Can you hear me now?

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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She’s looking fly now

I don’t mod as heavy as I used to which is a good thing. Means I have more money in the bank to take trips with my family. I guess I grew up a little over the years. Don’t get me wrong, I still like to get my hands dirty installing parts and like to consider myself as a do-it yourselfer. So when I find a little time and a little spare cash and some cool trend, I tend to give it a go.

Also as someone that likes to modify cars I realize that money is not endless. If there is a way to save a few bucks by replicating something that I found out in the market that some company is charging ludicrous amounts of money for, I am willing to try to make it myself. Obviously, not something that does not jeopardize the safety or integrity of the vehicle. I’m only referring to aesthetics, at the most a homemade intake.

Amongst Ford Focus ST owners one of the most common discussions had been how to make the car look more aggressive to match the performance. The rear wing, different than a standard Focus hatchback, but still gets overlooked when looking at the cars side profile. One of the cool things of performance cars are the aesthetics and how they look so sleek yet aggresive. One of the most imitated looks is the duckbill style spoilers found on BMW M3 CSL’s and some JDM cars. These spoilers are attached to or in some cases an exaggerated version of the trunk. The look provides the rear of the car with a bit more upward angle.

With the Focus ST being a hatchback people have gotten creative and rather than replacing their wing with a RS style one they found a way to add a little flair. Introducing the diy wing riser. Some companies are selling kits for $150, but some diy’ers found a very cheap way to get the same look for a couple of bucks.

Now I saw this video a while ago and followed a few forum threads and decided what the heck. I went to my local home depot and acquired the parts needed and below is the end results. This is not a step by step how to as there are plenty out there, but the pictures below capture my process of removing the wing, painting the spacers, and my outcome. Enjoy.

Stock…a little sad looking.

Removed the center panel with a couple of lite tugs.

Removed panel with the Home Depot parts I purchased. New bolts, some spacers and washers.
Painting the washers. Check the VW logo in the upper right of the board. This ain’t my first rodeo. LOL

Removed the third brake light.

Shaved butt…ew!

Wow Ford just grab a red spoiler and paint blue over it. Don’t worry the owner will never see it. SMH
Another area of the spoiler I needed to use touch up paint on.
You can see the spacers sitting on top of the washer. Just need to reattach the wing.

The results. Some like it, some hate it, but I say a lil gap never hurt nobody.

The money shot. It looks like it has some self esteem now.

Total was only $6.42 plus tax

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Driving lesson full of Octane! 

I had heard about this prior to purchasing my 2016 Focus ST but wasn’t sure if this was still a thing.  Not that it was a determining factor when purchasing, but assumed it would be a nice cherry on top.  One day I was checking the mail and I noticed a letter from none other than Ford’s Octane Academy!  I calmed myself prior to opening it similar to receiving a letter from a college I applied to.  Mr Perkins, you have officially been selected by Ford to participate in the ST Octane Academy…Awwwwww Yeeeeeaaaah!  

 The “Academy” is offered to buyers of their perfomance line of vehicles.  Similar programs are offered by Ford for the Focus RS, GT350 and the Raptor. 

I now need to book a flight to Utah for a “Octane” filled weekend of Hooning with Ford’s professional driving instructors and other like minded ST owners.  Once there they will teach us how to drive the ST on a race track.  Show us how to autocross, teach us some performance driving methods, basically show us how to push the limits of the cars…safely.  There will also be a ride along with one of the instructors, a lead and follow session and then solo track time in Ford’s middle brother of their hot hatch family.  To round out the academy event, there will be go-karting to see who is king/queen of the go-kart track. 

I have done other drive events,  but I am especially looking forward to being part of this experience and learning the full potential of a car I actually own.  Utah here I come! 

 I’ll keep you posted on when I do this, as well as provide some nice videos. 

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A heartfelt ode to G-Ma’s everywhere.

On my lunch break at work I was watching some YouTube videos and a recommended video popped up to check out.  The title is “Grandma Rowing Gears!…”  I figured I had a few minutes to kill and hit the play button on the video.  I would say that this video warmed my heart to see this lil ole lady clicking thru the gears of her grandsons hot hatch, rather smoothly I might add.  Reminds me of teaching my daughter how to drive a stick, minus the Italian cursing.  Or that time my mom stalled my 6 speed Acura TL on the freeway in traffic.

Git it grannies!  Keep clutchin!

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