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Can someone enlighten me on if im right or wrong. Forgive me im not as knowledgeable as Id like to be. Where the strut housing on a Mk2 is larger than e Mk1? But are the reara the same? If I wanted to use those knuckles for more suspension option would they just bolt on? I thank you guys for your help and info.
 

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The strut is larger and requires to update to either different strut or use the Massive Omni kit.

Also in '05 the ball joint went up to a larger diameter and can be fixed through the 05-11 ball joint or whole control arm.

from what I have seen, there are more suspension options for Mk1 than the mk2... that't why massive has the omni kit because people were wanting to keep the availability of the Mk1 suspension parts on the Mk2.
 

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Going from a mk1 to mk2 suspension, you'd be spending at least 4X as much just to get all the parts necessary to fit a slightly larger diameter strut.

To do a full mk1-to-mk2 conversion, You'd need two front knuckle/bearing assemblies, two new control arms, two new struts, two new front springs, two new strut mounts, and all associated hardware to install it.

The rear suspension is the same from 00-11. Spring rates, shock tuning, bushings, mounts, etc, are all slightly different so, make sure you get all the right hardware - but it will all fit regardless.

If you can find a kit made for a mk1 Focus (00-04) you're going to have a much better time.
 

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Reason I asked because I had ordered a suspension that claimed it was for an MK1 Focus but when I got it the struts didn't fit in the knuckle and I ended up breaking the knuckle and replacing it because there was a larger-diameter so what I've seen you guys are saying that the control arms will also have to be changed. Which I just put brand new ones on.
 

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Because I thought I could spread it enough for the new strut but couldn't and when I went to tighten the stock strut on it shaped. If I didn't have to swap control arms ID get the Mk2 knuckles there 20 bucks at the junkyard.
 

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You could always grab the control arm too I suppose and hope the ball joint and the arm is still good...
 

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Well hope you can figure out what you want to do.

With your last few comments it looks like your stuck. Don't want to return or get different suspension but also don't want to change the control arms or ball joints...

Let us know how else we can help.
 

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What year is your car? What Strut kit do you have?
"MK1" is too vague since they made changes over 2 years and some call 05-07 an "MK1.5"

Ball joint got bigger in 05, But 05 is really a bastard year
Strut Dia got bigger in 06
 

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I have 2000 zx3 I returned the coilovers months ago. They were cheap eBay ones. I don't have the cash to do what I want family and all so most my stuff is low grade or junkyard finds lol. Besides the svt wheels I bought off a guy.
 

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04 and older knuckles will replace what you had stock.
If you can find a set of SVT knuckles in the junk yard, that would be a nice score too.
Anything 05+ will have the bigger lower BJ.
 

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If you dont have SVT brakes though you wont want the SVT knuckles... other than you can sell them for likely more than you got them at the junk yard for. The brake caliper and mounting is different for the larger rotor. but a good upgrade if you do find it.

you will want the 00-04 standard knuckle if you dont want to spend any more money.
 

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Svt are non existant here in colorado. As far as junkyard finds. If they were here ID take everything. Because I do want rear disc and the bigger front brakes as I already have 17svt wheels. But conflicted with continuing to mod my car when I.could just buy an svt. Been trying to.find someone.on here who.is local.to help guide me.
 

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Svt are non existant here in colorado. As far as junkyard finds. If they were here ID take everything. Because I do want rear disc and the bigger front brakes as I already have 17svt wheels. But conflicted with continuing to mod my car when I.could just buy an svt. Been trying to.find someone.on here who.is local.to help guide me.
Filling out your profile with an accurate location would help.
 

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I dont see where I can state that im in colorado
Top left User CP, the select the next top left menu option of "Edit Your Details". In the top feild it has city and state.

Colorado is a big state.. :). there are peeople in Denver and Colorado Springs that I am aware of on this or the Facebook page. but that is but one location in a large state. There is one also that was north west corner but has moved and also fallen off in activity from what I have seen.

More details the better we can help or provide direction.

But what do you mean by guide you? guide you on how to do the swap? What cars may be for sale? There are limited SVT's in the rocky area. I ended up flying out to Michigan from utah to pick up my SVT. There are hundreds of build threads and how to's on this forum. It also goes a long way showing that you have invested of your own time and effort before asking a question in which people are now going to spend of their own time to respond to.
 

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Massive makes a bigger brake kit for the Focus, mk1 and mk2. Includes rear disc brakes and is compatible without any modification. It costs roughly the same as what you'd pay for a used/rebuilt SVT kit front and rear.

Also, while it is a relatively small number when compared to the standard Focus, Ford built nearly 15,000 SVT Focus vehicles. I'm sure you can find one in all of Colorado, lol.
 

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Massive makes a bigger brake kit for the Focus, mk1 and mk2. Includes rear disc brakes and is compatible without any modification. It costs roughly the same as what you'd pay for a used/rebuilt SVT kit front and rear.

Also, while it is a relatively small number when compared to the standard Focus, Ford built nearly 15,000 SVT Focus vehicles. I'm sure you can find one in all of Colorado, lol.
SVT kits are getting low in price.

Massive Kits: MABK'3422 - Massive Brake System Components - Massive Hardcore Racing Performance Parts - Massive Speed System - Ford Focus Specialists

The brackets and parts are $120 and a OEM take offs with the kit are $460 and new is $610. Some SVT brake kits are now going for $200 ish.

Its hard finding SVT's in the junk yards. I visit junk yards (about 4 different ones a few times a year or more) and only ever have seen 1 SVT and 1 foci with the Advance Track rear brakes. There is a surprising lack of SVT's in salvage or junk yards in Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado area.
 

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SVT kits are getting low in price.

Massive Kits: MABK'3422 - Massive Brake System Components - Massive Hardcore Racing Performance Parts - Massive Speed System - Ford Focus Specialists

The brackets and parts are $120 and a OEM take offs with the kit are $460 and new is $610. Some SVT brake kits are now going for $200 ish.

Its hard finding SVT's in the junk yards. I visit junk yards (about 4 different ones a few times a year or more) and only ever have seen 1 SVT and 1 foci with the Advance Track rear brakes. There is a surprising lack of SVT's in salvage or junk yards in Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado area.
The brakes included in the Massive kit are new or oem take-off parts. They are not the same as the SVT kits.
The front brakes are from 13-14 Mustangs and the rear brakes are from 12-18 Focus. Higher quality and better performance than the SVT.

The reason I even bring it up is because it is a fully spec'd kit that will fit any older Focus with zero modification or difficulty. The same can't be said of the SVT kit, if you can even find it. [wiggle]
 
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