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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Okay folks, this one is going to go slow and steady, and not nearly as much fun as more heavily-funded build threads but I wanted to create a thread to hold myself accountable and track progress in one place.

Back story: I'm 28 and I got married to the most wonderful woman in the world last October. I have always loved hatchbacks, but have always driven coupes because, well, girls are more impressed with coupes. And then I marry a woman who couldn't care less about the type of car I drive... didn't see that coming. Four years ago I bought a '07 G35 coupe (auto). My wife has always hated that car, due to the stiff suspension and the fact that it ate tires for breakfast (staggered setup = no rotating). I decided to sell my G35 in August in order to get some more utility out of my car while still maintaining the fun-to-drive factor. Four doors and FWD (it gets snowy around these parts, although we plan to move to AZ in 2-3 years) contributed to convincing my wife that this would be a practical choice. The ST is my daily driver. So far I love the thing. It's my first manual car and that has been a lot of fun to learn.

The Core Values:
1. Fun. I love driving, and this car is a blast to drive. Anything that can add to that experience is a plus, with the other goals in mind.
2. Practicality. It's a 5 door hatchback Ford at the end of the day. It's great for hauling groceries, hardware, hockey equipment, kids (at some point in the future). I don't want any of my mods to sacrifice that.
3. Subtlety. I would like to maintain a stock-ish look and that "ah, he sold his G35 to get a Focus, what a responsible gentleman" spirit
4. Budget. I'm well aware that there are better purposes for my cash than investing in my commuter car, so I'm looking to keep my mod spending down around $100 per month from Sept '14 forward (after the wheels/tires, which were kind of necessary). With that in mind, I expect this build to take about 3 years. EDIT: For Phase 2 on I have bumped that up to $175 per month, including the $420 overage from Phase 1, as my income has increased and my car deserves a piece of that pie. Will drop that down to $150 per month for Phase 3. I've also added a phase 4 and a "Long Term" phase as I learn more about what I want... which means this is going well beyond 3 years, more like 5. The "Long Term" phase will not be budget restricted, but rather will save money by perfecting this car rather than upgrading to a newer car:)

The Plan:

Phase 1 (Sept '14 - Mar '15):

17" Enkei M52 wheels in Matte Grey DONE

Continental ControlContact Sport All-Season tires 225/50 DONE

Remove Focus Emblem from hatch DONE 9/5/14

Green Filter DONE 9/16/2014

4" ST stickers for side skirts DONE 9/20/14

Rokblokz short mudflaps - black w/ red logo DONE 9/23/14

CF/ red vinyl overlays for front and rear ford emblems DONE 9/28/14

Black/ red vinyl overlay for steering wheel ford emblem DONE 9/26/14

Cobb Accesport V3 DONE 10/2/14

Plasti-Dip front lip matte black DONE 10/26/14

Hella Optilux yellow foglight bulbs DONE 12/6/14

Boomba 270g shift knob DONE 1/1/15

Cobb SS Plate DONE 1/3/15 - REMOVED 3/21/15 in favor of Breedt arm

Boomba aluminum cable bracket bushings DONE 1/17/15

Custom Vibrant/ Magnaflow CBE DONE 1/30/15

Mountune intake elbow DONE 2/07/15

Steeda symposer delete DONE 2/07/15

COBB AP3 holster (unfortunately mine didn't come with one) DONE 3/08/15

COBB AP3 vent mount (just for the ball socket/ dovetail piece to fit onto the holster) DONE 3/08/15

Arkon adjustable suction cup mount for AP3 DONE 3/08/15

Needless Torque Calibrations Shift Cable Bushing DONE 3/14/15

CFM valve cover breather DONE 3/14/15

Rocket Science Intake snorkel DONE 3/21/15

Breedt quick shift arm DONE 3/21/15

Panda inlet tube DONE 3/22/15

CP-E Stage 2 RMM DONE 3/22/15

Phase 2 (Apr '15- Feb '16):

Turbosmart 50/50 BPV/BOV DONE 4/18/15

Brisk Racing Silver spark plugs (used, 10k miles) DONE 5/3/15 - Removed 7/19/15 in favor of Densos

Modify exhaust to be flush with bumper DONE 5/9/15

Steeda lowering springs DONE 5/16/15

Garageline 15/20 wheel spacers DONE 5/18/15

Garageline Hood Struts DONE 5/20/15

30% tint DONE 6/3/15

Gloss black roof wrap and sideview mirrors wrap DONE 6/13/15

Black Gurney flap for rear spoiler DONE 6/13/15

After Hours Fabricators CXRacing FMIC DONE 6/20/15

Depo Racing cold side charge pipe DONE 6/20/15

Rebel Devil Customs downpipe bracket DONE 7/1/15

Depo Racing Catted Downpipe DONE 7/1/15

Denso ITV22 Sparkplugs DONE 7/19/15

Breedt IM Spacer DONE 7/19/15

Roush airbox w/ AEM dryflow filter DONE 1/16/16

Replace rear hatch panel and wrap gloss black DONE 1/29/16

Panda Tune DONE 2/4/16

Phase 3 (Feb '16 - Jun '16):

FastMKCParts aluminum shift cable bushings
DONE 2/13/16

Boomba short throw shifter DONE 2/28/16

Boomba aluminum shifter base bushings DONE 2/28/16

Anarchy motive Atlas shift knob DONE 2/28/16

Redline shift boot DONE 2/28/16

Forge Recirc Valve DONE 2/29/16

Mountune Filter DONE 3/17/16

18" Advanti HY Hybris wheels DONE 3/18/16

245/40/18 Michelin Pilot Super Sports DONE 3/18/16

Depo Racing 3.5" intercooler Done 4/12/16

Bilstein B8 shocks/struts and required hardware Done 4/14/16

2013 Eibach Pro Kit Done 4/14/16

Revamped Custom Exhaust Done 5/20/16

ZL1 Rock Guards Done 5/28/16

Stratified E30 flash tune Done 6/27/16

------- Hiatus as I move to AZ, buy a new house, etc -------

Phase 4 (Feb '17 - May '18):

K&N Filter and airbox lid Done 2/17/17

TB Performance front traction bar Done 3/20/17

Velossa Tech Bigger Mouth Snorkel Done 4/16/17

Front grill bar delete and DHM Front Crash Bar Done 4/16/17

Massive rear endlinks w/ Eibach rear swaybar Done 8/14/17

Depo Racing hot side charge pipe Done 8/27/17

TB Performance Rear Traction Bar Done 8/28/17

Custom Exhaust pt. 5: Magnaflow 12276 in the midpipe, Magnaflow 10416 in the pre-axle section, rear muffler delete

Rear wiper delete

Paint calipers red

Headlight retrofit

Tial Q Bov on the hotside charge pipe and JBR symposer delete to run vacuum to the BOV

Long Term:
GTX2867r (or GTX2863r??? :serious:

Radium Engineering/ Panda Motorworks Aux Fuel Kit

Maxton Designs v2 front lip - gloss black

Maxton Designs side skirts - gloss black

Maxton Designs wing extension

Re-wrap rear hatch panel in Satin Black

Gel Badges AU black/red Ford badges

Custom satin black Mountune-style side vinyl graphics
(for reference: but with a 20" white/red Ford Performance decal in place of the Mountune text)

Big Brake Kit - Brand and Type TBD

Mfactory LSD

ACT lightweight Flywheel

Odyssey PC680 battery and Grimspeed Lightweight Battery Mount Kit

Here's a shot of the car after getting the new wheels/tires put on:

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I'll be documenting my mods, struggles with installation, etc here. I will also keep a focus on the budget. I want this to grow into a useful guide for people who want to do a modest build without breaking the bank.

As this is truly my first adventure into modding, any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

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Welcome to the modding addiction! I've been trying to stick to similar goals with my ST as well. Feel free to check out what I did as I tried to balance being able to DD the ST with a 1 year old in a car seat, and being able to toy around, (on the track of course...) with the ST. Practical Enthusiast's Build

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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Love those rims! Thinking about getting those. Any opinions?
Yeah I like them alot. They completely hide brake dust and have a nice, open look that will look even better after I paint the calipers. They look custom without looking flashy, and I haven't heard any feedback... even from my father who hates about 90% of the wheels out there haha. I liked them because they look like the rims from the '07-'08 TL Type-S that I always loved. Kind of wish I had gotten 18" but 17" was the sensible choice. A little extra tire makes the ride a bit smoother and makes me less worried about potholes... Indiana and Illinois are ridiculous with potholes.

First I feel sorry for you in caring what a woman cared what you drove...

Secondly car looks good so far.
Yeah that's no way to live your life. I had a thing for shallow women for a while there. But don't get me wrong I loved my coupes... '94 Celica GT, '04 RSX, '07 G35... all fun cars in their own right. But the ST1 is the perfect car for me. Secondly, thanks! I also removed the Focus badge from the rear hatch and got permanent plates yesterday! Looks much better without the paper temp plate in the back window. No pics yet but I'll get on that soon.

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Discussion Starter · #12 · (Edited)
I've gone green!


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So I had read some comments from people in this forum about how tough it is to get the green filter installed, how they can't get the lid back on the air box... no. Changing the air filter in this car is way easier than it was on my G35. Zero problems. I even went ahead and reset the ecu as I have seen described on here, turning the car on and the headlights on and then disconnecting the battery for 10 min. I doubt it made any difference but I figured what the hell... here's a shot of it installed from my crappy phone in bad lighting!

The sound is nice, very subtle. Doubt it makes much if any difference in performace but hey the more airflow the better.

Total cost: $19.96 after $50 Amazon gift card which I redeemed from credit card rewards points.

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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
In the process of getting a set of these made in 5" by 2" to fit our front/ rear emblems. It's tough for me because I know how ricey carbon fiber can look but I love carbon fiber. I think these are subtle enough though, and I want to cf wrap the interior trim so this will bring a bit to the outside of the car.

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Ford Emblem Overlay F150 Carbon Fiber Front Rear Set | eBay

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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
Glad I'm not the only one that likes carbon fiber. Thinking about getting a set too.
Definitely not. I mean its the material used for racecars and hockey sticks what's not to love?

Check out Mooshin's build thread his interior trim is beautiful.

Also, I'll let you know what I hear back from the guy about making a set to fit our cars.

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The problem with CF isn't CF or even 3M DiNoc. It's the Avery checkerboard print that's supposed to look like CF when in reality, it looks like a f-ed up checkerboard.
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