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Old 10-19-2013, 04:31 PM   #841
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:22 PM   #842
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I like these smaller spokes look better just my opinion



Better then these

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Old 10-26-2013, 08:17 PM   #843
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RedlineGoods armrest cover:

During the colder months I tend to pay a little more attention to the interior of the Focus. The outside will constantly be getting dirty so parts to be installed tend to wait.

Last winter I replaced my OEM shift boot with one from RedlineGoods. Since my car has the Sport Package, my seats have silver stitching Ė but nothing else in the interior does from the factory. The shift boot was replaced with an Alcantara piece with silver stitching; it matched better and the Alcantara was a nice upgrade over the original leather. I would have ordered more at the same time but nothing else was available yet for the Mk3s.

Recently, I found out that an armrest cover was now offered. I placed an order so that I could continue making the interior match better by getting rid of more black stitching.

In just a week it traveled from Poland to my front door and I wasted no time opening the package.



The silver stitching Ė the real reason behind doing all of this.



The OEM parts could all simply be re-stitched and I could call it a day, but I figured that I could use the opportunity to upgrade to higher-quality materials as well, so thatís what Iím doing. Therefore, Alcantara for the shift boot and Nappa leather for the armrest cover.

I initially debated going with Alcantara again but ultimately I selected leather for easier cleaning and its durability



I wasnít expecting it, but itís made using an elastic band inside to help pull the piece tight over the old armrest. I guess I was expecting just a shaped piece of leather that Iíd pull taught myself. This was a welcome feature!



5 screws and a few clips hold the arm rest cover in place. It took a surprising amount of force but it eventually came free.



Comparing the old and the new.



Note the different grains between the two and how much finer the Nappaís is.



With the cover slipped on for initial test-fits I was pleased with what I saw. Just the addition of the silver highlights makes it look much better. After some testing and tweaking of the exact alignment of the cover, staples were used on the inside edge to hold it in place. This simply fits over the existing material as itís a thin cover without its own padding, and the old material gave the staples something to hold on to.



With the added thickness (though not much) it took a bit of force to get the cover to clip back on, but once on it was snug and the new material was firmly held in position. The screws were reinstalled and that was it.

With both of these pieces in now, that still leaves the e-brake boot on the to-do list. That is being worked on now, as I picked up a brand new OEM boot to send off to another company for the purpose of designing aftermarket pieces for Mk3 owners. More to come on that soon, I hope.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:13 PM   #844
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Winter mode:

Plans for this winter were to keep the Focus semi-parked; that is, to only drive it on the nicer days and keep it tucked away when the weather and roads were really bad. I was driving our Continental but it abruptly died so while it's out of commission the Focus is the daily again.

This weekend the Focus' wheels were swapped in preparation for winter. The OEM 16s were dusted off and bolted on.



Back to tiny sunken wheels. Since I now have the ST skirts this will be the first winter without mudflaps; and this is why I had said skirts wrapped in 3M. Hopefully they hold up well.




I also quickly made up a decal for one wheel. I normally don't like putting decals on painted or finished surfaces but this wheel got slightly damaged when part of the storage stand I use fell on it and nicked a spoke. That'll probably get fixed next year once these come off again.



I have also started towards getting the new e-brake boot made for the car. I bought a brand-new OEM piece and promptly sent it out to be taken apart to use as a template. Hopefully something a little fancier will be on its way back to me soon.
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Old 11-22-2013, 05:18 PM   #845
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As some know new wheels are on the agenda for next season, meaning the Volvo Rs will be going bye-bye.

In fact, the new wheels are already here and waiting. I wonder if I should share what I got?
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Old 11-22-2013, 05:48 PM   #846
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:58 PM   #847
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Winter...

Not much has happened to the car lately but a few parts are arriving (including the new wheels) which I will photograph to share soon.

Last weekend the STedan and ST were in Lake Louise though, and a few photos were taken. Not much else can happen right now with the weather.







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Old 12-02-2013, 12:40 PM   #848
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New wheels for 2014:

It's time to upgrade...



18 x 9.5 Tarmacs.
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Awwwwww snap! Those tarmacs are gonna look so clean. :thumbup:

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18 x 9.5 Tarmacs.
whats the offset, I cant imagine 9.5 inches not rubbin
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