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Old 06-24-2016, 09:23 PM   #1
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GREEN HORNET'S 02 Grabber Green ZX3

What's up guys? New to the site and thought I'd share
some pictures and the backstory of my Focus: A 02
Grabber Green ZX3.
I bought this car in the spring of 2014 after selling a Ford
ranger I had been driving around in for a month. Wasn't
feeling the truck vibe and wanted to get back into a
Focus after selling my beloved 00 yellow ZX3.
Found her on craigslist up in Minnesota. My brother and
I drove up there, I looked her over, liked what I saw,
and bought her from an old Army veteran for $2600.
Both of the front springs were broke, the tires were shot,
the drives door handle mechanism needed to be replaced
and she needed to be cleaned up inside and out BADLY.
But this car was amazingly clean overall and especially
underneath for being a Minnesota car with 111700 miles.
There is virtually no rust on this car and by rust I
mean rot through. She reminds me in so many ways of
my 00 yellow ZX3. The only options on this car are cruise
control and A/C. Much like my yellow car only I now have
cruise control instead of keyless entry. Besides fixing the
things that were wrong with her, I didn't really do much
with the car through out 2014. I just put a 2.25 flex pipe
and 2.5 inch exhaust from Mandrel Exhaust Systems (Trubendz)
on her. Throughout 2015 however is when she received some
tasteful mods. Here is the full list:

Car
2002 Grabber Green ZX3
2.0L Zetec-stock internals
MTX-75 transmission
Exedy stage 2, 4 puck clutch
Massive Speed System lower transmission mount

Engine Mods
FSWERKS Zetec turbo kit-Currently set at 12psi, 91 octane
Tuned by Raffi at FSWERKS
Garret GT28 journal bearing turbo-.86 AR hot side
FSWERKS DV20 diverter valve
Mandrel Exhaust Systems 2.25 Flex pipe
and 2.5 inch exhaust with magnaflow muffler
Motorcraft AZFS22C spark plugs-1 step colder
FSWERKS 8mm spark plug wires-yellow

Suspension/Brakes/Wheels&Tires
Stock Suspension-new Monroe quick strut assemblies up front, new shocks in the rear
SVT brakes up front with 05 knuckles-Calipers painted yellow
05+ balljoints
Centric Rotors and Pads
Massive Speed System rear disc conversion kit-Calipers also painted yellow
Stock 16 inch wheels
205/50 Cooper CS4 touring all season tires

Interior
Innovate Motorsports MTX-L AFR gauge
Turbosmart E-boost Street EBC



Now on to the pictures!

Couple of days after I brought her home. Completely
bone stock:


Notice the missing door handle.









What the shifter used to look like:



Lovely piece of work wasn't it?

That didn't last very long. I bought a good used OEM shift boot from Matt Rowe at Speedway Recyclers and
found a stock silver shift nob on ebay. I think some young punk owned this car before the old Vet I bought
it from did.

The Result:


Much better!

Now some pictures of how the car currently is.

These were taken at our local park. I like how they look:










I really like how this picture turned out.






Turbo Kit: (Please excuse the dirtyish engine bay. Need to wash. )










Boost controller: Turbosmart E-boost Street



Intercooler. (And dirty bumper. Damn bugs! )



SVT front brakes



Massive rear disc conversion



My gauge setup.



Little acceleration video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA5FBL9Gs9Y

This car is sooo flippin fun to drive! She just pulls when you get into boost and sounds real angry when you do!

Mods to come in the near Future:
SVT suspension kit
Massive rear camber and toe arms
Massive Swift Stop 13inch BBK-Have. Currently waiting to go in.
Team Dynamics PR 1.2s in 17x7-Ordered. Waiting for them to arrive.

I also plan on taking her to a body shop to fix some surface rust and so I can get rid of those
stupid plastic rocker "guards" or as I call them, RUST catchers. Plus it could use a sand down and repaint as the
paint has some scratches and rock chips (on the hood). You can tell it was daily driven, but it must not have been
in the winter because the underneath is remarkably clean. That most likely won't be next year, but some other time
down the road a bit. Will update as I progress. This car is a keeper. She will never be for sale, as long as I can still
drive stick shift. Hope you enjoyed my little post. Please comment, if you would like, and thanks for looking!


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Old 06-24-2016, 09:30 PM   #2
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Love the sleeper look, great you didn't swap out the wheels, as you'd loose the sleeper look. awesome,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Thanks! I didn't swap out the wheels yet, but I will be here
pretty soon for a set of TD PR 1.2s in 17x7. Just waiting for
them to arrive.
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Thanks! I didn't swap out the wheels yet, but I will be here
pretty soon for a set of TD PR 1.2s in 17x7. Just waiting for
them to arrive.
Even those will look better, you'd lose the sleeper look.
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Old 06-24-2016, 09:45 PM   #5
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Even those will look better, you'd lose the sleeper look.
While that is true, I'll like the look of the new wheels over the
sleeper status. People around here don't give a second look to
a Focus anyway.
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Little preview of the Massive Speed BBK that will be
going on my car. Painted the calipers yellow last month
using G2 caliper paint. Just waiting on my TD wheels from
Perfect Circle Autosport so I can put these big boys on my car.
Also going to paint the rotor hats black to match the painted centric
rotors I bought for the rear.

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Car looks great! Seems like it would be pretty fun to drive!
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Car looks great! Seems like it would be pretty fun to drive!
Thanks! She is very fun to drive!
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Heeey glad to see you made it to the chosen Focus forum! ;) Love seeing pics of the turbo fofo!
You're the first to know on FF, but my turbo project is pretty close to being finished too! Most all of the fab work is done and it's just down to all the various lines and gauges.
Oh, and hey, could you do me a flavor and post a pic ot two of the water feed and return for your turbo? I've done quite a bit of searching, but I'm not finding much difinitive info.
Thanks man!
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-like the mods, and the color. nice!
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