Thanks! And yes, I did indeed! It stayed in for 19 kilometers though, way way way way way too stiff. HahaNice, much respect for the build! Hey off chance, did you buy a used Yellow TTR Passenger Side mount for your 2.0N/A. If so I sold it too you haha, just curious your car looks very familiar.
Thanks! I'm nowhere near done with this thing so I'll keep on working on it! Lot of plans remain and should keep me busy for a few more years at least. Speaking of, this week the first real modification since the conversion happened; a Cobb Accessport!Haha, yeah my parents took over that car they couldn't stand it. That was even when it was broken in lol. Good too see you're building the sedan, hats off too you!
Is that just yellow tape or what is that stripe on the top of your steering wheel? I like how that looks
Thanks! It's just yellow electrical tape - the cheapest thing I've done to the car but one of my favourite small touches.Is that just yellow tape or what is that stripe on the top of your steering wheel? I like how that looks
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Thank you! More to come this year hopefully, though I'm also saving for another car so I may have to postpone a few mods. We'll see.This is amazing and is something I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and catching up! Great work, I look forward to seeing updates on this thread.
I figured I should start a thread for my car here, and hopefully it'll be allowed in the ST Builds forum even though it isn't quite an ST.
First off though, some answers to a couple of common questions:
Why didn't you buy an ST in the first place?
STs in Canada are relatively expensive compared to N/A Mk3s as we don't have the same ST1/2/3 packages. All of ours are essentially ST3s and all of the ones that came through my dealer had sticker prices between 35 and 38K. I also bought mine over a year before the first STs arrived here and specifically wanted a sedan.
The car is a 2012 SE which I bought in September of 2011 - the specs were Sport Package, Winter Package, Yellow Blaze paint, and a 5-speed manual. A few days later the first small changes started but it was a while before the aftermarket picked up so I was left to pick from the Ford parts catalogue and added a few options that my car didn't (couldn't) have. Once new parts started hitting the market it kind of snowballed and today it's being built with the idea of making the ST(1) sedan that Ford didn't. Currently the conversion is mainly cosmetic but it does have a full ST exhaust system as well as the small intake duct.
With all of the work that has gone into it care has also been taken to ensure that nothing makes it impractical for use as my daily driver and winter car - you're probably thinking that the ride height certainly causes issues in the winter but it has been fine so far. If a particular day is simply too bad for the Focus I do have another car I can rely on but this car still sees steady use through the snowy months.
It sits on ST coilovers and currently I'm using 18x9.5 Tarmacs for winter.
Outside it has an OEM ST nose and side skirts, OEM black housing headlights, Cup Spoilers, a custom splitter, Euro tail lights, and the washer nozzles, roof rails, and rear valance were all colour-matched to the body (the valance was only partially painted though, some black was left for contrast).
Other small changes have been made too, like the custom ST-style SE decals front and rear, and others.
The aforementioned roof rails and washer nozzles...
The rear is the one area of the exterior that I still want to work on but almost nothing is available.
Inside some of the more notable changes are custom gauge faces from BCC, OEM ST outer dash air vents (with the silver trim ring - mine were originally all black), and a new shift boot, e-brake boot, and arm rest cover from Redlinegoods and JPM Coachworks.
Along with the coilovers, for performance modifications it has an intake, the ST exhaust, MS3 rear engine mount, solid shifter bushings, rear sway bar, and the thicker OEM front strut bar. I had an aftermarket upper engine mount at one point but it was too harsh so I promptly went back to the stock piece. There are also a couple of dress-up items under the hood in the form of an oil cap and engine cover.
There are still many items left on my to-do list and yes, eventually a full ST drivetrain swap will hopefully be undertaken. For now I'll take care of the rest of the conversion and when I can afford both the time and money needed for the swap I'll start researching it more. The first update for 2015 is underway and hopefully it won't be too long before that's done.
MODIFICATIONS (Kept updated)
-OEM Focus ST front end conversion
-OEM Focus ST side skirts
-Rebel Devil Customs ST Sedan rear valance
-3D Carbon Pedestal wing
-1552 Cup Spoilers
-Modified Maxton front splitter
-Colour matched washer nozzles and roof rails
-OEM black housing headlights
-LED tail lights
-THREETWENTY SE emblems
-Yellow tinted fog lights with yellow bulbs
-OEM Focus ST outer dashboard air vents
-OEM Focus ST gauge cluster
-OEM Focus ST pedals
-OEM Focus ST door sill plates
-OEM Focus ST rear door cards
-SS Tuning shift knob
-Redlinegoods shift boot (Alcantara with silver stitching)
-Redlinegoods arm rest cover (Black Nappa leather with silver stitching)
-JPM Coachworks e-brake boot (Alcantara with silver stitching)
-Broadway 270mm rear view mirror
-Colour matched front door trim
-Boosted Designs limited edition dead pedal (#004/050)
-Complete Focus ST conversion
-FSWERKS intake heatshield
-COBB intake arm
-Ford Racing intake snorkel
-Breedt symposer delete
-COBB short shift plate
-RDC downpipe hanger
-Agency Power exhaust
-JBR solid shifter bushings
-SMC oil cap
-Redline Tuning hood struts
-COBB Accessport with Stage 1 tune
-VMAXX front big brake kit
-OEM updated front strut bar
-Steeda rear sway bar
-Kyle Deyoung rear strut bar
-Massive front swaybar endlinks
-OEM Focus ST control arms
-18x9.5" 1552 Tarmacs with 235/40R18 Dunlop Winter Sport tires (winter)
-18x9" 1552 Turbomacs with 235/40R18 Continental DWS (summer)
-Stance:Nation lug nuts and Fatlace valve stem caps
Yeah, that's definitely getting fixed. Haha.I think projects like this are just fantastic! Looks awesome!
The _only_ thing I might suggest is to raise up the hood bump stop on the driver's side to make the hood-to-bumper gap totally even on both sides.
Best of luck at the shows!