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Old 04-14-2008, 08:30 PM   #1
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'08 Exterior Mods..what you think?

Let me start by saying I love my '08. I like the looks and most everything about it. I realize there are a lot of '08 haters too...and I agree, there was a couple things that I thought needed "adjusting". The first being those damn ugly chrome side fenders. (I have the SES, so they come on it no matter what). So I have removed them, along with rear FOCUS lettering, and lowered antenna.

FYI to anyone else that is going to do this. There are 5, yes FIVE alignment holes under that chrome piece -see pics below. So this is how I decided to do it. If anyone has any better ideas they would like to suggest or share, feel free.

ALSO - using a heat gun to 'loosen' the adhesive tape just MELTS the plastic/chrome fender - FYI

Items I used to complete this job:
2 Ford emblems from Advanced Auto
4 Black plugs from Harware Hank
Touch up paint from the dealership
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Glue remover - Goo Gone, etc..

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Ok, this is what it originally turned out to look like...I didn't quite like it, so I decided to pull the plugs and paint them -see below.This is where the touch up paint is handy...even has a little brush. Also, those chrome panels are an PAIN to pry off, your probably going to cause some paint damage and need touch ups there too.



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Old 04-14-2008, 08:42 PM   #2
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LOoks good man, but that wheel gap is huge.
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It doesn't look to bad.....I'd rather see it properly filled and repainted or to buy the S model fenders that don't have the vents installed in them myself.

Still looks good from a distance but I'm not real big on the look of it up close.
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Looks good. Is there anyway you could shave the plugs down so they didn't protrude so far?

And do you have any pictures of your windows tinted?
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Looks good. Is there anyway you could shave the plugs down so they didn't protrude so far?

And do you have any pictures of your windows tinted?
The plugs are hollow, so shaving them down is not an option. The round one is fairly flat, it's the square one that sticks out so far. I'm actually looking for a very small orange side marker light/reflector...thinking that might look better than the square plug?

I'll try to get better pics of the window tint up.
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The debadge looks awesome! But the fenders could use a bit of work - maybe have them filled, sanded and painted. But still, it looks better than it did before!
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Super cool! Keep us posted on any other changes :)
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How difficult is it to paint the chrome fender vents? Like, color match it to the car? Or maybe go with black. Having a 2000, I have no chrome so I don't know anything about painting it.
the amber side markers would look ok too, but the indent is kind of gross.
the debadging looks good though. Great work overall.
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The debadge looks awesome! But the fenders could use a bit of work - maybe have them filled, sanded and painted. But still, it looks better than it did before!
Thanks - Would love to have them filled, sanded, painted. Unfortunately I am on a budget and doing all that is not in it...a new CAI is a bit more imporant for right now


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It doesn't look to bad.....I'd rather see it properly filled and repainted or to buy the S model fenders that don't have the vents installed in them myself.
Still looks good from a distance but I'm not real big on the look of it up close.
Thanks; agreed on the distance thing. Actually you have to get really close to even see the plugs. As commented above, wish I had the money to fill/paint or just buy 'S' fenders without holes...hopefully someday down the line I can. For now, this was the most affordable way to get those horrible fenders off my car.
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How difficult is it to paint the chrome fender vents? Like, color match it to the car? Or maybe go with black. Having a 2000, I have no chrome so I don't know anything about painting it.
the amber side markers would look ok too, but the indent is kind of gross.
the debadging looks good though. Great work overall.
^^Thats what I want to do but I don't know how well painting chrome will work
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