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Old 05-27-2013, 07:03 PM   #1
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Cool Thenorm's Liquid Grey Widebody with Cobra R's

I’ve had my Focus nearly 10 years now, and it’s been through a lot in that time, auto-x champ, rally-x, track days, all while being a daily driver. I thought I would put together a build thread documenting what I’ve done.

Here’s how she looks now. My mods to this car are just about done. I think I’ll enjoy it as is for a few more years, then take it off the road.



2004 Ford Focus ZX3

Exterior
• window tint
• tinted taillight and turnsignals
• vinyl window banner
• SVT front lip
• Euro grill
• Fog light turn signals
• F2 fender flares
• 17x9 Cobra R replica wheels with 255/40R17 tires.

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• %100 OEM

Performance
• SVT intake
• 65mm TB
• Ported Early 2000 intake manifold
• UDP
• Tune
• SVT header/ ORP/ flex
• Custom stainless 2.5” catback

Suspension & Drivetrain
• H&R Race Springs
• Koni Yellow shocks
• LCR camber plates
• FS lower front strut bar
• Rear strut bar
• Torsen ATB Differential
• SVT brake swap
• Stainless brake lines
• Full poly bushings
• 25mm rear sway bar


Now the roughly step by step photos.

One of the first major mods I did was to buy some 17” FRD wheels. I didn’t like the caps so I got custom vinyl. Also put a banner on the windshield.



Next was some coilovers. I ended up having custom spring perches machined because they were just too low.
Ford Racing Coilovers (aka KW V1)


Custom rear spring perchs



I had a chance to buy some Team Dynamics Pro Race 1 17x7, 45 mm ET for a really good price and they came with tires. These are a nice, strong, light 17lb wheel with touring car race heritage.



Cambers!!



Installing the torsen http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=202796


Installing poly bushings http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=231180


And one of my favourite DIY mod, the Fog light turn signals, which I created. I coupled it with a Euro slat grill straight from ebay.uk.
Using 4 relays, 2 diodes, and 2 load resistors, the foglights act as my turn signals but also function perfectly as fog lights (and as my DRL). It brings a really clean look to the front of the car. The details are in the link if anyone wants to convert.
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=311112


YouTube Video
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Since I had cut my fenders for auto-x to clear my race tires. I then worked on fitting aggressively sized street tires. This was purely for looks, so I didn’t care much about the weight of wheel. I went with 17x9” Cobra R replicas. I fitted a 255/40R17 tire. No poke and stretch for me thank you! Function>Form.

It took a lot of work to get it to fit, the tire is very wide and tall.
• I’ve enlarged the wheel well by removing about 2” vertically of fender metal so that the tire would have clearance.
• I’ve modified and/or destroyed the wheel well liner.
• I’ve had to clearance where the fender and bumper meet.
• I had to remove the lip on the back of the F2 flares to make them fully functional. I bought the flares years ago off a member, so I don’t have a current source for them.
• To match the bumper to the flares, I notched the back of the bumper, and bent/stretched the edges out, and added a spacer.
• I had also plastic welded tabs on the back of the bumper to properly attach the SVT lip.
• For the wheels, I had 4mm machined on the hub face (as much as was possible) to bring the wheels a bit closer.
• The tires are Sumitomo HTR Z II; they suck hard, but they were cheap, and this setup is for looking good, not the track (I have other wheels for that).

With this fitment, everything tucks, and it only rubs in the rear when I hit a big bump at speed. The pictures don't do it justice. It looks best when you are following it on the road, seeing it in motion. These wheels/tires look bonkers wide in real life.














I’ve got lots more to show, a bunch of race pictures etc, so that will be in the next post.


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Old 05-27-2013, 07:12 PM   #2
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:37 PM   #3
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Car looks absolutely AMAZING!
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So clean! Hat off to You sir.
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For a 10 year old car it can't look any better than that. Props for all the tasteful mods.
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