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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-20, 1:17 pm

Thought I should post this here to. Over here I'm more open to getting suggestions and ideas.

So I have decided to park my car in the garage this winter and go at it. Its time to get my car cleaned up and make it an attention getting. Right now it kinda seems like a car that any Honda fan boy could do. I plan on doing this with OEM plus style mods. The car is in the garage for now, but I can't really tear into the engine as I have to wait till after Christmas to put my decorations away.

The build list...


  • install camber plates
  • install poly front sway bar bushings
  • install SVT header swap
  • build a custom 2.5" exhaust
  • install new CF trunk lid (the first ever MK1 CF trunk lid)
  • make a new custom hood
  • more low [clap]
  • install Roush spark plug cover on the Contour valve cover
  • engine bay wire tuck
  • paint and clean a few items in the bay
  • possible batter relocation
  • shaved rad support
  • more as I think of it


12-19-10

My custom hood from last year is gone. It went to an awesome car and a good guy so it will live on here in Nor Cal.

Engine bay as it sits right now. I've already done a few things, degas cover and replaced the painted fuse box cover with a OEM.





My SVT header, flex and Roush plug cover.



Kyle (volcomstone1966) cutting into my hood last night.





The ruff cut.



Cleaning up the cuts.





Step one complete.





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Post by J_Train on 2010-12-20, 1:29 pm

i don't think thats going to look as bad as i thought
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Post by Yocrew on 2010-12-20, 1:32 pm

I think the it's just too big of a hole. i thikn they look better smaller and off to the sides. Than again I'm not much of a hole in the hood type a dude.

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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-20, 1:36 pm

The mesh will help it out a lot as well.

This is where I really got the idea from.

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Post by Bellicose87 on 2010-12-20, 1:54 pm

you are brave, I would never cut my hood with out screwing something up lol. Looking forward to seeing your project complete
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-20, 2:14 pm

ZX3_FTW wrote:you are brave, I would never cut my hood with out screwing something up lol. Looking forward to seeing your project complete

Thats why I got someone else to cut my hood, lol.
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-21, 1:34 am

So where can I get good quality tubing couplers for my intake? I got cheap ebay stuff right now just to make it function.
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Post by trailbikerider on 2010-12-21, 1:36 am

Check and see if you could just get the couplers from AEM? Just a thought.

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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-21, 1:52 am

AEM will have the rubber style. I want the layered silicone like you would use on a turbo.
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Post by Kenzx3 on 2010-12-21, 2:09 am

Vibrant and Injen have 'em, or go to your local performance store, they'll have 'em
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-21, 2:21 am

Sweet. Gloss black is the only color I want.



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Holy shit $68! http://vibrantperformance.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=1022_1073_1141_1216&products_id=1111
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Post by Yocrew on 2010-12-21, 9:20 am

CFM should have them too.

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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-22, 12:15 am

CFM doesn't have the 90* 2.5"-3"

I may just get another one off ebay or check out spectrae.
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Post by J_Train on 2010-12-22, 7:21 am

Check some auto part stores... idk if you have pep bays out where you are but they usually have em as well as the turbo kind too in all angles
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-22, 11:24 am

Cool I 'll check out pep boys later today. Its a bl;ock away from my wife's job and I took her to work today.
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Post by Cobrawannabe on 2010-12-22, 9:30 pm

Sooooo, are you gunna paint that battery box semi-flat black, again? Otherwise, car looks pretty solid. I'm looking forward to seeing progress.
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-23, 12:11 am

If I don't do the battery relocation then yes it will get painted. But I would rather move it to the trunk.

So I was thinking because the intake tube is going white should I change the rubber elbow to a black one?
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Post by Kenzx3 on 2010-12-23, 12:34 am

White and Black engine bay. Nuff said
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-23, 12:47 am

Sweet. Thats what I was thinking. The only red is going to be the valve cover and the strut bar.
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Post by Kenzx3 on 2010-12-23, 1:14 am

White Strut Bar, White Valve Cover, Jet Coated Header, White Intake Tube, Black Degas Cover, Build a custom metal battery cover and paint it white, then clean up engine bay completely.
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Post by trailbikerider on 2010-12-23, 1:16 am

Get some strut tower plugs too, only like $5 from the group buy on FJ I believe. Subtle, but it's a nice touch.

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Post by Kenzx3 on 2010-12-23, 1:17 am

trailbikerider wrote:Get some strut tower plugs too, only like $5 from the group buy on FJ I believe. Subtle, but it's a nice touch.

Yes. Black on them too
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-23, 1:32 am

How about all the stuff you said with the valve cover red and a white Roush spark plug cover? Or black wrinkle valve cover and plain billet spark plug cover? The issue with the white OEM paint is I'm not sure if it will handle the heat being on the valve cover. The SVT header will get a custom heat shield by Kyle (volcomstone1966) and heat wrapped, then the cover will be painted black.

I'll check that out right now Blake.
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Post by Kenzx3 on 2010-12-23, 1:41 am

The red throws it off, personally I'd just do two colors, black and white, with some polished bits from CFM or TeamTorquesteer thrown in.

And White should handle fine on the cover if powdercoated. Powdercoated VC is a classy $50 mod that looks great. Do like Corey's (CWCZX3) and have the letters show thru or paint them silver, trust me, White can be done. Not gonna say what I have planned on the '00 but well there is a powdercoated VC sitting in the garage right now in white.
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Post by trailbikerider on 2010-12-23, 1:47 am

Just wrap or have your header ceramic coated. I personally hate header heat shields.

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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-23, 2:00 am

Hell I could always through my Ford Racing engine cover on.

I know I can have it PC, but thats kinda against my religion being a paint guy and all, lol.

I'm liking the black wrinkle with billet bits. Black wrinkle with the letters showing through and a billet oil cap. I think it would break up having so much white.



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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-26, 9:14 pm

I was going to start pulling stuff out of the car to prep for paint but I had to work on the wagon today. So if nothing else comes up tomorrow will be a tear down day for my car.


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Just ordered the strut tower caps.
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-28, 8:26 pm

Update finally!









Stuff I got pulled off for painting white so far.



Before...



Just the coil isolators out (I had two pair in)





Then a little witchcraft...





I'll adjust the camber in on the rear tires tomorrow. Also need to pound flat my inner fender on the drivers side. The passenger side was done already. Going to be working on a friends Focus tomorrow, so I may or may not get to the fronts tomorrow.
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Post by J_Train on 2010-12-28, 8:44 pm

looking good. needs the center caps imo
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-28, 8:50 pm

Oh I have them, they're just not on. Still need to torque the lugs down.
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Post by J_Train on 2010-12-28, 9:03 pm

lmao i was just looking about a minute ago and noticed the center caps are on your wheels in your avatar....

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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-29, 8:51 pm

So Derek (deathbomber) came over today so we could work on his car. He had a pair of spring compressors so we cut my front spring and installed my camber plates. The plates raised it up a little so I'm glad I cut the front springs. So thats one major thing crossed off my list. I also prepped my strut bars for painting and laid the first coat of paint on my rear sway bar.

Where's da gold at? On my sway bar!





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Post by SVT3658 on 2010-12-29, 8:58 pm

lookin good! Looks like the front needs to come down a bit more though

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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-29, 9:06 pm

It does but I can't cut any more spring in the front. The camber plates are what is keeping it up that high. I'm thinking I might put the stock plates in to see how low she goes.
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Post by trailbikerider on 2010-12-30, 12:35 am

Wait.....are you running SPC camber plates?

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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-30, 12:48 am

I am now why?
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Post by Kenzx3 on 2010-12-30, 12:57 am

No

I really need to post pics of what happened to my SPC's and maybe folks will learn.....
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-30, 1:06 am

Post em up. I needed some camber plates and the price was too good to pass up.
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Post by Kenzx3 on 2010-12-30, 1:10 am

I'll post 'em up tomorrow night if they are easily accessible. You know those Brass Plates that are flat? Ever seen them tweaked at a 60 degree angle? Yeah great SPC quality there, I'm back to stock now and happier
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-30, 1:16 am


Well as you can see in the pics stock plates would get me lower. I'm just worried about the amount of camber I'll have. Damn I need to win the lotto and buy Dom's new arms.
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Post by Kenzx3 on 2010-12-30, 1:18 am

SPC's are fine as long as you avoid pot holes, I hit some PA construction about 3 days prior to H2Oi and the Camber Plates went completely!
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-30, 1:26 am

So how much camber do you have on the stock plates? Didn't you go lower today?
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-30, 7:53 pm

So I took off the camber plates today. The camber isn't bad at all so it looks like I may have wasted $45. Hopefully I can sell them and buy something else.
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Post by SVT3658 on 2010-12-30, 11:02 pm

You can definitely sell them Chris. I sold a set for $45 shipped with ease.

But when I had SPCs, I didn't use them for taking away camber, I used them for MOAR camber Very Happy

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Post by Kenzx3 on 2010-12-30, 11:32 pm

NorCalFocus wrote:So how much camber do you have on the stock plates? Didn't you go lower today?

Actually not much in the front, my alignment guy is a genius!
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-31, 1:19 am

SVT3658 wrote:You can definitely sell them Chris. I sold a set for $45 shipped with ease.

But when I had SPCs, I didn't use them for taking away camber, I used them for MOAR camber Very Happy

I know, I just installed them in the car yesterday I wub you
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2010-12-31, 1:21 am

Kenzx3 wrote:
NorCalFocus wrote:So how much camber do you have on the stock plates? Didn't you go lower today?

Actually not much in the front, my alignment guy is a genius!

Yeah I looked at mine after taking out the camber plates and there isn't much. I'd like to know your alignment guy's tricks. Only because I am my own alignment guy.

Your alignment guy isn't Bill Viney is it?
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Post by Kenzx3 on 2010-12-31, 1:48 am

NorCalFocus wrote:
Your alignment guy isn't Bill Viney is it?

Nope but it's Bill's alignment guy thats like a mile away from his house. The place that we all go to have done a number of the Mid-A Foci and do them well! From Racers to Stancers, they dew werk son!
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2011-01-02, 3:13 pm

So a little update

I got the strut tower caps, the FSW oil cap, thought I had a short throw but I think its for a SVT.

I was going to tear into the bay today, but now I'm doing axles for a local.
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Post by SVT3658 on 2011-01-02, 6:41 pm

Sweet.

Do you have a picture of that STS?

Wanna come change my axle for me? haha

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