bonylad
bonylad GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
4/18/24 8:15 a.m.

Howdy all, been awhile. I am back with another project.  Since the last time I posted. I had an 06 Audi A4 which I never bothered with making a thread, an 07 Dodge Ram RCSB 6MT V6, and maybe something else?  I dont recall. 

I came to this Focus ST in a random way. Some years back, when I got the Regal - I had gone to pick up a Focus ST. At the lot, the Focus ST was modded and in questionable shape. So I pivoted to a Regal. 

Cue some time later. I had got in the Ram as a need. I picked up a Mazda B2000  that had way too much rust, and needed a daily. My brother had a 2 owner (including him) Ram with 70K. PIcked that up and drove it for awhile. I had plans for a V8 swap, or a Hemi swap, or something - just couldnt afford it the way it needed to be done. So.

One day here at work. I text the dealer wholesale buyer and ask if in the next couple months - can he find me a Focus ST? He texts back in a minute and says how about this? Turns out the sister dealer had a 16 in stock!

So a deal is made. 16 Focus ST ST1 with 73K. Great shape. 

 

 

 

Now, what to do?

trigun7469
trigun7469 UltraDork
4/18/24 8:22 a.m.

This interests me, I have been following ST's for a while now, they are starting to get cheap, but the ones that I can afford have to many bad mods and flat brim vape juice all over them. Yours however looks really nice.

bonylad
bonylad GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
4/18/24 8:26 a.m.

 

As with any of my cars. Maintenance. It had just been serviced but it did have some issues.

1. Clutch Master was leaking fluid.

2. Stock 73K spark plugs (these cars as I have found out, eat plugs - need to swap every 10-15K)

3.Stripes peeling on the roof

4. Little things here and there.

First thing was speak to the dealer, and they agreed to pay for the CMC. Which works out great. Ford has an OEM part which included the CMC and a new pedal assembly. That worked out well - as the clutch pedal was missing the brushed accent. That was replaced. During that time it was discovered the battery box mounting points were broken. A replacement is here now, but I haven't installed it yet. Need to plan a day to clean under hood and replace the box. 

So second thing I did was swap plugs.  Two of the four had ground straps were worn nearly away and one had a chip missing on the strap. Swapped with SP550X plugs, which are stock heat range and what not. 

Car runs so much better. I had an occasional stumble in a third gear pull. Thats gone now, and it feels peppier. Given how they looked, I can see how. 

Next I upgraded the side mirror turn signal. Little mod, but they turn the clear lights, into a black sequential turn signal. 

Before......

The parts.

And after....

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Cooper_Tired
Cooper_Tired Dork
4/18/24 8:28 a.m.

Nice! These are very fun cars. I had one for 2 years that I bought through these forums and it was arguably one of the best cars I've owned.

 

what are your power plans? I ended up full bolt on with e30 and it was surprisingly quick 

bonylad
bonylad GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
4/18/24 8:31 a.m.

I have also gotten into RC cars. Current rig is a 1/5 scale 32 CC Losi DBXL 2.0 which I am having way too much fun with. 

Have had -

Traxxas Blast BOAT

Traxxas Slash modded

Arrma Infraction 3S

Arrma Typhon 3S modded

Traxxas T Maxx modded

The T MAXX should get its own thread. LOL

 

bonylad
bonylad GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
4/18/24 8:32 a.m.

In reply to trigun7469 :

Thank you! It was stock. I do vape - though I do my best to not fall in the stereotype. They were asking 16K, got it for 13K as I am an employee. New brakes, new tires, new battery, etc...

bonylad
bonylad GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
4/18/24 8:35 a.m.

In reply to Cooper_Tired :

Not too much? Its honestly deceiving how quick it is. Rip out third and you don't realize how far over the limit you are. Smooth and torquey. I really don't know if I will do any real power mods? Im getting older and car that's quick and reliable with some creature comforts is more appealing to me. 

bonylad
bonylad GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
4/18/24 8:36 a.m.

One thing I plan to do, that I just remembered. I removed the AC belt. The belt had jumped over and was rubbing on the serpentine belt. So I ordered new ones. Need to slap them on today. Getting warmer and AC IS nice......

bonylad
bonylad GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
4/21/24 9:53 a.m.

Belts replaced. Everything is quiet and working great. I may check the Freon level at work to be sure. It it feels good, but could be better?

 

Slapped in the black spoiler. Feel it really ties the car together. 
 

Datsun240ZGuy
Datsun240ZGuy MegaDork
4/21/24 10:25 a.m.
bonylad said:

In reply to trigun7469 :

They were asking 16K, got it for 13K as I am an employee. 

$13? Are those RS's really that low?

Doh, I read it wrong that it's an ST (do the Homer Simpson voice)

bonylad
bonylad GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
4/21/24 11:48 a.m.

In reply to Datsun240ZGuy :

lol. If this was an RS for this price.....I'd be doing cartwheels!

GTwannaB
GTwannaB GRM+ Memberand Dork
4/30/24 10:25 p.m.

Any bad torque steer? I read the later ones did much better in that department. I remember the eLSD fighting the steering in one I drive when they were released. 

bonylad
bonylad GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
5/8/24 7:53 a.m.

In reply to GTwannaB :

No not really. Granted if you turn off the nannies you can get some, if you drive aggressive.  I don't really beat on it too much. I may occasionally do a hard third gear pull near to redline. At that point, nope. :)

bonylad
bonylad GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
5/8/24 8:02 a.m.

So, the wife had surgery for a gall bladder. She had some weight reduction. I took the time over a long weekend to tend to some things. 

 

One. I installed the Symposer delete. Removed that whole thing and blocked it off. I now have a place for a vac fitting, if I want to run a future blow off valve or something to true vacuum.

Two. I replaced the jacked up battery box. IDK what happened. But it was broke, and I wanted a new one. So I did.  Also cleaned the terminals and applied protectant to the leads.

 

Three.  Degreased and pressure washed the bay. Came out very nice. I intend to get the underside when I change the oil soon. Also replaced a coolant overflow line, that I may or may not have broken pulling the box out. Coolant refilled with OEM Ford.

Before......

After.....

bonylad
bonylad GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
5/20/24 8:39 a.m.

Nothing huge to report. 

I had not planned to tune the car, though I came across an interesting option.

https://performanceparts.ford.com/part/M-14204-FSTA

A factory tune, that makes the car more aggresive in normal driving, and gives 90 lbft more torque. A factory option, that does all that, for $300?  Yeah sounds a good deal.

Still want to upgrade the intercooler, as its horrid from stock. 

In other news, I prematurely did an oil change. I wasnt sure what oil the dealer I got the car from - used.  So I changed it to a a factory filter and some GF6 (designed to combat LSPI) Mobil 1.  Im sure its my imagination, but it does drive better.

In a treat, my brother from another mother stopped by.  Yes I know I need to do some lawn care, havent had the time lately. 

In a Polaris Slingshot R.  Now thats a ride.  It had the 203HP four in it, very fun.  I did get to drive it, and I did not send it (as it was his rental and I was unfamiliar), but boy howdy! I could see one of those in my future as a toy.  Turns out it was in a nanny mode as it was tuned, my bro was told this later and how to get out of it. Super fun. 

 

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