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Old 07-15-2014, 04:19 PM   #1
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Ford Focus SVT SCCA T4 Build

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I am looking at doing an SCCA T4 class race build this fall/winter in my 2002 3-door.

1st question is about coilovers. We are allowed a non-adjustable shock with threaded coilovers. Spring rates can be up to 500lbs front and 800lbs rear. Stock front bar and aftermarket rear bar allowed up to 32mm.

What options does this leave me for coilovers other than the custom route? I have been looking at a few racing companies for custom setups but wow they are expensive!

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Here's a link to a thread including comments by two experienced SCCA racers :http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=391962

They would have better info. as they've been involved for a while.

When I googled for a little info. I found an SCCA question thread of yours, so it was a bit circular (grin).

I'd guess that you could use any shocks/struts you wanted, as long as the adjustment capability was defeated on race day. Set adjustments as desired, then remove knobs/epoxy over screws,adjusters so it can't be adjusted at the track/during a race. I wouldn't think a permanent defeat would be needed, but it couldn't be a method easily reversible at the track (just removing a knob wouldn't be adequate).

Racing can be expensive, picking a car & class to run it in has the largest effect on what you'd need to budget both to compete & to try to be competitive.
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Old 07-16-2014, 02:43 PM   #3
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What options does this leave me for coilovers other than the custom route? I have been looking at a few racing companies for custom setups but wow they are expensive!

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Anything of quality is going to have to be custom I'd suggest looking at Bilsteins since they are easy to re-valve. I keep getting evil ideas of putting together some custom strut housings for the R36-5022 3000GT/Stealth front struts for my SVT.
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You could try contacting KW and see if they could custom valve a set of V1's I know they offer a rebuilding service. So it may possible they could custom valve a set of shocks for you.
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Reading over the rules later, they're wide open as to fitting different springs with adjusters to make them work or even helper springs to take up a difference at full droop. That would allow coilovers or struts modified to work as coilovers with shocks/struts being open.

Non-adjustable shocks/struts is also very clear, so even though any shock/valving that's non-adjustable is OK I can imagine a protest over adjustable shocks modified to make them non-adjustable. It's B.S. protest, but you'd need to know how prev. decisions went to know if it would be a likely problem.

Having heard how nit-picky things can get, unless you knew that kind of modification was common & accepted you'll have to bite the bullet & go with something that never had adjustable capability.
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What about ground control sleeves with revalved Bilstein shocks to race specs? Anyone use the GC sleeves now?
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What about ground control sleeves with revalved Bilstein shocks to race specs? Anyone use the GC sleeves now?
Ground Control does not make kits for our car anymore.
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Ground Control does not make kits for our car anymore.
Finding a set (used or new) cant be impossible lol
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Finding a set (used or new) cant be impossible lol
I still haven't found a set of actual GC's, settled on a set of OBX's after looking for 2 years

I'm telling ya', shocks/coilovers are going to be the biggest PITA of your build.
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Anyone ever bought from here? http://www.shox.com/

They claim to have access to some GC sleeves if you put in 99 and up Focus. Maybe from overseas?

The cheapest decent custom race setup is gonna be around $2900. Im pretty sure I can do it for less than that if I could find some GC sleeves.
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