Zetec, I guess you could help out........ didn't you mention getting a 40mm lowering? If I am right, do you have any pics of how it turned out and does the lowering give you any insurance hassles? How does it go over speed bumps?
I have been looking into this myself, and don't really know where in Brisbane you could get it, but ... springs ... Zetec somewhere in this forum has mentioned that he spent $600 on KW Springs for a 40 mm lowering (Zetec 2.0L). You can get them for $595 at www.infocusmotorsport.com, but presumably that's the cost without installation? He didn't mention. He did mention that there was no appreciable loss in ride quality.
Zantetsukan has said that he is going to get his CL lowered 35 mm with Eibach springs, but I have no idea how much and where. I walked into DNA (at Sunnybank) and asked them if they could do Eibach springs, and they told me the last time they used Eibach was on an M3. They were pretty sure they could get the springs and install it for a focus, but I'd be the first one they did. Also, I'd have to wait for them to ship it over. :( Also, DNA looks like an absulute Ricer shop, so I'm abit suss about getting them to do it...
By the way, if any of you Brissy guys know of reputable mechanic/tuning/zorst people, could you point me the right way? I know nothing about cars, and never had the inclination to look into it before I got my focus, so now I'm lost as to where I could find the right guys to do the work for me!
Boss, are your 17" the factory fitted option? And if not, where and how much did you get yours for?
2003 Focus 1.8 LX
Mods: Darkest legal window tint, momo airleather race gear knob, Focus upper Deflector 2.0l auto, ST170 snorkel
Planned mods: exhaust, lowered suspension, 17" Alloys, clear ULTRA rear lights, clear ST signal lights, engine chip. (Induction gone due to RACQ refusal to insure)
I am buying nothing but the best for my car - 35mm lowering springs from Eibach. Extremely well known and respected in European tuner circles, Eibach have a large range of performance parts for the Focus, and I've got my springs on order. Several V8 Supercar teams use Eibach as well.
Expensive, but top quality gear.
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I have had my car lowered 40mm with Herrod springs. Cost me $600 including installation at a local Ford dealer. No problems with warranty seeing it was installed by Ford. Also no problems with my insurance. I am running stock 16" inch wheels so there is no rubbing problems. You will only have rubbing problems with 17" wheels if you have the wrong offset.
There are quite a few options for aftermarket suspension setups. You mentioned that you wanted the best for your car, to me that implies you will be going for a fully adjustable coilover setup. That is gonna cost you about $1500+++. But I know you are are just referring to lowering springs.
I have done a bit of research on my suspension upgrade before I ended up going with the Herrod springs due to the fact that they were available locally, and were easily installed by the Ford dealer with no fuss. As for some others, check below, but I am not sure of costs. You would have to follow that up yourself.
There are the KW springs which can be sourced from Infocus Motorsport which you are aware of. KW also make a range of coilovers aswell as struts/dampers for the Focus.
Ford Racing also have a range of springs, dampers and coilovers which are just in fact rebadged KW products.
You are also aware of the Eibach suspension setups which include a range of lowering springs, to total suspensions kits which include springs, struts/dampers and sway bars. I do not know where you can source them from in NSW.
Then there is H&R lowering springs which is available via TCCA Motorsport in NSW. I was looking at the popular H&R cup kit which will really lower the car about 2.5 to 2.75 inches. TCCA also source the very nice Rieger R-RX body kit
There are also Apex Springs which was available through Donnellans in Victoria. No idea who does them in NSW.
King Springs is another brand available through Donnellans.
You could also goto you local Pedders, as there are a range of springs for the Focus through them.
Whiteline are quite a popular aswell in the modified car scene in Australia. It might not hurt to give them a visit or call (I dont know how far you are from them).
Yeah boys I got the KW's installed on my car on Friday less than a week ago, the ride quality is only slightly harsher, but definitely still comfortable, just Sydny's roads are really crap... Mine's an '02 3 door Zetec manual on stock 16"s. Insurance-wise I am still over the minimum 100mm ground clearance height so I'm legal and insured and what's more the NRMA isn't charging me any extra!!!! (God bless business insurance!!!)
The handling is filthy wicked fun, it just plants, doesn't roll at all and does exactly what it's told. 3 passengers and it still handles well, although has noticeably less travel and rebound ability, but my car is a driver only or 1 pasenger car 99% of the time. Makes me realise just how good the stock Zetec sport suspension really is for balance, travel and comfort, just not quite the body roll control or looks I was after. I couldn't be happier with my KW's. They were originally sourced from Infocus, on a catr we sold through Power Ford, then the owner came back to get them taken off (a Mum who bought the car with 3 kids!!! complaining it was too low) so I swapped my stock springs for her KW's, jackpot, brand ndew KW springs for no cost, just the $200 labour and wheel balance and it's absolutely friggin amazing now!!! Just take a look!!!!! I'll get better photos up later.
First pic is of our Power Ford demo Focus that originally had the springs, then the next is my stocker, then one of mine in the dark and another, the night they got done. I'll get more good ones up soon :)
It gives the car a really sexy nose down stance now that wasn't evident with the 4wd ground clearance stock on the car!!! Springs cost about $600 from Infocus and installation I got done by my Ford dealer where I work. KW's are a little dearer than say Pedders. Leave Pedders to the Lancers, put better units under your Focus. Eibach/KW are both good bang for a few extra bucks.
Great pics Matt, can't wait for some more in the day time! You keep getting the best deals!
So how does it go over speed bumps (I know there are heaps of different types, but in general how does it go) and going in and out of driveways? Would you still want to get a body kit or would that guarantee scraping?
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