Well guys, you may have seen recent pics of my car, but thought it time to try and pull together a progress report in some sort of chronological order, so here goes! I'm struggling to remember all the mods and the order I did them in, and don't have photos of each I'm sure, but will give it a blast!
October 2011 I decided to sell my beloved 53 plate Mondeo Zetec S 130 2.0TDCi after 2 and a half years and 60k miles enjoyable ownership. Many pennies and many more hours were spent on it, and it truly was a sad day to see it go (my boy was literally in tears!). My favourite mods on it were probably all the DIY OEM extra interior lighting, Lockwood dials, and of course Eibachs. Oh, and ST style lower mesh grille was a satisfying one as well! Oh, and heated/cooled leather/alcantara interior...the list could go on really!
Anyway, I decided to bid farewell to the Mondeo as it had served me well and I seen this little Focus come up at a bargain price.
55 Plate Mk2 pre-facelift Ford Focus, 2.0TDCi 136, 3dr Titanium in Jeans Blue, great standard spec, and lowered and with aftermarket 18s on her. Here's how she stood shortly after purchase...
I had long-shot ambitions of putting an ST kit on it one day, as I love the ST looks (and hate the standard black plastic bumper inserts and valances!), but doing around 30k miles a year, 20-something MPG aint an option! I started looking at parts prices and quickly realised an ST kit may be ambitious, but decided to do what I could and see where it took me.
First mods were done as soon as I bought it - converting all interior lights, boot lights, no plate lights and sidelights to LEDs removed from the Mondeo. Also installed the cheap xenon-effect bulbs I had, which worked great in the Mondeo lamps with a nice white light, but these came out after a couple of days as the output was really poor from the adaptive projectors.
Also installed my Parrot CK3100 which I removed from the Mondeo, straight swap with the same quadlock connector and SOT-092S loom.
I then came across this forum as the one I'd used in my Mondeo days was dead on the Focus side...and then the fun began!
Fancied the wing mirror indicator upgrade, and after seeing how easy it was in a guide I set about sourcing parts. Gathered up two different colour covers and two indicator units, along with a sheet of carbon 3M wrap and some speaker wire for under £20 and got to work...Silver indicator bulbs all round were also ordered and fitted.
I was already desperately hunting ST parts at this stage, and managed to source a rear bumper and these genuine Ford/Ronal wheels locally for bargain prices. Wanted to store the bumper til all parts were sourced and could go on at once, but the wheels were fitted straight away...
Have since replaced the tatty centre caps with blue gen Ford ones, ties in nice with the body colour and my painted calipers. Also continued to gather up grilles and surrounds and whatever ST bargains I could find, including side skirts off the bay.
Got my gen Ford LHD rear reverse light around this time also from the bay for £7!
Spoiler was proving hard to source, so I picked up an MS Design one in my colour, even that was a huge improvement from standard.
My next ST find was a set of genuine ST-3 black bi-xenon headlights, given to me from a guy who'd sold his Focus so had no use for them. He had fitted a HID kit, but I removed this and tidied the wires back up and re-fitted the original bulbs and ballasts that were also supplied...
Then came a few subtle but common interior mods which I feel make a huge difference...heater controls and pedal covers...
Few extras in the boot were also added with a bit of help from Lenny and his guides on here...second boot light, but I went for a couple of SMD LED pads like Charlie, and also wired in an additional 12V supply. This was a bit more of a faff than normal as I didn't have the extra 12V live plug wired in, but tapped into the front easy enough. Two simple but satisfying mods, highly recommended!
Was running out of patience at this stage in my quest for the ST kit, then had a reply to wanted ad I placed online for a complete front bumper at a great price, so had to go for it! Also managed to source an RS spoiler as an alternative to an ST one, as it would save me respray costs. Seller just wanted a standard one in return and a few quid so worked out well! Here's a few pics of the kit finally all gathered up and being sent for paint!
Dropped the kit off to the bodyshop, then a week later dropped the car off for fitting along with some fresh number plates, mudflaps and a new tailgate handle (that wouldn't leak and corrode my bulbs!), then a week after that I collected it, looking like this...
Then, after some hmm-ing and ha-ing, fitted the RS spoiler...
Another dilemma was badging, as I had initially planned to keep 'ST' off it altogether, but haven't come up with a solution yet for the wing badges, so ordered up some carbon inlays from DMB as I think it'll blend better than the red lettering and carbon/chrome overlays as well. After all, the badges can always come off again! So have de-badged the Focus Titanium off the rear, and fitted ST wing badges, front grille badge, and still have rear tailgate and overlays to fit. Along with possibly a TDCi badge with the red 'Ci' carbon'd as well...
Sourced a Mk2 ashtray complete with lighter from ebay and fitted straight away. Also fitted the lighter surround ring with an LED 286 bulb which gives a nice glow at night.
I have fitted a few CREEs now, 6000K reverse, sidelight and foglights and love them!
Remaining mods now are getting an exhaust sorted to fill the bumper cut-outs, so ordered a pair of 4inch slash-cuts from MIJ Exhausts through ebay and my mechanic is gonna knock up the pipework.
Wheels are in dire need of a refurb, so need to pick a colour for that (possibly black to tie in with spoiler, front centre lip and rear diffuser), next month hopefully.
Gonna order a set of blinds for the rear tint look, and I'm currently in the middle of an upgrade to the facelift rear lights...literally, in the middle of it - I did the passenger side last night in the dark because I'm impatient, but when the skies opened at about 11pm, I called it a night! Had to come to work today with car looking like this, but will get it sorted as soon as I get home this evening. Full guide will follow soon... hopefully!
Think that's about it for now! Has come quite a way in the 18months or so that I've been driving it, and have done just under 50k in that time with regular services and no serious bother.
I'm sure there are small mods I've left out and probably got some of them arse about face, and my pics aren't great and are missing in a few instances, but it'll do the job!
Hopefully I'll be able to keep this updated in one place from now on with the future upgrades...and once it finally looks the part, I might start looking into giving it a bit more oomph then as well, with an upgraded intercooler and remap.
Comments welcome...as long as they're nice! ;)
Thanks for looking!