From a Focus to a FiST

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Meet and Greet' started by BlackBird, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. Firesail

    Firesail Active Member

    Wiring was just replacement for the stock horns, but I fabbed a basic bracket to mount them near the stock location because they are larger than the stockers. I would be interested to get them mounted behind the grill so that the sound would be more direct and loud.
     
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  3. BlackBird

    BlackBird Active Member Staff Member

    I want to do the same, but it'll wait until I'm at my friend's garage. Want them to be visible through the grille for more volume, but also love the look of Hellas sitting behind a black grille. They should be here in time for me to drop them off along with the car.

    Loading up a revision to my tune, and then getting out on the road later to collect some data before I have to take the FiST in for work on Wednesday. I'll share the details of what I've been up to once done.
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  4. BlackBird

    BlackBird Active Member Staff Member

    Same price roughly as the OEM part? Well, why not. Arrived on time for dropping the car off to repair everything else, thankfully (Huzzah, Amazon Prime free 2-day shipping).

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  5. GinjaNinja

    GinjaNinja New Member

    Quick update on the FiST.
    The good news: We went to check up on the progress of the repair on Thursday and the paint job looks amazing. Can't even tell it was damaged.
    The bad news: the right front strut is broken and the shop is currently waiting for a replacement with no real eta on it. So unfortunately, we have no idea how much longer we are going to be without our FiST.
     
  6. k757

    k757 Active Member

  7. Firesail

    Firesail Active Member

    That really sucks.:(
     
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  9. GinjaNinja

    GinjaNinja New Member

    So, I just called the repair shop and they can't get the part until the 21st! Seriously? Majority of summer without our FiST? Ugh.
     
  10. k757

    k757 Active Member

    That makes no sense. It's just a fiesta
     
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  11. GinjaNinja

    GinjaNinja New Member

    Yeah but the FiST has different struts than the regular Fiesta.
     
  12. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Would you be able to upgrade to a better sturt like the blistiens or something ?? Did they say what on the sturt is damaged or is it something the strut bolts too ??
     
  13. BlackBird

    BlackBird Active Member Staff Member

    It's still no excuse, even if the part is different (which, like you said, it is). Go figure I have my friend who owns an R34 Skyline GT-R telling me to 'stop moaning' because if he had an accident, it'd be moths before it was repaired. Somehow, I sense a difference between the kinds of cars we drive.
     
  14. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    I hate it when Moths get in the way of a nice R34 repair ... LOL J/K
     
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  15. BlackBird

    BlackBird Active Member Staff Member

    We'd love to, but that'd come out of our pockets, which are pretty empty. If I had the money laying around I'd buy a set of Bilstein B14s and be done with it.

    LOL, moths. Sorry, this laptop is old, and the keys are no longer so great.
     
  16. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Dang I pick on you and I can't even type i did LOL hard at moths though .. Thought maybe they wold put the stock replacement money towards the upgrade and only charge you a lil bit more. but i am hopeful like that .. ;)
     
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  17. BlackBird

    BlackBird Active Member Staff Member

    It would actually save the insurance some money over paying for another 3 weeks for my rental. :/ Also, they said the strut was damage, no mention made of the strut bolts, but my confidence in this shop to be specific and forthecoming is pretty shot considering we had to repeatedly call them to find any of this out.
     
  18. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Dang sorry to hear ...
     
  19. BlackBird

    BlackBird Active Member Staff Member

    T'is life. Aggravating, but them's the breaks, I suppose. Moral of the story, FiST siblings--don't get involved in an accident. /snort.

    I should add that it's somewhat ironic that the Bilstein B14 coilovers have a Ford part # because they're the 'FRPP Fiesta Autocross Suspension kit". FRPP just no longer carries it.
     
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  20. BlackBird

    BlackBird Active Member Staff Member

    Huh, I just realized I haven't updated this thread in months! A lot has happened in that time. The story of our FiST's accident ended well into September '14, after hideous delays in getting a strut for my car. Yes, two months' worth of waiting, to the day. The eventual toll was to the tune of about $4700 in damage (!), no doubt doing a huge dent to my potential resale value. Still livid about that.

    On the upside, once we got the car back, I finished getting my car custom tuned by Randy Robles from Mountune, USA. You can read about how that went here. That thread goes into my experience getting a custom tune, as well as a review of the end-result. :)

    I did some cosmetic changes to my FiST. I made sure the body shop did not install a plate bracket on the front, so I have a nice, smooth front fascia; no holes. Behind the grille, I installed my set of Hella Supertone dual, high output horns....

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    You'll also spy (in these shots of a very dirty car!) my DMB Graphics UK sparkle gray met/black Ford gel overlays. I also scored a set of Ford ST Octane Academy ST badges from a friend who got them from yet another friend who didn't want them. They had a black ST too, and liked the red. I like the dark look. So, a quick trade was made.

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    I also got new vanity plates while the car was in the shop. You can see it along with the fiesta pride I'm repping (as well as my local group decal, which I designed):

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    Nothing ridiculous, just tweaking the looks. I've not really had much disposable cash to drop on my FiST lately, so aside from the ECU stuff, I've had to keep it to a dull roar. I did however pick up a set of lightly used Firestone Winterforce-2s (185/65/15) on Ford OEM black steelies for the winter... #BecauseNewEngland

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    And mounted them right away.

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    They rub just a bit over really, really hard bumps. But no problems otherwise. As you can see, the salt is in full effect here, though rest easy it's getting washed weekly, including the underbody.

    I also picked up some tires and wheels for next season while the getting was good, Sparco Assetto Gara wheels in 15x6.5 (13.8lbs!) wrapped in sticky Dunlop Direzza ZIIs in 205/50/15. Seriously big-looking 205s if you ask me...

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    Got them off of a local forum member. (Thanks, Keith!). Hopefully they'll be laying down my new-found torque at the local autoX next year, time/money/etc permitting.
     
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  21. Tokendog

    Tokendog Member

    Looking good! Wish i could get my hands on some of those Octane Academy badges.
     
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