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I took a test drive. I loved it. It goes exactly where you aim it, as if it were on rails. It corners flat. And the acceleration is more than needed for most legal driving. BUT the wife found the ride to be way too harsh. And she is a keeper.

So what is the easiest - and cheapest - way to soften the ride a bit. Just 17s? Or will it mean new shocks/dampers? And what is a ballpark cost on those if they are needed?
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The spindles in front are different than a standard Focus. No swapping there.

So...nothing.

Air ride and delete trunk space and about 3 grand for OEM level quality kit...that doesn't exist yet.

Don't buy a performance hatch? It actually rides about the same as a standard focus, its unbelievable how this car handles so good and rides so smooth.

- Drew
 

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You could probably find another Focus owner willing to swap out / trade springs and dampers. Titanium handeling package would probably be too stiff still as that set up is pretty firm.

I think it's a sin to do this to a ST but to each their own.
 
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Since it's been indicated that some 16" and 17" wheels will fit, probably the first thing to do is consider a different wheel/tire package that has a significantly taller tire sidewall. Assuming typical +/- 1 type sizing, you should be able to run a 245/50/16 or a 225/55/16 and it should soften the ride quite a bit actually.
 

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*Sigh* What can I say? I spoiled her with a Mercedes. Great handling and a comfy ride - even when I drove hard.

But, to the subject at hand: I was thinking of the 5-bolt, 17 inch rims off of a stock focus electric shod with P225/50R17s.
 

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If you really want to soften the ride, you can go with 215/55R16. This has almost identical outside tire dimensions as stock, but will provide a much softer ride due to the taller sidewall.
 
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