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Old 04-02-2013, 10:08 AM   #1
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An Interesting request

Hello all. Having owned a Focus or two in the past decade I truly have grown to adore their no nonsense approach to the way things are. I currently am the proud owner of both a 2005 ZXW and a 2007 SE sedan.
What I would like to do is find sufficient parts to convert my 05 wagon into it's right hand drive counterpart. Like they would have over in the UK. I used to have a Triumph sedan when I was stationed over there that I brought home with me when I got out. Never ceased to amaze the citizens having a RH drive car here in the US.
Perhaps I could achieve the same effect by conversion. Not afraid of work and I always did enjoy a challenge.
So, in light of that. Any suggestions? Perhaps someone has them laying about after they converted one over to LH..........Come on, I'm not crazy. Really!!


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Old 04-03-2013, 10:41 AM   #2
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In 05 the rest of the world changed to the C2 focus. We got the old one with a new dashboard. It will probably be easier if you bought a 99-04 to do this to.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:16 AM   #3
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Honda guys do it. Looks like a lot of work for pretty much no benefit.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:38 AM   #4
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I can't say that you're wrong here. I look at it sort of like owning an old Kia. Sort of pointless, but time consuming. (sorry all you Kia people out there)
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Just the cost and time consumption alone would not be a wise decision to do. But if it's something that you have your heart set on, then by all means go for it. JayDeZ is some what right, the 2000-2007 ZX3/5 shells are identical. So if you could source the parts from a Focus in the UK, you would need a motor, transmission, dashboard, steering rack, ECU and a few other parts to make this happen. As you can see, it certainly wouldn't be cheap and it is a lot more of a hassle to deal with. A lot of people here are able to do the Japanese conversions fairly easy since they are allowed to buy front clips from cars in Japan. Not sure if you can do the same with the UK though. All in all, it would be neat to see. But it's not something I would pay or have done.
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So the opposite of this?



Kidding a side, it will be a decent amount of work, time and money to do a swap like that. Most of their first gen stuff is similar but the mid gen update our focus got in 05 is going to cause some issues for you
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I'm betting that due to the need for UK variant mechanicals and electronics the chance of getting it certified for daily driver use here in the states would be almost impossible. That was one thing I hadn't taken into consideration was the fact of that.
Sigh......Now I have to go and find myself something else to consume the next decade with.
Thanks anyway.
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I really like the idea of someone doing this, but I've never seen it done. If you do end up going with you're idea definitely post your progress up as a build thread! I am incredibly interested to see how it turns out.
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cool idea, i would be very interested in following your progress.

but I think in the long run, it might be easier and/or cheaper to buy a UK focus and import it. (even though that is apparently not an easy process either.)
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So the opposite of this?
LOL uh... I guess it keeps your passenger entertained on those long road trips.

If you really wanted a RHD Focus here in Canada you could just import an early '98. 15-year minimum age requirement as opposed to the 20-year US requirement.
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