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Got the ST on 06FEB2017.
Bought off the lot, new for under $20k, dealer had crazy discounts, base package, with racing stripes & 'upgrade' wheels w/ red calipers, dealer installed tint. Just decided to start this build thread to document - for me, for fun, for others.
I have done this so far:

1. JBR Positive Crankcase Valve (PCV) Oil Catch Can (OCC)
2. RallyArmor Mudflaps (and already had a reversing mishap (into and over a curb) that took 4 hours to franken-rebuild the plastic mount on the rear passenger-side :doh: )
3. MetalCast red painted the 3rd brake light with clear coat finish
4. Flowmaster Super10 [w/ (@angrychair inspired naming) Hoover exhaust tip] custom install in place of OEM muffler

Pics in posts to follow.
 

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The axle-back exhaust Flowmaster Super10 with temporary 'stinger' tip:
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Just the tip:

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The finished exhaust with the Hoover tip (also in pic: R.A. Mudflaps, badge delete, and 3rd BrakeLight paint job:
inVille_hoover.jpg
 

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The Mudflap debacle

I've had mudflaps on 6 cars prior to the ST and I have never inflicted so much damage to the car from them. :disappointed:

The RallyArmors are top quality, don't get me wrong. However, due to the Focus' mounting tabs a mishap can wreak havoc. Literally the day after my installation I backed into an island's curbing while parking (I was trying to hug the curb and was still getting used to the ST's additional width compared to my old whip - a 2014 Mirage). Well, the flap bumped/hit the curb before the wheel road up it and every mounting point (the plastic tabs on the inside of the bumper cover) sheared off. It was ugly...)

I had to drill a hole in the unibody(steel) wheel well to mount a new metal tab to attach the top MF mount (no pic of this). This worked out rather well and is now a very robust mounting point. After drilling the hole I coated it in touch-up paint to eliminate potential rust starting. On the bottom mount I had to franken-build the tab back into place with Gorilla glue and safety-wire. It ain't pretty but it's highly funtional and holding up fine with several hundred miles under its belt.


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what's visible from the exterior, underside.
RA MF repair 2.jpg

Moral of the story: BE CAREFUL when backing up if you have RallyArmor MudFlaps installed
 
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Crazy story about the mud flaps. Decent looking repair though. A lot of times I back into a spot by Braille, then pull forward an inch to keep the flap from staying bent while I'm parked. Has worked pretty well so far.
 

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I've had mudflaps on 6 cars prior to the ST and I have never inflicted so much damage to the car from them. :disappointed:

The RallyArmors are top quality, don't get me wrong. However, due to the Focus' mounting tabs a mishap can wreak havoc. Literally the day after my installation I backed into an island's curbing while parking (I was trying to hug the curb and was still getting used to the ST's additional width compared to my old whip - a 2014 Mirage). Well, the flap bumped/hit the curb before the wheel road up it and every mounting point (the plastic tabs on the inside of the bumper cover) sheared off. It was ugly...)

I had to drill a hole in the unibody(steel) wheel well to mount a new metal tab to attach the top MF mount (no pic of this). This worked out rather well and is now a very robust mounting point. After drilling the hole I coated it in touch-up paint to eliminate potential rust starting. On the bottom mount I had to franken-build the tab back into place with Gorilla glue and safety-wire. It ain't pretty but it's highly funtional and holding up fine with several hundred miles under its belt.


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what's visible from the exterior, underside.
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Moral of the story: BE CAREFUL when backing up if you have RallyArmor MudFlaps installed

Lol, yeah, my passenger rear is all stitched together right now as well. I should roll under there and get some glue involved. In time perhaps.
 
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Steeda Jacking Rails Ordered

Just ordered some 'jacking rails,' these will be oh-so-handy!

Will be OTW soon, I hope ?
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Jacking Rails

Got the STEEDA jacking rails delivered today.

WTG: STEEDA on the super quick turn around. Eager to get these installed soon, but...

WTF: No torque values. Waiting on STEEDA to provide some torque specs for the bolts.

HUH: These are nice pieces, calling them "ultra-lite" is a joke though, maybe in comparison to lead ones.
 

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Tried to order these from Steeda with Cobb exhaust hangers in the same order, wasn't notified till I got the exhaust hangers that the jacking rails are on back order and no Eta for delivery... Was not a happy camper

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