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#1 gforce

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 12:41 PM

Well guys, as a few of you may know I've wanted to put an ST kit on the Focus since I got it as I love the ST looks but doing well over 30k miles a year, I need the economy of a 'soot-chucker'! (Scroll down for pics if you want spared of the background info!)

 

It's been a long bargain-hunting road, riddled with pot-holes, speed bumps, diversions and plenty of exits too which I was tempted to take on a few occasions as parts-sourcing at justifiable prices was proving difficult.

 

I was in a minor rear-end shunt 3 days shy of 7 months ago and sustained a cracked rear bumper, so searching for a silver lining I decided to use this as my excuse to myself (and the missus!) to finish gathering up the parts and finally get my ST kit painted and fitted.

 

Car has been in an incredibly busy bodyshop for the last week, and having endured a white Mini from last Mon-Thurs and putting about 300 miles on it, I needed something bigger. Given the mileage I was planning on clocking up over the weekend, they gave me a 1.5 DCi Megane saloon with 75k on the clock, over 76k now after I had since Thursday evening until 9am this morn!

 

So, got the call yesterday avo that my car was ready, but only suited me to pick it up this morning. Absolutely chuffed with it! Complete front bumper with new CREE H8 fogs, complete rear bumper, side-skirts, new tailgate handle with new bulb holders and 18 SMD LEDs, nice fresh new reg plates and new mudflaps all fitted. Got the centre of the front lower lip done in gloss back and the rear diffuser section the same to match.

 

RS spoiler in the shed ready to go on, hopefully this evening if I can find the time. ST wing badges also waiting to go on, but thinkin of modding these in some way to remove the red ST lettering. Titanium badge to come off the back, and possibly the Focus badge too, but undecided as yet. Think it might need a TDCi badge on it somewhere, maybe front lower grille, just to show that I'm 'derv and proud' and not look like I'm trying to fool people into thinking that I have a Jeans Blue ST!

 

Top of the list now though is some sort of exhaust solution to fill the bumper cut-outs, then a wheel refurb maybe to finish it off...and maybe some new rear lights...and maybe some rear window tints...and maybe - you get the idea!

 

Anyway, enough jibba jabba, have a gander at the pics and hopefully you enjoy. Comments and advice welcome (as long as the comments are good and I agree with the advice of course, haha!).

 

I think a full 'build' thread should be in the pipeline soon enough with more pics, before/afters, interior mods etc, so keep an eye out for it!

 

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#2 Big_dom91

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 12:52 PM

Very nice really sets the car off id get them rear windows tinted aswell to finish it off like :P

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 12:54 PM

Cheers bud, definitely on the never-ending to-do list! Worst thing is they were tinted in the past but removed by the time I got the car, as the back three windows were covered in a layer of glue! Proper pain to remove it was!



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:59 PM

Very nice :D

 

You'll need to get a £20 rear exhaust from a standard ST and dummy fit it to be back to finish it off.. B)



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 03:29 PM

Cheers Dal! Brilliant to get a positive comment from a genuine ST owner, rather than the generic 'waste of money...it's not an ST so why bother?' post! :)

 

Exhaust is definitely top of the list to fill the bumper, just not sure what to do with it. I believed the standard ST exhaust wouldn't be any good due to the non-ST models having the spare wheel well where the central back box on the ST exhaust sits. Think I've only seen it fitted to one non-ST and didn't like it as it was sitting really low as a result of the wheel well.

 

You know anything more about this? I haven't modified performance on this car, so dunno if I'll bother spending hundreds on a full stainless upgraded system etc, but just really want something to finish the look.

 

Being a lurker on STOC for a long time, mainly for the classifieds, I've seen a few upgraded exhausts and even just tailpipe trims that tickle my fancy. I visited a Powerflow dealer last year and he suggested these 3.5 or 4 inch slash cut pipes, with the blueish burnt effect on them. Didn't think I'd like them, but they matched well with my car's colour. Think that guy was quoting around £180 for a mild steel (2 year guarantee rather than lifetime) system which seems pretty reasonable. You running standard tailpipes yourself?



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 04:14 PM

As far as I know, you'll not be able to get the std ST exhaust back box in as you say, because the ST doesn't have the lower wheel well. But... standard ST exhausts - notably the back box and tips - come up on ebay all the time for very little money (and also on Focus STOC from time to time)

If that's the case, why can't you butcher it about so it looks like the tailpipes are real and in the right place? Possibly cut all but the outer skin off the middle big silencer and wrap it around the spare wheel well?

 

It'd be a bonus if after doing all the "dummy" work, your standard diesel exhaust was still tucked up inside the rear bumper so nobody could see it.

 

And yes, I'm running standard tail pipes - the standard cat back isn't that restrictive at all to be honest. Uprating the downpipe from the turbo and fitting a sports cat give the best results in terms of performance:

 



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 04:24 PM

Looks great job well done



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 04:25 PM

Looks realy good mate is it lowered and if it is by how much and what brand. As you no i have a st replica too and i got a custom st style cat-back exhaust done by r-tech in st albans cost me £360 i think a while back. You need the the window tinted mate asap it will go really well with the colour of your car.



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 06:25 PM

Looks absolutly fantastic Gary,
Great job done and still great mpg to go with it,

DeBadge the rear titanium and fit the spoiler this will make the rear fatter at the top and look more agressive.
The exhaust will be the iceing on the cake too.
Perhaps some gray faded to clear side strips

A light 30% tint would go nicely too, not too dark just nice,

Clear rear units will go lovely with the RS rear spoiler and provide good contrast with the blue body, black spoiler and tinted windows,
Perhaps colour code your engine cover too.

The cree fog lights look great too nice 6000k I've got them in mine too.

The ST pod would complete it mate,
You know it makes sence buddy.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 07:43 PM

Cheers Dal! Brilliant to get a positive comment from a genuine ST owner, rather than the generic 'waste of money...it's not an ST so why bother?' post! :)

 

I tend to not comment if there's a thread where there's something I don't like. I prefer to have a positive online persona :)



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 08:45 PM

looking good Gary



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:16 PM

Cheers for all the comments guys, I'm loving the new looks!

 

Dal, I'd tend to agree on the old adage 'if you've nothin nice to say...'! As for the exhaust, I'm liking your idea of butchering a standard box alright, just taking the top half off it and that way it shouldn't foul the wheel well. Might look into that...would save on trying to keep them clean too, haha. I know what you're sayin too about them selling for peanuts on ebay and STOC, only thing is I'd need postage to over here in NI. They're a lot harder to come by over here, and I'd say few sellers who are letting them go cheap would be bothered with packing up and arrangin postage. I'll def keep an eye out locally, but just wanna get it sorted asap now too.

 

Moy, the car was lowered before I got it so not 100% sure, but pretty certain it's lowered 40mm on Apex springs. I'm sure your exhaust is top class, but I honestly don't fancy laying out anywhere near that much on one. Tints are definitely on the cards. Had never really thought much about them in the past, but seeing other people's cars on here, I think I need them.

 

Lenny, the Titanium badge is definitely comin off, probably tomorrow evening. Would have been this evening but had a football match straight after work and I'm aching now. Was even thinking earlier about fitting the spoiler tonight in the dark, but I'm in no fit state! Once the 'Titanium' comes off, I need to decide whether to take off the 'Focus' or not then too. Half tempted to get a black lettered ST badge for the tailgate and one for the front upper grille, then a TDCi badge for the front lower grille. Gonna take a look at my wing badges tonight before I fall asleep, think I'll put a bit of carbon vinyl over the red lettering Don't like the red against the colour scheme of the rest of the car, which is why I'm thinkin on black ST badges as well, and could maybe even put carbon into these to match the wings.

 

Anyone any opinions on the badging? Hadn't planned to put ST anywhere on it, but now that it's all done I'm thinkin there's no harm in it! Thinkin black ones would suit nicely.

 

Clear rear lights would suit lovely, especially as I've the LHD fog light fitted. As for the engine cover...I don't have one fitted and they're very hard to source at a price I'd be happy with, but I'm pretty sure that I already have the studs/bolts for installation already in, so just a matter of getting a cover. And as for the gauge pod...don't be putting ideas in my head, haha!

 

Pree and Sal, thanks for the comments lads! :D



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:28 PM

Nice mate, how much was it for the kit ?? Did you end buying some parts from different places or the whole thing from one place ..?

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:52 PM

Thanks mate! I gathered up the kit in bits and pieces over a LONG period of time. I got really lucky with most of it, I'm a serious bargain hunter (aka cheap skate!) and found with a bit of patience and a bit of luck, the parts can be got pretty cheap...decent breakers round here are few and far between, so I was constantly on all the usual online sources - ebay, gumtree, forum 'classifieds' sections.

 



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:58 PM

Very good ST conversion indeed.

Agree about the ST exhaust cutaway idea, just don't turn it into a water/crap trap.



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