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Old 12-17-2012, 11:33 AM   #61
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I had rear adjustable arms installed and alignment done. 2011 focus s. Figures in degrees. Still on original tires that need replaced. After a rain today, I checked the rear and looks like there still indication of excessive contact on the inside edges. Will post as I monitor this.

Shop used 2008 modified specification.
Front camber, -1.3 to 0.3; Front Toe -0.10 to 0.10
Rear camber, -1.9 to -1.5; Rear Toe 0.08 to 0.12

LF Camber before -0.5, actual -0.4
LF Toe before -0.08, actual -0.0
RF Camber before -0.8, actual -0.9
RF Toe before -0.10, actual 0.01

LR Camber -1.7 LR Toe before -0.04, actual 0.11
RR Camber -1.7 RR Toe before -0.09, actual 0.10
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Old 11-25-2015, 12:29 PM   #62
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Great write up, thanks for posting this info. Based on your post I had my '05 ST (lowered) set up with the specs below (in degrees). It tracks straight and rock solid on the highway, with little or no effects from cross winds. And the handling is transformed. Very little under steer (push) in corners, just nicely neutral and balanced. It is a TON of fun to drive on a twisty road or on/off ramp now.

Thanks again for a great write up.

Left Front:
Camber : -1.7
Caster: +2.7
Toe: -0.04

Right Front:
Camber: -1.2
Caster: +2.8
Toe: -0.04

Total - Front Toe: -0.08

Left Rear:
Camber: -1.5
Toe: +.04

Right Rear:
Camber: -1.7
Toe: +.02

Total - Rear Toe: +0.06
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Ended up replacing the steering rack. Putting rubber donuts IN all 4 springs. Adding Moog camber plates in the rear to decrease negative camber. Adjusting the toe for the rear (you need to adjust the toe in such a way that the eccentric carries the load on corners...or you will lose your settings).

I use the string method to adjust the toe front and back...aiming for zero front and back. WHY? Due to the tendency for toe in the front especially to get way out of specs IF you punch it a lot in lower gears...metal bends and you are way out of specs soon.

Recently replaced the coils/struts in front due to a broken spring.

My Focus now handles better than any car I've owned previously...very little chance of the rear breaking loose...very solid front handling. Too tempting...resulting in front tire wear.
2003 2dr ZX3 2.0 L Zetec auto 205/50/16s

...and I am unanimous in that position.
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