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Joey's Black Focus Mk2.5 Titanium TDCI Project


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Hi everyone, welcome to my project! 

I have just got my new toy! Black Focus Mk2 Facelift Titanium 1.8 TDCI - Re-mapped to give extra 30% Torque and BHP. 

I have had her for a week already and have got a list together and already made a start on my 'improvements'. Check out my list below:  

  1. Fit RIP Tax Disc decal to windscreen. £3 Paid
  2. Fit aluminium style car mats. £0 Paid
  3. Carbon wrap key. £4 Paid
  4. De-badge Focus / Titanium TDCI badges. £0
  5. Source/buy and fit Ford Gel badges to front, rear and wheels. £38 Paid
  6. Fit Heko tinted wind deflectors. £25 Paid
  7. Change side lights to LED side light bulbs. £0 Paid
  8. Change number plate bulbs to LED Bulbs. £0 Paid
  9. Fit carbon number plate surrounds. £6 Paid
  10. Change number plates to private plate with DVLA. £80 Paid
  11. Fit private number plates (pressed). £20 Paid
  12. Remove and spray/wrap bonnet lip. £4. £4 paid
  13. Remove and spray/wrap hatch trim. £0 Paid
  14. Change interior bulbs to White LED: centre, foot wells, vanity, glove box, boot. £20 Paid
  15. Change headlights to HID 10k 55W Xenon headlight bulb kit. £20 Paid
  16. Change fog lights to LED Ice Blue Bulbs. £20 Paid
  17. Fit GPS, bluetooth, DVD, Touchscreen head unit. £180 Paid
  18. Tint rear centre break light & rear reverse/fog lights. £10 Paid
  19. Repair: Whistling coming from passenger mirror/tweeter area. £0 Paid
  20. Paint brake callipers white. £20 Paid
  21. buy and Fit new black honeycomb front left, centre, upper and right grilles. £110 Paid
  22. Repair: Doors don’t have catches, so when they open they swing around. £?
  23. Fit new speaker system in front. £70
  24. Fit new speaker system in rear. £70
  25. Get black locking and standard wheel nuts or nut covers. £30
  26. Fit LED reverse lights. £10
  27. Alloy wheel refurb. £150
  28. Get rear bumper ‘touched up’ due to light paintwork damage. £50? ***

Total spend so far - £560

Total projected spend - £940


The ones I have crossed through are the ones I have done! Still got lots to spend and do! I will post some pics of the mods I have done so far shortly. The pics I have posted first are of the car as how I brought it. 

Excited to see what you guys think of her and my plans! 

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---------------------------- UPDATE - 03.04.16 ----------------------------

So, here are some of the mods I have done so far. Only small but all makes a difference, right?!

- Carbon wrapped key: Before 

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- Carbon wrapped key: The wrap

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- Carbon wrapped key: During 

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- Carbon wrapped key: After

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- Black and White Ford badges: Before 

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- Black and White Ford badges: The badges

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- Black and White Ford badges: After

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- De-Badging the rear: Before 

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- De-Badging the rear: During

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- De-Badging the rear: After

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- RIP Tax Disc Decal

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- Eminem Decal

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- After a weekend of small mods and a clean... This is how she looks at the moment (03.04.16)

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That's it for the weekend, more to come next weekend hopefully! Hope you all like, let me know your thoughts!

 

---------------------------- UPDATE - 02.05.16 ----------------------------

After a few weeks of miserable weather, I didn't see the point in cleaning the car for it to get dirty again straight away! So didn't take any pictures until this weekend. Here are the latest mods and pics! Let me know your thoughts people!

- ST Wheel Centre Cap: Before 

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- ST Wheel Centre Cap: After

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- Heko Tinted Wind Deflectors

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- Bonnet Lip: During (goodbye horrible Chrome, hello carbon wrap)

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- Bonnet Lip: After (Carbon wrapped)

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- Boot trim: After (goodbye horrible chrome!) 

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- Personalised, pressed number plates & Carbon surrounds

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- Anonymous decal 

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- Some general pics of how the car looks after this weekend (02.05.16)

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That's it for now, need to save some pennies to get new gloss black front honeycomb grilles sorted next! Watch this space!

 

---------------------------- UPDATE - 19.07.16 ----------------------------

It was a beautiful day and evening on the South Coast! The car was washed at the weekend. So it was a perfect opportunity to get some new shots, showing off my HID main and fog light upgrade (and the gorgeous scenery)...

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---------------------------- UPDATE - 30.10.16 ----------------------------

I have fitted a 7" touch screen GPS, DVD, Stereo system, some chrome round heater dial knobs and tinted my rear centre break light! Check out the pictures below...

- Before and after fitting the heater dials

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- New dials and 7" Touch Screen Navigation/Stereo System 

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- Tinted rear centre break light

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---------------------------- UPDATE - 21.11.16 ----------------------------

I bought some Gloss Black Honeycomb ST front grilles and fog surrounds - and finally go around to fitting them! Check out the new pictures below, it really does enhance the look of the car! I will get some more, better shots of the whole car in its current state when the weather improves and I have time to clean and take pics...

- Before

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- After

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- During

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If you need a second clear lens to replace the red fog lens I have one lying around plus a bulb holder & 6" of wire to fit.

If interested P/M me and we can come to a financial agreement.

eBay charge £30 + for the clear lenses and the bulb holders are nigh on impossible to acquire.

I have the bits due to an aborted facelift bumper install on my previous Focus (Mk2. )

Sent from my SM-G930F

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Looks nice mate! love the rims, and kinda wish I only had 3 doors now after seeing this...

Looking forward to seeing some more pictures once you've done a few things!

About your remap... been thinking about having one done to mine... did you have the car before it was re-mapped and if so, how much difference did it make?

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27 minutes ago, blue crush said:

Nice base to work with. Not seen a 3 door titanium model before!

Lots of potential with this one mate :-)

Cheers David - yes they are pretty rare, I wanted a 3 door though, the tints look so sharp on the back of the 3 doors!

26 minutes ago, Stoney871 said:

If you need a second clear lens to replace the red fog lens I have one lying around plus a bulb holder & 6" of wire to fit.

If interested P/M me and we can come to a financial agreement.

Ebay charge £30 + for the clear lenses and the bulb holders are nigh on impossible to acquire.

I have the bits due to an aborted facelift bumper install on my previous Focus (Mk2. )

Sent from my SM-G930F

Lovely, thanks Clive - I may take you up on this in the near future! 

22 minutes ago, TomRickers said:

Looks nice mate! love the rims, and kinda wish I only had 3 doors now after seeing this...

Looking forward to seeing some more pictures once you've done a few things!

About your remap... been thinking about having one done to mine... did you have the car before it was re-mapped and if so, how much difference did it make?

Thanks for your comment Tom. Are you gonna get you wheels sprayed black too?
Yeah, I had to get a 3 door! 

I brought it like it mate, it is rapid I have to say, worth looking into.

 

Posting some more pics now of the mods I have done over the weekend :) 

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looks like you got a great base to start with there fella and your off to a great start with the bits you have done so far,like the st wheels.

look forward to seeing some more updates as and when you do the other bits you got planed

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2 hours ago, b4zz said:

looks like you got a great base to start with there fella and your off to a great start with the bits you have done so far,like the st wheels.

look forward to seeing some more updates as and when you do the other bits you got planed

Yes I agree, was very lucky to find a decent base! Waited a while and had to make the 550 mile round trip from Brighton to Liverpool to get in mind! 

Glad you like. 

Will update when more mods are done in the next week or so...

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Looking good so far! Nice to see what your planned mods are, might have to do something similar at the top of my project thread!

If your open to suggestions from other viewers... I would;

-Get a colour scheme running with painting brake callipers

-Paint the grey grills a matching black to darken it out

-Would use the same black or a really dark grey to paint the mudflap type things that are on, the grey looks very light to me

-Black out the chrome boot bar, I did the same on my Fiesta but wrapped it with black carbon vinyl.

-Any thoughts on adding a dark black sunstrip at the top of the windscreen?

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4 minutes ago, Iam2deck said:

Looking good so far! Nice to see what your planned mods are, might have to do something similar at the top of my project thread!

If your open to suggestions from other viewers... I would;

-Get a colour scheme running with painting brake callipers

-Paint the grey grills a matching black to darken it out

-Would use the same black or a really dark grey to paint the mudflap type things that are on, the grey looks very light to me

-Black out the chrome boot bar, I did the same on my fiesta but wrapped it with black carbon vinyl.

-Any thoughts on adding a dark black sunstrip at the top of the windscreen?

Cheers Matt! I always have a list so I don't forget things! And I work through the list and cross things off as I go. I also add things as I go so the list never ends! 

Sure, suggestions are more than welcome. 

- I am trying to stick to a black and white theme, not sure white calipers would look good? They would get dirty really quick?! I could do them black too I think.

- I included new grills in my plans (step number 22). 

- Yes I thought that about the mug guard things too. I will look at how difficult they are to remove and what sort of paint I would need to use on that type of material. 

- The chrome boot bar is deffo on the list! (step number 19). This and the front bonnet lip are a must IMO!

- Yeah a sun-strip would be cool. Maybe not full black but a like a 95% tint would be good. I just wouldn't know where to get it done as I like to do most things myself. Not sure I could do that without making a mess of it!

Thanks for the suggestions. All are welcome!

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I think white callipers would look good, but your right, your main problem would be keeping them that way. I opted for red callipers (black car too) and they are exactly the same, dirty all the time but the boldness of the red does still come through so maybe the white would be the same mate :)

If you're going black & white you should purchase a ford owners club sticker for the rear windows ;) they break my black up quite nicely!

I mean the mud guards still tie in okay atm as they seem to be a similar shade to the grills you have, but when they change the mud guards are gonna look a bit out of place that colour xD

I haven't regretted dechroming that rear boot bar I''m sure you won't either Joey!

I've just ordered one off eBay, a black touring one that was recommended on these forums for £3. As long as you have a squegee (needed for all wrapping and pressing etc) it shouldn't be too hard. Only takes 10 mins as well :)

Look forward to following this thread, goodluck with it all bud :)

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2 minutes ago, Iam2deck said:

I think white callipers would look good, but your right, your main problem would be keeping them that way. I opted for red callipers (black car too) and they are exactly the same, dirty all the time but the boldness of the red does still come through so maybe the white would be the same mate :)

If you're going black & white you should purchase a ford owners club sticker for the rear windows ;) they break my black up quite nicely!

I mean the mud guards still tie in okay atm as they seem to be a similar shade to the grills you have, but when they change the mud guards are gonna look a bit out of place that colour xD

I haven't regretted dechroming that rear boot bar I''m sure you won't either Joey!

I've just ordered one off ebay, a black touring one that was recommended on these forums for £3. As long as you have a squegee (needed for all wrapping and pressing etc) it shouldn't be too hard. Only takes 10 mins as well :)

Look forward to following this thread, goodluck with it all bud :)

Yeah I am gonna add white calipers to the list now! Thanks bud! 

I agree, the mug guards will need sorting when the other grey plastic crap is done! Just time and money! 

I'm sure I won't regret it either, you're look quality. Is it hard to carbon wrap them??? I may do the same! Sorry lol. 

I will check out the sun-strips now and that may also go on the list! I did tint the rear windows and boot of my Mk1 Focus myself and that looked professional so maybe I am doubting myself! 

Cheers again Matt.

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Time & money is always the case! More the latter for myself ahhh just want everything instantly aha.. Looking at performance upgrades now and gonna set me back a bit but happening regardless aha!

Wasn't too hard to wrap the bar, it was more getting the chrome bar out off the back seperate from everything else to make sure the vinyl has tucked neat edges so it wont peel; as that might be the case if you tried wrapping it just from the rear as it is. The chrome bar is just that, a bar. With straight edges most of the way so it wasn't a paticuarly hard wrap to do. It was the first I had attempted at wrapping and came out great, little bit of heat, tension and squegee and job is a good'un!

If you've done things similar in the past, I stress go for it mate whats the worst that can happen! Probably selling your self short, get on with it ;)

No worries and thankyou!

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5 minutes ago, Iam2deck said:

Time & money is always the case! More the latter for myself ahhh just want everything instantly aha.. Looking at performance upgrades now and gonna set me back a bit but happening regardless aha!

Wasn't too hard to wrap the bar, it was more getting the chrome bar out off the back seperate from everything else to make sure the vinyl has tucked neat edges so it wont peel; as that might be the case if you tried wrapping it just from the rear as it is. The chrome bar is just that, a bar. With straight edges most of the way so it wasn't a paticuarly hard wrap to do. It was the first I had attempted at wrapping and came out great, little bit of heat, tension and squegee and job is a good'un!

If you've done things similar in the past, I stress go for it mate whats the worst that can happen! Probably selling your self short, get on with it ;)

No worries and thankyou!

Yeah performance mods can be even more costly! 

Thanks for the info matey. Will keep you all updated when further mods have taken place!

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36 minutes ago, blue crush said:

I reckon ford sea grey or some shiny grey with a sparkle to it would suit your grills than completely black maybe.

Yeah that's an option - I'd like to see an example first though...

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22 hours ago, joeyjameslewis said:

EGR? Sorry, I'm a noob lol.

Exhaust Gas Recirculation valve, its a valve in the exhaust/inlet of most diesels - its basically an emissions thing but it simply chucks exhaust gasses into the inlet manifold which then sticks to the oil from the crankcase breather causing everything to get gummed up.

The blanking plate is only a few £s and fits between the EGR valve and the intake manifold - should give you a bit better throttle response as well as a small MPG bump plus the fact that it won't be chucking muck into your engine.

I believe this would be the guide:

http://www.talkford.com/community/topic/217666-how-to-egr-blanking-18tdci/

 

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1 hour ago, m1tch said:

Exhaust Gas Recirculation valve, its a valve in the exhaust/inlet of most diesels - its basically an emissions thing but it simply chucks exhaust gasses into the inlet manifold which then sticks to the oil from the crankcase breather causing everything to get gummed up.

The blanking plate is only a few £s and fits between the EGR valve and the intake manifold - should give you a bit better throttle response as well as a small MPG bump plus the fact that it won't be chucking muck into your engine.

I believe this would be the guide:

http://www.talkford.com/community/topic/217666-how-to-egr-blanking-18tdci/

 

Ooooo, sounds interesting. I will check it out.. Thanks for sharing David!

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5 hours ago, joeyjameslewis said:

Ooooo, sounds interesting. I will check it out.. Thanks for sharing David!

No worries, its something to always keep in mind when you have a diesel, the EGR is kinda ok on a petrol engine as the petrol works as a solvent inside the inlet manifold, as there isn't any fuel in a diesel inlet manifold it gets caked up quite badly - you might also find that your remap might have also coded out the check for the EGR which can sometimes cause a check engine light. I would also suggest you invest about £5 in a bluetooth OBD2 reader and download an OBD2 reader app (the torque app is good) - will help you out in terms of checking the engine sensors, temps, boost as well as resetting or finding any codes that do crop up.

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On 4/5/2016 at 7:30 PM, m1tch said:

No worries, its something to always keep in mind when you have a diesel, the EGR is kinda ok on a petrol engine as the petrol works as a solvent inside the inlet manifold, as there isn't any fuel in a diesel inlet manifold it gets caked up quite badly - you might also find that your remap might have also coded out the check for the EGR which can sometimes cause a check engine light. I would also suggest you invest about £5 in a bluetooth OBD2 reader and download an OBD2 reader app (the torque app is good) - will help you out in terms of checking the engine sensors, temps, boost as well as resetting or finding any codes that do crop up.

Thanks so much David! 
Any app names? Are they Windows or Android based ones? Or will they likely come with the readers? 

Was gonna look into that actually. 

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2 hours ago, joeyjameslewis said:

Thanks so much David! 
Any app names? Are they Windows or Android based ones? Or will they likely come with the readers? 

Was gonna look into that actually. 

Torque is a pretty good one, there is a free version which is pretty good but the pro version is better, I have it on my Android phone and tablet, simple to just plug it in if you ever need it, I have a mini bluetooth OBD2 in the glovebox if I ever need to check anything.

There is sometimes software with the readers but its easier to simply get a bluetooth reader and the torque app :)

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  • 4 weeks later...

Hey all! Just a quick heads up - I have added more pictures and modifications that I have been working on over the last few weeks - check them out in the original post at the top of page 1! Let me know your thoughts.

Thanks!

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  • 1 month later...

Hi, I know you haven't posted on here in a while but was just browsing through and wondered where you got those black gel overlay badges from? I've had a quick look on the internet but can't seem to find any. I'm definitely interested in getting them for my Focus mk2!

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