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I'm still getting the pop when turning semi close to full lock when paring or tight turns. The creeking/binding is still most apparent when pulling off of a curb after the car has sat for a while because if I pull back in and try to replicate the noise it won't do it a second time, which is weird.
 

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Waking this thread from the dead, I just put some handling pack struts on the Focus yesterday, and I was thinking about this.

From the pics, there is no reason that anything should pop or creak - BUT, looking at the top mounts in the pics on here, is there enough of a difference here that it might be the problem?



The "washer" at the top of the ST unit looks a little bit thicker than the stock OEM unit - is that the case? Or just the pic angle/lighting/dirt making it seem different?

If you let the strut down and look at the tower mounting surface, is there any evidence of rubbing?

Did you ever put the "stock" SE mounting units on the tops of those struts?

Still at a loss if not that - mine is tight and quiet, just doesn't figure.
 

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Update. I just got my car back from the dealership and had a slew of warranty repairs done. Anyways, the tech was cool and decided to help me out with the front suspension. Long story short, he replaced the front strut mounts, installed the dust boots correctly, and redid the alignment thinking this would solve my problem. In the end though it did not solve the problem and the suspension is no where near "stock" sounding. Still creaks and clunks. This is after a certified ford mechanic disassembled and reassembled the front struts. Should've went with bc or st coil overs
 

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Update. I just got my car back from the dealership and had a slew of warranty repairs done. Anyways, the tech was cool and decided to help me out with the front suspension. Long story short, he replaced the front strut mounts, installed the dust boots correctly, and redid the alignment thinking this would solve my problem. In the end though it did not solve the problem and the suspension is no where near "stock" sounding. Still creaks and clunks. This is after a certified ford mechanic disassembled and reassembled the front struts. Should've went with bc or st coil overs


Would st coilovers fit the se? Bc?
 

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Update. I just got my car back from the dealership and had a slew of warranty repairs done. Anyways, the tech was cool and decided to help me out with the front suspension. Long story short, he replaced the front strut mounts, installed the dust boots correctly, and redid the alignment thinking this would solve my problem. In the end though it did not solve the problem and the suspension is no where near "stock" sounding. Still creaks and clunks. This is after a certified ford mechanic disassembled and reassembled the front struts. Should've went with bc or st coil overs
That said, there has to be something else underneath the car moving and making noise.

Every single thing has been gone through suspension wise. At this point ask the dealer to re-torque all the sub frame bolts, ball joints, control arm bolts, steering rack, exhaust and anything else that could move.

Given that it makes noise when torqued or compressed, something related to the control arm seems next logical.
 

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I'm pretty sure what is making noise on mine is the strut mount, ima buy new ones just to make sure


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Any update, Juicedz ?
Well, it’s been nearly 4 years with this set up and nothing has technically failed with it so that’s a plus. With that being said, the front suspension still makes noises over bumps and I’ve just learned to accept it. I’m possibly moving up to Michigan this winter so I’m debating whether or not to redo the suspension and install the vogtland lowering springs with the handling package struts. I would like to also install the rubber inserts that normally seat at the bottom of the strut. At this point the car sits soo low I can’t even get it onto the racks at the automatic car wash without it getting stuck. I’d say the sportlines settle in around 2” lower at least.
 

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Man, crazy it never went away!

Vogtland springs will only put you up about a half inch, from what I've heard about Michigan roads, that might not help much. I did like the handling pack struts, but if you want a bit more comfort, KYB replacements on Vogtlands were always a good combo for some reason.

Ever see any paint worn away at places where contact might be taking place? Maybe a moot point now, anyway....

I sold the Focus a year ago or so, but I miss that car.

Probably should have kept it.

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Man, crazy it never went away!

Vogtland springs will only put you up about a half inch, from what I've heard about Michigan roads, that might not help much. I did like the handling pack struts, but if you want a bit more comfort, KYB replacements on Vogtlands were always a good combo for some reason.

Ever see any paint worn away at places where contact might be taking place? Maybe a moot point now, anyway....

I sold the Focus a year ago or so, but I miss that car.

Probably should have kept it.

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You think I should opt for the eibach pro’s or maybe the Steeda lowering springs? I really don’t want to go back to stock as it sat like a 4x4 truck from the factory but Michigan does have some of the worst roads in the country. I was strongly considering a truck but my car is paid off, has 92k miles, and I’m only planning on staying in Michigan for 2-3 years at the most. Hoping the Focus can endure the treacherous conditions until I can replace it with a truck. Florida has been good to her though so the car is in better condition than most cars with 30k miles.
 

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You think I should opt for the eibach pro’s or maybe the Steeda lowering springs? I really don’t want to go back to stock as it sat like a 4x4 truck from the factory but Michigan does have some of the worst roads in the country. I was strongly considering a truck but my car is paid off, has 92k miles, and I’m only planning on staying in Michigan for 2-3 years at the most. Hoping the Focus can endure the treacherous conditions until I can replace it with a truck. Florida has been good to her though so the car is in better condition than most cars with 30k miles.
Best bet all things considered, and I'd probably go Steedas, they seem to use what they develop, but you might run current set up for a bit in Michigan, see what you can get away with ride height wise.

But more damper/spring travel is better on rough surfaces.

Or, if you can find some high end coilovers (so probably ~ $2k cost wise) they usually package really well and get good travel on a smaller body.

For instance, in the Miata world, FMs Fox units and 949 racing Xidas are quality units that survive crappy environments quite well, but that kind of development costs.

It's been a while since I've looked at what's available for the Focus, don't know if there's a manufacturer that has something similar. Probably for the ST, but you'd want to make sure they fit well, and IIRC, the rears are different between ST and base.

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Well, I’ve got several months before I make the move so theres no rush. I’ll probably pay a shop to do it this time around though. It took me a solid 8 hours to do it all last time with hand tools and I’m just not in the mood to do that job again. It’ll cost me though.
 

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Ended up ordering the lowering springs from Steeda. Still looking at my options for st front struts and handling package rear shocks. Does anyone have the current part numbers for those? Can I reuse my top hats and bearings or should those be replaced?
 
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