Wes Duenkel
May 21, 2018

Today’s unibody cars are designed to be lifted simultaneously at four points under their chassis. That’s great if you’re a professional shop with a lift, but most shade tree mechanics only have a quartet of jack stands and a floor jack in their arsenal. If you’ve ever tried to get jack stands under a modern car by using a floor jack, you know how tedious and annoying the process can be.

Mustang owners have enjoyed the benefit of jacking rails for decades, but now Steeda offers jacking rails for the 2012-2017 Ford Focus. Two flavors are available: bolt-in or weld-in.

Both versions provide a safe, secure way to jack and support your Focus. Because of their easy installation, we chose Steeda’s Ultra Light and Low Profile Bolt-In Chassis Jacking Rails (PN 555-5208).

The rails allow jacking anywhere along the rocker, which prevents damage to the rocker panel, pinch welds, and rocker panel cover. They’re constructed form 2 x 1-inch steel tubing and feature laser-cut mounting brackets. The wrinkle black powder coat finish and zinc-plated hardware add durability and good looks.

The bolt-in design of the jacking rails utilizes “flag” tabs on the fasteners that use existing holes in the chassis for mounting. No drilling or welding is required!

Steeda’s Ultra Light and Low Profile Bolt-In Chassis Jacking Rails were super-easy to install. Even a first-timer could have them bolted up in under an hour. The jacking rails are a cost-effective time-saver, and a must-have for every Focus owner who does their own wrenching.

1. Steeda’s Ultra Light and Low Profile Bolt-In Chassis Jacking Rails fit 2012-2017 Ford Focus. They provide an easy, safe, and secure way to lift and support your Focus.

2. The Steeda Ultra Light and Low Profile Bolt-In Chassis Jacking Rails are fashioned from sturdy 2 x 1-inch steel tubing and laser-cut flanges that are powder coated with a durable, wrinkle black finish.

3. The included offset studs and flag nuts utilize existing holes in the chassis to mount the jacking rails to the rocker panels.

4. First, we got our Ford Focus test subject in the air and supported it securely with ramps and jack stands.

5. Then, we removed the underbody cover panels.

6. Next, we removed the screws securing the cross brace to the floor pan.

7. The Steeda kit includes these unique offset studs that utilize existing holes in the chassis to mount the jacking rails to the floor.

8. Using a jack stand to support the jacking rail in position at the rear, we slid the mounting tab of the jacking rail between the cross brace and the floor.

9. Next, we inserted the supplied flag nut into position using a nearby hole in the chassis.

10. Next, hold the rear of the jacking rail into position and loosely installed the included bolt.

11. With the jacking rail aligned with the rocker panel pinch weld, we tightened the rear bolt.

12. Then, we tightened the cross brace and offset stud bolts up front.

13. We finished the installation by replacing the underbody cover panel.

14. The Steeda jacking rails make lifting our Focus up a breeze.

15. Steeda recommends using padded jack and jack stand covers to avoid damaging the powder coating on the jacking rails.

16. The Steeda Ultra Light and Low Profile Bolt-In Chassis Jacking Rails provide a safe, convenient place to position jack stands. Maintaining our Focus from tire rotations to oil changes will be safer, easier, and less time-consuming!