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  1. MK3 racing - wheel bearings

    Focus ST
    All, was recamended I check in here from the racing forums to see if anyone has feedback on how the MK3 front wheel bearings hold up racing? Specifically endurance racing if anyone has data I'm running a mk1/mk2 combo for endurance racing with super hubs, brake cooling, etc and wheel bearings...
  2. Mk3 front wheel bearings, do they hold up?

    Road Racing & Rally
    Hey Felix, yeah def momentum car for sure. One or two places if I had seen the opening earlier I might have been able to sneak by him, but he and I have gone at it in the past, VERY evenly matched. Yep 4 banger, but he def has us on weight!
  3. Mk3 front wheel bearings, do they hold up?

    Road Racing & Rally
    Hey magus, I've used them all, SKF, "motorcraft" (Timken), National, Timken brand etc. As much as at one point I thought the Timken was slightly better, but in august we lost a brand new Timken in 12 hours. Failure is all over the map, either massive play, massive grinding (felt or heard), no...
  4. Mk3 front wheel bearings, do they hold up?

    Road Racing & Rally
    Thanks gents for the replies So in light of the responses, let me add that I’m starting to gather a considerable amount of evidence that our hub problems are more wheel stress induced/ related than heat (mostly brake), which is why I’m looking at the MK3. I have a couple other teams that can...
  5. Mk3 front wheel bearings, do they hold up?

    Road Racing & Rally
    Currently running super hubs and changing bearings basically every race in the wagon as we all do. This year ran slightly stickier tires on the wagon and now get maybe a day out of them..... (10-12 hours of racing) Anyone racing a MK3 that can tell me how your hubs stand up to endurance...
  6. Fiesta Front Knuckles??? 2 bolt options

    Brakes, Suspension & Body Chassis
    Are the Splines different on the fiesta knuckle from a standard mtx-75 focus axle? Interested in hearing if this worked
  7. Steering rack pinion plug help

    Brakes, Suspension & Body Chassis
    Yep! Went through the motions and ended up make it my own cap. It did seem to reduce the effort and so far it's going on two years strong of hard racing without issue! Now it's not by any means "easy" to steer, but I don't have issues. My other jelly armed drivers do but they have been going to...
  8. Axles/CV Issues - 24 hours of lemons wagon

    Road Racing & Rally
    So far the frankenaxle I made taking a passenger side axle and putting the driver's side CV cup on it has worked! Ran a whole weekend at NH (16 hours) with zero problems with the axle. That being said we were pumping trans lube out the whole time as the axle letting go punched the slightest...
  9. BEWARE: Test fit any new manual trans axles!

    General Technical Chat
    So a quick update on this, not that I'm surprised, but its actually becoming an issue for us now. Teammate just went through 6 more axle from his regular wholesale supplier and all were wrong.... again we got a good axle from them last year and they are at a loss, very apologetic and looking...
  10. BEWARE: Test fit any new manual trans axles!

    General Technical Chat
    Hey Whynot, Good to know! I've been meaning to look around for a rebuilder locally. As for my Frankenaxle it's actually just made from taking the CV's off a drivers side axles and putting them on a passenger side axle, the passenger side is an inch longer for some reason :D Seemed to be my...
  11. BEWARE: Test fit any new manual trans axles!

    General Technical Chat
    All, Just general public service announcement If you go to replace your manual trans DRIVERS side axles there is a VERY high chance the axle you bought is wrong! [80?] Preface: For the Lemons wagon, I went to replace a drivers side axle last year with a new one and found the new one didn't...
  12. Lemons "Race" wagon - Tom Tune Review

    Focus Tuning Chat
    Just a quick tip of the hat to Tom on the tune he has built for our 24 hours of lemons lump. We ran a little over 9 hours this past weekend at Thompson with ZERO issues engine wise and everything stayed sorted, temps were good, pulled great, zero issues. We are running a basically stock 2 liter...
  13. Axles/CV Issues - 24 hours of lemons wagon

    Road Racing & Rally
    So info for the masses that can come up in a search. I spent a good day at the junk yard pulling axles of anything that would be close to see if anything was close to the focus.... no go on ANYTHING, which is good to know, but depressing. This check was on the axles themselves, obviously the...
  14. Axles/CV Issues - 24 hours of lemons wagon

    Road Racing & Rally
    SO! Fun fact, in ford's infinite wisdom they made the drivers and passenger side axles between the cvs different lengths.... in my favor! Had a spare passenger side laying around, popped off cvs... almost an inch longer, drivers side boom right on. Still need to test, but appears to be the...
  15. Axles/CV Issues - 24 hours of lemons wagon

    Road Racing & Rally
    Now that's some good info to know viper!!! I'm hitting the junk yard this weekend to pull apart a bunch of mtx-75 axles from various cars to compare, I'll def check splines although anyone know if drivers and passenger side axles themselves are the same length between cvs?
  16. Axles/CV Issues - 24 hours of lemons wagon

    Road Racing & Rally
    So in Lemons if you can make it, it in most cases won't count against you lapwise, it's all about how much your go fast parts cost, so with extending the lca I essentially made new ballpoint mounts that extend and lower them roughly an inch each side, so no issue, but as soon as they start...
  17. Axles/CV Issues - 24 hours of lemons wagon

    Road Racing & Rally
    Anyone running anything particular for their axles/CV's for their racing activities? Running into issues with off the shelf offerings coming apart..... Backstory: Last year ran OEM Ford axles/CV's no problems, but one started clicking/binding (it was original to the car 166k on it..) so I...
  18. Steering rack pinion plug help

    Brakes, Suspension & Body Chassis
    Good deal, if it works I'll throw up how I did it and feel free to give 'er hell! Maybe we will race sometime! On day two down here at NJMP after a super wet day yesterday in a tail happy e36
  19. Steering rack pinion plug help

    Brakes, Suspension & Body Chassis
    Hey faux If you search depower steering rack on google, a number of miata sites will come up. The basic ops are the same, but tools needed in some cases are different so I made my own. Still haven't rolled with it yet, so jury is out on how much easier it will be versus looped lines but only...
  20. Steering rack pinion plug help

    Brakes, Suspension & Body Chassis
    Re-reading again, amc are you talking about the preload on the pinion itself at the base of the pinion or the preload assembly that presses the steering shaft against the pinion?
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