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post #31 of 53 (permalink) Old 07-27-2014, 11:07 PM
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sweet. I might have to buy a pair of 17x9s for my MS3 to try up front with my STF rears lol

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Nice looking setup Eric, glad to see the project is still on. Keep us posted.
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Dropped off the front struts this morning. I never knew this place was 4 miles from work!



Apparently when you call Bilstein they want you to ship your struts to California for the work. I got a contact at the Mooresville shop (Bilstein's Motorsports East location) and he told me to just bring them in. That'll save quite a bit on shipping and time, being that Nationals is right around the corner.

Just getting the last couple of bits in and should be able to slap these puppies on in a week or two.
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What is your plan for the front sway? The awr housings have significantly lower endlink mounting points.


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What is your plan for the front sway? The awr housings have significantly lower endlink mounting points.
They are the same height as the Mazdaspeed coilovers. I ran my old car at Nationals with the stock endlinks on those. I'm pretty sure I was getting some binding though, as the front end never really felt good. This was especially noticeable at turn-in.

I'm trying to decide between doing the Corksports or AWRs. I'm leaning towards the AWRs because of spherical rod-ends. I'd just have to drill out all four mounting holes to 12mm.
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Didn't know Bilstein had a shop on the East Coast either.


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Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't those also 12"?

I'm thinking to maintain stock bar location/angle/whatever I'll need something like 8" links.

Edit: I have awr links in the rear and now that I've finally got them on and sorted (everything tight af) they are quiet and tight, can't say I notice a difference other than noise but they are quality pieces.


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The AWR endlink hole is somewhere between 1.5-2 inches lower than stock. So with a 1.5-2" drop I should be well within spec of the adjustable arms. Remember you need longer endlinks when lowering and mounting points don't change.

If the mounting points were same as stock I'd need 14"ish links
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It's quite possible I'm over thinking it. That bit you said about it needing to be longer makes a lot of sense, but when I try to visulize it... I'll just wait until I install lol


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So I changed my mind a little on the endlinks and ended up going with adjustables built by Massive SpeedSystem.

It hit me that the Focus STs share the same size links, so since they're the hot new hatchback I figured there would be some other options out there. That led me to these.



They have a nice metallic powdercoat, Aurora ends, and those nice dust boots that I've never seen on endlinks before. The adjustment range is from 12" to 13.5" center to center. They ticked every box and the price was excellent from the quality I see. We'll find out how they perform.

Massive also makes some really nice looking billet aluminum rear adjustable camber arms for our 3s. If only the spherical rod ends were legal...
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