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Old 08-29-2014, 02:12 PM   #1
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TheBlueOval's Race Red MK3 Build Thread

Hey guys I've been a member here on FF for a year now. Originally I joined this site just to get answers to some small things on my focus like changing light bulbs, sync help, and other small stuff. Modding was never in my plans at the start but the mod bug hit me hard after scrolling through all the DIY threads on here. So I've changed my focus a lot since I've joined here and have finally decided to start a build thread starting from day 1 to present. There is a lot to upload so bear with me as I try to organize all of my mods as best as i can in the correct order. I have a bunch of pics to upload right now and I will continually update the thread as I add more mods in the future because I have big plans for this car! Feel free to ask any questions about any of the mods you see and I hope you guys enjoy!

So this is my Focus (Sharon) the day I got her in May of 2012. I live in Louisville, KY but no dealers had the right options I wanted (5 Speed, Sport package, Moonroof, Fogs, Spoiler, Auto lights, 17" Black wheels) so we had this one delivered from West Virginia.
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From the get-go something about the front end just didn't seem right to me so I went through a phase of playing with plasti-dip until I could get the front to a point where I was happy.
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Since I still had extra dip left over from the front I decided to do the spoiler and begin my war on the chrome starting with the rear emblems. I decided there I would try to turn as much of the chrome to black as I could and do a red on black theme with the car.
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Still bit with the plasti-dip bug I began to experiment with hood strips and continued my attack on the chrome with the grill whiskers and fog-light bezels.
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The hood stripes grew old quickly and were gone within a week or two.



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Old 08-29-2014, 02:33 PM   #2
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So next on my list was to Paint match the side skirts. I really liked the look as it made the car appear to be lower. Right about that time my lovely girlfriend tinted my car for my birthday.
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A week or so later I purchased a new muffler tip as I absolutely HATE the stock one that ford put on these cars. Now my sights narrowed in on the ugly chrome headlights. I didnt want to shell out $400 on new headlights so I did the economical thing and brought my car back to the tint shop with some laminX Headlight tint I purchased off of ebay. They put it on for $70 and the outcome was great. Also played around with the grill scheme a little bit more and dippd my gas cap.
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The new grill scheme didn't stick around for long and I decided I liked the stock grill look better after all.
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Continuing with my Black out theme I used VHT nightshade on the taillights and dipped the strip in between them. It was quickly brought to my attention that my car looked like zoro with the strip and it was promptly removed. I also decided to paint my rear valance, an idea I got from paparacer on here.
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I tried to finalize my war on the chrome by changing the silver accents on the wheels to red but it was too much work and didn't turn out the way I had envisioned.
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:55 PM   #3
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My last aesthetic mod to date was the painting of my brake calipers gloss red. I used the duplicolor brush on kit for this and I'm very happy with how they turned out. I also added little" Powered by ford" chrome emblems on the front quarter panels to tie in the silver from the wheels.
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Now that I was done with my aesthetic mods it was time for me to start putting on some small "performance" mods before FocusFest 2014 this year. I started with the K&N Typhoon intake system. Also I remover the stock snorkel and the lower grill pieces in the triangles. Not so much of a power mod but the sound is awesome and throttle response was improved.TheBlueOval's Race Red MK3 Build Thread-20140829_143049.jpg
Next came the RMM. I went with the E focus RMM for it's price, oem fit and finish, and because I didn't want a lot of vibrations. This was by far the easiest mod and made my 5 speed feel much better racking though the gears.
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Here are a couple photos I took from autcross at FocusFest this past year. Had a blast and ended with a time of 39.929, which was the fastest for the stock mk3 class. (Ford motor company actually used the 2nd picture on their social media outlets)
Here is a clip of my first run ever at Autocross, sorry for the video quality-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SITRLwNGVPA
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After FocusFest I took some time away from modding until I came across a great deal on a FSWERKS race exhaust from a FF member. It went on this past week and the link to the write up is here: MK3 Sedan FSWERKS Race Exhaust Write Up (Pic Heavy).. The exhaust is LOUD but I like the low rumble and it definitely added some ponies in the top end.
Here is an exhaust clip, sorry but it was recorded on my phone so sound could be better-http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz_fDlgO1is
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:59 PM   #4
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That's pretty much all I have done to date. Future mods are lowering springs, new sway bars and end links, loder front lip, 3d carbon side skirts and rear valance, and slotted rotors front and back along with braided brake lines. Really trying to get my car competitive for autocross. Here is how she sits now.
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Old 09-02-2014, 07:07 PM   #5
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lesson learned... less is more when it comes to plastidip haha!

cars looking good, its come a long way from stock! keep it up and ill keep you updated on dyno numbers when i get everything tuned
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I do like the dipped spoiler and headlight and tail light tint.
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Thanks! I did the tail lights because that's how the car looks in the owners manual. The dip on the spoiler makes it much more noticeable, and I couldn't stand the chrome headlights.
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Looking into getting a CAI. AEM, volant, or K&N. How do you like yours?
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I've owned 2 K&N CAIs and I'll probably buy another some day. They are great products that are well made. Install is easy and they look and sound awesome. As far as performance goes any CAI isn't going to give you much in the form of noticeable gains, but I can say throttle response is increased. Oh, and did I mention the noise!
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cars looking good, its come a long way from stock! keep it up and ill keep you updated on dyno numbers when i get everything tuned
Less is definitely more. I think most everyone goes through a plastidip or wrapping phase then realizes that oem+ was the look they wanted all along.
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