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EMAN44 08-17-2012 05:28 PM

EMAN44's official 2012 Hatchback progress thread!!
Well Fanatics, I've come back to the forums and plan to stay a while! Many new guys might not remember me, but some of the older guys do. I used to own a 2003 Focus ZX3 that I drove through college, modded quite a bit, then stripped it and traded it off in 2008. Looking back, I should have never traded a car that was already paid off, but hey that's part of the learning process I guess. Here was my old ZX3 in all its glory...

I traded for a loaded 2008 Nissan Altima 3.5SE 6spd right before I went to basic training after joining the National Guard...

Got back from basic training and I could not find the job I was looking for and the crazy payments that I had gotten myself into had put me in a corner, so I traded for a cheaper car, a 2009 Scion xB 5spd. This car wasn't my first choice, but it was affordable and it began to grow on me. After I was finished with it, it was a cool clean and unique xB far out of the realm of neon lights and big sound systems and 20'' rims that most xB owners were into....

Then last year, my unit ended up getting mobilized and deployed to Afghanistan. I wanted to lower my monthly payments even more, and the fact that my wife could not drive a stick, ended me trading for a 2005 Infiniti G35 which I promptly slammed...

I got home safely from Afghanistan last month after a long hard year, and decided to reward myself and buy a car that I actually wanted and not just settle. I think my inside voice began steering me towards the new Focus, mainly because my 03 ZX3 was the last car I actually had a good time modding and had a lot of good times with. Another reason was because of this forum and FJ. After I traded my 03 ZX3, I went on other forums like,, and, but none of those forums gave me the friends and memories like this one has. So in the end it was an easy choice for me...

So the Infiniti got traded in, my monthly payments got increased by a whopping $15/month and I got one of the lowest interest rates I've gotten so far at 2.9%. Ended up with a 2012 Sterling Grey 5 door Hatch, 5spd, sport package with 203A package. Got the car last weekend with 35 miles on the odo, and I already have over 400 miles on it.

Pics of when I first got it...

Got it home and off to the tint shop it went, 20% all around minus the windshield...

Had a crazy thought of maybe redrilling my old Infiniti 19'' wheels...

But I already found a buyer for them, should be selling them tomorrow so I'll have some cash for coilovers very very soon!!

Plans for my new baby:
18x8.5 +40 Voxx Maglia (gloss black) = $562 shipped from
225/40/18 Federal SS-595 = $381.19 shipped from

KSport Coilovers = $600-800 shipped on ebay
Steeda Rear Swaybar Kit = $144 shipped from

FSWerks Race Performance Exhaust = $501.35 shipped from
AEM Cold Air Intake = $254 shipped from
Steeda Short Throw Shifter kit = $210 shipped from

Ford Focus Titanium black headlights = $250 shipped on ebay
3dCarbon Lip kit = $924 shipped from

Anyways, hello again my Focus family, it's good to be back. Now when is the next Focus meet? [:)~]


ST 2K5 08-17-2012 06:20 PM

A great foundation with great plans!! Welcome back...can't wait to see more progress !!

stilix 08-17-2012 11:21 PM

Glad to have you back dude.

Drumr90 08-18-2012 07:11 AM

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Im a new guy on here so dont remeber u but nice story of the past cars you had. Also u got a nice lookin focus there.

1sloho 08-18-2012 11:19 AM

welcome back to FF man. glad to have ya back in the community! cant wait tosee what ya do with the '12.

SteezMuffin 08-18-2012 11:31 AM

That's a awesome story. Sterling Grey FTW

EMAN44 08-18-2012 12:36 PM

So I sold the 19'' Infiniti wheels for a nice amount, now I gotta find where to buy coilovers from? Anyone know of a place to buy KSports? I heard Never Enough Auto up in Michigan has some fair prices, but I've never dealt with them...

Also went ahead and placed my order for the wheels. Talked directly to a customer rep at and ended up getting a little bit of help in the form of a military discount, so my total shipped to my door price ended up being $512. Not bad for a decent looking wheel in a decent size/offset. I'm planning on running a 225/40 tire, which should have a tiny bit of stretch but not too outrageous. Should help out for when I'm slammed on the KSports...


EMAN44 08-27-2012 09:51 PM

Got my roof rack put on finally...Ended up using the bars, towers, and fairing from my G35, needed to get new Q-clips, and ended up buying a new bike mount and matching locking cores. Saved a bit of money, and spent a bit of money, but now I can carry my bike again!!

Oh yeah, on a side wheels should be here on Wednesday!! I haven't ordered tires yet, can't decide whether to go with 225/40/18 or 235/40/18. I need to order my coilovers too, but I need to sell my project car first.


EMAN44 08-29-2012 05:21 PM

The UPS guy came by today and delivered these!!!!

18x8.5 +40 all around...still gotta get tires and coilovers, but the garage door on the house just decided to take a crap, so money goes there first. If I can find someone to buy my 86 200SX S12, coils, tires, exhaust, and CAI would be ordered in a heart beat...
My 200SX...


misfire 08-29-2012 07:45 PM

great looking ride Emanuel. Welcome back!

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