Building my own front strut bar? - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > Wheels & Tires

Wheels & Tires The place to go for answers on wheel types, tire sizes, offset, wheel patterns and more.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
FocusFest FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-11-2008, 10:25 PM   #1
Focus "Sleeper"
 
Captain Moonpie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Fan#: 41715
Location: Yakima, Wa, WA
What I Drive: 2003 Focus ZX3 deep red

Posts: 1,619
FF Reputation: 13 Captain Moonpie Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (3)
Building my own front strut bar?

Being a college student is making me think about making my own front strut bar. I know its only $100 or so, but now that I got it in my head, I kinda want to try and see if I can do it.

So my question is this: Has anyone on here done this? If not, can someone go out to thier car and do some measurements on thier strut bar? I got access to all teh round bar and steel plat and weld I could ever need, so that is not a problem. I figure I am giong to end up designing it as I go, but I was hoping someone could give me some numbers so I know where to start.

Thanks for checking in!


__________________
DRIVE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT!!!!
WAY too many performance mods to list. Check profile if you wanna know. And yes, I installed all my mods myself in my garage. No special tools.

GET NITROUS PEOPLE!!
Captain Moonpie is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-11-2008, 10:30 PM   #2
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Fan#: 49925
Location: Park Ridge
What I Drive: 2004 red SVT ZX3

Posts: 1,355
FF Reputation: 7 jgustafson Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Design it so you can attach it to the firewall, that way it can do something, I'd even buy it even though I already have the Focussport one.
jgustafson is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-11-2008, 10:47 PM   #3
Focus "Sleeper"
 
Captain Moonpie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Fan#: 41715
Location: Yakima, Wa, WA
What I Drive: 2003 Focus ZX3 deep red

Posts: 1,619
FF Reputation: 13 Captain Moonpie Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (3)
Against the firewall??? Isnt that where the fusebox and clutch/brake booster is?
__________________
DRIVE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT!!!!
WAY too many performance mods to list. Check profile if you wanna know. And yes, I installed all my mods myself in my garage. No special tools.

GET NITROUS PEOPLE!!
Captain Moonpie is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-11-2008, 10:51 PM   #4
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Fan#: 49925
Location: Park Ridge
What I Drive: 2004 red SVT ZX3

Posts: 1,355
FF Reputation: 7 jgustafson Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Yes, but there may be room to bolt it around them, I really am not sure I was just throwing the idea out there to see if it could be done
jgustafson is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-11-2008, 11:50 PM   #5
Focus Addict
 
Als RS8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Fan#: 53271
Location: arizona
What I Drive: maroon lx

Posts: 1,146
FF Reputation: 1 Als RS8 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
the strut its self is 19 to 20 inches, there is a front suspension lower arm ball

joint are you looking for the lower arm as the strut bar or are you looking for

the strut its self?

its a very cool idea!!! strut bars 20 inches????!
Als RS8 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-12-2008, 09:44 AM   #6
Focus Fanatic
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Fan#: 1427
Location: Westminster, CO
What I Drive: 99 miata, 05Mazda6, 09GTI, 12Imprez

Posts: 8,023
FF Reputation: 141 Geezer Excellent Standing Member Geezer Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
There's no practical way to install a straight strut bar due to under hood obstructions and limited space, All the aftermarket bars for a Focus have convoluted alignments. Every bend weakens the effectiveness of the bar. Because of the routing there's no practical way to give you measurements and angles. I suggest you design a pattern with some steel rod (1/8" or so) and then transfer those lengths and angles to some high quality steel tubing. A triangulated brace (see my avatar) is the superior and preferred design, but once again, it would be very difficult to do on a Focus.
Geezer is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-12-2008, 02:45 PM   #7
Focus "Sleeper"
 
Captain Moonpie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Fan#: 41715
Location: Yakima, Wa, WA
What I Drive: 2003 Focus ZX3 deep red

Posts: 1,619
FF Reputation: 13 Captain Moonpie Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (3)
Well I figured I would be doing little triangle braces on the bends, but it is good that someone else on here is thinking along the same lines.

Yes, I am talking about a strut tower brace.

I may have to just wing it from here. Oh well. Anything would be better than what I got (nothing).
__________________
DRIVE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT!!!!
WAY too many performance mods to list. Check profile if you wanna know. And yes, I installed all my mods myself in my garage. No special tools.

GET NITROUS PEOPLE!!
Captain Moonpie is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-13-2008, 10:06 AM   #8
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Fan#: 60533
Location: Michigan
What I Drive: 2001 zx3

Posts: 368
FF Reputation: 7 justjake Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
If you could tie it in to the firewall just below the cowl that would strngthen the subframe as a whole.
I'm buying a used one and once I bolt it up I plan on adding to it so that it'll be tied in to the firewall...I'm hoping to line it up in the middle but we'll see.
justjake is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-13-2008, 10:31 AM   #9
Focus Fanatic
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Fan#: 1427
Location: Westminster, CO
What I Drive: 99 miata, 05Mazda6, 09GTI, 12Imprez

Posts: 8,023
FF Reputation: 141 Geezer Excellent Standing Member Geezer Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
We may be getting away from the intended purpose of a strut bar which is to strengthen and prevent the strut/shock towers (and the strut or shock) from flexing inwards and outwards. Mounting a strut bar to the top of the tower or the strut/shock is a time proven way of doing this. As surprising as it seems the top of the shock/strut can transmit considerable loads to the chassis in undesirable vectors (directions).
Geezer is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Upper Front Strut Bar - '08 ListenUpAndFocus Wheels & Tires 4 06-11-2008 11:57 AM
WTB: red front stress bar (strut tower brace) and Euro fenders CaysE BST Archive 3 10-08-2006 07:37 AM
WTB: Front strut bar & udp BlackNRed01 BST Archive 6 06-05-2005 08:26 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:45 PM.


Copyright 2002-2015 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Mazda CX-3, Audi S3, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus, Focus ST and Focus RS related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. If you own other makes have a look at Challenger Hellcat Forum, Charger Hellcat Forum, Cadillac ATS-V Forum, Cadillac CTS-V Forum, Lexus RC-F Forum, Lexus GS-F Forum, Mercedes GLA Forum, Mercedes GLE Forum and Volvo XC90 Forum.





Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1