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I wanted to improve the handling a bit and keep it simple because this is my daily commuter. I wanted to keep it cheap and not go too low with this car. By the way, the only better aftermarket non-coilover upgrade for the Fiesta right now is the Koni STR.T dampers (as far as I've seen). If you were to only install lowering springs with the stock dampers, the ride would quickly degrade and you will be bouncing down the road in only a few thousand miles. ...but that's a whole other discussion.

I ordered the FRPP kit and a set of Konis.
I wanted to use the FRPP springs with the Koni dampers but the FRPP spring and perch on the front struts differ from stock. The FRPP spring is smaller in diameter and the FRPP spring perch has a step in it where the bottom of the spring fits into. The OEM spring perch is flat. The Koni spring perch is designed the same as OEM. I could have just ordered some Eibach Pros and sold the FRPP kit but that would get more expensive and too low for what I want. I have Eibach Pros with Bilstein Sports on my Focus ST and I love them but I'm not going there with the Fiesta.

I sent the Konis back. Installing the FRPP kit was a no-brainer.

Fordracingparts123 had the best deal: http://fordracingpartsbydonwood.com/chassis-parts/handling-packs/2011-12-fiesta-handling-pack-m-fr3-fa/

The kit comes with new bump-stops but you have to use the OEM top mounts to assemble the FRPP spring/strut. The rear shocks come assembled with new upper mounts and bump-stops installed and ready to swap. The instructions say to use new bolts and nuts. What I found is that they are kind of soft and they could round out easily which explains why they want you get new ones. They are lower quality- be careful.

If you have never done a spring/strut swap before, don't fret too much. It's pretty easy to do. Watch a couple of YouTube videos on similar cars and you have it made. You can borrow a spring compressor from an auto parts store with a deposit. It gets refunded when you bring it back.

When you take the fronts out, mark the orientation of the mount before you take it apart so you can put it back together and re-install it the same.
For the rears, after you remove the shocks, the springs come out easily without the need for the spring compressor.

Instructions: http://www.fordracingparts.com/download/instructionsheets/FordInstShtM-FR3-FA.pdf

Opinions on how well a vehicle handles with any upgrades are greatly variable based on experience, driving styles, road surfaces, moods, etc so I will spare you that. Based on my experience, having done several track days in the past, current Focus ST owner, Octane Academy student, and Mustang GT school- I like it. Now the car is MUCH more fun to drive, more stable at freeway speeds and looks better, too.
Your mileage may vary.

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Thanks for the write-up! I'm waiting for my kit to be shipped.
 

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Makes me glad I went the way I did but my wants were different. Looks good and definitely better than the 4x4 status they have stock.
 

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Thanks for this post. My Fiesta has to go places my Del Sol doesn't as well, so I totally understand how you feel.

Looks like this pack would give my Fiesta exactly what it needs.

Has anyone installed it on the sedan? Just wondering how different it would sit. I'll go through the build threads later when I have more time.
 

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Very nice, great job, awesome look!!
 

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thanks. With this and the Steeda shifter, I'm feelin sporty.
 

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thanks. With this and the Steeda shifter, I'm feelin sporty.
That's on the list too. I just wish I knew someone locally with it. I fear my arms are too short for it. At the stock length 5th gear is a bit of a reach but overall its only slightly too high for me. I was thinking about nipping an inch of the top for ergonomic reasons. Obviously this will not reduce throw, since it won't change the shift geometry and it would likely increase shift effort slightly but would probably feel a lot more comfortable for my arm length/height than it does now. :eek: The Fiesta is about mileage and lazy shifting for me. :)
 

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The CFM shifter with the lever in the back position and all the way up might be what you want, and if not you could get another shaft made to put it where you want. For me the ideal position is still an inch or two taller and about two inches closer to me so I'm going to try making a new shaft. It is simply 1/2 inch round that is cut on the end to 12mm and threaded for the knob.
 

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That's on the list too. I just wish I knew someone locally with it. I fear my arms are too short for it. At the stock length 5th gear is a bit of a reach but overall its only slightly too high for me. I was thinking about nipping an inch of the top for ergonomic reasons. Obviously this will not reduce throw, since it won't change the shift geometry and it would likely increase shift effort slightly but would probably feel a lot more comfortable for my arm length/height than it does now. :eek: The Fiesta is about mileage and lazy shifting for me. :)
The CFM shifter with the lever in the back position and all the way up might be what you want, and if not you could get another shaft made to put it where you want. For me the ideal position is still an inch or two taller and about two inches closer to me so I'm going to try making a new shaft. It is simply 1/2 inch round that is cut on the end to 12mm and threaded for the knob.
Thanks for the input on this. Go to my Steeda shifter thread: http://www.fiestafaction.com/forums/threads/44481-Steeda-short-throw-shifter-installed
 

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I would love to get this kit for my 2015, but I am not sure if I have the skills to install it myself and also not sure that I want to pay $600 in labor for the dealer to do it.
 

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I don't drink beer but a bottle of Jim Beam and a little assistance when needed would suffice.

Shucks, I just sold my Longacre alignment kit. Oh well, I have backup.
 
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