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Old 09-15-2013, 02:04 AM   #1
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Need guidance on lowering with Coilovers

Hello, I'm thinking about purchasing H&R Coilovers for my 2010 focus. I'm running Eibach Sportlines with stock shocks and struts. I also have the 3dcarbon lip kit. I want to go lower to get rid of the wheel gap as much as possible while keeping the front lip on. Here is a pic of my focus as it sits today. If possible I would like to drop another inch if that achieves my goal in getting rid of wheel space.

When going lower, I do want to purchase camber adjustment parts especially for the front to help handling and to get rid of the camber. If running H&R Coilovers what camber adjustments parts should I get that would work well with H&R Coilovers.

Another concern I had was when going lower, how low can go before my tires start rubbing with the wheel well or fender? I have noticed already if going down the interstate and hit a bad dip the front tires has rubbed, but thats the only time.

Is there any other concerns I should know about or think about when lowering more than 2"?

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Old 09-15-2013, 02:35 PM   #2
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As far as your tires hitting the fender or liner, That'd depend on the offset & width of your wheels & tire size. Your foci looks great, the way it is IMO. If your wanting to adjust camber, in the rear you can use bolts or camber arms. For the front you can use camber plates or CFM's tubular control arms. Hope that helps you. I'd switch out the dampers to work w/ those springs.
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Thanks! Yeah the wheels I have are 17x7 with 45mm offset. I will probably always stay with the same size wheel 21545r17 or maybe go down a size 21540r17. I'm not wanting to do any stancing or anything like that. I want to be low but make sure I have the camber adjustment plates and control arms like you mentioned to keep the suspension good.
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Depends where you are rubbing, whether the actual fender or just the liner. Rolling your fenders should help with not rubbing there. Messing with your fender liners isnt as straight forward, you may need to remove and then cut/mod to increase the height of those. If you rub now on large dips on the highway, that will increase and be more noticeable if you lower another inch or so. You can always put painters tape on your fenders/liner and see exactly where you are rubbing and then go from there.

Also an alternative for your stock tires 215/45's is 205/45.
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I'm not absolutely sure on your model, but on my 2003 camber plates and rear bolts still don't give enough adjustment to get it where is needs to be. I'm probably going to go to the CFM tubular front adjustable control arms and the rear adjustable also.

The problem I have is to much camber in the rear and not enough in the front (for autocross). As it sits my max is -1.5 front, and min -2.5 in the rear. The absolute opposite of what I need.

Just do it once and go with the adjustable control arms.
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I think im going with the eibach Sportline system dampers with the omni kit and getting the cfm front control arms.
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I'm not absolutely sure on your model, but on my 2003 camber plates and rear bolts still don't give enough adjustment to get it where is needs to be. I'm probably going to go to the CFM tubular front adjustable control arms and the rear adjustable also.

The problem I have is to much camber in the rear and not enough in the front (for autocross). As it sits my max is -1.5 front, and min -2.5 in the rear. The absolute opposite of what I need.

Just do it once and go with the adjustable control arms.
I'm running the opposite of you= over 2 degrees negative in the front & 1.5 degrees negative in the rear w/ the sportline system.
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Oh, Just to add, What I did when installing cfm's tubular arms= Install the heim joints have 4.5 threads showing vs what the distructions say 3 turns & I installed 2 jam nuts in place of the nylock= makes it easier to pull apart if you need to.Order the heim joint boots too. Make sure to have your front end aligned w/ zero toe & +.010 per side in the rear. Using zero toe in the rear really makes the car darty for a DD, it'd be great for autoxing thou. Grab a set of rear toe links, makes the rear feel more positive & makes adjusting your rear toe so much easier vs the asentric bolts. Just a little twist makes a difference. Hope that helps you guys out.
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Thanks man this will help a lot!
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