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shepski 06-28-2009 07:21 PM

Richbrook Brake & Bezel Bling-i-fi-cation
 
Hey. You may or may not have seen my painted-dash thread from almost two years back (http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...ighlight=tacky), but I took things further a few months ago and finally got around to uploading some pics...

Additions:

(1) Euro Focus ST220 shift knob;
(2) Richbrook Ford-licensed ebrake handle (thanks, Waffles!);
(3) Richbrook chrome (nasty!) gear-shift surround, which I had powdercoated CD Silverish, but with heavier flake to make it "pop" from down on the center console.

http://www.richbrook.co.uk/

Next step will probably be two-tone Redline boots (similar to CaysE's, but with blue instead of red, of course); but now that Redline changed its 'Violety Blue' from an almost perfect SVT blue-tweed match, to something much lighter and not even close, my enthusiasm has waned (but I'll probably go with their 'Dark Blue'). One of these days, maybe.

I will say that pics don't do it justice at all - I'm always shocked when I approach the car and/or get in by how much better it looks in person. (And the Richbrook handle feels like sex. Kind of.)

Anyway, enjoy (sorry I didn't vacuum the car first or pull the crap out of the door pockets - wasn't really going for glamour shots).

Project-progress pics to follow later...

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o.../IMG_3143x.jpg

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shepski 06-28-2009 07:26 PM

So here's a sort of step-by-step on the process...

I put the brake on - which was a MUCH bigger pain-in-the-azz than I'd been led to believe (but perhaps if I had a workbench, vise, and Dremel things would have gone better). I got the OEM handle off using CaysE's method of hammering it off (only I did it IN the car, not in a vise - with the console removed and towels covering everything that could get scratched or gouged, it's a pretty safe way to go).

But removing the SVT handle was easy, putting the Richbrook on was a PAIN.

Anyway, the Richbrook comes with two different boot rings (or whatever), as you can see here:

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=184027

I decided to go with the grooved one:

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o.../IMG_2119x.jpg

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o.../IMG_2115x.jpg

This required some modification of my stock SVT boot. I carefully cut the stitching to make an opening wide enough for the FAT Richbrook handle to fit through, and decided to see if I could force a zip-tie through it, á la the shift boot, to secure the thing to the boot ring.

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o.../IMG_2100x.jpg

As you can see, I was able to do it - but it was about as much fun (and nearly as painful) as trying to insert a catheter into yourself. [NOTE: I did later go out and buy BLACK zip-ties of the proper size...]

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o.../IMG_2108x.jpg

The resulting look was pretty sweet, and the overall look in the pics is probably cleaner than the final-result pics (with shift bezel); but maybe that's just because the interior was cleaner! (i.e. recently vacuumed and steam-cleaned) [Note off-white zip-tie clamp sticking out at the bottom - later solved with slimmer, black zip-tie]

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o.../IMG_2133x.jpg

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o.../IMG_2136x.jpg

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o.../IMG_2127x.jpg

Next step was to order the Richbrook bezel. I KNEW I'd hate the chrome, so - before I even received it - I emailed Richbrook to find out what the thing was made of (I was hoping aluminum so I could blast off the chrome and go for a brushed-aluminum/billet look). The girl (Janette Clarke) from Richbrook told me they didn't KNOW what it was underneath (!), but she was totally cool and offered to send me new e-brake handle parts that I'd scratched a bit. Anyway, I was planning to find a metalsmith shop to sand it down or have the thing painted, but then a tech at my friendly neighborhood garage gave me a great idea: POWDERCOATING!

Here's the bezel BEFORE (note nasty chrome), just set in place to get the idea:
http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o.../IMG_2148x.jpg

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o.../IMG_2158x.jpg

Then, one week and $40 later, I was ready to install my newly powercoated beauty...

Console on the operating table:
http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o.../IMG_2333x.jpg

Powdercoat!
http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o.../IMG_2321x.jpg

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o.../IMG_2324x.jpg

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Before (chrome):
http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o.../IMG_2160x.jpg

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o.../IMG_2147x.jpg

After (powdercoat):
http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o.../IMG_2896x.jpg

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FocusVet 06-28-2009 08:44 PM

nice work[thumb]

ThatOneFocusGuy 06-28-2009 08:49 PM

That looks hot! I want that E-brake handle.

SVTRSST 06-28-2009 09:16 PM

owe shit i want those pieces! how much were they?, and how do you install the surround thing?, looks badass

and please if you get the redline stuff, could you post them here?!, i wanted to do the same but i was afraid that the blue from redline wouldnt match the svt interior lol

pistolgripbmx 06-28-2009 09:17 PM

that looks great, prerfect example of the right way to paint the interior.

where did you get that shifter surround, i've been wanting to find one of those for the longest time, just never knew what it was or where to look.

shepski 06-28-2009 10:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SVTRSST (Post 2816214)
owe shit i want those pieces! how much were they?, and how do you install the surround thing?

EDIT: You can now order direct from Richbrook (http://www.richbrook.co.uk/)

Richbrook is a UK company - there are a ton of different UK sites selling their stuff. I actually got the brake handle here from member 'Waffles ZX3 Kona,' but I think it's between $40 and $50 new (?). I got the bezel from 'passion_automotive' on ebay, shipped from the UK for £26.98.

Check out their site and downloadable pdf "catalogue"s: http://www.richbrook.co.uk/

You could email Janette Clarke at Richbrook, and she could probably recommend a seller or two - perhaps they even sell direct: janette.clarke@richbrook.co.uk

Anyway, they're both really nice pieces. Steeda used to offer a PLASTIC shift surround that looked exactly the same, but I'm so happy that I procrastinated until they didn't offer 'em anymore (NO ONE offers 'em), and then went nuts for a long time until I found these sweet METAL ones.

Quote:

Originally Posted by SVTRSST (Post 2816214)
how do you install the surround thing?

If you notice how I have it - in chrome - just draped over the shift boot, well if you push down HARD on it, the plastic ring in the boot will help you line it up - then you just mark your four drill holes with a pencil, and... drill (after removing the boot and such). That being said, it's really easy to drill the holes too wide - the console plastic is pretty soft. Indeed, I had to run to the hardware store for stainless screws, because the hex screws supplied by Richbrook just slid right through the holes I drilled (I also think there was a metric versus non-metric hex screw/drill bit screw up at play - can't remember if I used the Richbrook-supplied bit first, or one of mine - so I shouldn't blame the console's plastic). Anyway, my hardware store only had black hex screws in the right size - which I might try sometime to see if I like the look - but I actually dig the look of the stainless philips heads.

Quote:

Originally Posted by SVTRSST (Post 2816214)
looks badass

Thanks [thumb]

Quote:

Originally Posted by SVTRSST (Post 2816214)
and please if you get the redline stuff, could you post them here?!, i wanted to do the same but i was afraid that the blue from redline wouldnt match the svt interior lol

Yeah, the blue DOESN'T match anymore (but it USED TO, damnit!!!). I ordered samples from them two years ago (Violety Blue, Dark Blue, Charcoal, and Black). The Violety Blue was a near-perfect match when you laid it on the SVT seats. But then I didn't order the boots, because I started thinking about different shift knobs and console options, and wanted to get that sorted first...

So this thread discusses the next, tragic part of the story: (http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...=185965&page=3). Too bad his pics are gone, but if you go to my post #23, you'll get an explanation, and then my post #29 has photographic proof.

I'd say their new 'Violety Blue' is like the blue of the original RS Focus wheel - which looks nasty (bad nasty) in an SVT interior methinks.

When I lay those two swatches on my seats, I practically want to cry - WHY did he have to change his supplier before I could place my order!??!?

shepski 06-28-2009 10:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pistolgripbmx (Post 2816215)
that looks great, prerfect example of the right way to paint the interior.

Thanks - I like to think so.

(But for some alternative - ahem - "taste"s, see pics below...)

Quote:

Originally Posted by pistolgripbmx (Post 2816215)
where did you get that shifter surround, i've been wanting to find one of those for the longest time, just never knew what it was or where to look.

Yeah, I'd been eyeing the Steeda ones for a while, but kept thinking I could just remove the center part of the SVT bezel and have that professionally painted (NOT! Only the SVT bezels with traction/seat-heater buttons remove); then thought I'd get an ST170 one with the silver bezel...

Anyway, when I finally decided to go Steeda, they didn't offer 'em anymore.

I freaked for a few months and somehow discovered the Richbrook one - perhaps by surfing eBay. Then I saw a number of happy customers on www.ffoc.co.uk and went for it.

It's a nice, solid piece, and takes powdercoat real well - as you can see (unless you like chrome).

(Oh yeah, see my response to SVTRSST above for leads on where to get it...)

Here are some pics from www.ffoc.co.uk (not saying they're my cup of tea or anything), but you can see more examples of it in chrome (not to mention my e-brake handle in the first car - although I don't know what he was thinking with the brake-boot fitment):

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o...0012008023.jpg

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ShamrockSVT 06-28-2009 11:01 PM

That looks really classy, very well done.

shepski 06-28-2009 11:14 PM

^^ Thanks [thumb] That's exactly what I was going for: classy.


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