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Few Different Questions

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Hi All,

I have a few different things that I need clarification on, as the title would suggest. So first, some background. Car is an 07 ZX4 SE, has Steeda Sport springs (lol), KYB AGX's, 18mm front ASB, and the Steeda 21mm rear ASB kit. The tires I used for the majority of the season were the BFG Sport Comp II in 205/45/17. Swapped tires front to rear half way through the season.

So after the season ends I go to get my tires dismounted and remounted onto the other side of the car because the shoulders of my tires were pretty lunched. While the peoples are doing this they discover that the shoulders are so worn that there are clear indications that layer separation is imminent and inform me of the problem. So I'm forced to buy new tires only after 4K miles and 3\4 of a season of AX. Since it's getting into the cold season I purchase some all-seasons in 215/45/17.

My first question is: what do I need to do to the car (and probably my technique) to not have a repeat of massive tire shoulder destruction?

I noticed pretty early on that my suspension was pretty soft for AX duty, and after putting on the 215's, I'm getting a lot of tire rubbage in the front over bumps and during any semblance of sporty cornering. In order to combat the rubbage, I'm going to get a stiffer suspension setup, but need to know that whatever I get eliminates my tires rubbing my fenders in all but the most heinous bumps.

My second question is: what suspension setup do you all recommend? I have a couple in mind, but I'll wait to voice those after you all voice your advice and suggestions. I think that's everything. Apologies for the longish post.

Thank you for you much needed assistance.

Justin
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I've been hoping one of our current Auto-X experts would see this by now, we'll have to wait a bit as they don't check in as often.

Stiffer is always nice, I don't know the Steeda springs - a question on them in the Brakes/suspension/chassis section might bring some answers. Figure they're rebranded versions, maybe an Eibach smaller drop type.

More tire pressure helps when you're chewing the corners of the tires, what were you running last season front & rear? Rule of thumb I was told when I first tried Auto-X was to start at 50 psi. and back off from that to balance handling & get the scrub equal front to rear, I'd bet on 50 Front & 40-45 rear for a good starting point for the Focus sedan.
 

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Don't worry about that posted max pressure, it's a street number for other purposes (like max load rating).

As long as there's a winter to think on it, class rules will come into play in your decisions unless you're just out for fun with your favorite street car. Nothing wrong with that, it's the main reason for Auto-X to a lot of participants.

Glance at what some others here have posted, we've got some top class folks who win at it posting here.

Look what Justin T did at Nationals here:http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=328233

TheNorm stops in here a bit, he does a lot of local Auto-X.

Not to limit the recommendations, just the top Winner this year & someone I know who always gives decent advice.
 
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