sure if it was defective or a bad match to the springs.
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Hmm yeah that's what I was wondering. I think those Ford dampers are actually build for the .5" drop Ford SVT springs but I could be wrong. What kind of shocks you have now?
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I have the frpp kit ( dampers and springs ) and i am really unhappy with them . Extremely rough ride for such a small drop , im going to check em in a few days to see if they are all still in working order because it almost seems like the fronts are blown already ( only had em for about 2 months now ) next ill be going with an 00-05 kit and the omni adapter kit from massive . I wont be going with any ford racing parts anymore .

Btw , im unsure of this but have heard from a few different sources that the frpp kit is just rebadged eibachs

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Try KYB's agx's then, Why switch out springs? Just get '06+ struts.
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What kind of shocks you have now?
I went with the KYB OE replacement shocks. Can't really tell a difference in ride quality (hell I couldn't even tell when my shock started leaking, alignment guy had to tell me!).

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Btw , im unsure of this but have heard from a few different sources that the frpp kit is just rebadged eibachs
This is surprising. I thought people said the Eibachs were too soft?

I'm pretty happy with H&R. A little while ago I was a little uncertain about them, but the progressive design seems to work OK for my tastes. The soft portion is REALLY soft, and makes little bumps and cracks in the road seemingly disappear. But when you want to gun it, the soft portion coils up and the firm part is able to do it's work to keep the tires planted.
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Thanks for the replies. Also does anyone know of a kit of 2 for the front not just one plate per side for front alignment? I thought I saw one somewhere. I want to do it right but not go crazy. I think I need the adjustables for 06 or go 00-04 w the needed $96 mount
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I have the frpp kit ( dampers and springs ) and i am really unhappy with them . Extremely rough ride for such a small drop , im going to check em in a few days to see if they are all still in working order because it almost seems like the fronts are blown already ( only had em for about 2 months now ) next ill be going with an 00-05 kit and the omni adapter kit from massive . I wont be going with any ford racing parts anymore .

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Rough ride would be good in some sense. Firm / stiff rough? That means it's working. When u lower u need a strong shock. Is it too stiff? No pun meant lol just talking suspension
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Rough ride would be good in some sense. Firm / stiff rough? That means it's working. When u lower u need a strong shock. Is it too stiff? No pun meant lol just talking suspension
I wouldn't say that no , it just really hates even the smallest of bumps lol. It is a nice cheap drop though , and it handles a lot better than stock

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Wow, a lot of discontent towards a setup that I personally love. I have the FRPP shocks paired with the spec Focus progressive springs. I used to have the same shocks with Eibach Pro-Kit springs, and the Eibachs were way too soft in my opinion. I've got 25k miles on the shocks right now, and they seem fine so far regarding wear.
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