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Old 10-08-2018, 11:28 PM   #1
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upgrading my 2008 S

I'm slowly upgrading my 2008 S, started with the rear stabilizer bar from a 2006 wagon and Steeda end links. Replaced the front links with Moog pieces. Curious to know if anyone has mounted a roof spoiler from a 2009 SES? Is two sided tape adequate to hold it on, or are holes through the roof needed for bolts? I bought the spoiler from an out of state vendor, so don't know how it was originally fastened.

The 2008 sales brochure says the SES has "enhanced European-inspired suspension"? It lists the rear bar in a separate comment, so what else is different from the S? There's an SES in a local Pik-A-Part, I can get parts really cheap, is it worth pulling the front bar and the rear suspension to go in my car?


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Old 11-05-2018, 03:02 PM   #2
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The roof spoilers were mounted with 4 bolts drilled into the roof at the factory. There's automotive adhesive on the bottom and a rubber seal around the bottom edge as well. I've heard of people installing them with only adhesives and not having any trouble.

I also have this spoiler and have not installed it yet. I don't want to drill into my roof, but I also don't want a spoiler to go flying off at highway speed...

I bought my car in September 2011 and bought the spoiler in October 2011... 7 years later it's still not on, heh.
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:50 PM   #3
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Thanks for taking the time to reply. Next time I'm in Pik-A-Part, I'm going to pull a Focus headliner down, and see if that helps me decide what to do. I'll let you know what I find.
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Oh I missed the second part of your question.

The SES suspension package used slightly stiffer bushings on control arms and had larger diameter sway bars.

The FRONT sway bar is very difficult to remove, you have to lower the sub frame. If you want improved handling I would NOT recommend pulling from a donor car because you'll be doing 2x the amount of work for 1/2 the result of just buying a performance suspension kit. I have the Eibach Pro sway bar kit, it's far improved over stock SES bars. I've got it paired with MOOG end links.
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I was really ticked off, P-A-P scrapped the whole row where that SES was sitting to put in another row of SUVs and minivans! Also had a cruise control wheel I planned to pull, with a good air bag. Someone had already pulled the struts and dropped the sub-frame, but I didn't have any 1/2" drive sockets to pull the bar. Thanks for the advice on the rear suspension, saved me a lot of work!
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