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Yes I know it's sacrilegious for most of you, but I rally, am looking to get into baja racing, and every great rally road here in CO ends in a jeep trail which my friends always seem to be camping on. As I’ve posted elsewhere, my RS got elked back in May, but it’s almost back from the dead and should be ready this week.

While it was on the mend I picked up an STI hatch then gave it a 2" Sumo Parts spacer lift/BFG KO2s and I was shocked how ralliable (yes I'm making up words) it stayed, but I tend to break cars a lot - hydrolocked it last Saturday - so I pretty much need two to keep at least one car drivable at all times.

So I'm trying to figure out the best way to go about lifting the RS. I saw a couple threads on air lifts which I’m not interested in, and one talking about a 1” lift for rallying so I gave it a bump, but not much else. Been googling a bunch but lifted Foci are few and far between. The first issue I see is the clearance is 4.1” front and 5.8 or 9 rear so I’m not sure spacers alone will do the trick. In fact I’ve heard of some people simply leveling them. Getting this mostly from Focus Fanatics & ST forums BTW. Ideally I’d like to get it relatively leveled then up about 2” or so if possible, although that seems like a lot on the front. I can throw some money at it, but not $5k rally springs I’ve heard of especially since this isn’t for competition. Yet.

I fired off messages to Team O'Neil since they're lifting their RS for rally, the Denver RS expert, 3R Racing here in Denver, and Mike Johnson @ Rebel Devil Customs who’s building a kit for the ST and is going to see if it’ll work for the RS at the end of the month - I’ll report back on this thread with any info I acquire. I also have a bunch of threads from other forums bookmarked that I need to re-read carefully, but figured I’d throw up a thread here to see if anyone’s knowledgeable on the subject. So… where my RS lift experts at? :D
 

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I don't know jack about suspensions, so there are a couple relevant threads where Rebel Devil is talking about his kit in case someone wants to put it in laymen's terms for me here and here. I'm a little concerned because in various places he says he's waiting on one more thing in Jan and the cost would be sub $1k, but in his reply to my message he said the ST kit should be ready by the end of Aug with the RS taking more time to make sure there aren't any axle issues and coming in around $2kish. As a recovering R&D engineer I completely understand, but as I'm typing this I'm yelling at my screen "Shut up and take my money!!"

Edit: I just messaged him back offering up my car for testing since it's technically "totalled", the insurance company overpaid me so I don't mind shredding an axle or two, and I get them pretty much at cost due to having a friend working at the dealership - we'll see what he says. Alright it's late, I'll stop talking to myself now.
 

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What we really need is for Ohlins or Reiger to make a "Road & Gravel" suspension kit like they make a "Road & Track" kit for ~$3k. Something that would be comfortable enough for DD but could hold up better for rallycross.

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Yes, I'm also Sub'd. I plan to do some mild off-roading and wouldn't mind a lift in a few years so I can really attack the roads around here.

In the meantime I'm interested in O'Neil's skid plate. I also messaged them and they say the kit should be ready before winter and will cost $850. If it transfers all forces to the frame (i.e. can be used as a jack point without damaging front bumper) then I figure it's worth the $$$. If I can't straddle bumps in the road, at least I can scrape over them!


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Spoke to Mike this morning, unfortunately won't know much more till the end of the month. Team O'Neil motorsport guys are in England at M-Sport, hopefully talk to them next week. Will post updates as I get them.
 

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I shot team Oneill an email around a month ago. They use a Reiger suspension on their Rally RS and source the kit for around 12k
 

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Mcs coilovers. Vorshlag can custom order a set for 5k something. Whatever range you want, about 3.5-4". There's another guy sethspec who I think is even cheaper and maybe has some on hand pre-spec'd for a roughly 2 up 2 down.
 

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Mcs coilovers. Vorshlag can custom order a set for 5k something. Whatever range you want, about 3.5-4". There's another guy sethspec who I think is even cheaper and maybe has some on hand pre-spec'd for a roughly 2 up 2 down.
I've spoken to Sethspec late last year about this. He sounds pretty knowledgeable and I think he can set you up better than Vorshlag, but I don't think its gonna be any cheaper. I think he quoted me me about the same ($5k) maybe even more since it will also include the appropriate links, etc. to correct the geometry.
 

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I sent Subtle Solutions - Subaru Lift Kits & Accessories a message about doing a simple spacer lift. They seemed like they might be interested if there was enough of a market. Maybe reach out as well, they did mention that I was not the first to ask them.
Hmmm, seeing as you purchased my skid plate and now planning on lifting, I think I like where you are heading with this ;)

I've used Subtle Solutions spacers for the BRZ for TSD and rallyX and they worked out fine, but they do make your geometry a little wonky (ie positive camber, maybe some toe, etc) so just be aware that you may have some weird handling on the road.

I've also found these guys, but not sure if they work on the RS

https://www.spaccer.com/en_US/makes-and-models/ford/focus-iii.html
 

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I sent Subtle Solutions - Subaru Lift Kits & Accessories a message about doing a simple spacer lift. They seemed like they might be interested if there was enough of a market. Maybe reach out as well, they did mention that I was not the first to ask them.
Honestly, I would buy spacers from them for a couple hundred bucks if they had them. Who do you want me to push so we can get this to happen? I really want to add the mountune sport springs but add spacers to keep the ride height the same or higher (get rid of pogo and not rip off my front bumper pulling into the garage, literally scrapes every time).
 

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Hmmm, seeing as you purchased my skid plate and now planning on lifting, I think I like where you are heading with this ;)

I've used Subtle Solutions spacers for the BRZ for TSD and rallyX and they worked out fine, but they do make your geometry a little wonky (ie positive camber, maybe some toe, etc) so just be aware that you may have some weird handling on the road.

I've also found these guys, but not sure if they work on the RS

https://www.spaccer.com/en_US/makes-and-models/ford/focus-iii.html
Not going fully rally build, but I do drive down a dirt road from time to time to go MTB. I'm also familiar with them from the 86 community. I supposed there isn't really a way to install them along with a camber plate to easily fix that either.

Plate showed up today BTW. Can't wait to get my car back from the HeADGaSkEt?! so I can fit it.

Honestly, I would buy spacers from them for a couple hundred bucks if they had them. Who do you want me to push so we can get this to happen? I really want to add the mountune sport springs but add spacers to keep the ride height the same or higher (get rid of pogo and not rip off my front bumper pulling into the garage, literally scrapes every time).
I just sent them a message on FB to ask if they were developing anything for the RS/ST platform. They responded pretty quickly.
 

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So they said they might make them? I sent them an email through the contact info on their site. Hopefully we can make something happen. I'm considering just trying to do the engineering design myself and then have someone CNC them for me.
 
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