How to Lower a Ford Focus

Written by russell wood
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The Ford Focus was a popular vehicle when it first premiered because it featured a German design. Many customizers like to lower these cars so that they can get even better handling, and to give them a more sporty look. To do that, you need to install a set of lowering springs on the car, which lower the ride height of the vehicle. Installing lowering springs takes a few hours to do, and takes a few specialised tools.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Tire iron
  • Open-end wrench set
  • 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set
  • Lowering springs
  • Hex-head key set

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Instructions

    Front Suspension

  1. 1

    Lift the Focus using the jack and put the car on four jack stands. Take off all four wheels using the tire iron and put them to the side.

  2. 2

    Unbolt the sway bar from the strut using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket and an open-end wrench. Unbolt the brake line from the strut with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Pop the bonnet and unbolt the strut from the strut tower with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, then unbolt the strut from the steering knuckle on the suspension with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket and an open-end wrench. Pull the strut out of the front suspension.

  3. 3

    Install the spring compressors on the coil spring on the strut with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Remove the top bolt on the strut with an open-end wrench and a hex-head key. Pull the spring and spring cap off of the strut. Install the lowering spring onto the front struts, and reinstall the strut cap with an open-end wrench and a hex-head key.

  4. 4

    Reinstall the strut into the front suspension using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket and an open-end wrench. Reinstall the brake line and the sway bar mount to the strut with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket and an open-end wrench. Reinstall the front wheels with the tire iron.

    Rear Suspension

  1. 1

    Slide the head of the jack under the lower control arm in the rear suspension, directly under the coil spring. Unbolt the sway bar from the lower control arm with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket and an open-end wrench.

  2. 2

    Unbolt the lower control arm from the body using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket and an open-end wrench. Slowly lower it down to release tension on the spring, then pull the spring out of the suspension.

  3. 3

    Install the lowering spring into the spring pocket on the lower control arm and lift the lower control arm back up into its stock position using the jack. Reinstall the lower control arm mounting bolt with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket and an open-end wrench.

  4. 4

    Reinstall the sway bar mount to the lower control arm with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket and an open-end wrench. Reinstall the rear wheels with the tire iron and lower the Focus off of the jack stands using the jack.

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