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Old 05-14-2009, 12:45 AM   #21
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or with a screwdriver you can open the hood without going inside the car... with the stock lock and grill you can slide a flathead screw driver in the grill and push the arm that locks it... my hood release cable broke and i had to find a way to pop it without using the one inside... it took me about 20 seconds... its a good idea although its not for me
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Old 05-14-2009, 05:10 AM   #22
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Yeah you can get the hood release open with a long thin screwdriver.....but only if you know what you're doing. The usual amateur car thief would be totally unaware of the procedure to do so.

Look....if a pro wants anything in/on your car, he can get it. The security measures you install will stop/deter the amateurs, that's it.
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What I'm saying is your lock is attached with 2 Phillips screws. What isn't much harder to remove? I mean, with a screwdriver and an additional 4 seconds of rotation, your $4 lock is out of the way.
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There's a thread lock on the inside threads.....so you need to put a wrench on the nuts (on the inside after removing the whole panel). It won't just unscrew.....

If somebody knows what he's doing.....a medium sized adjustable wrench will loosen the entire hood release cable from under the dash. The lock will then be bypassed.
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A hammer will bend that thing out of the way in a second. Get a real hood lock.

http://cayse.trunetworks.com/focus/m.../hood-lock.jpg
damn that is kool! where do you get those?
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Europe... they're stock on all European Focuses. They won't work with an '05-'09 though, since our Focus for those years is different from Europe's.
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Wow. The all the negative feedback...

Granted that it is kind of ugly, it will help. Its actually a great spot too, perhaps build a better one? I was thinking behind the plastic with the key hole sticking through. Classy, yet safe.
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I'm surprised not a single one of you suggested to make a little cover for the thing....that was my idea all along. So here it is, made from a scrap 3/4" thick board. I think the close-up pictures make it look bigger than it is. It's held on by 2-sided tape. Not really noticeable unless you're looking for it.





This now goes into my list of favorite Focus mods.......
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Would suck if you had restless leg syndrome and was constantly moving your legs around. Oh wait I do that already without the RLS. I would definately be banging my knee or shin on that thing lol
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Well it's obvious you should check if this mod will clear your leg......before you install it. It sticks out slightly over 3/4".

I'm right at 6'5".......so my leg is at a different/lower angle than if I were a shorter person. My leg has plenty of clearance. But definitely check this out.....particularly if your short wife or GF drives the car.

It's a mod well worth the $3.50 cost, plus a little time.
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