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    Focus RS Track Edition

    I love this car. I wanted it the second I heard about and saw it. It has personality, styling that I like, practicality, and almost the right amount of motorsport feel. Almost. This car never came from the factory with a proper hardcore setup. It's understandable, the car was already the most expensive car in its class so compromises were made. And really, it's a street car that needed to be comfortable for most people, though some would argue they didn't achieve that either. My goal for this build is not to throw the entire Mountune parts list on it and get 450whp on the stock block. My goal is to address the more "soft" parts of the car and replace them with motorsport ready components. My goal is to make something that I could have seen being a "Track Edition" package released from the factory. These kinds of cars are usually a bit more hardcore while maintaining their being a street car. This car will be my autocross car and luckily the Street Touring class allows most everything that I ever wanted out of this car. For now.

    Goals of the build:

    Autocross focus and maintain it being a street car. Lose a little weight, improve airflow/temps on stock FMIC, high quality suspension setup.

    Installed Mods:

    AWE Track Exhaust
    ETS Intake Gold Wrapped
    Whiteline Front Sway Bar
    Whiteline Rear Sway Bar
    Mountune Rear Motor Mount
    Mountune Shifter Arm and bushings
    MCS TT1 Coilovers 600#/650#
    Massive Rear Camber Arms
    Velosa Tech BIG MOUTH Ram Air
    Ambit RS18 18x9.5 Wheels (AutoX only)

    Planned Mods soon:

    Steeda Rear Links
    Grimmspeed Lightweight Battery Kit
    Custom Dyno Tune

    Maybe I'll do these:
    Catted downpipe.
    Seats (I love the stock ones but so heavy)
    Turbo blanket
    CPE Motor Mounts

    Build Notes

    I still don't trust etunes or I would have gotten one already. I'll put this on a dyno so the tuner can do their own pulls at various throttle inputs and see for themselves. This will be the last thing I do. More power will be great, but it's not a main concern.

    I understand that intakes don't do much for this car, at least for power. My goal here is to keep the stock intercooler and not add 20lbs to the nose of the car. With the heat film wrapped larger intake and the ram air for colder source air, my hope is that the stock FMIC will work well enough for autocross without heatsoak. We'll see.

    MCS makes true competition ready coilovers. They have a stellar reputation with my local autocross group and they offer a zero compromises package. They are made in the USA, not too far from where I live. Rebuildable. The Ohlins package looks nice, but they are from overseas and do not carry the motorsport pedigree. The DSC package is too digital. I don't want or need a computer to adjust the dampening several miliseconds after I already needed it to be where I wanted. The KW kit is the only other option I would consider. Everything else is cheap and Chinese and I can't imagine they actually perform better than the adjustable stock setup. This MCS kit is 4 excellent dampers and some adjustability. Predictable, hopefully. I might regret not going for the double adjustable setup.

    Expected weight loss:

    Misc interior -12lbs
    Exhaust -13.4lbs
    Battery kit -31lbs
    Suspension -13.6lbs
    Wheels/Tires -20lbs
    Sway bars and camber arms +10lbs

    Net -80lbs

    Edits

    -Added MCS notes and weights
    Last edited by Rathion; 04-19-2019 at 05:46 PM.
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    ETS Intake + Ram Air
    Whiteline FSB + RSB
    MCS TT1 600/650#s
    AWE Track Exhaust

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    Here is what I did this afternoon.

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    I ran out of gold wrap. I'll get some more to finish the elbow.
    ETS Intake + Ram Air
    Whiteline FSB + RSB
    MCS TT1 600/650#s
    AWE Track Exhaust

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    Subscribed. Nice build. Look forward to future updates, as I am likeminded and am going similar route. Curious as to why the 600#front/#650rear. What you’re thinking there? Isn’t more weight on the front, wouldn’t you want #650front on the coilovers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by F78-RS View Post
    Subscribed. Nice build. Look forward to future updates, as I am likeminded and am going similar route. Curious as to why the 600#front/#650rear. What you’re thinking there? Isn’t more weight on the front, wouldn’t you want #650front on the coilovers?

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    These rates were suggested to me by Vorshlag, they could change down the line, springs are easy. But the idea is to help the back end get more free with higher rates. A lot of Evo guys did the same.
    ETS Intake + Ram Air
    Whiteline FSB + RSB
    MCS TT1 600/650#s
    AWE Track Exhaust

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    Makes sense, thanks for sharing. Look forward to updates.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by F78-RS View Post
    Subscribed. Nice build. Look forward to future updates, as I am likeminded and am going similar route. Curious as to why the 600#front/#650rear. What you’re thinking there? Isn’t more weight on the front, wouldn’t you want #650front on the coilovers?

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    The angle of the rear suspension is what forces the rears to be a higher rate. You're effectively losing a lot of the resistance because they're not aligned with the strut.
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    Very cool! I purchased a RS about 4 months and when I get some money saved up I will be going a similar route. I am looking forward to hearing how this progresses and what you think of those spring rates.

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    Have you run the car in autocross yet? I’m assuming you’d be in Street Touring Ultimate (STU). I’d like to hear about how you do.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Homage View Post

    The angle of the rear suspension is what forces the rears to be a higher rate. You're effectively losing a lot of the resistance because they're not aligned with the strut.
    Interesting! Though the bundled kits usually have a lower spring rate in the back. I imagine I'll be trying different rates.

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    Have you run the car in autocross yet? I’m assuming you’d be in Street Touring Ultimate (STU). I’d like to hear about how you do.


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    Yup, that's the plan. My first competitive event in STU will be April 12th and 13th. I'm getting the coilovers installed this weekend and I'll be at an Optima autocross event on the 6th to test the car.

    There aren't too many STU Focus RS. I imagine its competitive, though this will be on me to go fast. Gonna hit a lot of events up this year for as much seat time as possible.
    ETS Intake + Ram Air
    Whiteline FSB + RSB
    MCS TT1 600/650#s
    AWE Track Exhaust

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    Update!

    Put the RSB on, camber arms, and MCSs.

    We did a floor alignment for now getting somewhere around 2.8 degrees of camber on the front and 2.2 degrees on the rear. No where near the max on the front. It could probably hit 4 degrees. Zero toe. I will be getting a full corner balance and machine alignment soon.

    Oh, and I fully cut the shock towers for max caster adjustment.

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    I only ran around the block a little bit and then drove home, but first impressions are outstanding. I was expecting it to be waaay rougher. It's firm but there's zero bounce and the turn in and body control is just wow. Can't wait for next weekend.

    I'll give another update soon with more pictures of the whole setup once I get it aligned and balanced. Something is loose in the left front assembly. Most likely the sway bar weirdness going on with something not being tight or properly lined up. I used Hank's bracket design. We broke both wiper motors, be careful with those things, sheesh. Paper thin supports on those things. Gonna weld them up and I'll post pictures of what broke to show you what to be careful of.

    Camber arms look like a pita to adjust with the wheels on.

    You'll hear back from me soon.
    Last edited by Rathion; 03-31-2019 at 04:58 PM.
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    ETS Intake + Ram Air
    Whiteline FSB + RSB
    MCS TT1 600/650#s
    AWE Track Exhaust

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