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Focus~Racer 11-05-2003 11:48 PM

2 Mods that are Easy on the eyes, & Easy on the $$$!
Hey everyone...

Here are a few ideas for making some modifications that are easy on the eyes, and very easy on the wallet.

[ohcrap] #1. Tricking out the Digital Readout in the Instrument Cluster!! [clap]

When people are tricking out the interior of their car the little odometer panel is the last place they think of to trick out.. However, a $5-$7 part can put the ultimate custom finish on your interior. Believe me when I tell you, people can notice this!!!

All you have to do is go to the local Cell Phone shop and pickup one of those hologram screen protectors in a style that matches your personal taste.... The rest is easy, unscrew the cluster pop the clear cover off the front and just apply the Hologram to the little screen. If you have a nice set of gauges in your Foci, this may be just the thing to accent them.
The holograms are cheap, they are removable, and best of all the way they are designed you can still see the information... (not that it's earth shattering news)...

[idea] Interior Trim and Bezel Painting [drinking]

There are a lot of products on the market for doing the interior of a car, but honestly they are expensive and have little to no color choice. So, I decided to try something and it worked rather well.. So, I am going to share the idea with all of you....

The Surround on the Cluster, The Radio Surround Bezel, the Trim panel around the doors, the speaker grills.. All these kinds of parts can be painted with a selection of almost 50+ color choices. Including a Clear Coat top if you wanted....


Plastic Model paint, available at any hobby store.. Testors, Model-Master, anything for plastic models is perfect for the trim panels. They have all sorts of base coating, chromes, metallics, flats, glosses.. I managed to do a whole car for a friend of mine with some white primer and a few cans of metallic red spray. The problem with Krylon and other sprays is that they won't stick to plastic. But the chemical makeup of the model paint allows it to stick to plastic..
It came out great!!

Figure most interior color kits are $50-$75 and some of them are a pain to do... Most model paint is $2-$3 a can and depending on how much you want to color you wouldn't need more then 4-5 cans. This includes primer color and top color!!!

So there you have it... Here are 2 simple cash saving mods that can make a door panel match a racing seat, or add the custom look to the gauge set you spent your hard earned $$$ on!!

Simple, but effective!! (Sort of like the Ford Focus!!)

Chick 11-06-2003 10:47 AM

Well, I had bought a gauge bezel a few weeks ago. According to the instructions it said on the Focus that all you have to do is pop it right in (after you take the gauge cluster out of course.) Come to find out that the clear plastic on it is GLUED. You might wanna mention that you might need dremel and somemore glue to do this. Unless yours wasn't like that.

Focus~Racer 11-06-2003 10:52 AM


I am Sorry.. [???:)]

I had a 2000 SE 4-DR and I traded it in for a 2001 4-dr ZTS both of them had that cover held on by 5 plastic clips.. All I had to do was lightly press up on the clip and slide the cover off... Perhaps Ford changed the design.... Please Post the year and body style of your Foci and I will try and look into this.....

Thanks for the Info..

(In any event I hope this information proves usefull for you...) And I again apologise for the confusion, I was not aware they changed the design...

[thumb] [thumb]

Chick 11-06-2003 11:03 AM

It's a 2003.
Yeah, it has clips but it's also glued down.[mad]

Lil PZEV 11-06-2003 11:42 AM

Ditto Ashley, my 2003 had the glued on cover too. Not having a Dremel handy I had to improvise, so take a sharp straight edge knife (Paring is best) and carefully slit the connection, as you would with a Dremel. I cut 2 or 3 places to just open the bottom part, then slipped the bezel in and attached it from the back... it makes sense if you take out the cluster and look. Worked fine and no regluing required!

Chick 11-06-2003 11:44 AM

Hey well thanks for the help!
We tried shoving it in the holes but..well that didn't turn out too good.
Again, thanks[thumb]

Lil PZEV 11-06-2003 11:46 AM

No problem. I get to pry the thing out again when I get new gauges, so that should be fun.[:p]

focusonthefocus 11-14-2003 03:16 AM

cool deal.

gibsontaylor 11-14-2003 10:35 AM

yeah, its just the corporation tryin to keep the man down! I noticed that when I was installing an aftermarket gauge. Being the first time, I was carfully HAMMERING everything I could to get it open. I felt like that monkey in space odysey 2000. The clear front lens will need some de-gluing but everything else seemed clip on/off rather easily. Thanks for the note & I'll remind myself when I want a bezel in my dash

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