Project FSP Focus is kicked off!!! - Page 15 - Focus Fanatics
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Focus Fanatics > Ford Focus Racing Discussions > Autocross Racing

Autocross Racing The place to discuss information about autocross stats, tips and events. Track sanctioned events only.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-27-2011, 09:37 PM   #141
GodLovesUgly
.Flat Out.
 
GodLovesUgly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Fan#: 56705
Location: LearNing., UT
What I Drive: ^^^ That!

Posts: 4,763
FF Reputation: 10 GodLovesUgly Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (7)
see, breaking things isn't always THAT bad! you just get to upgrade the part!
i can't wait for the review, that should be a noticeable difference for sure.
__________________
The Rich Get Richer Until The Poor Get Educated.
Do Vegetarians eat Animal Crackers?
Moderator of Ford Focus Racing Discussions & Rocky Mountain Fanatics
GodLovesUgly is online now  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-18-2011, 10:36 AM   #142
Blackcatn2o
soon to be turbo!
 
Blackcatn2o's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Fan#: 48278
Location: Brandon, FL
What I Drive: 06 silver ZX4 ST

Posts: 5,728
FF Reputation: 48 Blackcatn2o Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (13)
Bumping the thread because I too am also curious on the Kaaz diff.
Blackcatn2o is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2011, 09:51 AM   #143
wrc_fan
slow
 
wrc_fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Fan#: 11913
Location: Greenville, SC
What I Drive: 03 ZX3 Duratec 08 WRX Hatch

Posts: 1,715
FF Reputation: 23 wrc_fan Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Well, the work is done, and I made it to one day of the two day autox. Thanks to Andrew and others for their help on this undertaking, I owe Andrew some time as crew at a rally in the future. Doing this was quite the undertaking, and without a doubt the most extensive bit of car repair/work Ive undertaken.

Some lessons learned from all this work:
-If you are going to use a junk yard transmission, check all of the threaded holes for damage
-The best way to drop the transmission and reinstall it is to drop the subframe
-The bracket on top of the steering rack uses a 5.5mm size bolt head, luckily a 7/32 is pretty close

Some crappy cell phone pics:


Original autox car gear set, third syncro is beyond toast


Guts from the junkyard trans in the original case


Getting setup to check for play in the diff


"Super" Limited Slip



Time to go under the car. Next time, I will be taking the front bumper cover off


After the initial install, the Kaaz differential requires a break in procedure and changing the transmission fluid afterwards. Do this step. Also note, this is not a part for a daily driver. The diff is expensive, loud, and requires frequent trans fluid changes. Driving in parking lots slowly is equivalent to driving a 4x4 with a locked front axle.

The good news, the new differential has made the car night and day different to drive. This is a good thing, accelerating out of a turn, both tires send power to the ground, and the car grips and goes like hell. The ability to put power to the ground when turning, threw off my normal timing in the slaloms. I was also a little hesitant to hammer on the car at first, given that I had just spent many days getting it back together. With the autox that weekend, we only had 4 timed runs, but by the end I had easily knocked 5 seconds off my original run and the car felt like it had lots of time left in it. Also, consider that my last two runs were without a rear sway bar (need to fix the rear endlink).
__________________
Parking Lot Hero
2008 WRX daily driver
2003 ZX3 23D Autox Car 42 FSP

"Hella Functional - Raced, Not Hard Parked"
wrc_fan is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2011, 10:12 AM   #144
GodLovesUgly
.Flat Out.
 
GodLovesUgly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Fan#: 56705
Location: LearNing., UT
What I Drive: ^^^ That!

Posts: 4,763
FF Reputation: 10 GodLovesUgly Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (7)
that is awesome!
i can only imagine the difference! i bet it felt like a different car.
that's true, after taking something like a tranny apart and putting it back together with a foreign part would make me hesitant to go flat out as well.
nice work man.
__________________
The Rich Get Richer Until The Poor Get Educated.
Do Vegetarians eat Animal Crackers?
Moderator of Ford Focus Racing Discussions & Rocky Mountain Fanatics
GodLovesUgly is online now  
    Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2011, 04:35 PM   #145
wrc_fan
slow
 
wrc_fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Fan#: 11913
Location: Greenville, SC
What I Drive: 03 ZX3 Duratec 08 WRX Hatch

Posts: 1,715
FF Reputation: 23 wrc_fan Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I wasn't worried about the japanesse part, more worried about my mechanic skills, hehe.

Also, opened up this thread to brag that I found an advance track car at the junkyard. So yeah, I got out of there with e-brake cables, hubs, spindles, calipers and braklines for $149. Not sure when it'll be worked into the autox car, but I think it will be a project for this winter. Rear disk upgrade, will it make a difference, we shall see.
__________________
Parking Lot Hero
2008 WRX daily driver
2003 ZX3 23D Autox Car 42 FSP

"Hella Functional - Raced, Not Hard Parked"
wrc_fan is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2011, 08:08 AM   #146
wrc_fan
slow
 
wrc_fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Fan#: 11913
Location: Greenville, SC
What I Drive: 03 ZX3 Duratec 08 WRX Hatch

Posts: 1,715
FF Reputation: 23 wrc_fan Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
New update, motor mounts have been upgraded, with crappy pictures



Transmission mount before install. I wasn't thrilled about the design of the VF mounts. They look functional, just not optimized for what we're trying to do here. The stock mount uses a burly nyloc nut. I'm pretty sure that friction from the bushing should keep thinks from coming loose, but I added some blue locktite for just in case.


Original mount, pretty rough shape.


Mount is out.


New mount, all torqued down and in place. The VF piece is tricky to get lined up right.


Old passenger side halfway through disassembly. This mount was completely trashed, what a crap design from the factory.


New mount in, I liked the concept of this guy better, but I would add a few tweaks to it. The bolts supplied could be a little longer... Added blue locktite for where the aluminum mount bolts to the steel bracket. These bolts come with split washers in the kit, and if you read Carrol Smith's books, you'll know that split washers are useless.

Vibration didn't feel any worse, so that was good. Actually since the passenger mount was so bad, I got rid of a wierd vibration on decel.
__________________
Parking Lot Hero
2008 WRX daily driver
2003 ZX3 23D Autox Car 42 FSP

"Hella Functional - Raced, Not Hard Parked"

Last edited by wrc_fan; 08-23-2011 at 11:35 AM.
wrc_fan is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2011, 09:51 AM   #147
GodLovesUgly
.Flat Out.
 
GodLovesUgly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Fan#: 56705
Location: LearNing., UT
What I Drive: ^^^ That!

Posts: 4,763
FF Reputation: 10 GodLovesUgly Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (7)
looks good. i need new motor mounts. every time i let off the brakes it feels like my motor is going to fly out of the hood.
how long did this take?
__________________
The Rich Get Richer Until The Poor Get Educated.
Do Vegetarians eat Animal Crackers?
Moderator of Ford Focus Racing Discussions & Rocky Mountain Fanatics
GodLovesUgly is online now  
    Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2011, 11:32 AM   #148
wrc_fan
slow
 
wrc_fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Fan#: 11913
Location: Greenville, SC
What I Drive: 03 ZX3 Duratec 08 WRX Hatch

Posts: 1,715
FF Reputation: 23 wrc_fan Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Not more than an hour, now that I have an air impact, there's not much to slow me down.

Just pull the battery, move the coolant overflow tank, and everything else is right there. I supported the engine underneath with a jack and big block of wood.
__________________
Parking Lot Hero
2008 WRX daily driver
2003 ZX3 23D Autox Car 42 FSP

"Hella Functional - Raced, Not Hard Parked"
wrc_fan is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2011, 02:56 PM   #149
Blackcatn2o
soon to be turbo!
 
Blackcatn2o's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Fan#: 48278
Location: Brandon, FL
What I Drive: 06 silver ZX4 ST

Posts: 5,728
FF Reputation: 48 Blackcatn2o Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (13)
Air tools make life so much easier.
Blackcatn2o is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2011, 02:17 PM   #150
wrc_fan
slow
 
wrc_fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Fan#: 11913
Location: Greenville, SC
What I Drive: 03 ZX3 Duratec 08 WRX Hatch

Posts: 1,715
FF Reputation: 23 wrc_fan Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
The FSP car is finally making a pilgrimage to the tail of the dragon this weekend. Check out the carolina's section for details.
__________________
Parking Lot Hero
2008 WRX daily driver
2003 ZX3 23D Autox Car 42 FSP

"Hella Functional - Raced, Not Hard Parked"
wrc_fan is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Project Twincharged SVT Focus CHIBULLSAN General Forced Induction 97 04-22-2010 09:24 PM
Project: 4WD cossie powered WRC kitted Focus!!! *56K;noway! ozan Ford Focus Builds & General Showroom 198 02-27-2009 06:20 PM
*feeler* 2001 Rs Look Project Show/ Race Focus! sstfocus Archive 4 06-11-2007 01:09 AM
Will the REAL Focus ST please stand up? flat 4 Ford Focus & General Car Chat 11 02-28-2005 05:40 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:48 PM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information : Site Map

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX or Fiesta ST. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.