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roosterst 04-10-2011 08:32 AM

Struts not installed correctly
I installed a M-3000-ZX3A SVT suspension this past Friday. The struts, and front springs came pre-assembled. After I put everything on, I noticed the lock nut on the top of the strut wasn't all the way down to the o-ring. I tried to tighten them, and broke the allen socket.

EDIT: Both left, and right struts are like this.

Anyone else have this issue? There are no noises, and no other issues. Am I worried for nothing?




jetrinka 04-10-2011 11:12 AM

That allen head is for an allen to hold the strut piston still while you tighten the nut down with an open end wrench. And yes it has to bottom out for the install to be correct.

roosterst 04-10-2011 11:14 AM

I used an 18mm wrench on the nut while holding the the center with the allen socket. The nut doesn't go down any further. The fronts came in the box this way.

jetrinka 04-10-2011 11:17 AM

That just doesn't look right to me. Every Focus suspension I have done always has a good 1/2 or so inch of the main stud sticking up out of the nut afterwards.

roosterst 04-10-2011 11:20 AM

Yeah, that's why I'm worried.

jetrinka 04-10-2011 11:29 AM

If it were me I would remove one strut and take the spring out. Then I would just take the nut and thread it down onto the strut and strut mount to see truly how far its supposed to go without the risk of a spring exploding up in my face.

CJohn364 04-10-2011 11:29 AM

Maybe the nut got cross-threaded and that's why it's binding.

PSUrivie 04-10-2011 11:33 AM

^^^^what Carl said

roosterst 04-10-2011 11:35 AM

I'll have to take them out, and have a better look at them.

If they are crossthreaded, that would be kinda crappy, since they don't have any type of warranty.

Thanks guys

roosterst 04-11-2011 10:19 AM

This is an email from Ford Racing.


The nut used is taller than it needs to be, so loc-tite is used instead.

They are ready to go as is.


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