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Old 12-20-2005, 12:17 AM   #1
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Couple Suspension Questions

I'm trying to upgrade my suspension....I have Goldline 1.5" lowering springs at the moment and tires/rims...but that's all. I'm not an autocrosser, just a daily driver and I drive very very aggressive especially around turns. My car was in a wreck before and the frame was bent but it is fixed now, drives perfectly fine (I know, thats unusual when ur frame is bent...but hey I guess I got lucky)

Anyway, I'm getting the front and rear strut bars for Christmas...I need struts and possibly sway bars. I have the SES version of the 05 with the euro tuned suspension.

Questions are.......
1. Do I have a rear sway bar??
2. Should I upgrade the front and rear or just one and what size? I know theres 22, 24, 25, and 28.6mm..... dunno about the front tho.
3. What kind of struts should I get? I wan't something that's all for performance...ride comfort isn't that big of a deal to me.
4. My car creaks in the back...this could be from the wreck or not, they had to replace a control arm. Is there anything I could look at to figure out what is doing the creaking?


Mmk that should be it for now... Btw my car has 31,500 miles on it now, I put the springs on about 12,000.


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Old 12-20-2005, 07:39 AM   #2
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1. Yes
2. Depends on what you want. The front sway bar is a pain to change, but installing them in pairs keeps the car balanced. Put too large of a bar in the rear, and you can get some greasy oversteer characteristics (great if you want it, but bad if it happens when you don't expect it). My suggestion would be a 22mm.
3. Eibach Pro-Dampers or KYB AGX
4. Don't know, can come from a number of things. Could even be a spring not seated correctly.
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aren't the sway bars 22mm stock?
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No. 21mm front, 20mm rear (unless its SVT or a 2001 ZX3 S2, then its 21mm rear)
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so go 22mm in both? thats gonna make much of a difference??
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22mm rear should suffice (24mm is the biggest I'll recommend on any street Focus). It shifts the balance of the car to more netural and its an easy install.

2mm may not sound like much, but on a sway bar, stiffness is a 4th order equation. If one plugged the numbers in and compared a 20mm to a 22mm, you'll find the 22mm to about around 1.5 times as stiff.
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wow thats pretty cool......... so 22mm on front and rear.... do u have any you would recommend? would the 22mm be ok for the stock control arms?
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If it were me, I'd leave the front alone, and put a 22mm bar out back.
Some poly bushings up front in the control arms and sway bar end links should suffice,
and work well with the 22mm rear bar.

And by all means, get some new dampers to go with your lowering springs!
I'm sure your stockers are shot by now.
Egz has already covered your options to look for. (Eibach or KYB)
Both are reasonably priced, though as a plus the KYB AGXs are adjustable.

BTW, have you seen this thread?
The Official Suspension Thread
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