After doing the diy wing riser the next step is to either modify the factory antenna so that it does not bend up against the wing when the hatch is open or get a shorter antenna. I went to my phone and opened up my eBay app and figured I’d see what was available. I came across some stubby 5″, 3″, and even 1.4″ carbon fiber antennas and figured why not give them a shot. I purchased the 2 smaller ones for a little radio reception comparison.
Comparing the stubby antennas to the stock one.
The antennas came with the necessary universal hardware screws (show above) along with some song washers for a nice snug fit.
Test fitting them here.
I mounted both but decided to start with the 1.4″ and work my way up if needed.
Here is how they mount. Simple find and insert the correct size threaded screw and then twist on the antenna with the song washer between the base and antenna.
Here are a few angles of it mounted.
Simple and cleans up the profile of the car even more.
So far the reception seems ok driving around the neighborhood. Updates to follow.
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Does this make the Ford Focus RS a “Germerican” version of Godzilla?
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I heard these were finally being delivered to dealerships so I took my son with me to check one out this weekend. There are only 5000 being delivered for the initial release. The stealership that I went to had only 1 and was not willing to let it out the door for a test drive unless I was willing to sit and negotiate a purchase. That wasn’t happening, especially with a $10k mark-up in price. That’s $10,000 above the MSRP of the car!!! It was boxed in on the showroom floor by two $80k Mustang GT350’s (20k mark-up on eack of them), so you know they weren’t willing to move one to let me spin this around the block for 10 minutes.
Now taking into consideration the heritage, capabilities and performance aspect of this car and the fact that it’s European built, the 36k price tag is justified. I mean a fully loaded front-wheel drive Honda Civic SI rated at 200hp (150hp and 2 less driven wheels than the RS) is going for a little over 30k. I can’t wait to drive one.
The Stealth Grey is the color to have.
These seats are a place I’d like to call home. I felt very snug and comforted by its side bolstering.
Photos by me and CW.
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I saw this video and had to repost it. Ford has just put the exclamation point on the hot-hatch and the entry-level sports car segment! They wet our whistle with the tossable Fiesta ST and it’s almost 200hp and the Focus ST with its 252hp and its mixed reviews of being too tame and not as fun as it’s little brother. So thank you Ford for finally delivering on your promise to bring America the Focus RS.
Ford is claiming at least 345hp and all-wheel drive matted to a 6-speed manual gearbox. These numbers trump both, the VW Golf R with it’s 296hp and the Rally-bred Subaru WRX STi delivering 305hp respectively (the Mitsubishi Evolution will no longer be in production by the end of this year). Neither of these are anything to sneeze at, and both tip the horsepower power per dollar scale very nicely.
More expensive sports cars fail to deliver the driving dynamic and smiles that these two cars deliver with their sub 40k price range. I mean, why spend 60-100k when you can have the same if not more fun for 40k. My eyes and ears are peeled for what a Ford will require for enthusiast to stake claim for their very own U.S. spec Focus RS. My guess is the high 30’s so as not to undercut the Mustang too much, although it is geared towards a different crowd. #Hooniganism
Hmmm, I wonder what Mazda will deliver with the Speed3…stay tuned.
Photo courtesy of Jalopnik.