Torque Steer and wheel hop are two massive problems for the Ford Focus ST. Both wheel hop and torque steer are caused in part by chassis deflection in the LCA pickup points as well as deflection of the LCA bushing. This deflection causes small but critical changes in alignment, specifically toe, while getting on the throttle hard. The Torque Gusset Traction Bar braces these critical junctions and helps eliminate wheel hop and torque steer by preventing changes in alignment under hard acceleration or launches.
-Reduces Wheel Hop
-Reduces Torque Steer
-4 Point Construction tying into the Rear A-arm mounting points for extra rigidity and further elimination of wheel hop and torque steer
-Fits 2013-2018 Ford Focus ST
-Heavy duty CNC billet end cups
-Clears aftermarket charge pipes and motor mounts
-High gloss double black powdercoat finish
-Hand MIG and TIG welded Construction
-Made in the USA
-Fits with the OEM undertray*
-Compatible with the DMG Skid Plate from raptor racing
*some modification of the oem tray required
-This brace is a replacement for the Traction Bar. You cannot run both braces at the same time. If you are looking for the maximum performance, look at the torque gusset traction bar. It outperforms every single brace on the market and is lightyears ahead of any two point brace out there.
Easy to install and made a noticeable difference. Gonna buy the front crash bar next.
Great product. Fit perfectly and it is built with pride. Looks and performs perfect. I will be a repeat customer
Anyone who knows anything about these cars knows that the stock motor mounts are so soft that you can just bend them with your bare hands. Ford wanted to sell hot hatches, but the NVH team was concerned that grandma wouldn't buy them if they vibrated too much inside the cabin. The results are predictably mediocre. So, the first modification anybody makes to these cars is stiffer mounts. And this is the correct thing to do.
Next to a stiffer lower motor mount and maybe Bilstein B14 coilovers, this torque gusset traction bar from TB Performance is, hands-down, the best modification I have yet done. It ties the lower control arm pivot points together and additionally braces these against the lower subframe. I don't completely understand why, but this has vastly improved clutch pedal feel. Now, when I let out of the clutch, the power goes straight to the wheels. It lets the car "chew gum and walk at the same time". I am at a loss for words to explain it, but this brace makes a huge difference in the overall "feel" of the car, and drivability has improved in every instance in which the car is both turning + accelerating, whether at parking lot or racetrack speeds.
Installing the bar is not terrible for anyone who has some experience wrenching, however it does require some basic know-how. On my NA Focus MkIII with a 2.0L Ti-VCT, the A/C compressor lines are in the way of the right lower control arm pivot bolt, and you will need to loosen the passenger side motor mount and jack up on the engine from below (use a block of wood!) to gain the 3" of clearance you will need to access that bolt. These bolts came out for me without any problems, and although I used an impact, a breaker bar will probably suffice here. The lower control arm bolts themselves (as with most of the subframe bolts) are, unfortunately, torque-to-yield and will need to be replaced if you want to "do it right". Personally, since I'm under the car all the time (and because I am a redneck), I felt comfortable to re-use the bolts using a generous amount of red locktite, torquing to at least 115 lb-ft. Once you have done this, you'll need to grab a box cutter and cut away two "ears" into the felt aero-panel to allow enough clearance to reattach it. It slides back in and tucks inside the brace securely.
Danny makes great products, and this one is probably my favorite one so far. I think it should rank highly on your overall priority list in terms of performance considerations.
Very happy with my purchase, easy to install, and the results are identifiable almost immediately!