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Old 07-14-2017, 07:21 AM   #21
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It could just be something loose. I'm not really sure.

Just so you're aware and can work on some preventative maintenance, volcanic ash is highly corrosive. I'm familiar with military aircraft and the maintenance for them. When operating in areas that are by the sea or have high volcanic ash, they require frequent washing and drying to prevent corrosion. It'd be well worth your time to wash the car, have it sealed, then waxed. Also, just to be nice to the underside. See if any mechanics offer a cleaning and sealing of the bottom with something like AMSOIL Heavy Duty Metal protector. This type of treatment is offered and popular amongst those living stateside in the north. If you can't find said service overseas, just get under the car and spray and then touch any rusty bits briefly with a wire brush. After that, order some HD Metal protector and go to town. All of this will keep that car of yours nice and prevent you from having premature rusty bits which might contribute to more noises down the road and hurt your resale value. If you've got more questions, PM me. Best of luck with the fix!
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Old 07-14-2017, 03:36 PM   #22
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So if I have doing my research correctly the following list is a good medium ground for a DD Focus in upgrading suspension.

1. Steeda springs
2. Steeda RSW
3. FSW
4. Correct dampened shocks
5. Front shock tower brace

This will get a more neutral handling, slightly lower stance and less body roll in the turns?

I have a 2017 Titanium hatch and do not want to go crazy but would really like to get a better handling car. Not sure if it can be more fun then the car is now but I am willing to try.... lol
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Old 07-14-2017, 06:01 PM   #23
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It could just be something loose. I'm not really sure.

Just so you're aware and can work on some preventative maintenance, volcanic ash is highly corrosive. I'm familiar with military aircraft and the maintenance for them. When operating in areas that are by the sea or have high volcanic ash, they require frequent washing and drying to prevent corrosion. It'd be well worth your time to wash the car, have it sealed, then waxed. Also, just to be nice to the underside. See if any mechanics offer a cleaning and sealing of the bottom with something like AMSOIL Heavy Duty Metal protector. This type of treatment is offered and popular amongst those living stateside in the north. If you can't find said service overseas, just get under the car and spray and then touch any rusty bits briefly with a wire brush. After that, order some HD Metal protector and go to town. All of this will keep that car of yours nice and prevent you from having premature rusty bits which might contribute to more noises down the road and hurt your resale value. If you've got more questions, PM me. Best of luck with the fix!
Thanks so much for responding - will get it up on base shop to check underneath and look into spray washing area - you are definitely right about volcanic Ash being like gremlin type material.

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Old 09-22-2017, 08:32 PM   #24
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i got a mazda 3 rear sway bar and it was no different so i welded about 3 or 4 feet of angle iron as long as would fit between the mounts across the straight section i love it

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i got a mazda 3 rear sway bar and it was no different so i welded about 3 or 4 feet of angle iron as long as would fit between the mounts across the straight section i love it
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I'm looking into standard bilstein b4 shocks in the rear. When you've replaced your shocks, do you typically put a boot/cover on? Do you use a dampener or bushing? I know that the stock ones have both a cover and bushing, but I don't think the bilsteins come with that. Any recommendations?
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What parts are different on the rear suspension from NA to ST? I'd like to convert but does the whole assembly need to be swapped? Any experience doing this?
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Coming from a Subaru, I'm curious if there is a kit for raising the Focus, rather than lowering it. Or, is this considered blasphemous and I should avoid asking such things in polite company?

My driving style and road preference tends to be unpaved and rugged enough on occasion to justify another inch or two of ground clearance. Navigating to MTB trailheads on forest service roads, occasional forays into the rough for trail work, and general dirt road exploration and driving fun are likely pursuits.

Anyone know of a "Rally Suspension Kit" offered by any vendor? My searches so far have not been fruitful toward revealing any such bling for the Focus.
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Coming from a Subaru, I'm curious if there is a kit for raising the Focus, rather than lowering it. Or, is this considered blasphemous and I should avoid asking such things in polite company?

My driving style and road preference tends to be unpaved and rugged enough on occasion to justify another inch or two of ground clearance. Navigating to MTB trailheads on forest service roads, occasional forays into the rough for trail work, and general dirt road exploration and driving fun are likely pursuits.

Anyone know of a "Rally Suspension Kit" offered by any vendor? My searches so far have not been fruitful toward revealing any such bling for the Focus.
There isnt any sort of kit for raising the car. Easiest thing would be to get slightly taller tires and or go down a size to take advantage of even more side wall.

you can see what others are doing here for more actual off roading:
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Thanks for the link!
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