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With winter approaching the days of summer mode are getting numbered. Last weekend a mini-photoshoot was done of the ST and STedan, and I think the photos came out well. I have more to post but here are a few for now:





I also added a small touch to the interior (which is dusty, I know). I removed the OEM SYNC badge as so many do, but I didn't want to leave the spot bare as it looked too plain...



So I cut a small decal to make note of the limited run paint colour and put that in its place.



I like paying attention to the little things that not everyone will notice.
 

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Now you need to take the shift boot, and do something with it.
I actually have; that's not the OEM boot but an Alcantara replacement.
 

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I made up a new banner for the top of the windshield and a few days ago Mario and I stuck it on. Something to advertise for the blog, of course.




I also cleaned the Focus today for a photoshoot with a friend. More on that when he edits the photos.

 

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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 – 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 – 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 that’s what I’m 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 wasn’t expecting it, but it’s 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 I’d 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 Nappa’s 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 it’s 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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Dude, its looking amazing!

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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.
Very interested in that. Nice write up as always Bill.[thumb]
 

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Saw that Edmonton(?) got snow last weekend. Have you switched to your winter wheels and tires yet?
 

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Saw that Edmonton(?) got snow last weekend. Have you switched to your winter wheels and tires yet?
We had some too.

The Focus is still on the summer wheels as I was driving our '98 Lincoln Continental as the winter car...until it completely lost all power last night and I had to take the Focus back out.

The snow has cleared though, and my 'summer' tires are Continental DWS so I'm fine for now. Probably this weekend I'll swap wheels.
 

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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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Looks good Twenty. Can't believe you have snow already.

If you start to notice the 3m film chipping or pealing or anything don't forget you can. Plastidip over 3m film just for added winter protection.
 

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Winter mode:

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.
Bill, silly question, but wouldn't the rear flaps still fit? Like, i understand that the fronts need to be changed to the ST ones, but i didn't think that you had changed the rears... *confused*

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