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Old 05-15-2014, 09:08 PM   #151
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Got new bulbs, they're not HIDs, they're the fancy shmancy Sylvania Silverstar ZXE. Are they better? A bit, they catch a few more feet, but I haven't gone crazy trying them out.

Ordered an engine cover, hope to paint it creatively or something. At least splash some blue on there.

I'd love to get my side skirts/valence/front lip portion painted but I know it'll be very time consuming (more like I don't have two straight days to prep/paint/dry/etc. I still need to deplastidip the rest of the gold (the barrels and parts of the spoke still have it of course...) and stuff. I'd rather get properly sized tires+alignment.

Also debating on retinting the taillights, they've faded considerably in sunlight (still have a smoked look if it's overcast). Otherwise, no real plans. Possibly a slight lowering (<1 inch). I'm not interested in stancing it, just some better handling/that oem+ look. Tires first, so I'd be able to judge how much drop I would like.

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Besides, I'd kinda prefer to have an ST/Mustang. School's gotta come first though, I don't wanna deal with loans. Anyways, I've come to have a newfound appreciation for mustard, likewise with the tangerine scream tri-coat color:



I'm not here to change the Focus community, we have enough of those people. I'm just here to not ruin it, and keeping my car classy. It's been mistaken for a Fusion a few times by people (might be the wheels lmao).
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:50 PM   #152
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The ZXE's will burn in to become brighter and whiter after a little use, so just give it a little time. I'm going to swap one set this weekend to see how much they have/haven't dimmed after a year's use. I think I'm noticing a bit of dimming, but I'm not sure if that's because the ST has HID's that are much brighter.

And the Tangerine Scream does look pretty good, but I am reserving my final opinion on it until after I polish this weekend
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:07 PM   #153
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Eh, turns out I won't be doing as much night driving as I had thought, so it won't be a big issue now. If they crap out, I'll just go back to oem bulbs. Besides, by next car I hope HIDs will continue to trickle down. A lot of cars just keep them on the higher trims now, but they'll eventually trickle down.

Both tangerine scream and yellow blaze are nice colors that I didn't learn to appreciate until I saw them in person, pictures make the colors look dull. But then so are most colors.
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:04 PM   #154
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Old 05-25-2014, 07:02 PM   #155
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Beginning the long task of painting the bits of the engine cover:



Will look like this (give or take):

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I like it! I plan on doing that to mine as well. Will the OEM paint hold up when that gets hot?
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Old 05-29-2014, 03:19 PM   #157
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I like it! I plan on doing that to mine as well. Will the OEM paint hold up when that gets hot?
I didn't take pics, but the underside is insulated with some kind of material. If it ends up not holding up, I'll get some better paint, but other people have done this, too.

I could always do navy blue, but sonic blue is more unique, and while 99% of people won't get it, I'll get it. That's what matters to me lol. And bragging rights.
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... while 99% of people won't get it, I'll get it.
I guess I'm one of the 99%ers. What is it that I'm not getting?

Before I got my Focus I had thought I might want to add one of those covers to reduce noise, but now that I have it I don't hear enough noise that to make that necessary, especially compared to my old Acura. Do you notice it being any quieter with the cover installed?

As far as appearance goes, I've always preferred seeing the actual cam cover over looking at a plastic cover. Maybe it would make it easier to keep the top of the engine a bit cleaner, but I'm not sure why it would be worth the bother otherwise. The blue paint on yours does help with the appearance, though.
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I guess I'm one of the 99%ers. What is it that I'm not getting?

Before I got my Focus I had thought I might want to add one of those covers to reduce noise, but now that I have it I don't hear enough noise that to make that necessary, especially compared to my old Acura. Do you notice it being any quieter with the cover installed?

As far as appearance goes, I've always preferred seeing the actual cam cover over looking at a plastic cover. Maybe it would make it easier to keep the top of the engine a bit cleaner, but I'm not sure why it would be worth the bother otherwise. The blue paint on yours does help with the appearance, though.
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:43 PM   #160
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It does have some sort of insulation, but otherwise there's no noticeable noise difference. Personally, I prefer looking at the cover with the blue touches than the engine. Now say it were a muscle car, it'd be different.

Functionally it's pretty useless, maybe it'll be easier for someone to find the dipstick or something. But it cleans up the engine bay quite a bit. And considering I don't have very many plans, it's something to add to the list.
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