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Old 04-03-2013, 12:59 PM   #1
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Exclamation KYB Strut+Plus turned my Focus into a Monster!

Hi all,

My '01 ZTS broke a spring recently and I replaced both fronts with KYB units (4027 & 4028).

I now know that KYB is not a favorite brand among Focus owners (I was furious upon finding out at 1AM that they sent the wrong nuts for the right strut mount) after seeing this post: http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s....php?p=4667565

Anyway, now my car looks like it's launching all the time. I get nervous walking up to it in the parking lot because it looks like it's ready to pounce.

Can anyone recommend a slightly stiffer rear spring that will level off my ride height a bit? I just got it aligned so I'd like to wait and see if the front end settles down a bit before I go changing parts again.

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Old 04-03-2013, 03:39 PM   #2
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Care to show us?

Without knowing exactly what you purchased (assuming strut and spring assembly) a quick google search turns up this: http://www.amazon.com/KYB-SR4027-Str...ype=automotive

Now, while their fitment guide isn't exactly definitive, the only model I could find that would satisfy it's "IT FITS" category was a zx3, not a zts. Honestly I didn't know there was a difference, but they claim there is. If that's the case, and I'm not googling it wrong, you got the wrong parts.
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:54 PM   #3
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I'll take a pic when I get home in an hour. Those are the ones I bought, and they actually did show up as "It Fits" for the ZTS when I tried it just now. I actually got the part # from RockAuto but purchased from Amazon since I have the coveted "Amazon Prime".

It's gotten slightly better since I put them in a little over a month ago, so I'm hoping it will continue to settle.
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Oddly, now that I try it again it's working "It Fits"

I would wager it'll settle over time.
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You have a ZTS, just order some new springs for the rear. That really probably is the problem because you have new springs in the front, and 150k mile springs in the rear- or however many miles are on your car. You get my point though. If you want factory springs, then order them through our vendor Village Ford. Their prices have been great!
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Here's what it looks like. It's 3 3/4" in the front and 3" in the back. whynot is probably right, new springs in the back would level it out. I'd like to put a slightly heavier sway bar in the back some day, is there a particular spring people like, or is factory the way to go?

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Yeah whynot above is right, that's not even that bad.
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stock ride height = factory springs.

Check Village Ford prices against RockAuto prices. The last time I looked at Rock Auto the springs were $55/pair.
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FWIW, the gap between the tire and the wheel lip is smaller in the rear than the front on the sedan. I don't have my measurements handy but yours seem in line with what I measured before changing to the SVT suspension on my '04 ZTS. I measured to compare height after the change, and yes, it's a "tighter" gap in the rear with the new suspension as well - same difference front to rear.

Looks like the new fronts on yours just brought it back to "stock" if it had been drooping so the front gap was the same as the rear previously.

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Moving this to "Wheels, Tires, Brakes & Suspension" for ya, Fits better there & you'll get some more responses...
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