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102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! #4501212
08/29/17 10:26 AM
08/29/17 10:26 AM
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Canada
Lolvoguy Offline OP
Lolvoguy  Offline OP
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Canada
ON the Focus in my sig I recently had the following completed:

Full SVT suspension upgrade kit M-3000 ZX3A kit installed
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/fms-m-3000-zx3a

Front:
-New sway bar bushings and links
-Complete control arms with ball joints
-Inner and outer tie rod ends

Rear:
-Upper and lower control arms on both sides
-Upper shock mount delrin bushings
-New sway bar bushings and links

Most of the replacements were done since I had everything apart considering the cars age and mileage. Nothing worse than having to tear something apart again just because I decided to cheap-out when I first took things apart.

Overall, to say I'm pleased with the outcome would be an understatement.
This car is so tight and well dampened it leaves me speechless when performing routing traffic maneuvers. No longer does the car pitch and sway with direction changes. I honestly think it takes other drivers off guard, as the car looks totally stock.

The cost of everything was the added bonus. Never did I think I could upgrade and improve everything for so little.

thumbsup



06 Lexus IS350- Wife
88 BMW 325is- Mistress
Say "no" to Turbo!
Re: 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! [Re: Lolvoguy] #4501221
08/29/17 10:37 AM
08/29/17 10:37 AM
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What is the ballpark for the overall cost?
I remember changing shocks and sway bars on my 2005 Altima 2.5L. Suddenly the car started taking corners without screeching the tires every second, high speed stability improved too, and I started to wonder if I can take the 110mph speed governor off since that speed was not a challenge for the car anymore... But then I sold that thing once someone offered a nice check for it:)

Re: 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! [Re: Lolvoguy] #4501222
08/29/17 10:39 AM
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Lolvoguy Offline OP
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Overall after taxes, install, freight, US border fees and alignment was $2200 Canadian.
Much cheaper than getting a newer car (especially given how much more we pay in Canada for vehicles vs. the US)

If I was in the good ole' US of A, it would probably have been about $1500 USD tops.


06 Lexus IS350- Wife
88 BMW 325is- Mistress
Say "no" to Turbo!
Re: 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! [Re: Lolvoguy] #4501223
08/29/17 10:40 AM
08/29/17 10:40 AM
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'This car is so right and well dampened, it leaves me speechless'

She is your wife afterall😁

Last edited by motor_oil_madman; 08/29/17 10:40 AM.

2007.5 dodge cummins 6.7 liter. Chevron Delo400 15w40. 7000 mile or 250-300hr intervals.

Re: 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4501224
08/29/17 10:41 AM
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Lolvoguy Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: motor_oil_madman
'This car is so right and well dampened, it leaves me speechless'

She is your wife afterall😀


LOL

Yup, and since I rely on her daily, she deserves it wink


06 Lexus IS350- Wife
88 BMW 325is- Mistress
Say "no" to Turbo!
Re: 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! [Re: Lolvoguy] #4501236
08/29/17 11:13 AM
08/29/17 11:13 AM
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Cool, you should try some autocross with it, these old Fords seem to work pretty well and yours should really respond well now. I'm tempted to get some SVT front struts but then I'd have to figure out something for the rear, as stiffer front springs would make my corner exit traction problem worse. The wagon rear suspension doesn't share shocks or struts with other versions.


07 Focus ZXW, 5spd manual, 218km M1 5W30
18 Outback 2.5 CVT 15km 0W20
Re: 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! [Re: Lolvoguy] #4501244
08/29/17 11:24 AM
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Lolvoguy Offline OP
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Thanks for the suggestion indy.

I'd like to take on some autocrosses with it, but considering it's an auto daily I've spared it the abuse. It's also the reason why I've not upgraded any parts of the powertrain (simply because no/very few upgrades are available for auto trans cars).

I'm ok with that smile This car's main purpose is grocery getting and trips to and from work, it does it comfortably and reliably. For autocross i have the mistress wink


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88 BMW 325is- Mistress
Say "no" to Turbo!
Re: 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! [Re: Lolvoguy] #4501270
08/29/17 11:43 AM
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Indiana
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Originally Posted By: Lolvoguy


This car is so tight and well dampened it leaves me speechless when performing routing traffic maneuvers.


Unless you're constantly wetting it, your car is well "damped".

Last edited by Indydriver; 08/29/17 11:44 AM.

2014 Camaro 2SS/RS LS3 Vert 14,000 M1
2012 Sienna 79,000 M1
2007 Tahoe 140,000 PP

Re: 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4501634
08/29/17 06:37 PM
08/29/17 06:37 PM
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Arlen Texas..... (Houston)
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Originally Posted By: motor_oil_madman
'This car is so right and well dampened, it leaves me speechless'

She is your wife afterall😁


Lmao.

I truly applaud your work on this OP!
Takes a man with nuts/brain and [censored] hard work to get through it I imagine.
I cursed out my old cadillac cts when working on any motor mounts or a-arms, Ha!
Can only imagine.


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-Dale Gribble

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Oil: QSUD 5w30 & Fram Ultra
ATF: Valvoline Dex 6
Re: 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! [Re: Lolvoguy] #4503006
08/31/17 05:29 AM
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Originally Posted By: Lolvoguy
ON the Focus in my sig I recently had the following completed:

Full SVT suspension upgrade kit M-3000 ZX3A kit installed
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/fms-m-3000-zx3a

Front:
-New sway bar bushings and links
-Complete control arms with ball joints
-Inner and outer tie rod ends

Rear:
-Upper and lower control arms on both sides
-Upper shock mount delrin bushings
-New sway bar bushings and links

Most of the replacements were done since I had everything apart considering the cars age and mileage. Nothing worse than having to tear something apart again just because I decided to cheap-out when I first took things apart.

Overall, to say I'm pleased with the outcome would be an understatement.
This car is so tight and well dampened it leaves me speechless when performing routing traffic maneuvers. No longer does the car pitch and sway with direction changes. I honestly think it takes other drivers off guard, as the car looks totally stock.

The cost of everything was the added bonus. Never did I think I could upgrade and improve everything for so little.

thumbsup



Doing some updates to my sig car after nearly 110k miles. Luckily I live in FL and my control arm bushings front and rear were all good.

Great results here, too. All these things are continually degrading both with age and miles, happens rather slowly so you don't really notice it much until it's really bad!


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