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#1 whiffin

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 12:57 PM

When I corner hard on my 2003 Focus ST I notice the front o/s wheel rubbing on the arch. I also get it when cornering on a left hand bend on bumpy road (over bridges etc). It does it with just me in the car. Suspension feels fine. I think it's standard susension. I have brand new tyres (I think R17/45). It does it on front left but not as bad. Car handles fine.

Nothing to worry too much about I don't think, just annoying

Ideas appreciated.

Front wheel arch seems lower than the rear. 1" gap rather than 2" at a guess

Thanks

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 01:30 PM

Have you still got the standard alloys on it?

If there is a difference in height of the suspension then i would suggest having a good look at the springs if you can, it sounds to me like one has snapped

EDIT: just realised you said the front is different height than the rear, was thinking you said passenger/driver side for some reason

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 01:42 PM

Are you sure you have the original wheel's on there for a start? and secondly, is the lowering of the car at the front deliberate / not so? ....i.e. its not worn dampers or something reducing the height of the suspension?

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 01:45 PM

Are you sure you have the original wheel's on there for a start? and secondly, is the lowering of the car at the front deliberate / not so? ....i.e. its not worn dampers or something reducing the height of the suspension?


Jeebo i don't mean to criticize but a worn damper won't affect the ride height, possibly affect how it rolls in and out of corners though?

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 01:47 PM

Did these have rack limiters fitted to stop the tyres hitting the arches? if so maybe one of these has moved/broken...

I know they are fitted to the newer ST,

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:03 AM

Hi Stef, maybe I misunderstood the question, thats more what I was referring to (the cornering and tight turns from it) - lol, your comments werent taken negative though, Im here to learn :)

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 02:52 PM

I'm pretty sure the wheels are standard - I'll get a pic

The car isn't modified in any other way, so unlikely it's lowered

How high should the front tyres be from the wheel arch as standard?

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