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Old 01-19-2008, 05:59 PM   #1
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What does a coilover suspenion have over struts/shocks besides ride height adjustment?


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Some "adjustable" coil overs don't have good height adjustment. They may lower OK but they don't work well in raising a car especially ones that compress the spring to do so. You can get just as good as performance from a standard non-adjustable spring and shock (technically coilovers on the front of a Focus anyway). The major benefits come with more expensive coilovers that have multiply adjustments including separate height adjustments and compression/rebound adjustment (which you can also get on a standard shock). Expect to pay 1500.00 or more (lots more in some cases) for really good ones. You can get Koni shocks and good lowering springs for less than half of that and have a very good after market suspension.
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Thank you...that is the answer I was looking for...after a lot of searching on this bord and another felt that Koni sport suspenion kit or Koni sports and H&R springs would be a good set up for my SVT. $1500 for a good coilovers is a little much for a daily driver and just does not make sence. As for a good sway bar set up...would just changing the rear with a 24mm H&R be a good direction or does the front need to be done as well. To me it is all about the handling..like to have fun with imports you could say.
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The SVT is a pretty neutral handling car already. It's a tad bit on the understeer side but not by much. Most car manufacturers always design a car (even performance ones) to understeer a little to a lot as its safer for the average driver and minimizes law suits. To make a SVT almost perfectly neutral you don't need to go much more than say a Progress 22mm rear bar. More than that and you have to start increasing the front bar size to keep handling neutral (rather than loose (oversteer) or tight (understeer)).
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Old 01-20-2008, 07:19 PM   #5
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Thank you Geezer....SVTF is a great handling car which after a test ride is one of the reasons why I bought the car. This is until the dealership did a little warrantee work to fix a problem..they just created one shall we say because by replacing a strut that wasn't bad...to make a long story short this car is now unsafe in corners.
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