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Twenty 11-12-2011 10:15 PM

My '12 SE Picture/Project Thread
 
Rather than continually update what was my introductory post, I figured I'd better start off an 'official' thread for updates regarding my Focus, as a single place to post news, modifications, or just pictures in general.

This is the car; a 2012 SE sedan, with Sport and Winter packages. I brought it home on September 23, after being lucky enough to find it at the dealership I work at.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170387.jpg

The whole point was to have a safe, reliable daily driver, but I wanted something fun that stood out. Yellow Blaze and a 5-speed took care of that. [giddy]

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170353.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...P1170354e2.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170384.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170359.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170357.jpg

As my signature says, this car is really just a mini-project, so I'll try to control myself and keep it relatively simple, but I'm still going to make some adjustments here and there to make it my own.

[wrenchin]

Twenty 11-12-2011 10:16 PM

Matte black grille:

One of the first changes was blacking out the upper grille with some matte black vinyl that I had laying around. Quick and easy, and a rather noticeable change to the front end.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170396.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170397.jpg

Ti fog light bezels and tinted fog lights:

Mini 'guide' for the swap can be found here: http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...9&postcount=19

Working for a Ford dealership, I regularly pop into parts and hand the guys another part number for something I want. Still in the Focus' early days, I ordered some OEM Ti fog light bezels and swapped them in place of the chrome SE/SEL pieces.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...P1170443-1.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170448.jpg

Rather than take out the headlights, I pulled out the under-bumper shield and worked from below.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170521.jpg

With the fog lights out anyway, I also went ahead and redid the yellow vinyl tint I had previously applied, since I had better access.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170536.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170533.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170540.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170538.jpg

Tinted rear bumper reflectors:

There's not much to say for this one, the two rear reflectors were tinted with some extra vinyl that I had from my Grand Prix.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170553.jpg

Winter preparation:

About a month after bringing the Focus home, the tires were swapped for Goodyear winter tires, and the bumper, hood, fenders, and mirrors were treated to a 3M clear bra. Fortunately snow turned out to be a ways off at that point, but I wasn't going to wait until after it hit.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170593.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170592.jpg

Twenty 11-12-2011 10:21 PM

OEM rear floor mats and mud flaps:

Guides for installing the mud flaps can be found here:

Front: http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...46&postcount=1
Rear: http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...47&postcount=2

More OEM parts that I felt the Focus was missing were ordered, this time floor mats (No rear mats...really? [confused]) and mud flaps.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170629.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170632.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170445.jpg

For the mud flaps, some clear vinyl was applied first, to protect the paint from any dirt that may find its way under the side of the flaps.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170637.jpg

After that, all four were put in place.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170640.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170648.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170653.jpg

Just a couple of days later the first real snow fall hit-good timing. Worth mentioning is the fact that heated cloth seats are the best combination, ever.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...iggyInSnow.jpg

Broadyway mirror and yellow fog light bulbs:

These are two small items that I couldn't go without. The mirror is the 270mm-wide flat version, and in my opinion is so much nicer than the slightly smaller, rounded stock piece.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170720.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170766.jpg

The bulbs work with the yellow tint, so that the fog lights are yellow both when they're on and when they're off. What can I say, I'm a sucker for yellow fog lights. The size is H11, for anyone wondering.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170734.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170774.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170769.jpg

And that brings us up to where the Focus sits today. 7 weeks and almost 1600 kilometers in, and so far nothing but enjoyment from it. Here's hoping there are many more good times to come.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170576.jpg

LouBomb 11-12-2011 10:30 PM

ive never seen this color...i like it!

loudfocus01 11-13-2011 01:13 AM

Very nicely organized thread! I like your focus and what you've done with it so far.

FocusBoy58 11-13-2011 01:56 AM

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170769.jpg

So much for HIDs in reflectors looking bad. Those look great! Mine look exactly the same. Good lines for reflectors regardless of what anyone says.

Red Jay 918 11-13-2011 03:21 AM

nice but meh on the yellow fogs. 5 speed win... its nice not seeing another automatic... love Yellow Blaze especially on the current S197's

2002greenzx3 11-13-2011 09:51 AM

very nice '12. love what you've done so far. keep up the good work!

xpeterbilt387x 11-13-2011 10:49 AM

Keep it up dude! Looks great.


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