New 2015 FiST, advices wanted!

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by RevinRed302, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. RevinRed302

    RevinRed302 Member

    Hello all!
    I am about 15 minutes into my Forum membership, and 4 days into my '15 Fiesta ST ownership! I am absolutely loving the car, and all I can't think about is driving it. So now I have to ask. What are the "must haves" or "must do"s for a new Fiesta ST owner? I am open to doing a bit of tuning and moding (once my bank account recovers) but I just want to get a feel for the owners community. Any suggestions are welcome!
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  3. BlackBird

    BlackBird Active Member Staff Member

    I'd suggest better tires, lighter wheels. And a better rear engine mount / roll restrictor. As well as a tune (I have Randy @ Mountune's custom programming with a COBB AccessPort v3).
  4. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    congrats and welcome! One of the hardest parts of modifying the ST is figuring where to start. I went with a Mountune filter, Mountune/Cobb Accessport, and Cobb rear engine mount to start with. It follows what Cobb considers "Stage 1". The results were actually so good, I am not sure how much more I want to do.
  5. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    All good options posted and A tune will wake the 1-2 gear shift up by taking the Ford nannies off.. That will give you the best bang for the buck imho. Then go lighter wheels and sticky tires. The rest will be a personal choice how far you want to push this little beasty..
  6. RevinRed302

    RevinRed302 Member

    Great info! This COBB stage 1 tune is sounding better and better...
  7. Wpseiler

    Wpseiler New Member

    To start Air filter, motor mount, and tune
    Have fun
  8. Chuckable

    Chuckable Member

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  9. rcl4668

    rcl4668 Active Member

    Mountune MP215 engine upgrade, Mountune intake hose, lighter rims (Mountune OZ Racing Alleggerita HLT wheels), and stickier rubber after the OEM summer tires wear out. Also considering the Mountune short shift kit.
  10. Klink

    Klink New Member

    Cobb Rear motor mount
  11. OrangeFist

    OrangeFist Member

    +1 on the shift kit
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  12. m4ximusprim3

    m4ximusprim3 Member

    Since I just went through this, here are my thoughts:
    1) RMM is near essential. I went with Mountune, but only because I bought springs at the same time. Cobb is probably just fine as well.
    2) The more I started to get into twisty canyon roads, the more I felt the car felt "tall" and a little rolly. Went with mountune springs and am much happier. Now debating coilovers, but haven't decided- the mountune springs eliminated most of my annoyances.
    3) Short Shifter does make a big difference. Just do some research and make sure you aren't getting a copy of the early mountune designed one with interference issues.
    4) Your big performance decision is based on warranty. If you don't care or are willing to go to the mat with the dealer should something break, cobb stage 1/2/whatever is the way to go for price/performance. If you care about warranty, Mountune MP215 kit installed by your dealer will get you the equivalent of cobb stage 1, with warranty, with the exception that it doesn't remove the torque limiter in gear 1/2. Your call.
    5) Mud flaps are mostly useless, but look awesome.
  13. Izzy

    Izzy Member

    5) Mud flaps are mostly useless, but look awesome.

    So not true if you are running spacers..then they are totally necessary!! lol
  14. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    drive in the winter with snow tires, mud flaps are mandatory if you want to have any paint left on your skirts and rockers. I think they look stupid, but I use them every winter to protect the car from damage. I can see that wider tires or larger offset with summer tires would pepper the side of the car with stones, making mud flaps important year round.
  15. m4ximusprim3

    m4ximusprim3 Member

    Agreed, it was mostly a joke because I live in san diego and still see tons of FoST's around with mud flaps. There are about 5 dirt roads and two days of rain per year down here, so it cracks me up.

    Mud flaps are definitely useful if you have, you know, mud and stuff.
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  16. CrookedRacer

    CrookedRacer Active Member

    Don't do anything to the car. It's perfect. Just sign up for your next local autocross and go!
  17. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Ha, yep, I have seen plenty of cars that don't need mud flaps. For keeping mud, rocks, stones, snow, ice, and sand off the car, mud flaps work great!
  18. xorpheous

    xorpheous Member

    I rallycross and live on a gravel road. Mudflaps are mandatory! :)
  19. Turboduck01

    Turboduck01 Member

    Any videos?
  20. xorpheous

    xorpheous Member

    No videos but here's a photo. The factory flaps are not for people who genuinely need flaps. you can see. Rally Armour set is inbound.

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