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gforce

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!

 

Lenny

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!

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Comments welcome...as long as they're nice! ;)
Thanks for looking!
 

Great Work done there Gary mate,
RS rear spoiler looks excellent on the blue body and I love the ride height looks sweet!
Clear units will make it seem wider too, low and wide looks aggressive Grrrr!!!
Looking forward to updates mate,
Brigante

good work gary mate

 

 

certainly a nice example of an st conversion

 

much bargain hunting n work gone into it

b4zz

looking good fella looks a different car.

like the rs spoiler imo doesent look outa place one bit

gforce

Cheers guys, really happy with the way it has turned out so far.

 

Completed the facelift rear light conversion last night, complete with an LED strip at the top for the dual-lit RS look, and what can I say...I love the upgrade! It's one I had never planned on doing, but got the lights for a steal at a local breakers complete with looms and I think it makes a massive difference to the rear end. looks much 'cleaner' and seems to make the RS spoiler blend in that bit more.

 

I took pictures as I went along as best i could (when I remembered!) so I plan to write up a guide for the conversion...just an update of what's already been posted on here really with a bit more info on the wiring and some extra pics. Hope to get it typed up this evening.

 

Stupidly enough I don't have any pics for this thread now with the conversion completed on both sides! So will upload some of those later as well.

FOCA

Its looking good! - i think the blinds or tints would really suit it now - are the blinds more expensive than getting tints done by a pro?

gforce

Thanks pal. The blinds are actually the same price in my case, as I got a quote of £70 to do the 3 rear windows by a very reputable local tint guy, and the blinds are £71 posted. Think that's a pretty competitive quote I got for tinting though, so they'd maybe be cheaper for others.

 

I like the idea of the blinds being easily removable if needed but they still give the tinted look. And the only very minor 'issue' I've ever heard with them is on the 5 door when rear windows are down and the shades still on, but obviously this won't be relevant to the 3 door.

 

Plus, a previous owner had tints on the car and removed them badly leaving a layer of tint glue on the windows. I scraped this off myself, but nicked the heater elements in a couple of places, so I'd need to make a damn good job of sorting if I was gonna put tint on, otherwise it could burn right through it I think if I turned on the rear de-mister! Won't have this problem with the shades as I'm assuming they won't be touching the glass.

gforce

Little update on this as I've been on relatively little of late.

 

The day or two after I finished the rear light conversion I tried getting both night time and day time pics, but finding it near impossible to get good night time ones for some reason! Will try again tonight and get daytime ones tomorrow. And I'll say it again, I love the difference they make to the rear end! Nearly gives it a wider appearance which suits the spoiler.

 

I also ordered these bad boys a couple of weeks ago and had them fitted over the weekend whilst I was away, so I'll get pics of the finished rear end tomorrow, including exhaust, DMB gels and facelift rear lights! B)

 

 

Still have the blinds in my ebay basket too, but would like to get the car valeted and in desperate need of a wheel refurb, so need prioritise them somehow!

Lenny
sweet,
Looking forward to getting some pictures next to it on Sunday evening mate,
Hopfully the weather will be good.
gforce

Hopefully so mate! I'd have liked to have planned for it better and got everythin checked off my list, but things have just been so hectic lately I never had a chance, haha!

b4zz

i look forwred to seeing the pics fella

gforce

Well guys, managed to get a few snaps today of the exhaust and the finished rear lights. I didn't get night time pics yet, but I might over the weekend to show the LED strip mod in them. Anyway, here's a few to highlight the exhaust and my badges and inlays...hope y'all like!

 

I had initially wanted the tips flush with the bumper, but turns out they were too long to sit flush on the driver's side as the pipe bend is pretty close behind the bumper, so he sat them out the same on both sides, but I think the slight protrusion actually suits them well!

 

Maybe a thicker rolled-in style tip would suit better as well, as these thin slash cuts maybe blend in a bit much to the black rear diffuser, but the pics don't so it justice if I'm honest. And the slightly burnished tip matches well with the car's body colour.

 

Not 100% on my DMBs, was always a fan of the original blue oval and it matched the car well, but they're staying on for now at least. Really like the inlays as I didn't like the original red lettered badges.

 

Anyway, comments welcome as always!

 

WARNING: Picture Alert!!! (I'm rubbish at deciding which pics look best and which ones to pick to post up, so I'll just put up nearly all of them!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gforce

Looking at those last two pics has just confirmed how badly I need those blinds for the tinted rear window look! They're def top of the list...I think, haha!

Brigante
The tips look good mate

Fill the cut outs in the bumper nicely

How are they mounted exactly?
gforce

Cheers pal. I had a good look on STOC forum for pics of STs with different tailpipes to give me an idea of what looked good. Wanted to fill the holes as you say, so something 3.5 or 4 inch seemed the norm for upgrading to on the ST. Another key factor for me, as always, was keeping the cost down, so went for these Jap style 4 inch slash cuts with burnt tip, and they were only £29 posted for the two...

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-JAP-STYLE-SLASHCUT-Burnt-Tip-Exhaust-Tail-Pipe-Trim-/320575816029?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item4aa3cec15d

 

Would maybe have preferred these ones which I've seen on a red ST-kitted TDCi over on focusowners, and think they suit the ST bumper perfectly. They're also an inch shorter in length so would sit pretty flush to the bumper, but at over £50 posted for the two, I went for the cheaper ones!

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/220831346373?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

 

I had my mechanic fit the exhaust... He cut the exhaust from about the middle of the car and ran a new pipe back to the passenger side, with a Y-bend coming off it and piping running over to the driver's side between the spare wheel well and bumper. The tips were just welded on then and fixed with hangers and brackets/mounts.

 

You could get somethin similar done mate, even just have a dummy tip as the driver's side one, like that red one I mentioned earlier. Could be all done for pretty cheap and would finish off the look of your ST bumper nicely. ;)

 

I had planned to give my calipers a rfesh lick of paint last night but had too much to do around the house and garden so never got to it, but when I do and have the rear of the car up on axle stands, I'll get better pics of the handiwork.

 

EDIT: Ha, the forum has just screened my use of a word which is short for 'Japanese' to describe the exhaust tips!

Oliverb
Tints will finish that off a treat !!
Good work mate...
gforce

Thanks buddy! I have the custom fit blinds in my ebay basket for a couple of weeks now, just have had so much on lately and another busy couple of months comin up, that I've kept talkin myself out of buying them! Birthday in a couple of weeks, so might see if anyone wants to treat me to them.

 

Might need to get a few bits and pieces up for sale first and can justify (aka not let her know about the PayPal funds!) spending on them a lot easier then!

Lenny

Well guys, managed to get a few snaps today of the exhaust and the finished rear lights. I didn't get night time pics yet, but I might over the weekend to show the LED strip mod in them. Anyway, here's a few to highlight the exhaust and my badges and inlays...hope y'all like!
 
I had initially wanted the tips flush with the bumper, but turns out they were too long to sit flush on the driver's side as the pipe bend is pretty close behind the bumper, so he sat them out the same on both sides, but I think the slight protrusion actually suits them well!
 
Maybe a thicker rolled-in style tip would suit better as well, as these thin slash cuts maybe blend in a bit much to the black rear diffuser, but the pics don't so it justice if I'm honest. And the slightly burnished tip matches well with the car's body colour.
 
Not 100% on my DMBs, was always a fan of the original blue oval and it matched the car well, but they're staying on for now at least. Really like the inlays as I didn't like the original red lettered badges.
 
Anyway, comments welcome as always!
 
WARNING: Picture Alert!!! (I'm rubbish at deciding which pics look best and which ones to pick to post up, so I'll just put up nearly all of them!)

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The exhaust really suits the car mate,
The tail lights and RS spoiler were also a great addition gives it a proper sporty shape.
The blinds will really finish it off completly well done mate it looks the business proper 3 door too.
Stoney871

Defo get the blinds, I love mine and they really look like tints unless you're right next to the car.

gforce

Small update...picked these up off the bay last week, gonna give them a trial fit and then decide/await opinions on whether to stick with my carbon wrapped ones or go with these...

 

 

I plan to gloss black the grilles at some stage, so along with spoiler and front and rear centre lower bumper sections in gloss black, I think the new mirror caps will tie in better than the carbon wrapped ones.

gforce

Here we go...what you reckon guys, gloss or carbon?

 

 

 

 

Oliverb
Yeah !
They look a lot smarter now mate ...
Nice touch ..
gforce

Cheers pal...pics came out awful (pretty common for me, haha!) in fading light, so will try get some better ones. Think I prefer them too. Need to come up with a plan to get these grilles glossed!

Oliverb
Lol! I can never normally decide what pic to put on here as I end up taking so many different times of day and what not !
Glad you like , little things like that tend to make all the difference !
Aaahhh the grille will look off the nut gloss black too! Just pop it out and get it done pro your looking at about £50 - £60 I reckon !!
b4zz

I think the gloss but like the carbon wrap one to.

don't know whats happened to the text to make it so small pmsl

gforce

Well strangers, aint been on here much over the last few months for a number of reasons...mainly not had much time between a house move and a hectic summer, but of course this also crippled the 'mod budget' as well, so had nothing really to report. 

 

Think with the mods drying up I also lost a lot of interest in the car unfortunately and had actually planned to sell up after putting it through MOT. Spent a few quid getting it ready for test though and she sailed through without as much as an advisory, so I'm back to thinkin that she's stayin with me...for now at least!

 

Anyway, enough babbling...with the prospect of it staying for a while I decided to give it some overdue tlc over the weekend when the sunshine made a fleeting cameo re-appearance. Good exterior clean, engine bay a quick wipe, fresh lick of paint on the calipers, and finally got round to starting a mod which I've been meaning to tackle for a while...doing a bit of gloss black-ing!

 

Had a ruffle through my collection of 'stuff' and rooted out some grey primer, gloss black paint and some Ford lacquer, and also had a couple of different grades of wet and dry.  Was a bit nervous about ballsin it up, but sure worst can happen with painting is you flat it back and start again, so off I went! Meant to take pics as I went along, but as always I got caught up in the process and forgot. Worst thing is, spraying should be ideal to take pics as there's a bit of thumb-twiddling in between coats anyway!

 

So, I started with the rear fog/reverse surrounds, knowing that they could be off the car for a bit of things went tits up, rather than remove all front grilles and surrounds to discover they had to go back on halfway through or summat. And the results can be seen below... :D

 

 

 

 

As is normally the case, the photo quality is crap from the phone, but when I get round to doing the rest I'll get a good picture update done using the camera and will remember to take some snaps during the process too. ;)  I love the subtle upgrade over the grey plastics and can't wait to get the front end done. With having the central lower sections of my bumpers in gloss black, doing the surrounds to match is a must!

 

In other news, the clip on my dash storage pocket has broken, so I think it's an excuse to fit the ST gauge pod, so if anyone has one going spare let me know. I know there's a handful on ebay at BIN prices, but I've seen them auction for under £30 so for a cheapskate like myself, that's my price aim!

 

That and a gloss black wheel refurb are about the height of my wishlist at the minute, so hopefully will have a bit more to report in the near future again.

 

Lenny
The black on the fog surrounds ties in nicely with the rear spoiler and carbon print ford badges mate.
Nice job.
Oliverb

you car is looking beasty now mate,, Great work :)

gforce

Cheers lads, think a nice wee cheap and cheerful mod like this is exactly what I need to get my interest in it back!

 

Will probably be the weekend before I get a chance to tackle the fronts though as I've stuff on every evenin this week.

Preee

Looking really nice Gary , some great work and time spent on her.

b4zz

liking the gloss black grills fella and once the front is done it will look sweet

gforce

Thanks guys...can't wait to get the front end done!

 

What you guys reckon about wheel colours then? I actually quite like the standard silver when it's clean, think it's nice contrast or somethin. I had always wanted a gunmetal/anthracite type colour in the past, but now with the rest of the car complete, I don't think it will work. Gloss black wouldn't have been my first choice, but I'm thinking that it will fit the car best, to complement the gloss black theme already goin on, with wing mirrors, spoiler, centre lower lip on the front, diffuser section on the back, and all grilles and surrounds when I get them finished.

 

Just worry that because it wasn't my first choice, it would be a costly mistake-a to make-a! On the other hand, my boy is begging for gloss black, so at least one of us is guaranteed to be happy, and I think I'll like the finished result, as long as I keep em shiny and keep my tyre walls slicked!

 

Maybe I should start a new thread for a photshop request and to get some opinions...

Lenny

Thanks guys...can't wait to get the front end done!
 
What you guys reckon about wheel colours then? I actually quite like the standard silver when it's clean, think it's nice contrast or somethin. I had always wanted a gunmetal/anthracite type colour in the past, but now with the rest of the car complete, I don't think it will work. Gloss black wouldn't have been my first choice, but I'm thinking that it will fit the car best, to complement the gloss black theme already goin on, with wing mirrors, spoiler, centre lower lip on the front, diffuser section on the back, and all grilles and surrounds when I get them finished.
 
Just worry that because it wasn't my first choice, it would be a costly mistake-a to make-a! On the other hand, my boy is begging for gloss black, so at least one of us is guaranteed to be happy, and I think I'll like the finished result, as long as I keep em shiny and keep my tyre walls slicked!
 
Maybe I should start a new thread for a photshop request and to get some opinions...

If you have a steel wheel,
Throw some black paint on it and sit it on the hub mate,
I think black goes well with light coloured cars but n your blue,
I'd go with silver or lime green,
The st rims catch the light nicely and look good rolling at 20mph catching the light,
Not sure if they would have the same effect in black,
gforce

The st rims catch the light nicely and look good rolling at 20mph catching the light,
Not sure if they would have the same effect in black,

 

My fears exactly buddy, would worry that they'd just blend in too much! Maybe if I went for some sort of metallic black finish with a bit of a sparkle in it? Love driving past glass shop fronts when the car's gleaming and seeing how good it looks in the reflection when tipping along...not that I'd take my eyes off the road ahead or anything!

 

Ah I dunno. The lime green would be different that's for sure, but too OTT for me, Doing the calipers something brighter has crossed my mind though, especially if I go for dark wheels. Decisions decisions!

 

How's this for a plan buddy...I'll get em done black, if they don't suit I'll allow you to take them off me for your silver car and I'll take yours in return, won't even charge you for the privilege...deal?! :lol:

Lenny

My fears exactly buddy,
How's this for a plan buddy...I'll get em done black, if they don't suit I'll allow you to take them off me for your silver car and I'll take yours in return, won't even charge you for the privilege...deal?! :lol:

:lol: you'll have to ask Vicki about that one,
Bronze may be an option,
Or plasti coat black then if you don't like,
You just peel it off,
gforce

Haha, was pretty sure you wouldn't be jumping at that 'offer'!

 

I've looked into plastidip for quite a while now...seems a brilliant product and hard to go wrong with. But at about £15 a can, and then I'd want the glossifier stuff as well for a gloss finish, I'd be not far off the cost I can get them blasted back to bare metal and resprayed for I think.

 

I've seen bronze and copper on some STs and think it's looks class...black one on STOC with copper wheels and a few other trims in the same colour and it looks stunning, but just think black is so much more of a blank canvas, think I'm pretty limited on my blue. It's gonna be somethin pretty stock along the black/grey/silver lines, wouldn't even go with white, so think a photoshop or two is required!

b4zz

I think black would work well fella would tie in a the other bits you are doing gloss black but at the end of the day is your car so your decision with black the wheels woudnt show up the brake dust so much lol

gforce

Was thinkin that myself! Still need to be kept clean and shiny though, and think the tyres would def need to be kept black and slicked otherwise they'll look that horrible browny colour against black wheels. I've had an insight a couple of times as to what grey/anthracite might look like through brake dust alone!

 

Meant to take a side profile pic of the car yesterday evening to upload for a photoshop request, or even to use on that vrimz website, but forgot all about it. Will do it this evening.

Hassen

Car looks awesome after all the mods. I wonder how it sounds. Btw, did you get it remapped or anything?

gforce

Thanks bud. To be honest, I'm not sure how it sounds! I don't notice a huge difference from inside the cabin...there's definitely a bit of a growl from it when under boost that wasn't there before, but I'd love to hear it from outside of the car myself.  That would mean letting somebody else floor it though, and not too sure how I'd feel about that! I dropped a guy off a couple of weeks ago though and we had just been talking about exhausts on the way home (there was a wee corrolla in front of us and we had just been talking about how it's exhaust would drive ye mental!) and when I saw him the next day first thing he said was that exhaust sounded great as I was taking off after letting him out.

 

No remap...yet. Seriously considering it though as I'm thinkin it could be with me for a while yet. If I were able to get an extra few MPG from it then doing my mileage it'd pay for itself pretty quick I reckon. Plus the extra enjoyment of having about 30 more horses to play with as and when they were needed would be nice!

 

I've contacted a few different places up north that I've read good reviews about on forums and that. Pretty set on one now, but it's an hour and a half away, so just need to try work out a time that would suit as I don't have much annual leave left to play about with. They do a before and after RR so you see the improvement figures, but they're quoting 165-170, and pretty sure they have a guarantee to refund and return to standard if not completely happy. Nothing to lose really...apart from my clutch maybe!

Hassen

That's cool regarding the remap. The price quoted is very decent and like you said, with the mileage, it would pay for itself by saving on fuel.

 

Also, do consider a tuning box as well as the new ones do a very good job. I know a lot of people wouldn't agree with me on this, but I have had one for the last few months and it has paid for itself by saving on my fuel bills. Granted it took a lot of tweaking of the settings to get what I wanted from it but there is now the option of either going for an eco or max mode with the twist of two buttons on the box. Another upside is the amount of low end torque that is very usable on a day to day basis rather than just having most of the torque at the top end of the rev range. Major downside was that it was not as easy as I thought to fit it as the engine bay is quite cramped for that connection,

chaznik
Looks very smart, friend has the same two tone interior. Only thing letting it down IMO is the spoiler
Oliverb
The Spoiler is neat!
And makes your car stand out from the rest...
Doesn't let it down at all...
chaznik
I think even on the rs the spoiler is a little too OTT, only my personal opinion mind
gforce

Looks very smart, friend has the same two tone interior. Only thing letting it down IMO is the spoiler

 

 

The Spoiler is neat!
And makes your car stand out from the rest...
Doesn't let it down at all...

 

Haha, case in point right there that it's an opinion divider...and we're all entitled to our own so no worries!

 

Cheers for the compliments lads. If I'm honest, I even change my own mind about the spoiler from time to time, but it hasn't come off yet! If I could get an ST style one in my colour I'd be all over it, but they're near impossible to come by (as it would need to have already been sprayed, as ST didn't come in my colour) so my only options are the RS one in black or colour coded MS design one I have (see pics on page 1).

 

That's cool regarding the remap. The price quoted is very decent and like you said, with the mileage, it would pay for itself by saving on fuel.

 

Also, do consider a tuning box as well as the new ones do a very good job.

 

Sorry pal, I was quoting the bhp figures there, wasn't very clear, but the price is £200, maybe a bit less with a forum discount.

 

I actually ran a TDI-tuning box for a while there but it wasn't an adjustable one. Actually bought it cheap through ebay as a trial but was just never comfortable with it. Noticed more mid-range power (was like a second turbo kicking in just under 3000rpm) but not really enough to overcome my paranoia!

 

Fitting on the 2.0 TDCi is dead easy as the common rail plug is at the front, so I should probably really consider one of the more expensive adjustable boxes if I'm considering a remap.  Honestly though, the thought of leaving it to the pros, having it tweaked til I'm happy, the before and after rolling road figures and the refund if unsatisfied is tipping the balance over a box.

gforce

In other news, been working at these bad boys the other evening...

 

 

 

Have just re-fitted this morning after leaving the lacquer to harden all day yesterday, so will try get some fitted pics when I can. Just need to get round to doing the upper and lower grilles now which are standing out like a sore thumb beside the glossiness!

 

Car's piggin at the minute though after being on site for a few days and the weather being awful. I've attached a couple below taken showing the rear gloss surrounds and the standard fronts, so would be nice to take the same photo next time I'm out to compare the difference.

 

 

Lenny
Focus is lookin sweet Gary mate,
Exhaust looks just right on the back and rs spoiler suits the stance aswell,
Gloss grills will really finish it off
gforce

Cheers bud, thinkin I'll get the grilles all done this wknd.

 

I've a boost pod in the post as well which should be here tomorrow, but having taken out my storage pocket yesterday I've discovered it won't be a straight swap as I thought the extra trim piece was the same and the pocket would swap out for the pod, but the pocket is all one piece. Here's the thread I was asking about it...

 

http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/47832-st-boost-gauge-pod-fitting-query/

 

I'm either gonna have to cut out the bottom of the pocket, or try source the required trim panel on it's own, but it'll be hard to source and I don't have a part no for it to get a price from Ford.

andylaw769
Looks lovely bud really jealous
gforce

Cheers pal, as I mentioned on your thread I gathered up all my parts separately over a long time and with some serious bargain hunting but was so chuffed with the end result when it was all finished, well worth the wait in my eyes and shows it can be done! ;-)

 

This thread has been pretty dead for quite some time now as I don't feel there's much more to be done and as I've had the car over two years now and put a lot of miles on it I've actually been toying with the idea of changing for a few months now. So I've been hesitant to do much more to it that probably won't add any value to it asides from personal gratification

 

I don't think I'm gonna go down the performance route with this car, have one or two decent aesthetic mods that I'd still like to complete, like the boost pod and a wheel refurb, but I'd say that could be the height of it!

 

The only real 'mods' I have to report of late are getting round to completing the upper and lower front grilles in gloss black, and replacing my bonnet lock, which wasn't great craic at all!

 

Next 'mod' is to replace my boot switch...was gonna carry out the fix from the guide on here, even lifted an old mouse from work to get a micro-switch out of, but think I've sourced one off ebay now anyway. My own got temperamental last year and a clean and WD40 cured it for a while, but started playing up again over the holidays and is well and truly knackered at this stage!



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