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Goneracin

2014 lowering springs

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I cant seem to find a write up anywhere on the internet about how to lower a 2014 fusion. I am interested in either the steeda or eibach springs, mostly for appearance, but also to stiffen the ride up slightly. Can someone point me in the right direction of a set of instructions?

 

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If it's anything like my 2012 (which I think/ hope it is) the front is more difficult the the rear.

On the front obviously you take of your wheels

then it really helps if you loosen your abs bracket to make the line a little more movable so you can slide the old assembly out and not have to finesse it out of there so much.

Take the 3 nuts off the strut tower in the engine bay

Then there's about 3 bolts in the suspension that hold the assembly up in the perch. You'll need a 14 mm socket and 16 mm.

Once you get those off tension should release and your whole spring and strut should be able to be removed now. Angling it out from the bottom towards the front bumper I found is easiest for some reason.

(Repeat for each side and reverse for installation)

To install springs on the assembly you'll need to rent a spring compressor tool from advanced for $60. You get all your money back when you return it.

Removal of spring/ install is super easy. There's only one bolt at the top and then the process of compressing/ decompressing the springs. It just takes a little time.

Put everything back together, tighten all bolts and be double sure to check your work. Don't forget to tighten the abs bracket back as well.

So on to the rears!

So you have the car jacked up on the frame a little bit higher than ground height hopefully. Take another jack and put it under the control arm and jack it up until you get the right angle where you can pull the bolt holding the control arm in.

For the rear you'll need Allen keys and the usual 14 and 16 mm sockets.

There are 2 bolts that's need to be removed to bring the control arm down.

Also there's a nut that has to be loosened... this part I can't remember if it had to come off or not, it had an Allen key in the center.

So you have the control arm ready to be moved now.

SLOWLY lower your jack and watch as it lowers your control arm and your spring decompresses.

Now you should have it at an angle you can naturally pull the spring and strut assembly out from the bottom.

Repeat your steps for putting your springs on same as the front.

Put everything back together, again make double sure everything is the same as it was.

Of course I may have missed something, or said something confusing here, and I am by no means an expert or professional but this should give you an idea and set you on the right track. Just take things slow and work smarter not harder.

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It's nothing like your 2012. Your car has coil over suspension. The 2013+ has McPherson strut front suspension

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The strut & spring on 2013+ fronts are relatively simple to take off as an assembly. Looks like MY2013 was a good year for suspensions at FoMoCo.

2013-14 Ford Fusion Front Strut and Spring Assembly.pdf

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Thanks for the input everyone. I ordered the Steeda springs, and they are sitting in my garage right now. As soon as I get a bit of free time I will put them in and see how it goes.

 

Thanks again.

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Looking forward to notes on your install as well as final pics!

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The install was pretty straight forward. The only thing that differed from Steeda's instructions was the removal of plastic covers over the front bolts for the rear sub frame. The plastic covers hold a lot of road sand in them, so when I removed them it went everywhere. Making it a little difficult for my creeper and painful on the knees. Had I known, I would have taken them off before putting the jack stands in there.

 

I also sprayed half the bolt and washer assemblies for the sub frame with bright spray paint and let it dry before removal. This made it super easy to line back up and the car is straight and true down the road. I will be having the alignment checked in a week or so anyway.

 

The springs are still settling in a bit, I think it looks great. The ride is slightly stiffer, but still rides great. No more extreeeeeem lean during cornering or braking. Worth every penny in my book.

 

I do have pictures but I cant get them small enough to post up. If someone wants to tell me how, I will get them up as soon as I figure it out.

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Best way? Store pics/videos in Photobucket. Link them back here using the IMG link. Presto magico!

 

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This is right before I backed it in the garage for the install

 

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This is immediatly following the install

 

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