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#4501212 - 08/29/17 11:26 AM 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade!
Lolvoguy Offline


Registered: 02/06/14
Posts: 2134
Loc: 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

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#4501221 - 08/29/17 11:37 AM Re: 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! [Re: Lolvoguy]
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Registered: 01/04/16
Posts: 714
Loc: NC
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:)
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#4501222 - 08/29/17 11:39 AM Re: 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! [Re: Lolvoguy]
Lolvoguy Offline


Registered: 02/06/14
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Loc: Canada
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.
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#4501223 - 08/29/17 11:40 AM Re: 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! [Re: Lolvoguy]
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 4716
Loc: Houston, Texas
'This car is so right and well dampened, it leaves me speechless'

She is your wife afterall😁


Edited by motor_oil_madman (08/29/17 11:40 AM)
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#4501224 - 08/29/17 11:41 AM Re: 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! [Re: motor_oil_madman]
Lolvoguy Offline


Registered: 02/06/14
Posts: 2134
Loc: Canada
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
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#4501236 - 08/29/17 12:13 PM Re: 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! [Re: Lolvoguy]
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Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 8897
Loc: Ontario, Canada
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.
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#4501244 - 08/29/17 12:24 PM Re: 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! [Re: Lolvoguy]
Lolvoguy Offline


Registered: 02/06/14
Posts: 2134
Loc: Canada
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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#4501270 - 08/29/17 12:43 PM Re: 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! [Re: Lolvoguy]
Indydriver Offline


Registered: 03/20/11
Posts: 2122
Loc: Indiana
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".


Edited by Indydriver (08/29/17 12:44 PM)
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#4501634 - 08/29/17 07:37 PM Re: 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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Registered: 05/25/17
Posts: 69
Loc: Arlen Texas..... (Houston)
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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#4503006 - 08/31/17 06:29 AM Re: 102k mile suspension refresh+upgrade! [Re: Lolvoguy]
SteveSRT8 Offline


Registered: 10/10/08
Posts: 18863
Loc: Sunny Florida
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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