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08-13-2014 07:55 PM
CunFFS13 Yellow Lamin-X film
08-13-2014 07:01 AM
williambs55
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Hello everyone, new member (And new Focus owner) here.

My name's Bill, and I'm from Alberta, Canada. I was in the market for a 'new' car to take over the winter-driving duties from my ongoing project, a '92 Grand Prix SE:



While I was actually focusing on finding a '94-'01 Integra coupe, the search ultimately turned into looking for a new car instead. I work at a local Ford dealership as a detailer, so I've been able to see many 2012 Focuses up close and I really liked what I saw. I was ultimately able to find one in the body style, colour, and transmission combination I wanted-even better, it was at the dealer I worked at.

No matter what car I bought, it HAD to be manual. As far as Focuses went, I was set on Yellow Blaze, and I really liked the style of the sedan. Bingo. Coincidentally, the cheque was handed over on my birthday (22nd) and the day after my co-workers and I prepared it for delivery and I took it home.

Yellow Blaze SE sedan with a 5-speed and the Sport package.







Now, one of the reasons for going with a brand-new car was to have warranties, so voiding them is out of the question. However, I can't leave well enough alone and have started looking for minor things to change to make it a little different than other '12 Focuses in my area. So far, I've tinted the fog lights yellow with some leftover vinyl, which was used to tint the fog lights on my Grand Prix.

Before:



After:




As time passes more and more small changes will be made to the car, but regardless I'm very happy with it. It's fun to drive and with the yellow paint, really stands out against the other cars around it.
How did you tint the lenses of the lights?
08-02-2013 10:28 AM
CunFFS13 Great looking car you have Sir!
FYI that color is not available for sale in Cancun, the only way you can go with that color is getting the expensive ST model.

I'm looking forward to do the fog light mod myself!
If I have any q's, would you be able to hook me up?

Once again congrats in that color!
03-02-2013 02:37 PM
glocker As respectable as you are on these boards, I followed your advice. I too worked from the bottom and then when it wouldn't fit, I took the headlights out. Wouldn't fit either way. Haha maybe I'm just dumb. Oh well. Done!
Also, that was my first time taking that whole plastic splash guard off. That was a pain haha.

Thanks Twenty!

03-02-2013 01:28 PM
Twenty
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My small one won't even fit. Haha. Oh well, I finally got them off with only removing the bottom screws. Took forever! Thanks for the quick response though man.
No problem.

I worked from the bottom though, and was able to fit sockets in.
03-02-2013 12:53 PM
glocker My small one won't even fit. Haha. Oh well, I finally got them off with only removing the bottom screws. Took forever! Thanks for the quick response though man.

03-02-2013 12:36 PM
Twenty
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Twenty, forgive me if this is a dumb question. What did you use to get the two fog light screws out? I can't seem to fit anything in the bay to get to the top screws. It's too tight in there. Help? Haha.
If I remember correctly, it was just my small socket wrench.
03-02-2013 12:28 PM
glocker
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Last night I went ahead and put in my Ti fog light bezels. I figured I'd take a few pictures and notes of the procedure as well, since it seems to be a common question. It's not a fool-proof step-by-step manual, but something to hopefully help.

All of this was done on my garage floor with the Focus' front wheels up on some trailer-leveling blocks. Entirely possible to do it this way, but at times it was a bit tight.



First up, the tray under the bumper has to come out. There are 6 clips and about 16 screws holding it in place.





With the underside exposed, each fog light is held in with two small screws. This is where it gets a bit tight. Unclip the harnesses, remove the screws, and pull out the fog lights.





This is where I took a slight detour-while they were out, I redid the tint on the fog lights since I had much better access now.



Now, on to the bezels:



Each is held in with four clips (Top/bottom/left/right). It's easier to release one of the side clips, and a good tug should see the bezel pop out. If not, release them one at a time until it's loose and comes out.



Putting the new ones in is just a matter of pressing them into place. I noticed that the tabs can be a little weak though, so make sure they're actually popping into place and not just twisting as you push.

The fog lights go back in, and are reattached with the two screws. You'll notice each fog light has four tabs for screws, the screws go into the lower inside and upper outside tabs. The other two fit onto little 'pins' which are a part of the bumper.

Put the lower shield back in place and place the clips and screws back into their respective places.

Most importantly, step back now and admire your Ti fog light bezels.






While the car was out today, I went ahead and used a bit more of my vinyl to lightly darken the rear bumper's reflectors. It's a very light tint, to keep them visible but tone down the bright red. I used the same tint last year on my Grand Prix's brake lights.



The mudflaps will be thrown on next, and after that there are a couple more OEM accessories I wouldn't mind getting my hands on.
Twenty, forgive me if this is a dumb question. What did you use to get the two fog light screws out? I can't seem to fit anything in the bay to get to the top screws. It's too tight in there. Help? Haha.
06-12-2012 03:17 PM
20TWELVE Found an 8" one from somewhere lol on eBay for 600.00 have no idea how the installation is. Likd you said, talk to a dealer and see how much of a pian it is. I'm Perty good with electronics and have alot patients so I might tackle it if its a possible task. Thanks for your input and ill keep posting, this is a nice site for do it yourselfers.
06-12-2012 01:42 PM
newfoundfocus Yeah man I got ya....if u want the ford mytouch nav system it's gonna be expensive its fully touch screen and voice activated and I would definitely check with ur dealer to see the labor cost and if it can even be done the dealer I work at said it can't be done cuz of the modules and dash layout But the fog lamps and cruze shouldn't be a big deal I don't think.
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