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Rainydays last won the day on November 3 2016

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  1. Kpgs Mk3 Focus Titanium

    The spring seems to have a very high level of compression which may lead to clanking and handling issues. If that is the case , check the colour , you may need to reseat and solve your issue. The writing is in the proper direction :). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Kpgs Mk3 Focus Titanium

    Check if the springs have discoloured areas. Check if the blue is chipped off. Examine carefully. Seeing how compressed the sprigs are I am curious if there is impact on the spring. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Carrying 8x4 sheets on a Focus

    We need someone like PETA but for ford ... Feta? Hahah you sir are grounded :). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. A very expensive hobby, my Focus MK3 ...

    The exhaust has broken in nicely and keeps me company especially during these cold times. I like the cold start of my car when the rev counter is at 1500 rpm and the noise just massages my chest in the driver's seat. When the exhaust gas travels at high velocity, over 3500 rpm and above, the sound is pretty much stock but probably 5 times louder due to the system and downpipe. @Jim, So far so good with the fix and my next purchase will probably be a Ford that has a much better base for modifications. The current one is very demanding in terms of effort and skill to make things work.
  5. A very expensive hobby, my Focus MK3 ...

    December already and I have not posted here for over a month. Work was hectic and Cuba barely had any internet so I could not keep you guys in the loop with a rather pressing matter. My suspension was broken and I had to fix it. More details to follow below. Before I left for holidays, I was driving back home with the lady. At one point I get some attention from a Mini Cooper S and we start to tango. I followed him on some Twisties where he tried to get rid of me but I was stalking him like a predator. At one point, in a right hander, I felt something happen with my car and got a huge dose of body roll. I then stopped our dance and played it safe. This was mid October and my car was due for the yearly revision. I took it to the mechanic who installed my suspension and told him to have a look as I feel something has happened. He confirmed he will have a look and surprise surprise everything was fine with the car. I was not very sure that the verdict was accurate. I took my car for a spin and the body roll was there. Being busy with work, I said, I will look into it a it later. At the end of October I decided to get my issues fixed or I would have a nervous breakdown. Going home from work was horrible. I got a private garage under the bank and going up from -3 with clank clank was driving me over the edge and not in a good way. Parking in my driveway was like an Alien vs Predator movie. The body roll was the icing on the cake and I decided to investigate. I found out the mechanic who installed my KW V3 during the summer broke my rear shocks. Installing them on the rear multiple times to have my rattle fixed made it even worse. He also drilled the wrong way to have my shocks installed on the rear. In addition, the front left ROD that stiffens the car was busted. It banged into the KW front left shock and the feedback from the shock was not being sent to the car as it should. The garage was very embarrassed to find out that they missed something so important in their check. They gave me some crap excuse where they lifted the car with a different tool and there the wheels seemed fine. Long story short, they will never touch my car ever again. They also annoyed me with the 'it should rattle because all coilovers do'. I explained that this is beyond a rattle sound, this is the next level which is banging into something. Again, nothing faulty on their side. So I then asked them to lift the car and showed how bump and rebound was not working on my two shocks and the thingies were spinning without any resistance. They said it is not their fault and they have done nothing wrong. I call KW and explain the situation. They tell me the terms of my warranty and guide me to the store I bought my shocks from. The store is very nice offers me two solutions. Send the old shocks in and after investigation I get two new ones or pay a deposit for two new ones while I get to use my car. I chose the latter and I need to send to KW the old shocks. Hopefully I get some of my money back from this operation. After 2 weeks of waiting, I get everything I need delivered. I go to Ford, I buy the rear parts needed to install the shock absorbers. KW does not offer any parts for the rear. I then take the car to a racing garage and explain the situation. They schedule me after their visit to the Essen Motorshow. I lost all faith at this point and they could see this. I told them that if my car is not fixed, I may not be the nicest client they have. To turn my frown into a smile, I get an additional service at a discounted rate : corner balancing. They spent 6 hours on my car to give it an acceptable cross weight distribution. I went to pick up my car and the guy sat down with me. He went into everything they did and then gave me the keys. He said if I am not happy, they will give me my money back. I opened my car door and noticed I have a different height on the rear. I sat down and I could feel the stiffness from the moment my 75kg ***** hit the seat. I drove for 10m and I was stunned. No clank or any noise that would bother me. I then took some twisty roads and the car is nothing like I remembered. Agile, precise and comfortable. Responds so well to direction changes and I can not recommend enough this procedure. Contrary to popular belief, corner balancing has great benefits on the road and not only on track. The driver will benefit from the extra advantage on braking, turning, cross winds and any unforeseen scenarios where you might need to avoid something extremely fast.
  6. Kpgs Mk3 Focus Titanium

    I think 90 mm is a good choice in terms of size and impact. You may get a completely different effect with the diffuser. 100 might work better however do not fall into the classic big tail pipe mucho macho :). They weld the damn pipes so if it goes bad in terms of aspect you will pay extra for them to change stuff . You know size does matter but do not go overkill as your car looks very nice. Don't ruin your balance by adding some freak pipes that do not suit the car. Plenty of cars out there with tail pipes half their bumper. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Kpgs Mk3 Focus Titanium

    Are these spacers truly needed ? Would you risk something like this ? I would not because I drive quite fast with my car on a pretty much daily basis. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Kpgs Mk3 Focus Titanium

    I was going to suggest two of those and I believe you need to change the screws as well for 20 mm all around. Keep me posted as I am looking into some of these spacers as well. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Kpgs Mk3 Focus Titanium

    Do not cheapen out on spacers as you might end up with a surprise. Hubcentric spacers vary in quality and material used. You would not want to have an issue whilst driving. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Kpgs Mk3 Focus Titanium

    40mm seem quite small. Have you measured the stock one ? It may well be that you are going smaller. Mine is just a tad larger than what I had. Still discreet but makes you look a bit at it :). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Hi everybody

    Welcome ! Good choice and a very enjoyable engine £ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Kpgs Mk3 Focus Titanium

    Looks very nice now give it a duplex with 90mm tail pipes angled like the RS :). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Kpgs Mk3 Focus Titanium

    Looks good [emoji4]! Keep up the good work:). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Kpgs Mk3 Focus Titanium

    How is that bumper looking ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Kpgs Mk3 Focus Titanium

    I was in your shoes a few months ago when I looked into changing the exhaust. When I pulled the trigger, I completely ignored common sense and chose performance. You see my friend, quiet and performance do not go hand in hand in this case. You want it to have a nice note, be quiet, and free up some horses. The first two can happen but not the third. As the name states, a cat back system will be installed after the cat giving you nice sound, depending on the design of the exhaust. When you turn it on, it will be just a bit louder than the stock version you currently have. You will go for a remap and the gains will be designed with the ORIGINAL downpipe in mind. The downpipe is the one that controls back pressure. Gas flow dynamics and thermodynamics dictate a simple concept : more in, more out! An increased intake pressure needs a better exhaust flow, hence the wider bore of the downpipe and exhaust. Now to give you an example. My car is tuned and the ECU map is taking into account quite a few parameters. Airflow, downpipe volume, etc. When I called my tuner and asked for a new appointment, he said it will not be needed if I only go for the catback. The mapping on the car taking into account the stock pipe and exhaust diameter will be optimal even with a 3 inch cat-back. For better than stock gains, your downpipe needs to be changed. The best seller is the 200 cell one sport cat which can be found from M3s, M4s, to Gallardo's. My car has the 200 cells EUR6 sport cat and a 3 inch exhaust. You already figured it out that my volume for the exhaust and back pressure have changed. As a consequence, a visit to my tuner is needed to factor in these parameters. The car could end up at 215 HP or less. I am not looking at power which will break my car in 20.000 KM. The benefits of a downpipe are not only related to horsepower. Your engine becomes more efficient, burns fuel at a better rate and I have lower consumption on the highway at normal speeds. In addition, acceleration is positively impacted. WOT is much better and you have a nicer feel as well. Long story short : quiet but better sound with little performance gains over stock? Just a cat back and resonator. Performance over stock, better response, and increased engine efficiency? Downpipe and cat-back with resonator. In case you did not have the chance to see this , this is how my car sounds parked. The turbo sound and air noise is music to my ears. It breathes very well now my car. It becomes louder when the engine has to do some work.