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Old 04-28-2019, 08:06 AM   #1
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Replace those struts.

I just put new struts on my 2010 Ford Focus using motorcraft quick struts. It has 115K on it. What symptoms have dramatically improved? Vibrations in the wheel, floorboard, and seat much improved. The Steering feels tighter, sharper, and smoother. The vehicle had bad wheel hop and would vibrate especially if you hit a bump, or rough pavement that has now been solved. I used quick struts the original strut mount and bearing plate appeared to still be in good shape, but the damper itself especially on the driver's side was completely shot it was like a marshmallow.
My only regret I should have done this sooner. I also put new rear shocks on it.
The only real tip I would have is once everything installed put it on ramps, and fully tighten it with the weight of the vehicle on the ground this will help ensure the strut is fully seated in the knuckle.
I could easily do them both under an hour.
I attached install instructions it's from a SVT Focus the process is similar.
https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/...assembly,15174


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New dampers= struts/shocks do make a difference & is a wear item.....I've never installed Motorcraft quick struts but have installed other aftermarket quick struts on other vehicles for ppl & found different ride height differences.
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New dampers= struts/shocks do make a difference & is a wear item.....I've never installed Motorcraft quick struts but have installed other aftermarket quick struts on other vehicles for ppl & found different ride height differences.
The ride height difference is definitely true. In my experience they eventually settle down.

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I did this last weekend and plan to write a full review after 1 month. I opted for Gabriel ReadyMount quickstruts and also installed a new set of Moog end links. The ride quality is slightly better. By this I mean less harsh, which was a hoped-for outcome. Rear is more noticeably harsh now, noticed going over patched expansion joints, so maybe its the "hop" effect. Will do rear shocks at some point but no rush. Car is 2010 SES, 114k. Saved at least $500 doing this project myself. Took several hours, but I went very slowly and methodically. If I had to do it again, I could probably do in 2 hours max. I don't wrench much, kinda proud of myself for doing this.

Edit: I have noticed no discernible ride height difference. Intended to measure before and after, but forgot to. If there was a difference, I wouldn't care.
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Old 04-29-2019, 05:28 AM   #5
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Ford may well use 10 different springs in the same car model. Sometimes they can even be different left side to right as some cars have more weight on one side and it's done to balance the height out.

When you buy quickstruts the available ones often do not cover all the spring rates, the makers trim the numbers down to lower inventory costs like they do with so many other things. The actual struts can be the same way.

I used to get complaints over it when I sold quickstruts, some settle down lower but some never did past a certain point and people were not happy with those.
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Dunno how so many of you eat struts like that, 3 cars with over 200K miles on them and not a single strut changed, the cars all drive perfectly and no vibration at all. I can as well sudden stomp the brakes to a 100% lockup and still have no trouble controlling the cars straight (no ABS). Push all your weight down on a bumper as hard as you can and the car bounces back up once only. Still plenty of damping there.

I'd change them if I were autoXing but no reason to not.
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I don't know what to tell you the struts were definitely bad in the front. The ride quality has massively approved. These quick struts are motorcraft brand for the 2008 to 2011 Focus, and all of the part numbers matched the original strut assembly. The driver side strut was so bad you could rock it like Jell-O.

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Just got the alignment done.


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Dunno how so many of you eat struts like that, 3 cars with over 200K miles
Probably shitty roads. Suspension parts last forever where I am now, but growing up with atrocious roads in/around New Orleans, alignments were needed often and blown shocks were a way of life.
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Alignment looks great Zac....
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