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Old 01-11-2017, 09:32 AM   #11
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whats the best way to check if the shocks/struts have been replaced recently? I have only had the car about a month and know the guy put new tires and brakes on it before i bought (to make me feel safe as i am just getting driving again.)
Any records from said guy? If you can get back in contact with him.
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he is a small mum and pop shop dealer. I can ask if he has any records next time I am in the area.
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Old 01-12-2017, 08:25 AM   #13
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General question about install. I know a novice can't do this stuff, and I wouldn't attempt as I dont own a garage, so, i wouldn't attempt myself.

So the question. Having them professionally installed (say just springs, but i assume doing coilovers would cost similarly?) what would i be looking at for install prices?
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You're probably looking at $300+ for someone to install them for you.

It's not difficult to do on your own and you don't need a garage.

Step one: Lift the front of the car
Step two: remove the wheel
Step three: 1 bolt holds the end link to the strut, remove that
Step four: remove 1 bolt at the bottom of the strut
Step five: remove 3 bolts at the top of the strut
Step six: remove the strut assembly
Step seven: install the new strut assembly with the same steps.

Rear is essentially the same, but the spring is separate from the strut so there's an extra step to remove the spring on its own.

Boom. Done. Get your Hayne's manual to find the torque specs, then head over to your local tire shop to check the alignment.




However, my personal opinion is that if you are on a limited budget, why not just wait until you are not on a limited budget to do such a major modification? If you've got the itch, just do something else. New tires? New wheels? Cold air intake? lots of stuff you can do that won't require a professional to keep your car for a day.
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my limited budget is until i leave the country, so after that there is no purpose of spending it. I was thinking if i could get it done cheap enough, i would just do it. they ride so dam high its weird.
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my limited budget is until i leave the country, so after that there is no purpose of spending it. I was thinking if i could get it done cheap enough, i would just do it. they ride so dam high its weird.

If you don't mind me asking.. What is your budget? If I was on a budget I would go springs, eibach sportline springs, and stock struts. The amount of miles you'll put on the car before you leave is probably not going to hurt the suspension, eibach springs are $200ish and drop the car I believe close to 2 inches. The job of doing it isn't hard, I installed my coilovers myself but you need to have the tools, power tools save time however if you get a socket set, ratchet and a breaker bar you can do the job. The focus suspension in my opinion is very easy. I swapped my suspension to stock for the winter, using a impact I had my coilovers out in about 30 mins and stock suspension back in about a hour later. It's not hard it's just a matter of having the proper tools and knowing what you're looking at.

Now if you're going springs and have tools and a weekend to kill by all means go at it. However you'll need patience. The first time I installed my coilovers it took me a whole Saturday figuring out nut sizes how everything fits. Springs you can rent a spring compressor from autozone, you get the money back when you return it and do one at a time so you can look at the other side of needed. Pop the top hat off, pull the spring, drop the new spring in and put the hat on. But maybe that's not your thing, if you do professionals I agree with the post above probably a couple hundred bucks, do you have any friends who do their own work? If you are on a budget though I would strongly recommend staying away from coilovers. A cheap set of coilovers aka eBay, will blow out and you would have wasted money. If you want all new look into the FRPP kit. It's springs, shocks, everything new. https://m.summitracing.com/parts/fms...MPDxoCCHTw_wcB this and the massive omni kit ($50 I believe) and you'll have a nice new setup. All those parts for ford racing parts so it's good quality.


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Thank you guys! Now I wait for the bonus and see how everything plays out. I am hoping that I can atleast do springs.

People have asked me why even bother if you are planning to leave? .. Well I would rather drive something that I enjoy driving and is more my personality than something everyone has. Stand out and be yourself. That's what i am trying to do with my limited budget for this car. When i leave, my nephew will most likely be buying the car as his first. My sister was going to buy him my 330 HP golf, but that is gone, so on to this one. lol.
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whats the best way to check if the shocks/struts have been replaced recently? I have only had the car about a month and know the guy put new tires and brakes on it before i bought (to make me feel safe as i am just getting driving again.)

i am on an extremely limited budget. lol.
If thats the case, put your limited monies else where or save= don't cheap out on suspension.......Have you read the stickies on the very limited suspension options for the '06+ cars? Get yourself a pr of '05 only spindles for they will massively open up your suspension options. That'll allow you to use any more common earlier '00-'05 suspension kit.
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lol it sounds like you're just bored. Find something else to spend your money on rather than ruining a car before your nephew gets hold of it. I'm sure he'll have plenty of ideas of his own..
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lol it sounds like you're just bored. Find something else to spend your money on rather than ruining a car before your nephew gets hold of it. I'm sure he'll have plenty of ideas of his own..
Soo soo true.. I am bored. I lost interest in all of my hobbies I used to do :/ All changes i am doing have been run by my nephew, the only thing he doesn't agree with he can easily fix with a razor blade lol. He mentioned lowering it, which is why I was generally looking into it. If doing it "in-expensively" isn't a smart way to go, then I should keep the car safe for him. Maybe I will consider tinting it for him.. I've done that myself before and it lasted 5 years with no bubbling or anything, so that could be a route to spend money elsewhere to help him have the car closer to what he would want/or to do.

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