Got Mtech drilled and grooved discs along with Mintex pads yesterday.
Early next week should have the Goodridge steel brake lines delivered. The following week then, the Whiteline non-adjustable rear anti-roll bars should be delivered from Demon Tweaks. Hoping all is here by the 29-30th April so that I could bring the car to the mechanic to have it all installed on the 1st May. That's the hope
I think I am done bringing the car to the dealership to be honest. I had a good run so far
Pictures of the front lip, were as I suspected, from a standard Focus. The seller posted the wrong stock picture. So, I decided to forget about the Zetec S bodykit for now and concentrate on getting the car driving much better and more sound deadening it further.
As for the B12 kit, I think it lowers it 30mm front and back. It might not be a significant drop from my current Zetec springs which is exactly what I want as the car is a daily driver and has to go over bumps and potholes. I am hoping the B8 dampers are a significant improvement over the stock ones, which are probably past their prime with 110k miles on them.
If I can make back €100-150 from the shocks and springs, I will be happy with that. Unsure though if I will be able to sell them on. The springs are light enough to be shipped if anyone was interested in them.
Regarding the sway bar, I couldn't do that to anyone else. It would be too cruel.
Still funny that the lick of paint will be the upgrade lol. Do Mountune sell sway bars for our car?
I had to have a long think about it all and decided to hold off on getting the bodykit parts from the breakers. My issue is that, there is no guarantee that it will all fit without any problems to the car as it depends on condition, which I can't assess myself from a visual inspection. At the best, it's a gamble to get all the parts and I know myself that I will not be happy until it's all there: Front+rear bumper, side skirts and spoiler. This would become costly very quickly.
I just picked up the from the independent local garage where the timing belt, water pump and rear bushes were done. The mechanic was very honest in saying that the rear drum brakes were still in good nick and they didn't bother changing it. The Ford garage had written on their report that it was 80% worn! I am not impressed about this tbh and I don't think I will be going back to the Ford garage in the future.
I decided rather to focus(pun intended) my efforts on making it a better driving car rather than a better looking one. Independent garage quoted me €180 labour to fit in the Bilstein B12 Eibach Pro Kit. According to them, there's nothing wrong with the current shocks and springs. But, I reckon they are past their prime with just over 110k miles on the clock. Plus, the car will drive better I think with the Bilstein on.
I will decide during the week on whether to go ahead with the above plan. Already ordered Mtec Front gooved and drilled discs along with Mintex pads. Also ordered a Whiteline non-adjustable rear Anti Roll Bar 22mm from Demon Tweeks, which should be over here in 2 weeks or so. The adjustable one has been discontinued by the manufacturer.
Called them up and he was asking for €130 for the rear bumper. It's in very good nick from the pictures. Also, if I were to get the rear spoiler and side skirts, he said it cost €400. I didn't try to haggle with him and I think he might take less if I was there offering him cash on the spot.
What do you think? Worth it or not? Also, there's a guy around the Midlands who mentioned he had a Zs front bumper that needs a bit of work and he is asking for €40 for it!
No can do as our childminder is amazing with our son. And she's mad into cars! She drives an Audi A4 2003 1.9Tdi Quattro with an all leather interior. Her car only has a few scrapes which will probably buff out with some T-Cut
Just got off the phone with the breakers and that car rear bumper is in very good condition. He sent me a picture and I asked for a few more of the side skirts, rear spoiler and front bumper. If they are in good nick and the price is right, I think I might be doing a 3hr round trip to pick it up next week. I can already see my Panther Black car with the Zetec S kit
On a side note, the breakers think it's an ST and I was trying hard not to sound like a know it all to tell him it's a Zetec S instead
Darren, are those figures from the onboard readouts? Those are pretty impressive. I have a heavy right foot most of the time
You are absolutely right about all the variables. There are way too many permutations to compare.
My own car readouts are 54-58mpg roughly. Using my app after brimming tank everytime I fill up, my average is 48-50mpg. Lowest I ever got was 44mpg and best was 54mpg from the app. I drive similar roads 5 days a week and a 220km round trip over the weekends.
I came home for lunch and our childminder was heading out with my son in her car. She was trying to avoid another kid playing around the area and reversed into my rear bumper from the side. Damage was done and the bumper is bent inwards. I don't think it's worth trying to repair it as it just won't be back to normal being made out of plastic.
So, this leaves me with 2 options:
1. Get a used black bumper from the breakers and fit it in the car. Be happy with the fact that it's a direct replacement and will fit.
2. Put into place what I been wanting to do for ages: Find a whole Zetec S bodykit set from the breakers, respray it and fit it in my car. As luck would have it, there is a Blue Ford Focus Zetec S being dismantled 1.5hr away from my house. I have emailed them to see if they still have the parts and what condition are they in. The Focus in question seems to have suffered engine fire damage from the pictures but can't be sure until I get confirmation and pictures.
Lots might be happening to the car next week after not doing anything for a while
Liking the 2nd picture with the sun in the background.
I would love to have your car and my car side by side for pictures. It would be the dark side and the light side of the Force as they are identical apart from the colour
Update: Decided to keep the car for a while as I will not be able to upgrade it to the one I want until at least 1 year or more with the way things are going.
I found a local independent garage who was able to give me a quote for timing belt, water pump, rear drum brakes and rear swing arm bushes to be replaced. Their quote was less than 1/2 of what the Ford garage was quoting me. I have been a long standing client for the Ford garage but sadly with their prices, I cannot afford to get the work done by them. I will see how I get along with the local garage and then decide to do more work after.
With the savings made above, I decided to use some of the left money to upgrade parts needing replacement. Front disc brakes from Mtec, drilled and grooved since the current ones are on the way out along with Mintex front brake pads. Also, decided to get steel braided brake lines to boost brake feel/performance a bit. These were from: http://www.mtecbrakes.com/
Along with that, Whiteline rear anti roll bar which I had planned to get for a long while now from Deamon Tweaks.
Hoping that the rear ARB will reduce body roll when going round corners enthusiastically
Car is booked in next week and I just finished ordering the parts. They should be here by the end of this week or early next week. Looking forward to getting these new bits on.
The next upgrades will be more sound deadening/sound proofing over the summer and the Bilstein B12 Pro Kit(unsure when at this point). Along with that, when I do get a chance, I really need to tidy up all the wiring for the sound system in the car. Hopefully, once we move to the new house, I will have a garage where I will be able to work on the car come rain or shine