Well, 17 or so months of ownership have finally lead me to get the thing lowered - procrastinating has been holding on too long.
Despite Eibachs being the most popular spring around and saying that I would use them, I opted for the firmest road Pedders spring. The reason for this is my Infocus front bar, its already so low I have to exercise extreme caution when entering and exiting places. The Eibach and KW springs were just too low for me... considering this is my daily driver. I also talked to Kings Springs, but their lowest spring was still higher than these for the front.
The Focus now sits a fair bit lower than before, the springs are still extremely new in the car and should settle a further 10mm or so
When measuring the standard ride height, I was alarmed to find the tolerances in the standard Ford springs meant the car was very unbalanced. The rear right was higher than the rear left by a good 6mm, and front left was higher than the right by 5mm. This meant the car was not sitting correctly flat.
So I took the car around to JOSH
's shop, and up the thing went onto the hoist. The Focus suspension is pretty interesting, the front springs do not sit parallel to the strut, but rather are offset at an angle.
You can see the car isn't "fooly hektik on tha ground bro", but it was never my intention. Those skirts are extremely close to that gutter in the photo though, as in about 1 cm
I was going to replace the front shocks at the same time with some firmer units, but he didn't have any in stock (my fault - I should have ordered them earlier but can be easily installed later) so all the springs were just replaced. The car already required wooden planks to get it up onto the hoist, but got off the same way ok. A short burst down the road, and back up the hoist to tighten the sway bars. Back out, and the ride was noticeably firmer, the car was alot more precise, especially on turn in.
I am pretty happy with the results, I no longer own the clubs 4WD Overlander! Woohoo
The ride is extremely smooth, as tight as ever, no noises, squeaks, or knocks anywhere. Turn in is dramatically improved, the car just feels alot more settled and precise on the road, as you'd expect. The car looks noticeably low compared to others in a car park, still retains some practicality, can't complain. Each side now sits within 1mm of each other also, which was important.
Here is the humble Focus, right back when I first bought her, to give you an idea of the stock ride height of the poverty pack Focus.
Well, that's about all for my show and tell today. I am happy with the results, it should settle a little for that extra few millimetres, but it's all good.