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Old 05-17-2014, 07:06 PM   #1
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New Owner with Questions -09 se coupe

Hello Hello.

I was originally look for a SVT but I found a good deal and bought this!

2009 focus se coupe. 5 speed manual
magnaflow exhaust - usually Im not a fun of 4 cyl noise. This actually sounds very nice! I was impressed
short throw shifter
Steeda intake
eibach? lowering springs - perfect amount for looks and hopefully winter drive-ability.


The car's paint isn't perfect... but its good enough. No major damage, just some small chips with crappy touch up paint on. Interior needs a good clean too. Just needs some love. Was cheap and mechanically looks good.

Any recommendation on what to do with touch up spots? Just paint, little wet sand, polish? Won't be perfect but will look better?

Paid $100 less then I sold the 04 mazda for.






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What is this called? Where can I get a good replacement?
The bushing I think are shot... put a crow bar on it and that's whats making the sound.
The whole bar its attached (sway bar?) to clunks over every bump. Seller said it was a common problem when these cars lowered for it to wear the bearings? truth?






Fog lights:
Mine are broken, glass shattered from rocks. Seller said he's went through a few oem fogs lights.

Which are good replacements?




Hanging rpm:
Any way to get rid of the little bit of hanging rpm between shifts? I know on my old mazda 3 you could ground the throttle body better to help with response? These have electric throttle bodies no? Didn't even check, assumed it would be the same.




Door locks:
My car looks me in.... like when I park, shut the car off, the locks don't automatically release. Have to unlock the door and then open :p
Help?


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Old 05-17-2014, 08:34 PM   #2
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so sway bar endlink is my first question.

Moog I want to get?
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that part is a sway bar end link. and if its lowered i would get an aftermarket upgraded one to compensate instead of a factory or oem style like moog
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that part is a sway bar end link. and if its lowered i would get an aftermarket upgraded one to compensate instead of a factory or oem style like moog
and who sells aftermarket endlinks?
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and who sells aftermarket endlinks?
Massive does, but a pair is like $100. You'll be fine with the Moog endlinks. Get them from RockAuto. They are a sponsor here and there's a discount code floating around for 5% off.

Also, the hanging RPMs thing is what all Dtecs do. It's either due to a heavy flywheel with lots of enertia or an ECU thing to help ensure smoother shifts.
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Massive does, but a pair is like $100. You'll be fine with the Moog endlinks. Get them from RockAuto. They are a sponsor here and there's a discount code floating around for 5% off.

Also, the hanging RPMs thing is what all Dtecs do. It's either due to a heavy flywheel with lots of enertia or an ECU thing to help ensure smoother shifts.
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I think I'll order the Moog for now, do you have a link for the massive?

So hanging rpm is normal? That's good. After driving the car a bit I've improved the shifting, I must have had my foot resting on the gas when pushing in the clutch. Use to my mustang with super heavy clutch and gas :p
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Never driven a manual Mustang. Got an 86 GT with an auto myself.

Also, you shouldn't be breaking foglights. Replace them with OEM ones and you'll be fine. Your seller wasn't telling you everything. I've never broken a foglight housing. Even on my old Nissan Sentra when my front end was totaled after an elderly man ran a stop sign, my fogs were intact.

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Never driven a manual Mustang. Got an 86 GT with an auto myself.

Also, you shouldn't be breaking foglights. Replace them with OEM ones and you'll be fine. Your seller wasn't telling you everything. I've never broken a foglight housing. Even on my old Nissan Sentra when my front end was totaled after an elderly man ran a stop sign, my fogs were intact.

Here's the Massive Speed end links

http://www.massivespeedsystem.com/_m...&groupid=66745

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And I believe the lens, the current driver side one you can clearly see where the rock cracked it. Deerfoot is known for being a harsh road for stuff like that.
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Also, you shouldn't be breaking foglights. Replace them with OEM ones and you'll be fine. Your seller wasn't telling you everything. I've never broken a foglight housing. Even on my old Nissan Sentra when my front end was totaled after an elderly man ran a stop sign, my fogs were intact.
I noticed the license plate of the OP is from Alberta. They use "sand" on the roads up here, usually it's small gravel. If the car rode the highways on a regular basis I would not be surprised that the foglights took some hits. Cracked wind shields are the norm around here too.
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Any recommendation on what to do with touch up spots? Just paint, little wet sand, polish? Won't be perfect but will look better?

<end links> Where can I get a good replacement?
The bushing I think are shot... put a crow bar on it and that's whats making the sound.
The whole bar its attached (sway bar?) to clunks over every bump. Seller said it was a common problem when these cars lowered for it to wear the bearings? truth?

Fog lights:
Mine are broken, glass shattered from rocks. Seller said he's went through a few oem fogs lights.

Hanging rpm:
Any way to get rid of the little bit of hanging rpm between shifts? I know on my old mazda 3 you could ground the throttle body better to help with response? These have electric throttle bodies no? Didn't even check, assumed it would be the same.

Door locks:
My car looks me in.... like when I park, shut the car off, the locks don't automatically release. Have to unlock the door and then open :p
Help?
Some guys thin out touch up paint to get it to fill chips in a bit more smoothly. I am terrible at touching up too.

The end link joints wearing fast is a known problem. I'd agree with going with Moog from Rockauto. Lowering both sides equally shouldn't place any more load on a sway bar or end links, but yes on other parts.

Fog lights - OEM or good quality replacements. If there are lots of chips on the front of the car (hood edge, bumper), I'd say the problem was the driver - following too closely.

Hanging RPM - I posted a thread on it, and it's been mentioned before. I hate it. You wanna use engine braking (along with brakes) when downshifting before a turn, and the damn computer holds the revs up for a few seconds (3-5? but feels like eternity). Don't think it's a heavy flywheel, since it doesn't do this in neutral IIRC.

Door locks - there is an auto lock, and an auto unlock function. See settings menus on instrument panel, buttons to change are below hvac button area.
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