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Old 04-14-2010, 08:33 PM   #66
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APRIL RIDE OF THE MONTH(2010)

Member name: SLIPSTER17
Location: Palmyra, Pennsylvania
Model: ZX3
Color: Egg Yolk Yellow


Why he loves his Focus:
"I can't thank you all enough for the win in this months' category. There were 5 amazing cars in the running and it means a lot to me that there are those of you out there who think so highly of the car I drive. I think it's still far from perfect, but some of you have said just that; that you love it because it's not something that is stored in a garage and driven only in sunny weather. It's modded, it's used for everything and it's clearly loved. Sure, it's a little scratched here and there and rough around some of the edges, but I guess functionality is the name of my game. So, for all who made this win a reality, here is a little history behind my car.

I was enamored with the Focus when I first saw it on the roads back in late 1999. I loved the sleek shape and the presence of it; which was unlike anything on the streets of my city at that time. I remember picking up a brochure for it when my parents bought their 2000 Taurus and stuffing it in my desk drawer in the hopes that someday, I’d have something like it. But I was still in High School then.

Fast-forward to May 2006 and my senior year of college. I was on my way to visit my then girlfriend for the weekend, driving my beat-up hand-me-down ’98 Contour when I happened by a used car dealer in the tiny town of Wind Gap, PA. Pretty sure I about gave myself whiplash driving by and went back immediately after picking up the girlfriend to give my find the once over. It was a single owner, 2001 Egg-Yolk Yellow ZX3 5-spd with 65k on the clock. All power options and (only offered in 2001) sporting the manual ‘crank’ sunroof. Yes, I drooled, I whined and it took a little scheming, but a week later, it was mine.

4 years and 120k miles later, my lust has become a lifelong love for the first car that was truly mine. It’s my daily driver, my show car, my back road bomber and my kayak hauler. It's treated me reasonably well considering all the miles I've put it with only a couple hiccups along the way. 200k miles, here I come!"

His future plans:
"What’s left for my project? Finishing up the European 2002 front bumper and a nice solid tune. That’s about it…. For the time being!"

MODIFICATIONS

EXTERIOR:
European Focus ST170 upper grille
European Focus ST170 rear bumper (w/ Euro rear crash foam + rebar)
European Focus tow-hook
European Focus molded front + rear mud flaps
European Focus locking fuel door
European smooth rear wiper conversion
Full European Focus lock cylinder conversion (including ignition)
European Focus RS rear wing
Focus SVT window trim and rear window triangles
Focus SVT color matched folding side mirrors
Focus SVT front lip spoiler
Ford accessories 'KONA' roof rack
Painted front bumper trim
Font bumper light delete
Modified front fenders for European side markers
Debadged
Custom European front plate
Custom Focaljet decals
Custom FocusSport decals
Custom vinyl rally #'s
5% tint on rear windows
European Focus ST170 headlights
European Focus 'black' triangle side markers
European Focus taillights
European Focus reverse/ rear fog lights

INTERIOR:
Focus SVT pedals
Redline Tuning SVT dead-pedal
MOMO Airleather shift knob
ZXTuner Short Throw Shifter
Focus SVT perforated leather e-brake handle
Custom black and grey shift and e-brake boots
Focus SVT silver HVAC controls
European Focus radio bezel w/ clock
Blue LED conversion on all interior swtiches
Custom silver door handles
Focus SVT leather seats w/ red insert
Focus SVT gauge cluster
Custom Speedhut gauge overlay
Upgraded variable speed wiper switch
European Focus floor mats
European Focus ST170 center console
A-pillar gauge pod
Custom 2 pod gauge bezel
Custom Speedhut Oil pressure, Oil temp, and Volt gauges

I.C.E.:
Insignia CD/MP3/WMA player

ENGINE DRESS-UP:
European Focus radiator cover (modified)
Focus SVT coolant tank cover
Steeda billet fuel rail

PERFORMANCE:
K&N air filter
Focus SVT/ST170 snorkel and air-box
Steeda billet fuel rail
Year 2000 intake header
Focus Sport stress bar
Focus SVT 4-2-1 long tube header (bound in DEI exhaust wrap)
Focus SVT catalytic converter + flex pipe (bound in DEI exhaust wrap)
Focus SVT Focus cat-back exhaust (w/ new tip, cut to fit Euro bumper)
CFM polyurethane exhaust hanger bushings

SUSPENSION:
Intrax Sport lowering springs (1.5" front, 1.75" rear)
KYB AGX shocks and struts
Energy Suspension urethane bushings
Focus SVT 21mm rear sway bar
Focus Sport rear stress bar

WHEELS, TIRES & BRAKES:
17" Focus SVT 'European Appearance Package' rims
Bridgestone Potenza G019 Grids (205/45R17 tires)

MISC.:
Foglight mod
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