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Sorry I did not meant to offend anyone. The RS does not have brake-based torque vectoring. Just get over it.....
Dang axel, you have convinced yourself and refuse to hear/see anything that contradicts your perception. That's a characteristic of a true leftist.

Just so you know a bit about me; I'm an experienced autocrosser and drag racer with oh, about 50 years of experience myself. I've own the (2014)FiestaST, (2017)FocusRS, and (2018) Raptor vehicles of the current Ford Performance line. Also owned an older FWD Ford and autocrossed it for 17 years. I've lived in South Dakota and raced FWD on the ice of Stockade Lake as well. Quite fun! The brake-biased torque vectoring (traction control) works just fine on the FocusRS as it does on other Ford vehicles. It does NOT intervene as a hard pulsing like the ABS. It is a much more smoothly applied brake force. It does NOT stop wheelspin, it only slows it enough to keep the drive functioning and the car moving. It is VERY smooth compared to throttle-based traction control that will sometimes close the throttle abruptly. Mazda uses a very similar brake AND throttle based system to assist in turn-in and traction control. It's VERY smooth. Oh, I have owned a few Mazdas as well, currently on my ~3rd CX-9, the latest a 2019 GT.

PS, the quotes I posted earlier were from the 2017 FocusRS Owners Supplement here:
2017 Focus RS (CEW) RS, Canada/United States of America, HM5J 19A285 DA enUSA, Edition date: 201611, First Printing

Feel free to do your own research to dispute what the writing and my driving experience says. You should install temp sensors near the brake rotors, then go out on your wet driving spree and watch the front brake temps when you spin the inside front out of corners,. You will indeed see the brake temp on that spinning wheel increase rapidly.

Yeah I'm old and I know things...
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Update: You can find the latest version online at this link. Go to the Driving Aids Section...


 

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Dang axel, you have convinced yourself and refuse to hear/see anything that contradicts your perception. That's a characteristic of a true leftist.

Just so you know a bit about me; I'm an experienced autocrosser and drag racer with oh, about 50 years of experience myself. I've own the (2014)FiestaST, (2017)FocusRS, and (2018) Raptor vehicles of the current Ford Performance line. Also owned an older FWD Ford and autocrossed it for 17 years. I've lived in South Dakota and raced FWD on the ice of Stockade Lake as well. Quite fun! The brake-biased torque vectoring (traction control) works just fine on the FocusRS as it does on other Ford vehicles. It does NOT intervene as a hard pulsing like the ABS. It is a much more smoothly applied brake force. It does NOT stop wheelspin, it only slows it enough to keep the drive functioning and the car moving. It is VERY smooth compared to throttle-based traction control that will sometimes close the throttle abruptly. Mazda uses a very similar brake AND throttle based system to assist in turn-in and traction control. It's VERY smooth. Oh, I have owned a few Mazdas as well, currently on my ~3rd CX-9, the latest a 2019 GT.

PS, the quotes I posted earlier were from the 2017 FocusRS Owners Supplement here:
2017 Focus RS (CEW) RS, Canada/United States of America, HM5J 19A285 DA enUSA, Edition date: 201611, First Printing

Feel free to do your own research to dispute what the writing and my driving experience says. You should install temp sensors near the brake rotors, then go out on your wet driving spree and watch the front brake temps when you spin the inside front out of corners,. You will indeed see the brake temp on that spinning wheel increase rapidly.

Yeah I'm old and I know things...
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2017 FORD FOCUS RS


Owner's Manual Supplement

Update: You can find the latest version online at this link. Go to the Driving Aids Section...


I don’t know what American politics have to do with this?

A link to the Ford website is one good step closer to this becoming believable: perhaps the RS has brake torque vectoring after all, so subtle it does not do anything?

Besides that, the paragraph on “enhanced torque vectoring control” comes verbatim from the ST’s manual. For the time being, I call this a documentation error.

I find it interesting the German Ford Vehicle Dynamics engineer (chef test driver) that developed the freaking car does not say a word about brake-based front torque vectoring when driving the car himself and demonstrating limit cornering? Maybe there is also an explanation for that? Did he forget?

I don’t engage in pissing contests. I’m glad to learn you have so much driving experience 😊

The brake pressure is broadcast on one of the CAN buses. I’ll see if I can find a way to log it, to spot those elusive silent and imperceptible inner-wheel brake actions.
 

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I'm buying spacers for my RS and looking for the 400mm at Tema 4x4 I can't find them, can you tell me where did you buy the 40mm spacers?

Thanks
Sorry for the late reply, the winter storm messed with our power the last few days down here in Houston.

They do not sell a complete 40mm kit. I wanted the rear to be lifted just a bit more and was able to purchase the rear spacers at 40mm separately



I don't know if they make the front ones at 40mm, but I also haven't searched.
 

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That's a characteristic of a true leftist.
Us Marxists catching strays every day in America.

@axelr
FWIW to this thread the original ad for the RS AWD system mentions brakes.

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To deliver optimum driving dynamics, the Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive system was calibrated alongside the car's advanced Electronic Stability Control, in particular the brake-based Torque Vectoring Control system that works in parallel with the torque-vectoring AWD.

Translation: The front differential is an open differential with brake-based torque vectoring.
 

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Us Marxists catching strays every day in America.

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FWIW to this thread the original ad for the RS AWD system mentions brakes.

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To deliver optimum driving dynamics, the Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive system was calibrated alongside the car's advanced Electronic Stability Control, in particular the brake-based Torque Vectoring Control system that works in parallel with the torque-vectoring AWD.

Translation: The front differential is an open differential with brake-based torque vectoring.
I don’t question the marketing material. This all comes from the ST material, and from the RS announcements made in March 2015 when Ford also said the engine was producing 315hp.

What I question is if the system actually made it to the production car, and I think it did not.

All I got so far is multiple quotes pointing to the same material and no hint whatsoever the system is actually there.

Sending pressure to the brakes without depressing the brake pedal requires actions from pumps and solenoids which are not known for being silent when the do the exact same thing as part of ESP, ABS, AEB and whatever other driver assist involving the brakes, and also the electronic brake bleeding system. Invariably, the system can be heard and felt (the brake pedal shakes, thanks to Newton laws) and I never felt or heard any of that when cornering with lots of throttle and pesking about the ****ty diff they put at the front.

All I know is I never felt anything that remotely ressembles an effort from the car to make the open front diff behave in any other way than any open front diff, and that the engineer who developed the car did not mention any front torque vectoring when demonstrating the car himself (to Ken Block...) for the first time.

I also attended to the Ford Performance academy where the car’s torque vectoring and it’s effect on the car dynamics was described in details by Ford employees who happens to be professional racers and no one ever mentioned front brake-based vectoring.
 

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To get this (slightly) back on track, has anyone else had long suspensions with springs that buckled?

With my Reigers, the springs buckled and rubbed like they were dragging its nails across a blackboard. Reiger's sent me new springs, which are slightly stiffer, and I'm concerned it might repeat because maybe there was something I did that caused the buckling in the first place.

I'm gonna install them when new wheels come, and I'm curious if there's anything I should do to help them not do that again.
 

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I don’t question the marketing material. This all comes from the ST material, and from the RS announcements made in March 2015 when Ford also said the engine was producing 315hp.

What I question is if the system actually made it to the production car, and I think it did not.

All I got so far is multiple quotes pointing to the same material and no hint whatsoever the system is actually there.

Sending pressure to the brakes without depressing the brake pedal requires actions from pumps and solenoids which are not known for being silent when the do the exact same thing as part of ESP, ABS, AEB and whatever other driver assist involving the brakes, and also the electronic brake bleeding system. Invariably, the system can be heard and felt (the brake pedal shakes, thanks to Newton laws) and I never felt or heard any of that when cornering with lots of throttle and pesking about the ****ty diff they put at the front.

All I know is I never felt anything that remotely ressembles an effort from the car to make the open front diff behave in any other way than any open front diff, and that the engineer who developed the car did not mention any front torque vectoring when demonstrating the car himself (to Ken Block...) for the first time.

I also attended to the Ford Performance academy where the car’s torque vectoring and it’s effect on the car dynamics was described in details by Ford employees who happens to be professional racers and no one ever mentioned front brake-based vectoring.
As someone who owned an ST and tracked it, I can tell you that 100% its very difficult to tell when the E-Diff algorithm is active. And no, I could not feel the torque vectoring mechanically, but I could observe its effects on the actual chassis line vs intended line from the steering wheel input.

The RS does have the EDiff, as well as the Torque Vectoring. However, due to just how WELL the RDU can steer the car with just the rear wheels, the system is used significantly less than than the eTVC.

Even the RDU can be subtle as hell. Just turn it off for a bit and watch how rapidly the chassis dynamics change. Even when you don't THINK the rdu is doming something it is. And its the same with the E-Diff and eTVC. Very subtle.
 

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Only one person on here has done the RDC kit (@gmoneyjive) but he hasn’t posted here for some time now. I assume lots of the kit is based on base-model focus parts (springs, shock length, LCA etc). I didn’t go that route but I assume it’s a pretty solid setup.

for all we know the RDC kit could be based on Ford Escape parts ¯\(ツ)
I sure wish they would have left some feedback/pictures on it. A third party with first hand experience of the kit would be awesome. RDC does have some videos up but I would like to see how it sits better and and know how much more tire I can add. As it stands my new to me 18 is box stock and a substantial lift like the Crosstrek clan does is what I would like.
 

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Sorry for the late reply, the winter storm messed with our power the last few days down here in Houston.

They do not sell a complete 40mm kit. I wanted the rear to be lifted just a bit more and was able to purchase the rear spacers at 40mm separately



I don't know if they make the front ones at 40mm, but I also haven't searched.
Sorry for the late response, they keep me busy at work.

Thank you for the info, I was looking and couldn't find those.
 

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bump! seems like we were a bit ahead of the curve. all i see on instagram now are these safari porsche builds.

anyone else still having fun with this? i kept a lot of my parts so if i get a second daily driver focus, i can lift it up a bit and have some fun again
It is still my goal to lift as much as possible. Not being a suspension knowledgeable type I can only describe what I want.

1.As much clearance as possible.
2. the ability to soak up bumps at a decent speed on say gravel roads/PA roads.
3. Still be a good cornering beastie.

the RDC kit is what I’m leaning to.
currently have 255/40r18 tires on.
Would like to increase the sidewall height by a couple inches plus more static height and travel. I have never rolled fenders on a car but if I could get what I want I’m considering it.
 

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bump! seems like we were a bit ahead of the curve. all i see on instagram now are these safari porsche builds.

anyone else still having fun with this? i kept a lot of my parts so if i get a second daily driver focus, i can lift it up a bit and have some fun again
Still upgrading. Should be done by next month.

I'm happy with the Reiger as long as the new front springs don't buckle and rub the body.

What I changed was both front LCA bushings, and I'm in the process of changing the rear blade bushing and maybe the rear anti roll (hoping it in effect gives me a softer rear bar). After that I'm Gucci for bushings.

For wheels I have vredestein hypertrac 245/45/17 and I think that's probably what will be optimal. It's pretty close to stock diameter, and about as good as you can get before sizing down to 15.

However, what I realized from having three way adjustable dampers is that what I really want is four way adjustable dampers. So we'll see what happens down the line.
 

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It is still my goal to lift as much as possible. Not being a suspension knowledgeable type I can only describe what I want.

1.As much clearance as possible.
2. the ability to soak up bumps at a decent speed on say gravel roads/PA roads.
3. Still be a good cornering beastie.

the RDC kit is what I’m leaning to.
currently have 255/40r18 tires on.
Would like to increase the sidewall height by a couple inches plus more static height and travel. I have never rolled fenders on a car but if I could get what I want I’m considering it.
If you lift it I don't imagine you'd need to roll the fender. At that point what may become limiting is the fender liner. Right now on stock, if I look at the full left right arc of the tires it is pretty dang close to the liner.

Pretty cool that you can get 3" lift on basically what is the stock suspension and some spacers. 6k of Reiger gives you like... 1.5"? I think earlier in this thread some were doing this themselves with some spacers from Amazon.
 

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bump! seems like we were a bit ahead of the curve. all i see on instagram now are these safari porsche builds.

anyone else still having fun with this? i kept a lot of my parts so if i get a second daily driver focus, i can lift it up a bit and have some fun again
Going to raise the car again as I'm daily driving again. Currently running 245/45/17 BFG g-force comp 2's but I've been eyeing some Falken WildPeak A/T in 225/55/17 to get a bit taller tire and thicker sidewall, will have to cross my fingers and hope they won't rub.

Everyone is going for that overland look now!

Definitely need more pics of everyone's setup.
 
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