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  1. These are the ground connections of the heated windscreen.
  2. The speaker with the black paper cone is the type o fspeaker that is installed as standard. The speaker with the blue polymer cone is the Premium speaker. The Premium speakers are part of the optional Premium Sony audio system.
  3. The standard (front only) electic window system is completely different from the (optional) comfort window system. The standard electric window system is conventionally controlled by relays and switches. The comfort window system is digitally controlled by modules (GEM module/fuse box and door control modules) that communicate over the CANbus system The standard electric windows (front electric, rear manual) only have the quick down function for the driver door. The driver door switch panel contains a circuitry that is responsible for the quick down function. The windows of this system do not have a pinch protection. The optional comfort windows (front and rear electric) have the quick down and quick up function for all doors. Next to this the system also supports global opening/global closing by the remote central locking system. All windows of this system do have a pinch protection. As an exception the MK2.5 Focus ST/RS versions were available with the optional comfort windows for the 3-door version. To upgrade the standard electric window system to the comfort window system a lot of parts must be replaced. * 2x front window motors including the door modules. * Driver door window/mirror control panel * Passenger door control switch. * 2x front door wiring loom. .* 2x rear window mechanisms including the electric motors and door modules. * 2x rear door control switch. * 2x door wiring loom. * Interior (floor) wiring loom. Next to installing the parts it will also be necessary to change the configuration of the car to activate CANbus communication between the GEM module/fuse box and the door modules.
  4. The Ford "Sport Suspension" consist of different springs and different shock absorbers from the "Standard Suspension". Most aftermarket shock absorber manufacturers do only supply 1 type of shock absorber that covers both the "Sport Suspension" and the "Standard Suspension". KYB (Kayaba) is one of the biggest shock absorber manufacturers worldwide. KYB also manufactures OEM shock absorbers for many car manufacturers. KYB shock absorbers are known for their quality and usually are real good value for money.
  5. The "Diagram" you mention is actually an image of the steering wheel which highlights the buttons to control the instrument cluster menu (trip computer).
  6. The vents have rubber flaps which open to release excessive air pressure inside the car. For example when closing the doors or when the interior ventialtion fan is on. The vents have a rubber/plastic lip at the outside which in theory should form a seal between the vents and the bodywork. However in practise the rubber/plastic lip does not seal properly. This allows rain water to leak between the vents and the bodywork. To solve this problem the vents need to be removed. This is mainly needed to clean the contact surfaces of both the bodywork and the vents. After cleaning the vents can be reinstalled using a proper sealant. You only have to apply sealant between the rubber/plasic lip of the vents and the bodywork. The rubber flaps remain untouched. You can basically use any type of sealant as long as it is waterproof. I personally use an automotive PU sealant that is used to seal bodywork but any generic silicone (neutral cure) will be fine.
  7. I always remove the wheels and push the center caps out from the inside of the wheel. If the center caps are damaged and need to be replaced anyway you can also dril a small hole in the middle of the center caps and insert a large screw. Next the center caps can be pulled out of the wheel easily with a pair of pliers.
  8. Did you use the correct kit? The rear springs are different for the different body types. If the rear is sitting even higher than before there is clearly something wrong. Eibach springs do have a code printed on them. The springs can easily be identified by this code.
  9. The problem will most likely be caused by the air vents behind the rear bumper. This is a known problem of the Focus MK3. Rain water leaks between the vents and the bodywork. When this happens the water collects in double sided compartments below the boot. When driving/steering/braking the water is pushed from side to side inside the compartments and also upwards. When the water is pushed upwards it enters the boot through several small holes. To determine if this is the problem you can remove the rubber plugs of the compartments. These are located at the bottom of the car near the rear bumper. The compartments can contain up to 10 Liters of water each so be prepared to get wet. To completely solve this problem the rear bumper needs to be removed. Next the air vents can be removed. When the air vents are removed you have access to the compartments and the sound insulation material inside. Both the compartments and the sound insulation material must be dried before the vents are installed and sealed.
  10. There are different opinions about this subject. In my opinion a Focus ST/RS air filter housing does not bring much on a 1.0 ECOboost. It will definetely not improve any performance. The stock air filter housing of the 1.0 ECOboost is sufficient to provide the engine with more than enough air. In my opinion a replacement performance air filter is the best investment. Many people who upgrade to the RS air filter housing only use the top part of the housing. Initially I also wanted to install the top part of the RS air filter housing because of the visual aspect. However after doing some research I decided not to install it. Among several specialists there are different opinions about the advantages of the semi-open RS air filter housing. Dreamscience for example have inserts to close the semi-open RS air filter housing to improve performance.
  11. Any Focus MK2/MK2.5 (including the estate) can be technically converted into a ST or RS without any problems. The only problem is basically the spare wheel well (which as ST/RS does not have). However this can easily be solved by installing a custom made exhaust system or welding the spare wheel well. An ST or RS conversion involves (at least) the following parts: * Engine including all auxiliaries. * Gearbox including all linkages, cables and mechanisms. * Driveshafts. * intercooler. * Full exhaust system. * Full suspension system. * Brakes front and rear. * Air filter housing and hoses. * Radiator and coolant hoses. * Wiring harnesses (both engine bay and interior). * Instrument cluster and additional gauges on top of dashboard. Finding a donor car will be the easiest way to obtain all needed parts. A Focus ST or RS conversion inside a "normal" Focus MK2/MK2.5 body is a real wolf in sheep's clothing.
  12. Despite both being part of the Ford Sigma engine family the older 1.6 Zetec-S(E) engine and the newer 1.6 Duratec engine do have loads of technical differences. A supercharger or turbocharger kit that is designed for the 1.6 Zetec-S(E) will definetely not be a direct fit to a 1.6 Duratec. As far as I know there are no supercharger or turbocharger kits available for the 1.6 Duratec. Even if you manage to find yourself a supercharger or turbocharger kit for the 1.6 Zetec-S(E) it will require major modifications to make it fit. In case of a supercharger you need at least a custom build intake manifold which is capable to handle the extra pressure. The stock plastic intake manifold is not strong enough for this. Another problem may be the size of a decent supercharger. A decent supercharger usually takes quite some space. I doubt there is enough space unless you get rid of the airconditioning system. You can use the intercooler of an existing engine type (for example TDCI or 2.5 ST) but this also requires modifications. All pipes and hoses to connect all parts need to be custom made. In case of a turbocharger your basically facing all of the above and on top of this a custom made exhaust manifold. Next to the supercharger/turbocharger setup itself you should also look at the engine itself. It is recommended to perform an engine rebuild using uprated engine internals that are capable to handle the extra force/power. same applies to the fuel system (pump, presuure regulator, injectors, etc.). The biggest point of concern will be the software. After installing a supercharger or turbocharger you need custom designed software. The development of this software can take a lot of time and money. The whole process involves a serious amount of money. The total costs to get everythinp up and running perfectly can easily be twice the value of the car. An 2.5 ST conversion will be cheaper and also results in more power. A complete totalled/scrap Focus ST with running engine can be found for low prices these days. Another possibility will be installing a 1.6 ECOboost engine. The 1.6 ECOboost is also based on the Sigma engine family. However this also needs modifications to make it fit and run correctly.
  13. Most original Ford alloy wheels have 54 mm center caps. However there are some exceptions that have different size center caps. You either need to measure the center caps or look at the part number of the center caps. Original center caps have the part number casted on the back side. Personally I prefer original center caps. In my opinion these are the best fit. Original 54 mm center caps are available in blue, black and silver. However the blue ones are usually the cheapest.
  14. On the Focus MK2 the prescribed/correct tyre size for 16 Inch wheels is 205-55-16. 205-50-16 is a pretty rare tyre size these days. 205-50-16 was the prescribed/correct tyre size for the focus MK1 with 16 Inch wheels. Tyres in this size are usually pretty expensive. Personally I would avoid different tyre circumferences on the front and rear axle. This can cause ABS/ESP problems.
  15. Another point of concern is the additional electric coolant pump. The purpose of this pump is to circulate the coolant after the engine is switched off while it is still above a certain temperature value. The electric coolant pump circulates the coolant through the cooling system until the temperature drops and prevents excessive heat build-up inside the turbocharger and the coolant reservoir. On the Focus MK3 1.0 ECOboost produced before 05-05-2014 the additional electric coolant pump is only present on vehicles that are equipped with a factory fitted towing hook. When retrofiiting a towing hook to a 1.0 ECOboost produced before 05-05-2014 Ford prescribes to also retrofit the additional electric coolant pump. On the Focus MK3 1.0 ECOboost produced after 05-05-2014 the additional electric coolant pump is always present. Ford must have had a very good reason to start installing the additional electric coolant pump as standard. I suspect that the reason for this were the cooling system problems of the 1.0 ECOboost. When I discovered discoloration and microcracks inside the material of the coolant reservoir my car was less than 3 years old and only less than 20.000 KM on the clock. I decided to not only replace the coolant reservoir, coolant reservoir cap and coolant but also to retrofit the additional electric coolant pump system.