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Old 08-27-2018, 09:14 AM   #1
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Replacing rusted SVT Focus Rear Crossmember?: Advice Needed

Hello All,

Writing to ask for advice on replacing the rear crossmember assembly on my 2003 Ford Focus SVT Euro 3 door. The area where the drivers side of the rear stabilizer mounts to the crossmember is completely rusted away to the point where the rear stablizer is just hanging out in the air on the drivers side. Interestingly, the rest of the underside and the crossmember is very clean, but obviously it will all need to be replaced.

Thanks to a lot of PB Blaster penetrating oil, I've gotten the bolts in the middle of coil springs loose (but not all the way out yet, gradually working them down) as well as the front mounting bolts broken loose.

I'd prefer to buy a new crossmember or a desert one from Arizona (fresh strong steel). Is this part number from Tasca Ford this right one?

8S4Z-5035-A

If I go used, does it need to be from an SVT Focus, or a Focus with rear disc brakes, or will any 1st gen Focus work?

Also, any special situations, advice, or difficult areas that I should be aware of before I start disassembly?

Thanks!


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Old 08-27-2018, 09:24 AM   #2
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Here are some pics of the rusted area on my current crossmember as well as a screen capture of the Tasca Ford part that I'm considering Thanks!
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:26 AM   #3
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From what I have seen you can use anyone as long as it was a sway bar model. Rear disc control arms are the same as the drums. When we did a rear disc swap on buddies 06 we just changed the hubs.

There are loads of rust free sub frames sitting here in the pick and pulls down here in SC. I think you can use all the way to 2011.

Will say rust sucks. Only worked on a few rusty cars and every time I say never again. Seems to be a on going battle with the control arm bolts yet everyone I have done has come apart with no issues.
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Here's a screen capture of the Tasca Ford part I'm considering
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Yes, 8S4Z-5035-A is the correct rear cross member for the SVT. I just rebuilt the entire rear end of my 2004 SVT and that is the same one I ordered from Tasca. I had a lot of rust on the rear suspension,but luckily not much on the chassis.

PB Blaster is your friend! Hardest part was the bolts on the lower control arm were seized to the bushing collars and I had to cut out and replace the bolts and bushings. It was easier to remove the whole rear assembly when it was time to cut the bolts with the grinder (and safer with no gas tank near by).


Here it is rebuild.



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Like mentioned above, any cradle will work as long as it has the sway bar brackets....Of course I'd replace the bolts & possibly any arm w/ worn bushings....A good used part will save you some cash thou.
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Thanks 96Formula6spd, Makit Worx, and felixthecat, everybody was super helpful. I ordered a new crossmember today and I'll post updates as I get everything installed.
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