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Old 10-16-2015, 08:45 PM   #11
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Hows it handle? Hows the ride?
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1st question yea, 2nd yea. I'd check the torque specs. Since you have then tighten down, I'd just leave them. This creaking is just going up & down curbs & kinda steep driveways? If so, I wouldn't sweat it. Drive it for a week or so, the springs have to take a set for a little bit.
Correct, the creaking/clunking is going up and down curbs and worse at angles. The light popping happens when making sharp turns with large rotations of the wheel. What's weird is once it pops, if I try to return the wheel and make that rotation to recreate the sound it usually won't do it. Other than that the ride is good with no noises over everyday bumps at speed and no vibrations.of any sorts. I'm still debating on cutting out the strut dust boot to eliminate that as any noise inducing issue but I know that's not it.
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Old 10-17-2015, 06:25 AM   #13
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I wouldn't remove the boot,,,,,,,,as you know has nothing to do w/ your creaking.
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I guess the problems are just isolated with off camber curbs that have a high compression rate on the spring/struts. You mentioned that some of the noise might be attributed to the st strut mounts?
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I guess the problems are just isolated with off camber curbs that have a high compression rate on the spring/struts. You mentioned that some of the noise might be attributed to the st strut mounts?
Either that & or the way the springs are sitting. I'd just drive it.
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Late to the party here, and I rarely disagree with FTC, but in this case I'd re-tighten those strut nuts.

I've had lowering springs on about everything I've owned, never had it knock on a bump unless that nut was loose (# of threads showing notwithstanding). My 320i rear springs rattle in the perches, and the fronts are loose enough to twist easily, at full droop, and that car didn't make noises over bumps (though it last ran three years ago, and at that only long enough to diagnose a warped head - so age and memory might not serve...).

The kicker for me is you mentioned it does it on "off-camber" bumps, and that says that given a little lateral movement on the strut/suspension, it's bucking and popping in there.

It's been about three years since I did the springs on the Focus, and I don't remember how hard it was to get to the top mounts and such, but there's usually an allen key or something at the top for a wrench to grab while one tightens the strut nut, so it can be done on the car. It'll be slow and painful, and I thank the good Lord every time I do struts that I (long ago) acquired a compressor and impact gun (I don't think I've done them any other way since), but I'd definitely do that - unless you did and I missed it going through the thread.
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Old 10-22-2015, 06:39 PM   #17
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I finally got the car up on jack stands and took the wheels off. There's definitely binding going on with both sides within the lowest two springs. I redid the tq on the 3 strut mount bolts for each side and checked the tq on the sway bar link bolts and lower spindle bolts (?) That's tq is supposed to be set at 60ft lbs and everything was still good and holding.



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Old 10-22-2015, 07:10 PM   #18
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Quick question: If you're using ST struts with ST strut mounts, are you using ST Springs?

There are two different part numbers for sportline springs for the mk3, one for base and the other for ST.

I don't know the specifics, but if the springs are designed for a different strut, could that be your issue?

Because what you are describing is very similar to some problems a mk2 owner had when he installed 06-07 springs on 08-11 struts.
Also, popping when turning the wheel back and forth is indicative of a problem with strut bearings.
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That's what I was getting at next lol
I took the recommendation of two different forum members who are running sportlines with the front st set up. Well, one had since switched out because, "it didn't take long for them to start riding like garbage". I'm beginning to think that he just had the wrong parts like me.
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I contacted eibach tech support today and spoke with Dave. He said it sounded like the top caps that hold the bearings in were lines up correctly with the top mount, which I believe is the case.


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