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Old 07-30-2012, 01:52 AM   #1
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Rear shocks for maintaining ride height?

Ok, so Ive got a long haul ahead of me carrying a bit of weight. In addition, I usually carry about 300lbs of tools in the back of my car on any given day. The rear shocks in my car are original, and with 98,000 miles ont he car, they are pretty much done.

What would everyone recommend using as a good replacement shock? Monroe? KYB? I just need something that can hold up to holding a bit of weight in the trunk.


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I don't think there are any load helper springs for the standard Focus suspension. If you had a wagon, you could get Air Lift's inflatable load helper springs. KYB makes adjustable struts for the front, but I know of no such critter for the rears.

You might consider a new set of springs as well, and you could install a doughnut or some other spring spacer to even the ride level out.

IDK what body style you have, but in my wagon I can lift up the bottom of the back seat so that the backs of the seat lay flat. When I carry heavy tool boxes, I flip up the bottom of the seat, but leave the backs in place. That gives a nice spot to put a decent size box. I use floor mats to protect the fuel pump controller that is back there, and limit sliding. I've also used seat belts around handles to further secure tools boxes. That puts the weight between the wheels, and is a better way to hold weight in these cars. For a longer trip, that might work if you don't have passengers that breathe.

Moved to Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension. This forum might give you a better answer since these guys know more about suspension options.
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I would go with a set of KYB shocks, and cross reference the stock spring with the MOOG application sheet, and find something with a higher spring rate to deal with the load of tools. The MOOG datasheet can be found here:

http://www.moog-suspension-parts.com...il_Springs.asp
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Standard shocks do not support the vehicles load/weight, that function is done by the springs. The shocks/struts simply dampen the oscillations of the spring (keep it from excessive bouncing). The stiffer the spring the firmer the shocks have to be to properly dampen them. Years ago there were several companies that made air charged shocks (essentially a separate chamber in the shocks that could be filled with compressed air and would raise or lower the shock. They still had hydraulic chambers for regular dampening). Another option are air bags that fit within the coil spring which are again are simply filled with compressed air. Please not that either one when used to level a load will effect ride quality and handling as compressed air does not react the same way as energy stored in a spring.
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Ok, well, what would you recommend for springs then?
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Ok, well, what would you recommend for springs then?
There's not too many that would be of much help. Most of the "stiffer" springs available for the wagon also lower the car which is not what you're looking for.
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Strutmasters.com has some relatively low cost air bags to increase carrying capacity for the Focus wagon. I know nothing about the company or their products but its a start. Found this in a 30 second Google search. I'm guessing there's more out there.
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