Go Back   Team-BHP > Under the Hood > Technical Stuff


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 25th March 2012, 20:15   #1
BHPian
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Faridabad
Posts: 719
Thanked: 36 Times
Default Anything special about the Fiesta S' Rear Shock Absorber?

Just a few days back, the rear driver side Shock Absorber in my Fiesta Sports was replaced in warranty as it had developed a leak.
I am not sure if they used the same spare part required for the S, there was speculation about difference between the suspension of the "Normal" Fiesta and Fiesta S on the forums.
Please clear the confusion for me.
Is there indeed a difference between the rear suspension, the shock absorber especially, between the Normal Fiesta and Fiesta Sports.
abhipuru16 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th March 2012, 22:12   #2
BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Chennai
Posts: 151
Thanked: 73 Times
Default Re: Anything special about the Fiesta S' Rear Shock Absorber?

Of course the 1.6 S comes with a different set of rigid shock absorbers for better ride and handling capabilities. Rigid shocks and wider tires on bigger 15" rims were the technical changes apart from cosmetic additions done on the S. So check with your service station if they have replaced it with the right spare.
vvijay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th March 2012, 22:52   #3
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: zxc
Posts: 3,394
Thanked: 658 Times
Default Re: Anything special about the Fiesta S' Rear Shock Absorber?

Quote:
Just a few days back, the rear driver side Shock Absorber in my Fiesta Sports was replaced in warranty as it had developed a leak.
Interesting as most modern car will have gas filled shock absorber.

BTW most car manufacturer will use same shocks from OEM to cut cost on production. Forget variants its even similar on different models.
SirAlec is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th March 2012, 22:56   #4
Senior - BHPian
 
vnabhi's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: DC -> DC
Posts: 5,270
Thanked: 1,235 Times
Default Re: Anything special about the Fiesta S' Rear Shock Absorber?

If I am not mistaken, the rear shocks of the Fiesta S are of Bilstein make,but we can ask an owner to confirm.

OT--The Fiesta S is the only model manufactured which actually lives up to the 'S' tag. Apart from a re-mapped ECU, even the suspension has been made taught to improve handling, though at the cost of low-speed ride.
vnabhi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th March 2012, 23:58   #5
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: KL
Posts: 4,680
Thanked: 3,508 Times
Default Re: Anything special about the Fiesta S' Rear Shock Absorber?

Quote:
Originally Posted by abhipuru16 View Post
Just a few days back, the rear driver side Shock Absorber in my Fiesta Sports was replaced in warranty as it had developed a leak.
I am not sure if they used the same spare part required for the S, there was speculation about difference between the suspension of the "Normal" Fiesta and Fiesta S on the forums.
Please clear the confusion for me.
Is there indeed a difference between the rear suspension, the shock absorber especially, between the Normal Fiesta and Fiesta Sports.
I read that some suspension bits (and other things that matters elsewhere) in a Fiesta 'S' is different from the regular Fiesta 1.6. Also afaik the S version sits closer to the ground than the regular Fiesta.

Now Ford may be the only manufacturer in India who does more to its car than just sticker change job with its S model. Fiat did it with its S10 long back, now only Ford remains i guess.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SirAlec View Post
Interesting as most modern car will have gas filled shock absorber.

BTW most car manufacturer will use same shocks from OEM to cut cost on production. Forget variants its even similar on different models.
Even the gas dampers have oil in them. Gas is sealed in a separate compartment from the oil and its job is to prevent the oil from foaming.
Sankar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th March 2012, 08:01   #6
Senior - BHPian
 
ghodlur's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Thane
Posts: 5,041
Thanked: 2,086 Times
Smile Re: Anything special about the Fiesta S' Rear Shock Absorber?

Abhinav,

There are two aspects to look at. One is the shock abosrbers and second the suspension tuning setup. Agreed that for S the suspensions are tuned hard as compared to the soft tuning for Classic Fiesta but does this mean a different shock absorber, my guess is the the shock absorber will be the same. The suspension unit tuning is definitely different.
ghodlur is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th March 2012, 08:17   #7
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: KL
Posts: 4,680
Thanked: 3,508 Times
Default Re: Anything special about the Fiesta S' Rear Shock Absorber?

Quote:
Originally Posted by abhipuru16 View Post
Is there indeed a difference between the rear suspension, the shock absorber especially, between the Normal Fiesta and Fiesta Sports.
Did a little googling and this is what i found on ACI website:

Quote:
Ford has lowered the suspension of this S version and added stiffer dampers to get the car to drive and handle better. This unleashes a lot more of the fundamental potential of the Fiestaís chassis and its expensive suspension thatís otherwise lost in the standard carís much softer setup. The car has been lowered by 5mm and though the springs are shorter, they have the same amount of coils, giving them a greater degree of stiffness. This feels great out on the open road, as you can Ďleaní the S on its stiffer suspension and 195/55 15 tyres and really loosen the reins of the 1.6 motor.
Stiffer damper and springs and its lower by 5mm, so yes its got a different suspension setup compared to regular 1.6.

Source: Ford Fiesta S - Review - Autocar India
Sankar is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ford Fiesta Classic: Important damper / shock absorber information to keep in mind XetaGLGRocks Technical Stuff 0 16th December 2014 12:30
Innova Shock Absorber Failure CDM Technical Stuff 8 15th April 2013 15:49
Damper (shock absorber) recommendation for Jeeps? ringoism 4x4 Technical 3 12th December 2012 01:11
a shock absorber that generates electricity! greenhorn Shifting gears 8 13th February 2009 22:24


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 09:28.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks