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Old 02-05-2008, 11:14 AM   #1
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Rear subframe swap?

So here's the plan. I've got an 07 ZX3 S, with no rear swaybar or even mounts for one.

There is an 06 ZX4 SES at a local scrapyard, (it's the donor I got my tach cluster from) with massive front end trauma but a relatively untouched arse.

Since all the rear suspensions are basically the same for all focus years, I'm thinking I should be able to pull the rear subframe, OE swaybar, and lower control arms that I need from the 06 to convert my 07.

FRPP sells their "adjustable" rear subframe for a couple hunnert bones, and all I can tell that is different is that it's got what's needed for a swaybar. I figure I should get this part for a hundred or so.

Any thoughts on this? If I go through with it, I'll be sure to get pics for a how-to.


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Wouldn't the Steeda bracket kit be a whole lot cheaper and easier?



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There's no way you can get mounts or drill for a sway on your car?
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Old 02-05-2008, 11:42 AM   #4
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Well, from the looks of it, it won't be cheaper. The cheapest I've seen an entire subframe assembly is $150... if I can't get the subframe (or neccessary parts) from the crashed one for cheaper, I'll go that route.

If I get the assembly plus stock sway plus not having to pay for shipping, even at $150 I'll be coming out on top of the Steeda kit... plus I like OE stuff.

I've read the swaybar on 07 sticky, but I don't know anyone who can weld...
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I would pay $150+ just not to mess with rear subframe. I don't know, but I think this is huge amount of work, all the stuff you will have to go through to make this happen... And all that for two mounting brackets? Think about how much time and effort it will take to take 2 subframes off then put one on...
Just get Steeda kit...4bolts + 2 endlinks and max of 2hrs of installation time and you will have swaybar on.
FYI: if you buy from C-F-M.com you get free shipping.
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i did it like this and is worth it... it tried the silly mount and is not the same... period... is just patching and will get loose... get the real thing and do a good job, cost me only 130 for the frame and 100 for install
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Yeah, I just did the steeda mount kit with a 25mm rear... guess what? Down the line Ill look for a subframe! The mounting positions with the steeda suck.
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do it. There surprisingly not that many bolts holding the rear subframe on.
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The Steeda looks dandy and all, but that's what I'm thinking; why patch what I can replace for cheaper? I can turn a wrench, and I've seen the underside of my car enough times to have an idea what I'm getting into. Personally, I think the swap will be fun... all day project maybe, but when I'm done I think it'll be worth it.
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To the best of my knowladge.The rear subframe has sloted bolt holes.These are to adjust the assy.This can become tricky to line back up when removed and reinstalled.
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