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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 5:18 pm 
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Right, this is to let you all know the problems I encountered fitting the ZS rear beam, focus brake set up and how i solved these problems.

ZS rear beam :- No real problems involved with fitting this. Just a direct replacement for the original. 4 screws each side, wheel off, handbrake cable off all clips.
The only problem I found with this was if you have RS2000 side skirts like me! I had to break the last rivet so that i could lower the beam down. As the skirts fit directly below the attachment of the beam to the body. Not a problem, just re-rivet it after.

Focus rear brake set up :- This is where the problems start. But they do fit perfectly to the beam!

Brake hose:- the existing brake hose of the Si is too short to reach the focus calipers. You can see this in this picture. Note the black hose is the new one, explained later:

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This is too short now:
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So...i had to pop down to the local motor shop, they directed us to a helpful chap who has loads in Basildon. The fiesta Si hoses are 13 inchs, we need about 16 inches. So went to have a look in Basildon, and they had some 17 inch, Mk 3 escort 1980-83 front brake hoses that fit pretty much perfectly, as you can see from the pics above and below (black hose)

Please note that we moved the brake hose the other side of the strut after we tried the wheel!!
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Hand brake cable :- after looking on FT.com for a while, XR3i handbrake cable was the cable that everyone said should work and that fit. But this wasn't the case.
We had to take the yoke off the fiesta handbrake and use that, as the yoke would not fit under the floor pan.
The outer cable is too short, but shortcuts can be taken, this is ok.
The inside cable was too long, and this was a problem. As you can see from the pic below, the cable is too long!

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SO my dad had to make up some sought of spacers on the lathe.

This is what he came up with:
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Now this fits here:
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This is what it was like before:
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After all these problems, the handbrake cable was cable tied into position (with shortcuts taken). The cable needed to be adjusted so that it was an MOT pass.

Now the brakes were bled, and the wheels were put back on. Notice the wheels stick out with the zetec s rear beam.
Here are pics of the final result:
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 3:43 pm 
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UPDATE:

My car is lowered 35mm, mk 3 springs in mk 3.5 struts, so it sits a bit high at the rear. 15inch rims.

I'ver had any rubbing with the wheels, but now with the beam (+10mm?) and the focus rears (+10-20mm?), i get slight rubbing when going fast through big dips.

I wouldn't reccomend this to anyone who has bigger than 15inch rims and lowerered more than 35mm. Unless ya arches are done, but in that case, won't really solve it cuz it ain't just the lip that rubs.

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hi when you fitted the beam did it stick out more on 1 side than they other

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thread was done back in 2005! not seen the guy on here in years!


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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 5:13 pm 
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onslack wrote:
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thread was done back in 2005! not seen the guy on here in years!


are bugga

i there any 1 else out there running a zetec s beam

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THE HOG wrote:
hi when you fitted the beam did it stick out more on 1 side than they other


Most, if not all fiesta's seem to do that, even if ever so slightly.

Mainly its the passenger side that sticks out more, and I think its due to the filler neck being in that arch.

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will the si drums/stub axles fit on the zs beam?

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