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Any suggestions? I need some simple mods. Just put in a mesh grille. And whattya think of it so far? heres some pics (please don't mind the dirt and mud.... I live in maine. Its hard to keep clean when driving down dirt roads a lot. Im only 17 and pay for everything myself (including my focus) so money is not unlimited. And should I paint stock rims? They are mounted with studded snow tires for winter use only. And if so what color?






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You can change out your amber bumper turn signals for black..Cheap on ebay..Your antenna could go a little more short..free...Paint the stock rims black..Paint your front grill signals..Paint only top and bottom black and leave the middle amber..It comes out pretty clean if you use flat black..Looks stock..Its cool..Have fun..
 

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needs moar low.. haha .. try and fill in that wheel gap.. also buy a cheap bottle of night shade and use it on those tailights.. if you want look for a duplicolor perfect match can and paint your side moldings/mirror caps as well.. you can also use the night shade on the turn signals and front turn signals.. all these iseas shouldnt run you more then 50 bux at tops.. of course i wasnt including the moar low part..
 

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Since your stock wheels are for winter use only, just keep it that way.

I would buy a CFM shorty antenna, smooth rear wiper and save up for some suspension. Those rims aren't that bad looking, but you need to be lower to pull it off.
 

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Since your stock wheels are for winter use only, just keep it that way.

I would buy a CFM shorty antenna, smooth rear wiper and save up for some suspension. Those rims aren't that bad looking, but you need to be lower to pull it off.
Cant go any lower. Living in maine I'm pretty much offroading in my focus everyday. Low is cool but just not possible where i live.
 

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needs moar low.. haha .. try and fill in that wheel gap.. also buy a cheap bottle of night shade and use it on those tailights.. if you want look for a duplicolor perfect match can and paint your side moldings/mirror caps as well.. you can also use the night shade on the turn signals and front turn signals.. all these iseas shouldnt run you more then 50 bux at tops.. of course i wasnt including the moar low part..
Have you painted yours? I want to but I am afraid it wouldn't come out good...
 

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if you cant really go low, then put svt suspension on it! 300 for the whole set from tousley ford i believe, maybe even cheaper! cit wont lower the car more then .5" from what ive heard, and also improves the cars handling characteristics tremendously!

before anything i am not responsible for anyone messing up there car/ parts. this is just an idea of how i go about painting and night shading..

and as far as being afraid of messing it up, you can have someone who knows about painting help you out, im no profesional painter, but norcalfocus has made some great tutorials on how to paint things (such as door handles) and remove things (such as mirror caps) the side moldings also pop out, i didnt paint mine however, because mine came color matched. i did paint my door handles a few years back for my friends focus, came out good. i also had painted my mirror caps before, and tinted my turn signals on my grille and side markers, along with my sedan tailights. the key is to use a thinner, or a degreaser on all items. also, remove the tail lights, turn signals, and mirrors. shouldnt be longer then 15 minutes if you read tutorials on that, ill post them later for you.. now that youve gotten all of the items off the car, like i said before,clean with a acetone/degreaser/thinner the items you are going to paint. this will remove any wax, debris or anything such as tar off of them. some suggest to also lightly sand them with a very high grit sand paper, however in my opinion is not necessary for tailights, sidemarkers, and the grille. mask off everything you dont want painted, and make sure you do a good job on that, because for me its a PITA when you remove the tape and need to acetone some touchup spots, this only happened to me for the tailights when i tinted them completely except for the reverse light. some acetone on a q tip helped. you want to do light and even coats where it isnt windy, and it is a good warm day, not too hot, cold, or windy. you can do as many coats as you would like, just remember do LIGHT coats, so it wont come out too dark, and it starts off slightly tinted. you can add more light coats until your happy with what shade of tint it is at. also, wait 15-20 minutes between coats, however let the items sit for 2-3 hours if not more until it is dry. painting your side moldings/mirrors you want to sand them, with a high grit sandpaper, after using a degreaser/thinner/acetone to prep them. this is go give them a smooth finish so when you paint them they come out professional looking. make sure it is smooth and even around all edges and there are no bumps. some spray a little coat or two of primer, however i believe it isn't necessary. just sand until smooth like a babies bottom,and then spray very light coats. from far away to avoid any drips. 4-5 coats is ideal, every 30 minutes or so, since this is a different paint then nightshade. same rules apply with the weather as stated before. i would say do this inside, with a well lighted area and ventilated as well. light coats are key. as well as proper prep such as sanding and cleaning. after you are finished painting, a clear coat would help on the side mirrors and moldings. it would help it shine and look factory! after everything you have painted dried, headlights, mirror caps, grille, etc, a little appliciant of wax will help protect those freshly painted items! hope i helped!
 

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how to make your own shorty antenna:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=34999

you can also do the home depot grill:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=204189

paint your eyebrows:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=166911

nightshading your tails:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=160417

paint your engine bay:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&postid=432170

removing those mirror caps to paint:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=214322


the possibilitites are endless, even if you are on a budget. i really hope i helped.

heres the how to:

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=65218
 
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