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Old 07-15-2013, 06:25 PM   #1
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Rear spring identification

My '07 focus SE sits WAY high in the rear compared to others I see.
The rear springs have an ID tag with bar code and a number.
The bar code is kinda borked so I haven't been able to scan it with my phone's reader.

The number on the tag is easily readable and is #611073.

Anybody have a clue about this spring's tension numbers?
Is it a stock spring?
The ride seems stiff.
In the driveway with the hatch open and sitting over/on the hatch latch (I weigh 190lbs) there's very small amount of up/down movement....1/2 to maybe 1 inch of travel.

Normal?


with 215/45/17's


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Old 07-16-2013, 09:14 AM   #2
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Completely normal on a stock '07 focus, they sit crazy high from Ford. I just took this picture yesterday after some shopping:



Had to smile at the crazy height difference If you click on my user name, i have some old photos of my car in a profile. You can see the stock height compared to 1.5" frpp lower springs. A 1.5" drop just looks like normal ride height of any other car and should be the height these cars came from Ford imo
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:40 PM   #3
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I posted a similar thread a couple of months ago. The absurd height/stiffness is supposedly normal, but every time I park next to a ZX3, I'm taller by a couple of inches.
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So, I seem to recall from reading about spring rates here and on FJ, that a stock rear hatch spring is about 110 lbs and every other spring listed is a higher lbs rating.
I wonder about something in the 90-95 lb being available then if this stiff (almost harsh) ride is normal.
I'm thinking of trading these 17"s with somebody for 15"s with a taller ratio sidewall if softer springs are NA. Get some 'air' cushioning touring tires to smooth it out anyway.
I'd rather have it lower (and softer) though.

It's awesome to have these message boards for the valuable info.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:11 PM   #5
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Yeah, I've considered doing the same thing.

Lightweight hatchback rear + stiff suspension + low profile tires = harsh ride.

It's simple arithmetic, but evidently beyond the capability of Ford engineers.
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