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This car was purchased to be a vehicle that was 4 doors, enough room for a car seat with a new born, room to expand in the future and big enough trunk space for a stroller. Most importantly though, it had to be fast; I needed to still feel like I had some freedom in my life since I can't own another crotch rocket.

So thus started "Project Stitch" a71b12e0bdcc05e345afc4e35de6dd69--funny-memes-about-life-lilo-stitch_1523231876014.jpg
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I originally wanted to build a car that was a stage 3 build but for much cheaper. I have come to realize that my goal, as much as I would love to keep it cheap; will be anything but. Being someone who works on cars for a living and having all the tools and knowledge to build this car up, it'll be an itch I'll have to fight to remind myself to stay in my weekly budget. End goal for this vehicle is limited slip differential, GT2863rs turbo, e30 tune and enough power to still smoke the tires in 4th gear.... when the kid isn't in the vehicle that is.

I drove the car off the lot with 180 miles on it, buying it the day before Christmas eve I was able to get it for a steal. I knew before I started paperwork this was the test drive car for the dealership, since it was the last 2017 ST. It was my perfect ST though, ST3 package, perfect color, everything but the stupid looking pinstripe that was taped on.

Mods Done:
AP3, stratified tune.
Depo 3.5" intercooler
NGK 1 stage colder plugs
K&N Air filter
Cobb RMM
Damond Stage 3 OCC
Boomba Short Throw Shifter
Milltek Exhaust
CFM Catless Downpipe
Steeda clutch spring
Rokblokz mud guards
Velossa Big Mouth Intake
TB Gusset Traction Bar
WGA maxed out to 8lbs
Depo Racing intake
Depo Racing 2.5" charge pipes
Thermal Wrap on Coldside Charge Pipe
2.3L throttle body
Boomba sound symposer delete
Boosted Designs shifter bushings
Boosted Designs Transmission mount shifter bushings
 

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Finally got around to installing everything, minus the Steeda clutch spring kit. Going into work at a body shop on your day off is much more enjoyable when you wake up to your alarm and know you'll be working on your own car.

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I was at almost exactly 3k so I did my first oil change and went with Mobil 1 and the fl400s oil filter. Everything I've owned has had Mobil 1 in it and I plan on keeping it that way.

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Next up was the Cobb RMM, having access to a lift made this a hundred times easier. After starting up the car for the first time I was thoroughly disappointed with the rattle in the car. I was expecting it in the pedals and steering wheel, however it's so bad that I can see my litigate glass shaking. I'm hoping it settles down a little over time or else I might be looking to sell it and go with a stage 2 RMM kit. If I had to do this all over again I would have just gotten a stage 2 kit.

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I would like to give a shout out to Depo for how they package their intercoolers. I steered clear of Moshimoto because i read the horror story of theirs and wanted to go with someone who has had great community reviews.

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The intercooler was fun to install, the front bumper on these are easy with power tools. However I decided against removing the rebar so I had to finagle the shroud and new intercooler all over to make it fit. Don't do what I did and just remove it, the charge temps have dramatically dropped with my Depo 3.5". I went from doing hard pulls in 60 degree weather and getting 118 degree charge temps. To getting hard pulls in 73 degrees and only reaching 98 degrees today, the best 350 bucks I have spent on this car so far.

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My first test drive went insanely well, Stitch is now a torque monster. So much so that once I got my car up to temperature, I was either smoking the tires or torque steering all over the road. My next mod just changed from the down pipe and exhaust, to a limited slip differential. More power isn't always the answer as I learned.
 

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First up was this pesky install, never got around to doing it before but it made a night and day difference in the shifting. This should've been my first mod!

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Finally got around to rounding out the cheap mods to Stitch. I had my Cobb short shifter thrown in a week ago. The day before my kid was born actually, I cant really tell any improvement with the Velossa big mouth but after I get my custom tune from stratified I will reevaluate then.


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Next up was the Cobb short throw shifter, at first before it was broken In it felt like I was getting an arm workout shifting at 40% reduction. I wasn't sure if I was going to keep this or go to 30%, but after a week it broke in nicely and shifts as smooth as it did before! Would definitely recommend this to anyone!


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This is where I love working on cars for a living, access to a lift and able to use some of the tools I never use at work made me feel a little better about my 200 wrench set to get this done in a snap. The boost is crazy now, 3rd gear is instant spool and 5th or 6th are basically in boost at any acceleration. Once my tune comes I'll be interested to see how it capitalizes on the excess boost.

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The last mod done in the last week and most important, the whole reason I committed to the Focus ST! Enough room for the baby and enough speed when she isn't in the car, that drive home from the hospital was odd; old little grandma's passing me in a fixed up sports car....
 

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Been a while since I updated, got pissed at photobucket for charging to upgrade to share stuff. But here's a pretty long list of mods that I have been up to.

AZ ST club sticker
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TB Gusset Traction Bar
Depo Racing 2.5" charge pipes
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Depo Racing intake
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2.3L throttle body
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Sound symposer delete
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Boosted Designs shifter bushings
Boosted Designs Transmission mount shifter bushings
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Have a mountune breather plate on order and a CFM catless downpipe sitting in my garage. Probably will order a Milltek exhaust soon and do a E30 tune at the same time, with everything installed I'm hoping for 300HP and 375TQ after E30, which shouldn't be too hard to get safely.

Then it's saving towards my GTX2867 Gen 2 .64 turbo and LSD once baby mama goes back to work.
 

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So I had some big things happen this last week. I finally got my Stage 3 complete with my Milltek exhaust. Having a lift and Jack's helped immensely, gotta love working on cars for a living when you need to work on your own car

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While I had some downtime at the shop I installed my Damond Stage 3 OCC. This kit is amazing because you just tap into the lines rather than cut up your perfectly good hoses. Granted you pay for the convenience but if I ever part out the car and go to the RS it'll make things easier.

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Last but not least was my Boosted design shifter bushings and Boomba short throw shifter. I almost forgot I had bought these bushings because it had been so long and was waiting until I did the short throw shifter since this install really isn't fun. I cant comment on the difference since I did the shifter at the same time, but it's cheap enough that I dont worry much about it.

As for the short throw shifter.... HOLY GOD! It reminds me of the Hurst shifter ford sent out on the Shelby Mustangs, some people hated em but I personally loved the feel. Only downside is the fact that neutral is harder to find now. I plan on switching my cobb shifter bracket to a Breedt shifter arm replacement so that should help a bit.

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Overall, with my stratified tune; a gallon of e30 to take a little knock out of the engine with this Arizona heat. With it being 109 outside and the heat effecting the car, it's already punchier than before and feels as strong as my stage 2 tune in 70 degrees even in 110 degree heat. I'm absolutely loving this car and cant wait until I go methanol and big turbo next, eventually I want 400HP/400TQ.
 

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Big things to come soon, Stitch is getting his first shot of Meth!

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I plan on doing an in depth guide since going stage 3 is pretty simple and there's tons of guide to go around. I noticed that a true meth set up hasn't really been covered yet for a snow product. My initial plan is to tap into the washer bottle and use it to store the methonal, mount the pump on the underside of the left rail and make a custom bracket to hold it. I will probably fabricate a way to protect the pump in the event of a road gator or accident.
 

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Finally updating this build since it's been a year. First up is the snow stage 3 is finally installed.

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Pretty straight forward, I made a custom wire harness that was future proof if I ever needed additional components installed. Mounted the pump on the rail below the air box, had to do some slight modification to the box to make everything sit flush; but it works. I also had some spare heat reflective tape so i covered the line so the motor dosen't heat the tube and evaporate the methonal in the line.

Also not pictured yet is a LED light I have wired up tapped into the pump wires so i can always glance down and check to make sure my pump is working. I plan on removing the AC outlet next to the shifter and making a custom mount to house the light.

After 35k miles I was needing new tires, since Discount was having their 4th of July sale I took advantage of it and got my Konig rims that I've been eye balling for a while. 8 pounds lighter per wheel and Continental extreme contact tires make it impossible to ever break traction, highly recommend this set up!

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Nice build! How do you like the Depo charge pipes? I'm debating on getting them because I have a Depo front mount, and I keep blowing off the hot side charge pipe at the intercooler.
 

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All charge pipes are basically 3 inch pipes just bent differently, Depo pipes are 90% perfect. The only reason I don't give them 100% is the tabs they weld on to mount to factory bolt holes requires a little movement and sometimes makes them fit a little odd but doesn't impede performance at all.
 

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I'm Depo fmic, charge pipes And intake tube. yes the mounting tabs on the charge pipes to required a little bit of persuasion but once they're on their you're good. I've hit just over 25 lbs peak boost and I haven't had any problems with charge pipes blowing off. I did upgrade to HPS clamps has Deuce suggested. Depo kit with comes with Cobb couplers. The clamps that come with the depot cat look identical to the HPS ones. Other than the HPS ones come with a dab of grease on the threads. Also use some cheap hairspray on the charge pipe and coupler. It acts as a lube and then when it dries it's glue.
 

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Damond Motorsport engine mounts, first I will be upfront. I probably over torqued these on assembly because I was lazy at work today (no other cars to work on so today and tomorrow will be all about my own car) but holy God the NVH is crazy! Granted, I am rocking full mounts now and they do have a break in period but I will see how things go.
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  • Unfortunately this came in the mail after I had to go back to work after lunch. This radiator is HUGE! It's honestly bigger than any car radiator I have worked on and even my Tacoma's. So tomorrow morning I will be ordering new coolant from Ford to drop off at my shop and making a quick install. I'm interested to see if this will cause any over heating issues if I dont run any hood vents to help get rid of all that radiated heat since it has to go somewhere and now there will be even more in the engine bay
 

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So I got my mountune radiator installed, as someone in the collision industry; its fairly simple. The aftermarket Intercooler is the only hard part, while I had my front end apart I also installed my upgraded solenoid from Snow. I believe that is partly why I am going through methonal like crazy as of late, even though i installed it on the cold side pipe and not on a throttle body plate I believe it was still sucking in a bit under vacuum.

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Made a mess like I always seem to do in my stall, I didn't use the hoses because the OE ones snap in and lock with minimal space for a hose clamp to go on for the Mountune ones. I'm sure most people have never had an issue but to me its a blown radiator hose waiting to happen so im looking to sell or trade them locally aince they were included.
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After all that beauty and great welds put into the radiator, this is all you can see. It's such a shame!
 

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So I got my mountune radiator installed, as someone in the collision industry; its fairly simple. The aftermarket Intercooler is the only hard part, while I had my front end apart I also installed my upgraded solenoid from Snow. I believe that is partly why I am going through methonal like crazy as of late, even though i installed it on the cold side pipe and not on a throttle body plate I believe it was still sucking in a bit under vacuum.

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Made a mess like I always seem to do in my stall, I didn't use the hoses because the OE ones snap in and lock with minimal space for a hose clamp to go on for the Mountune ones. I'm sure most people have never had an issue but to me its a blown radiator hose waiting to happen so im looking to sell or trade them locally aince they were included.
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After all that beauty and great welds put into the radiator, this is all you can see. It's such a shame!


Got to change out the shift cable end bushings. It takes so much slop out.
 

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This build is moving right along! Keep going, you will have a 2.3 stroker motor and a big turbo in no time at all
Im trying to snag a block locally for 200, one has a blown head gasket and the other lost compression in a cylinder. Probably going to get the head gasket issue one and send the head out to get resurfaced, I doubt porting it will be worth it but I might try my hand at polishing it to help smooth out the air flow.

I will most likely end up with a MRX6758 turbo and turbo blanket come January/end of this year. End goal is still 400HP/400TQ, as long as it can safely do it.
 

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Im trying to snag a block locally for 200, one has a blown head gasket and the other lost compression in a cylinder. Probably going to get the head gasket issue one and send the head out to get resurfaced, I doubt porting it will be worth it but I might try my hand at polishing it to help smooth out the air flow.

I will most likely end up with a MRX6758 turbo and turbo blanket come January/end of this year. End goal is still 400HP/400TQ, as long as it can safely do it.
4hundo seems pretty easy if you have AUX fuel and that big of a turbo.
 

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Im trying to snag a block locally for 200, one has a blown head gasket and the other lost compression in a cylinder. Probably going to get the head gasket issue one and send the head out to get resurfaced, I doubt porting it will be worth it but I might try my hand at polishing it to help smooth out the air flow.

I will most likely end up with a MRX6758 turbo and turbo blanket come January/end of this year. End goal is still 400HP/400TQ, as long as it can safely do it.
That's the turbo/kit that I have, and it's a blast. Currently on stock fueling, so I'm not over 360whp, but it's so much fun. The MRX kit is pretty impressive, aside from the oil drain line. But it's easy enough to fab up one with some -8 hose and fittings, that's what I did.
 
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