|11-26-2014 12:09 AM|
|11-25-2014 10:24 PM|
|11-25-2014 09:22 PM|
|sailor||The Killer Winter Machine!|
|11-25-2014 05:38 PM|
Updated photos of current summer and winter wheel configurations. I'd rather run them the other way around (17 for summer, 16 for winter), but I got 8 of those 17" generals very cheaply, so this is how I'm gonna roll
Summer: Continental DW on 16x7 +40 Sparco Terra
Winter: General Altimax Arctic on 17x7 +49? OEM Ford "Painted Machined Aluminum"
|11-25-2014 05:22 PM|
Also visible in the above photo is the draw-tite 24872 trailer hitch. This car pulls one or two motocross bikes on an open rail trailer with ease. I normally see about 25-28mpg while towing. When the speed limit is only 50 or 55, it can get up over 40mpg!
With two riders, the Focus gets crowded trying to camp and race for a whole weekend. For one person, though, especially if not camping out, it works perfectly!
|11-25-2014 05:14 PM|
I guess I never posted video of the sound with that exhaust setup, so here you go
You can hear it briefly in the first 5 seconds of this video, too
Video clip... WOT pull is at 30s
|03-19-2013 04:48 PM|
I decided to make my car louder using the 2.5" exhaust from my 2002 Focus. It looked like it would kinda fit, which it totally did!
20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_083403 by mellephants, on Flickr
Note, in preparation to do this, I took care of "step 1" at home a couple days before going to the muffler shop... rear muffler delete.
20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_085152 by mellephants, on Flickr
20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_085206 by mellephants, on Flickr
Yes, the hump from my old exhaust fits over the 2012 subframe (with a little convincing from their hydraulic bender)
20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_094501 by mellephants, on Flickr
Even though my old exhaust flange looked like it would have bolted directly to the 2012 flange, we decided to weld the new piping to the stock piping after the flange, so that I could keep using the stock flange, because it has a lot better chance of never leaking this way.
20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_100028 by mellephants, on Flickr
20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_100036 by mellephants, on Flickr
20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_100112 by mellephants, on Flickr
Now, I thought about just leaving the exhaust like this, but to keep the noise somewhat reasonable inside, and avoid soot all over my bumper, I had them extend it out a bit past the bumper.
20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_100323 by mellephants, on Flickr
More shots of how it looks under there now (walking from the rear of the car toward the front):
20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_101043 by mellephants, on Flickr
20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_101443 by mellephants, on Flickr
Note I was unable to fit the oval Borla muffler in the same place I had it on my 2002 Focus. In the future I could try to stuff some other smaller muffler in there (Borla makes a 5" round 10" long muffler)
20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_101457 by mellephants, on Flickr
20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_101500 by mellephants, on Flickr
20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_101503 by mellephants, on Flickr
20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_101506 by mellephants, on Flickr
... and here's how it looks when it's on the ground. Very normal looking. Good.
20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_115717 by mellephants, on Flickr
... now how does it sound? Well, it sounds good... and loud. Which is exactly what I wanted, for now. Might as well get the red wheels, next, right?
Future plans to quiet it a bit more are either using the Borla round 5" x 10" length where I've got that straight pipe, or buying a mandrel 90 and re-using my oval Borla muffler under the trunk area (similar to the OE configuration, but about half the size/weight and 0.5" wider opening).
|02-20-2013 09:33 AM|
That doorjamb location is fine. It is inspectable every time I enter the car, the insulation is in great condition, the wire cannot interfere with the hinges, the hole has smooth painted edges, and the wire is properly fused.
I have already stated ITT that I will source a grommet. In my experience, a piece of heater hose works better than plastic loom, if I can't find a grommet I like. I will also look a bit more for a firewall passthrough, just so the wire is hidden, but not for safety reasons. I really like this location for safety. There is no engine heat, no movement, no oil, no dirt, no salt, etc... which are all things a lot of installers will subject a wire to by using a hole low on the firewall - the clutch hole on an auto, for example, is normally a terrible spot for those reasons.
If anyone has found a nice spot which does not require slicing factory wiring looms or grommets or drilling new holes, and is high up on the firewall away from heat and contaminants, let me know.
|02-20-2013 07:23 AM|
|badazz2010focus||yeah tell me about it, I'm sure theres a clutch pedal hole if he's automatic.|
|02-19-2013 11:02 PM|
|2005sangriaZX3||please, please run that power wire properly through the firewall with a proper grommet. That is an electrical fire waiting to happen. Car looks great though!|
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