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COIL-OVER SUSPENSION /
BEFORE STARTING…
The first rule of working on cars and using tools of any kind is don’t ever skimp on decent protection. Goggles, gloves, ear defenders, masks and a set of overalls should be in your garage. Use them. When using power tools, protective gear is essential — grinders and welders can make a real mess of your soft skin and bone if you get it wrong. Never work under a car without supporting it using axle stands first. A car falling on you is not something you’ll be laughing about down the pub. When cars catch fire, they burn fast. If you haven’t got an extinguisher, think seriously about getting one. If you’re not confident in your own ability to complete a task safely, don’t even start it. Leave it to the experts.
The advice and guidelines given in the Fast Ford tech section are given in good faith and Fast Ford or Future Publishing can take no responsibility for injuries sustained while carrying out the described tasks and procedures, or any consequences arising.

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Remove the 15 mm nut on the drop bar link.

Remove the ABS wire off the drop link bar (this should just pull away).

Remove the retaining bracket off the brake hose with a screwdriver. Give it a little tap with a hammer if necessary.

Words: Neil

SLAM DUNK
Fit a coil-over kit to your ST for a slammed stance and sorted handling. Follow our guide and you’ll be onto a winner.
Fitting coil-overs will create much more flexibility in the set-up of your motor. The kits come with stiffer springs and are adjustable for height and damping so you will eliminate the dreaded body roll. If set correctly coil-overs will transform an already great handling car into something unreal which will attack the corners without bouncing around like an eight-year-old on a bouncy castle. We popped over to Pumaspeed for the afternoon to catch Tony and James fitting some to their tasty demo car. Pumaspeed currently stocks two kits for the ST, for the purposes of this guide we used one of its Weitech kits. who owns or has ever been out in a Fiesta ST will testify that they are terrific handling cars as standard. They have the same fun factor of the classic old school hot hatches like the Pug 205 GTi but with none of the papier maché build quality. That said, if you’re upping the power or want a super low stance for either street or track days, the only way to go about it would be to fit some fully-adjustable coil-overs. Although, you don’t have to be a track day fanatic for them to be a worthwhile investment, some people fit them to help squeeze huge wheels under their car’s arches.

Photos: Gerard Hughes

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Pumaspeed’s Fiesta ST was our guinea pig Below. KW and Weitec kits the company stocks

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Remove the 15 mm pinch bolt. Tap the top of the hub with hammer to free

Now remove the three 13 mm nuts on top of the strut and it will just drop free.

Pull out the old suspension from under the arch.

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ESSENTIALS TOOLS YOU’LL NEED!
COSTS
Weitec coil-over kit KW coil-over kit £479 inc VAT £667 inc VAT

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For safety use spring compressors to compress the spring.

Now remove the 19 mm top bolt.

Remove the strut top and bearing.

HOW LONG TO DO?
Quite easy, you could probably do the whole car in a morning if you’re organised

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WHERE FROM?
Pumaspeed 01924 871421 www.pumaspeed.co.uk (Pumaspeed has a limited offer. The first 10 Weitec kits to sell will go for £450 or £500 fitted. And depending on what you plan to use the car for you can order “special” stronger springs.)

HOW HARD TO FIT?
Fairly easy again, but a mate and decent tools help

IN THE TOOLKIT
Jack, axle stands, 10, 13, 15, 17, 19 mm spanners and sockets, 2.5 mm Allen key, hammer, grease, spring compressors

Jack the car up and place on axle stands. Then take the wheel off.

Before fitting set the height adjuster to the required height and ensure that the 2.5 mm grub screw is tight.

Place the strut top back on.

Tighten the 19 mm top bolt in place.

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Now offer the new strut in place.

Tighten the three 13 mm nuts on the strut top.

Grease the bottom of the new strut. This will make it easier to fit to the hub.

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Offer the hub up to the strut and use a jack to lift into the hub. This will put tension on the spring making it easier for the strut to slide into place. Use a hammer to tap the top of the hub into place.

Tighten the 15 mm pinch bolt.

Fit the drop bar link and ABS bracket, 17 mm on the back of the drop link and 15 mm nut on the front.

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Clip ABS sensor wire back into place.

Put the retaining clip back on the brake hose. Tap into place with a hammer.

Put the wheel back on.

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Take the wheel off.

Support the rear beam because if this drops it will pull all the brake lines free.

Remove the arch lining to give you easy access to the two 10 mm nuts and then unbolt them.

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COIL-OVER SUSPENSION /

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Remove the 15 mm pinch bolt. Tap the top of the hub with hammer to free from strut.

Remove the 13 mm nut on the strut top, then slide free.

Place the strut top onto the new strut damper and use the new 13 mm nut to tighten up.

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Offer into position and tighten the two 10 mm nuts and replace the arch guard.

Take the opposite side damper off and lower the axle stand, now you can remove the spring.

Set the height adjuster and fit the spring (ensure the flat edge is facing upwards).

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SETTING

Fit the rubber seat on top of the spring.

Replace the spring. Jack the axle back up and tighten the 15 mm bottom damper bolt, then put the wheel back on.

Once fitted, if fine adjustments need to be made use the C spanners provided in the kit to raise or lower it. Ideally take the car to a suspension specialist for fine tuning or a pukka laser set-up. Now your ST should corner like it’s on rails.

VERDICT
Pumaspeed set the kit for its own tastes and the gap between the bottom of the front thread to the spring seat is 75 mm and the gap on the rear adjuster between the two mating faces is 20 mm. This setting is fine for Pumaspeed’s own taste on its demo ST and just clears the nifty looking 18 inch Focus RS wheels. With the tracking set for very mild toe-in, the ST is completely transformed into a very capable Fast Road car or potential track weapon.
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