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Old 05-20-2019, 06:48 PM   #11
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In the front, SVT rotors and calipers are direct bolt-on to 05-07

You could change out all the suspension if you want, but I wouldn't bother with junkyard struts. I'd just buy new shocks/struts/springs if doing that.
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SVT Calipers with SVT brackets. The brackets are larger to allow for the larger rotors. I think I have an extra set of calipers and brackets if you haven't bought anything yet.
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The only difference between the svt and 05-07 knuckle is the size of the lower ball joint. You need rotors, pads, calipers, and caliper brackets. Typically it's recommended that you upgrade the brake hoses. And even though the standard foci didn't have soupy suspension it's a good idea to upgrade suspension to svt spec (or better. Summit sells the whole Ford racing springs and struts shabang for ~$300) to keep it from nose diving with the extra bite in the front.

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The only difference between the svt and 05-07 knuckle is the size of the lower ball joint. You need rotors, pads, calipers, and caliper brackets. Typically it's recommended that you upgrade the brake hoses. And even though the standard foci didn't have soupy suspension it's a good idea to upgrade suspension to svt spec (or better. Summit sells the whole Ford racing springs and struts shabang for ~$300) to keep it from nose diving with the extra bite in the front.

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btw you do have EBD to keep the foci from noise diving.....I'd also recommend SS brake hoses & also do a brake fluid flush, not just bleed the brakes.
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The only difference between the svt and 05-07 knuckle is the size of the lower ball joint. You need rotors, pads, calipers, and caliper brackets. Typically it's recommended that you upgrade the brake hoses. And even though the standard foci didn't have soupy suspension it's a good idea to upgrade suspension to svt spec (or better. Summit sells the whole Ford racing springs and struts shabang for ~$300) to keep it from nose diving with the extra bite in the front.

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The '06+ also had a larger Strut. so the '05 is the sweet spot of working with Mk1 Suspension, SVT brakes, and upgraded lower control arms/ball joints.

The bracket style is the same on the '05 knuckle but the caliper is smaller so as been stated the Rotor needs to be swapped out and the SVT caliper needs to be loaded with SVT pads.
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The '06+ also had a larger Strut. so the '05 is the sweet spot of working with Mk1 Suspension, SVT brakes, and upgraded lower control arms/ball joints.

The bracket style is the same on the '05 knuckle but the caliper is smaller so as been stated the Rotor needs to be swapped out and the SVT caliper needs to be loaded with SVT pads.
Great info, bro.

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btw you do have EBD to keep the foci from noise diving.....I'd also recommend SS brake hoses & also do a brake fluid flush, not just bleed the brakes.

I’ve no idea what EBD is? Google suggests it’s emotional and behavioral disorder, in which case I’m confident the answer is no; my focus doesn’t have EBD

Thanks for all the answers on here. I may well just jump on upgrading the SVT fronts struts and springs as I’m building this focus to be a DD and last me another 100k miles (hence my 18 months of searching for a rust free manual wagon)!

Final question; are the sway bars on the ‘05 and SVT the same?

I now need to search out the holy grail now, of some stock ST Estate rear coils from Europe...

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EBD= electronic brake force distribution......21mm/20mm on the '05 st. http://burtonpower.com
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The '06+ also had a larger Strut. so the '05 is the sweet spot of working with Mk1 Suspension, SVT brakes, and upgraded lower control arms/ball joints.

The bracket style is the same on the '05 knuckle but the caliper is smaller so as been stated the Rotor needs to be swapped out and the SVT caliper needs to be loaded with SVT pads.

Ford Racing makes SVT struts in the bigger size to fit the 06+ knuckles

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Ford Racing makes SVT struts in the bigger size to fit the 06+ knuckles, so you dont really have to worry about finding ONLY 05 knuckles. 06+ will work just fine.
You can also buy the "Omni kit" from Massive to sleeve the earlier struts to fit the bigger bore knuckles.
2 options yeah, but your limited to just a few kits & they'd be hard to find/get nowadays & no mixing of the springs/struts either. Omni kit is a another option as that'd open the door for any of the more popular earlier '00-'05 springs/struts. I myself don't care for the taking up the slack sleeves, similar to Dom's sliding ball joint tubular ca's vs CFM's Heim joint tubular ca's......
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