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Old 04-26-2013, 07:22 PM   #1
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Took off the swaybar (mk3)

So a while ago I purchased a Steeda rear sway bar for my Mk3 Focus looking to improve my handling. Initially I was thrilled with it; it tighted up the rear perfectly without being harsh. I could throw the car into any corner and it would barely even flinch. Unfortunately after 3000 miles with it I felt like things just werent working out between us. As I have an SE (2012) without the sport package I'm left with the softest springs and dampers of any Mk3. This led to problems as the swaybar leveled out the rear, but the front running on soft springs couldnt cope. It felt like the front end was reallllly straining to keep up overtime. It also just felt wrong- like half of my car was a totally different vehicle. I'd imagine if I'd had the stiffer up-trim springs and shocks this would be a non-issue, or If I had upgraded the springs beforehand. Alas as I am in college and dont have the money that will have to wait, so I pulled the bar off and put things back the way they were. MUCH better. It even seems like its handling BETTER now. Now I'm not trying to say that Steedas' product sucks or anything- in fact I think it works quite well. I just wanted to post this to share my experience and to hear others thoughts. Also I'd like people to learn from my mistakes. So take this as a warning- either have a sporty suspension to start with, or lay down the cash to do so before you even think about upgrading that factory sway bar.

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Old 04-26-2013, 09:57 PM   #2
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This is what I am concerned about. I have the F/R set in the garage. The local dealer wants $440 to install the front. I haven't researched to see if there is some tuner in the Phoenix valley that could be trusted to do the job, and hopefully for less, not that I really trust the dealer. I feel for the best results they need to be installed as a set, otherwise you may get a half baked set up like you experienced. I think the car would rock with the set installed, even with the stock SEL/non sport suspension. I am gonna have to make some decision soon, or see if Steeda will take the F/R set back and for the difference send me a MagnaFlow exhaust.
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This is what I am concerned about. I have the F/R set in the garage. The local dealer wants $440 to install the front. I haven't researched to see if there is some tuner in the Phoenix valley that could be trusted to do the job, and hopefully for less, not that I really trust the dealer. I feel for the best results they need to be installed as a set, otherwise you may get a half baked set up like you experienced. I think the car would rock with the set installed, even with the stock SEL/non sport suspension. I am gonna have to make some decision soon, or see if Steeda will take the F/R set back and for the difference send me a MagnaFlow exhaust.
If I were you I would wait until you have the cash on hand for a shop to install the fronts for you. $440 sounds like a LOT of money to me, even for dropping the sub-frame. Also, as far as I'm aware all SEL's come with firmer springs and dampers stock. 2012's have 3 levels of suspension. S and SE models without the sport package have the softest suspension. SEL and Titaniums have a firmer setup, and a Titanium with the handling package has a unique and even firmer set. As for 2013's I'm not so sure, but I'd imagine the S and SE both still ride softer than the others.
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Just do it yourself.
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hmm. i really want the Steeda Rear bar
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hmm. i really want the Steeda Rear bar
Mine is for sale in the brakes and suspension section of the marketplace here
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Just do it yourself.
Not everyone is comfortable dropping a sub-frame on a fairly new car themselves.
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