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Welcome to the build page for "ßεllε", my 2013 Ford Focus ST.
The new forum owner greatly restricted the size of a single post compared to the previous owner, rendering it impossible for me to add anything to this original post. As a result, I have removed all of the original content and will be adding the content back in with incremental updates across several posts. I did get acknowledgement from the site administrator that there is a forum bug preventing me from updating my old posts. He has no idea how long it will take to fix the bug, but I hope to get all of the info back up and running eventually.
UPDATE: The bug was fixed in July 2020, so I am now working, as time permits, to get the old content back into this thread.
NOTE: In what appears to be a separate bug, the links in the index below do not work properly the first time you click them, but if you click Back in your browser then click the link again, it works fine. I suspect a problem with not accounting for the size of the pictures, but I'll pursue this further with the administrator after I get the content back in.
A summary of currently installed modifications include...

Quaife limited-slip differential; cp-e QKspl downpipe; cp-e Austenite cat-back exhaust; cp-e ΔCore (heavyweight) intercooler; cp-e HotCharge and ColdCharge charge pipes; cp-e αIntake cold air intake; cp-e xFlex stage2 rear motor mount; Cobb Tuning stage3-91-v320; Ford Performance "RS" wheels and Brembo brakes; ST Suspensions DZX wheel spacers; FSWerks short shift kit; Ford Racing CAI "snorkel"; CFM valve cover breather; Breedt symposer delete; Rostra LED projector fog lights; Street Scene front splitter; Boosted Designs dead pedal; Cobb Tuning rear wiper delete; Redline Tuning QuickLift Plus hood struts; 3M Crystalline window tint; Visual Garage Shark Fin Antenna
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Order Process / Tracking
08-Jun-2012: First contact with dealer (Ian Riding @ Sun State Ford)
16-Jun-2012: Order placed with dealer (performance blue ST3 with moonroof)
18-Jun-2012: Order entered by dealer
20-Jun-2012: Retail order confirmed by Ford

Order, manufacturing, and delivery tracking done here...
2013 Focus ST tracking (Unreal)

29,825.00: Vehicle MSRP
28,293.20: Orlando region X-Plan price
30,475.29: Out-the-door price (tax, tag, registration, license plate, doc fee, everything)




Build / Delivery
28-Sep-2012: Received VIN#
05-Oct-2012: Able to view window sticker online
11-Oct-2012: Scheduled build day
12-Oct-2012: Actual build day
15-Oct-2012: Info in ETIS
22-Oct-2012: Original estimated delivery date (later revised to 26-Oct-2012)
24-Oct-2012: Actual delivery date




Team Dynamics PR1.2 Wheels / Michelin PSS Tires
27-Oct-2012: I removed this section because I replaced the wheels (Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 17x8, 5x108, 45et, high power silver), tires (Michelin Pilot Super Sport 235/45-17), and lugs (Gorilla Automotive 21133BC, black, m12x1.5). See the date entry for 20-Jan-2020 for the new setup.




New Car Prep Detail
04-Nov-2012: Had a professional new car prep detail done which included a one-step polish with Sonax Perfect Finish, 22ple protective coating on the paint (VX1 Pro), trim (VR1), and wheels (VM1), Nanolex Ultra window sealant, 303 Aerospace Protectant for the interior and engine trim, and Leatherique leather seat cleaner and conditioner.

Here are a few pictures of Belle at the detail shop...









The pictures above are courtesy of Brian Guy @ AOWheels who did an outstanding detailing job. You can find a few more pictures along with a very brief write-up of the detail on this web page.




3M Crystalline Window Tint
10-Nov-2012: Window tint installed (3M Crystalline), with 70 on the six side windows, moonroof, and back window, and 90 on the windshield.

A couple of pictures of post-tint Belle...

The Crystalline tint does a fantastic job of keeping the interior cooler, and protects the leather seats, dash, and my skin from the damaging rays of the intense Florida sun. However, if I had to do it again, I would go a little darker, probably 60 instead of 70, but would leave 90 on the windshield to avoid legal entanglements. Thanks to Damien at Precision Window Tinting for his attention to detail and ensuring a flawless install.




Pre-release Pre-order Promotion
21-Nov-2012: Received GoPro Hero2 Motorsports Edition video camera kit as part of the Ford pre-release pre-order promotion.

Also received Minichamps die-cast version of the Focus ST.

The promotion kit also included an "ST" keychain, baseball hat, and poster.




cp-e xFlex Stage2 Rear Motor Mount

07-Dec-2012: Installed the cp-e xFlex Stage2 RMM. If you are only going to make a single modification to the ST, this is probably the one to do as it greatly improves the driving feel and traction under hard acceleration.

When I first installed this mount, I noticed some vibrations when starting the car and when engaging first gear gently. After about 450 miles those vibrations greatly diminished, and after 1000 miles they are gone. I love this mount and I am very happy I decided to go with it. It makes the car feel more solid, and with my particular setup and driving style, eliminates the 1-2 shift bang except under drag style acceleration, and then it is just a slight thud (not a bang). I am aware of the Ford TSB for the mounts, which includes the rear motor mount from the eFocus, but cp-e is the only company that has completely redesigned the mount by changing the pivot angle to improve its functionality. Thanks to Rick at The Wrench Connection for helping me get this installed.




Green Filter air intake filter
12-Dec-2012: I removed this section because I replaced the air intake filter (Green Filter, dual cone, 7159). See the date entry for 13-Sep-2013 for the new setup.




MyFord Touch 3.5.1
16-Jan-2013: Updated MyFord Touch (MFT) from 3.2.2 to 3.5.1, including new A4 navigation SD card. This seems to be a slight improvement over the previous MFT version, and everything is working fine. However, there was one weird thing...the first time the car was started after the update, MFT displayed "building voice commands" for the music on the attached USB stick for at least 45 minutes and I had to shut it down. The next time I started the car, it finished building the voice commands almost immediately. Before upgrading, the 3.2.2 version had a weird glitch with navigation. After putting in a new destination, when the map screen came up, only the top half was displayed. The bottom half was blank. I tried switching views, zooming in/out, leaving nav and coming back and a variety of things, but the lower half of the map was always missing. I stopped to get gas and thought maybe the power off/on would reset it. No luck, still missing the bottom half of maps. While driving, I ejected the SD card and the MFT of course popped up a message that navigation was disabled and needed an SD card. I waited about 30 seconds then clicked the SD card back in. Success! The maps displayed and worked fine after that. Pretty strange, but thought I would post the issue and how to fix it in case anyone else has the same problem. After the upgrade, the 3.5.1 version has been working fine.




License Plate Frame
26-Feb-2013: Billet license plate frame custom engraved with "Belle" (top) and UNREAL (bottom) installed.




Cobb Tunning ECU Map v102

03-Mar-2013: Installed ECU tuner (Cobb Tuning AccessPORT v2) with stage1 93 LT v102 map.


It may seem obvious to people who have used the AP before (or some other ECU tuner), but I was trying to do the first install with the motor running and it failed. It later dawned on me why the instructions were talking about battery level, and that I should try to load the tune with the car in accessory mode with the motor off (pushing the start button without engaging the clutch). In Accessory mode instead of On mode, the AP installed and loaded the map just fine. Took it out for a spin after installing the map and found no difference when driving gently, which is what I wanted, but wow what a difference when hitting it hard! Definitely more boost and a more audible BPV. Thanks to Alan at Edge Autosport for the special discount on this order and free next day delivery.




cp-e QKspl downpipe and Austenite cat-back exhaust

13-Mar-2013: Installed a full 3" cp-e turbo-back exhaust (QKspl down-pipe + Austenite cat-back).

Below are a few pictures during the install.


The stock exhaust is removed...


New catted down-pipe installed...

I took the option for the black tips, and they are actually much darker than they seem in this picture...

From the top...

Here is a video I shot showing the cp-e turbo-back exhaust sound from inside the ST under a variety of normal driving conditions...


I am really pleased with the sound. It is very subtle when gently cruising around and this was very important to me. However, when you drop the pedal, you are rewarded with a very satisfying, deep growl that is much louder for sure, but not too loud. Thanks to Rick and Dimitry at The Wrench Connection for their help getting this installed.




Cobb Tunning ECU Map v103
31-Mar-2013: Installed the Cobb Tuning stage1 93 LT v103 map. To get the new maps I needed to update the AP firmware, but then when trying to change maps to one of the newer ones, it did not show any maps. This was fixed by uninstalling the AP and reinstalling it, and then all of the new maps showed up and loaded just fine.

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ECU Map Update (v104)
28-Apr-2013: Installed the Cobb Tuning stage1 93 LT v104 map.




Floor Mats
28-Apr-2013: Installed a set of Redline Tuning floor mats embroidered with the ST logo.

Unfortunately they have discontinued these mats as they look very nice and they are much better than the stock mats.




Hood Struts
28-Apr-2013: Installed a set of Redline Tuning Quick-Lift Plus hood struts.

The install was easy and there were no problems. I probably did not tighten the nuts down as much as I may have normally after reading the reports of people breaking them off, but I think they are tight enough.

Here are a few shots from the install...


This shot shows the reroute of the washer line...

This shot shows the washer line remounted to the underside after being rerouted...

The struts work well and I'm happy to eliminate the prop rod.
 

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Hey Ocysp, I've got to tell you I would not have attempted it if it were not for your fantastic install write-up, especially the detailed required parts break-down with part numbers. Thanks!
You're very welcome. I should be creating a video how-to of the whole install process in December to hopefully show people that it's not as hard as it appears. I'll be pulling my transmission again to install a new flywheel, clutch, and also a different LSD.

It's odd that you ran into problems with the ring-gear... mine went on perfectly. I wonder if the Quaife was out of spec or if the ring gear was. How hard was it to remove ring gear from the stock differential?
 

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It's odd that you ran into problems with the ring-gear... mine went on perfectly. I wonder if the Quaife was out of spec or if the ring gear was. How hard was it to remove ring gear from the stock differential?
The stock diff came out with no problem, but there was no way the LSD was going in without a trim. It was not difficult, just took a little while, and being careful to trim evenly all the way around. For those not familiar, emery cloth is a light abrasive cloth and it was used similar to the way dress shoes are buffed for shine. After that, the LSD went into the ring gear fine. I am curious if anyone else encounters this or if I am the only one.
 

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Installed new inter-cooler, hot and cold side pipes, and Ford Racing cold air intake "snorkel". Updated post #1 in this build thread with details and installation pictures.
 

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This build looks amazing!! And very informative/detailed instructions. Looking good with all the cp-e on there ;)

I would suggest getting a pressure washer (can get from lowes for like $200; 1700 psi) and a foam cannon like the chemical brothers sells. I had that same foam cannon you're using now, but its night and day difference! And the pressure washer makes cleaning wheels so much easier!
 

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How do you pronounce "Belle" Bell or like Beya? I call my wife Bella pronounced Baya. Hope I am making sense to ya. LOL
 

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How do you pronounce "Belle" Bell or like Beya? I call my wife Bella pronounced Baya. Hope I am making sense to ya. LOL
I pronounce the French word "Belle" the same as the "bell" you ring.
 

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It does sound like Bell, you can try Google Translate and the little speaker thing to listen to the word and that's how we say it (not that I'm french, but french Canadian yes).

Really nice setup BTW.
 

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I pronounce the French word "Belle" the same as the "bell" you ring.
Ah ok. In spanish the 2 LLs are pronounced as Y. Very nice build I am subscribed. Thanks for all the pics.
 

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Thanks. I hope to get the intercooler and "snorkel" installed during the next week along with the Cobb Stage3 93 v106 tune, then I'll create a new video to show the difference in sound. I think I may disconnect the sound symposer too, as it is really unnecessary now that the ST really growls.
Does the cobb v2 work better with cobb parts or others? Or do they work the same?
 

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Does the cobb v2 work better with cobb parts or others? Or do they work the same?
I believe the cp-e parts are at least as capable as the Cobb parts, thus, the Cobb tune should provide approximately the same results using cp-e parts as Cobb parts. I am hoping that eventually cp-e will have a tune tweaked specifically for their parts. They stated the following on their web page for the AccessPort: "cp-e™ has initiated the process of generating and offering OTS maps for cp-e™ products, by cp-e™. This will in turn provide our customers with a complete solution: precision-engineered parts, coupled with an unbeatable tuning solution."
 
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Just took advantage of the December 10% off sale with free shipping and ordered the Breedt Symposer Delete kit in blue. It will be nice to get rid of the unnecessary symposer tubing and have just the sound of the turbo-back.

(photo of block-off plate and firewall plug by Go46ball)
 
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