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Old 04-06-2013, 12:14 AM   #641
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Where you get it from? It's pretty! :-)
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:24 AM   #642
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Where you get it from? It's pretty! :-)
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:40 AM   #643
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Transmission received, car is looking sick with those skirts too. Not bad for a winter beater now eh? Lol;-) :-)
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Rear valance, part I:

With a front lip and now the side skirts installed, the rear of the Focus still needed attention. Unfortunately, having a sedan limits options for a rear valance. Currently, the OEM and 3D Carbon pieces are the only choices. In comparison, the hatches have OEM from standard and ST models, 3D Carbon, Downforce USA, OEM Zetec S, and so on. New sedan parts will be coming later this year but with an early May deadline, I had to choose from one of the two current offerings.



I still wasnít 100% sold on the 3D Carbon design and it was much more expensive than an OEM piece, so I ordered the factory part since I had a plan in mind for its paint scheme.




It quickly arrived and I unwrapped it to check it over. All looked good so I then handed it over to the body shop and explained the idea I had in mind.

Today they called to let me know it was ready to be picked up, so I headed over right away. The picture below is a cell phone picture, sorry.



The paint scheme is one that has been done a time or two before on these valances. Because the factory exhaust is tiny and has a hidden tip, I didnít want to highlight that by having the whole piece painted. Following the factory design, the central portion was left unpainted for contrast and to hide the lack of a proper exhaust tip. As well, the cross-hatch pattern between the reflectors was left alone as well. These are textured from the factory so to smooth that area would take far too much time and effort. The rest was sanded down though and then painted and cleared.

As much as I want to install this now, it will wait for a little bit and then be given a bit of 3M along the bottom since the mud flaps will come off when itís installed.

May 4th keeps getting closer.
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Looks great, bill
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Looks great, bill
Thanks! I'm really pleased with how it turned out.
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Loooks faammilliarrr hmmmmmmm


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Haha I think your sedan will look great with your painted skirts.
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Haha I think your sedan will look great with your painted skirts.
This looks amazing.

Twenty, with all the mods you have done, why have you not done an exhaust system with dual tips yet? That would be the icing on the cake.
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Haha I think your sedan will look great with your painted skirts.
I was wondering if you'd see it. I actually printed that picture to give to the painter so that he could see exactly what I was after. Your car convinced me this would work.

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This looks amazing.

Twenty, with all the mods you have done, why have you not done an exhaust system with dual tips yet? That would be the icing on the cake.
With the car's use (DD), I get more 'value' out of aesthetic mods rather than performance, so my focus has initially been on that. Over time as more comes to market and warranties get closer to their end, I'll play more with the engine. My stock muffler is getting quite a bit of surface rust on it though so it will eventually have to go and make way for an aftermarket system.

Also, this valance isn't permanent but rather more of a temporary add-on while I wait for more parts for sedans to become available. I already know exactly which piece I want but the company isn't producing it yet. Once I know for sure where exhaust tip openings will be (with the new valance in place) then I can add a system to fit them.

Oh, and the valance is sitting at my work waiting to get a bit of 3M added along the bottom. Ideally the paint should be fully cured (a few months) but I need to hit the highway in under a month for a meet, and the only time a problem would arise with doing it this early is if the 3M were to be peeled off, which it won't be.
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Looks great, post pics of it installed
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