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Old 12-16-2009, 09:28 AM   #581
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:55 AM   #582
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Welcome, that Gray ZTS sounds nice!
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:58 AM   #583
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Im new here. :) Joined a little under a month ago
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:05 AM   #584
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Im new here. :) Joined a little under a month ago
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Old 12-26-2009, 03:57 AM   #585
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Hey , Rocco here. An old grease monkey from way back. Used to Be small block Chevy's. But I really think the Focus is bad a$$. Lots of very nice rides on this site. Any way I am gonna make mine faster. Should be fun. We'll see.
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Old 12-26-2009, 08:10 AM   #586
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welcome to the site Rocco. I have a friend named Rocco who is a huge Chevy fan here in PA.
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:31 PM   #587
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Semi-Newbie Thrilled to Be Here...and I have Questions!

Hello Focus Folks!

I'm a "semi-newbie" to Focus, in the sense that I've actually been driving a Focus for about five years that belonged to my girlfriend who eventually became my wife. However, that car is a "stripper," a totally base 2003 4-door sedan. It has been my everyday, reliable daily-driver/beater...until I cracked it up earlier this month at 140K on the odometer. It was the first time I ever bent sheet metal on a car in 40 years of driving (damn aquaplaning in a rainstorm!), so I guess that ain't a bad record. Off to the scrap yard it goes, forcing me to search for another set of daily-driver wheels.

And I got....

A 2003 Focus SVT. LOVE IT! Sick quick. Sharp looking Infra-Red with Euro package. Just awesome. Several previous owners babied the car and made mods to the exhaust, suspension, and some select exterior pieces. I'm just lovin' it.

I've spent more than 30 years driving and modifying Italian sports cars, so I'm pretty good with a wrench. I'm not much interested in modding the SVT more than it is, and in fact, I want to retro-fit it with some stuff to bring it closer to stock, as it is my daily-driver and would like it to be a bit more suitable for that role.

So, I have a lot of questions which I may post elsewhere, but here are a few:

- Will a stock 16-inch alloy wheel fit the SVT? The SVT owners manual supplement shows a 16-inch wheel fitment as a possible choice. I ask because I want to buy a set of winter tires ASAP, and would prefer to mount them on 16-inch wheels rather than mounting them on the 17-inch Euro-style wheels now on the car. I'm just concerned that they'll clear the Brembo calipers currently fitted to the car. The Euro-style stock factory wheels fit perfectly and clear the brake calipers just fine. If 16-inch Focus alloys have the same offset as the 17s, I would assume they would work. Any input?

- My car is currently lowered with Eibach springs. Can I do a simple swap back to stock SVT springs? I don't know exactly what Eibach springs are fitted. The car isn't radically lowered...but it does ride a bit harsher than I'd like, and oh, those potholes in these northeastern winters! Yeah, I know...I love the handling, but I gotta pilot this thing through the winter, so I'm willing to compromise a bit on this trait.

I'll be searching the forum to find a set of stock SVT springs and a second set of stock wheels....16-inch if I hear they'll work.

Your input would be very much appreciated.

THANKS for building and maintaining this forum. I've been a member of several other automobile sites like this, and I know how valuable they can be in enhancing the enjoyment of one's cars.

Best wishes to everyone!

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Old 12-30-2009, 07:43 PM   #588
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Bobb,


welcome to FF.com!! are you in deptford NJ??


here is a link to all the SVT related parts of this website.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=174747

check out the sections here for the answers you need.
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:45 PM   #589
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Every board I've ever joined (and that's a LOT, lol) has a new member intro area.. Couldn't find one here. So I posted this in the lounge, and then a nice member pointed me to where the intro thread was hidden, LOL. So - here's a repost:

I've been a pretty serious GM guy most of my life, although I have owned in the past a Merkur XR4Ti, a Fiesta, a couple of Mazdas, and assorted otherness. Current main ride is a Saturn Ion Redline, but I just picked up a high mileage Focus ZTS for the significant other. Slate gray, tinted, and funky but look good on the car 17" black and polished rims.

Already discovered the joy that is working on these things (and the reason I like GM, lol - only cars engineered like they might have to come apart again some day, I swear) when my pal and I spent 6 &%@#ing hours on the alternator and water pump. Alt went out, pump was making noise so I replaced it while I was in there. If the guy who designed that engine bay layout is a member here, please have him respond with his home address so I can stop by and kick him in the nuts repeatedly for 5 hours. That's how much longer it took than it should have, lol.

I'm an avid autocrosser, sometime drag racer, and long time car audio guy. I run the Ion in GS, and would like to get the girls started in STL this year in the Focus. It's an auto, but they're both learning stick and won't be super fast their first season anyway, so whatever, lol. Expect to see me posting in the suspension area asking for advice on coilovers, swaybars, etc.

So - that's me. Looking forward to getting to know some peeps around here!
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:57 PM   #590
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