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Old 06-04-2011, 05:05 PM   #1
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Smile A new Focus on modding ...

Well, I've been driving the Focus a lot lately, with the Charger going through some repairs, and its 10 mpg taking a LOT more $$$ out of my pocket than the 23-24 mpg the Focus delivers in the mostly city driving that I do.

So, I decided that since it's paid off and I'm pretty much gonna keep it (at least another year or so), I might as well make it more "me".

I've already gotten hood struts installed and changed out the steering wheel to a leather-wrapped unit, with cruise-control buttons.

Cool fact: to make the cruise control work, we just had to re-flash the PCM and during the re-flash the PCM learns that it has new buttons and activates the cruise control feature ... no more servos/linkages ... all done through the PCM and electronic throttle bodies these days ...

So the chrome-trimmed headlights/tail-lights/front grille are the next things to be replaced with tinted lights/black grille, and a couple other small things.

The tint was done last Wednesday, and I left it home to cure in the Sun for the next 2 days, then today took her to work and finally opened the windows again after work. No issues with the tint

Yesterday I got the OEM tinted tail lights installed and the new 2.5" stubby antenna :), to replace the stock radio roof antenna which is about 12" long ...

Next to be installed will be the OEM tinted headlamps (eBay purchase ), OEM black-chrome-painted grille, OEM red-painted mirror caps, and hopefully a 1" or so drop. New front grille is already here waiting for the lights since it has to be removed for the lights to be replaced

Also, I will be replacing the FOCUS rear lettering with black Focus badge/emblem off the new 2012 Focus and re-locating it.

The third brake light may have to be blended in somehow too ... maybe a light red tint ... then maybe some rims?

Gonna be interesting to see what I can do with such a plain-jane-looking car ... lol


Now for the pics ... first pic is stock, then with yesterday's work done :
















And the previously-mentioned black hood struts :
(never mind the dirty engine bay ... lol)




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Old 06-04-2011, 06:21 PM   #2
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Any plans on dropping the car, looks like your off to a good start car looks great !
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Any plans on dropping the car, looks like your off to a good start car looks great !
Thanks, and yes, I'd love to lower her a little ... what options are there ?
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Thanks, and yes, I'd love to lower her a little ... what options are there ?
FRPP kit for lowering a DD. Pretty much the best all round kit for the money.
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:16 PM   #5
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As of a few minutes ago, the back is clean and no longer has the "F O C U S se" lettering ... nice and clean ...
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The tinted headlamps showed up today

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very nice. good luck with your plans
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Thanks

One of the headlights has water spots on the inside of the lens ... anybody have a clue how to clean that off ?
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Updated pic showing de-badged rear :

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It's naked! Just kiddin, I thought of getting a 2000-04 Focus badge, the original.
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