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Chief_ST | 2016 Stealth Grey Focus RS1

I am writing this build log as a place for myself and other members to keep up with my passion of modifying and doing install. Also as a place to track the progress of my car through time.

I live in southwest portion of the Kansas City metropolitan area with my wife, 2 daughters, 1 son & our dog. I have no desire to RallyX, Drag, Auto X, or even drive like a moron on the street, I don't know why I mod my car, I guess because it's fun and I like to know that I can go fast and look great too. The closest 93 Octane and E85 station are not convenient, there is really only 1 speed shop around as well. Basically, I have the internet, a UPS account and passion for cars.

The rundown on the car, I previously had a 2014 Focus ST ST3 that was bone stock with 24k on it. I bought the car in March of 2017. Had I known more about the platform and how the car worked, I would have opted for an RS then. I learned over time that the RS is what I wanted. On December 9th, I traded my ST for a gently used 2016 Stealth Grey RS, RS1, no sunroof but does have the Forged Wheels and Cup 2 tires. The dealership didn't want me to take delivery of the car with the Cup 2s during winters so the installed Continental DWS06s free of charge and loaded the Cup 2s in the rear. The RS was priced at $29,999 for a real quick sale and only had 7400 miles on it. Tax, titles, fees etc. I was out of there under ~$35,000.

The 1st post will always be updated with a current mods list and sometimes current pictures.













Here are the modifications, some will be functional some will not be.

I have a few power mods are left overs from my ST that were never installed as my ST was stock.

Engine & Performance:
-AEM Dry Flow Filter
-SCT X4
-Unleashed Tuning 91 Octane Performance Tune

Exterior:
-De-Badged the trunk
-Mitchell Auto Lamps Yellow Fogs

Wheels & Tires:
Summer:
-Forged Wheels
-Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2s

Winter
-Forged Wheels
-Continental DWS06

Brakes:
None

Suspension:
None

Interior:
None

Maintenance:
Basic Ford OEM for the time being

Miscellaneous
-PCM / BCM Update
-Sync 3 Update

Dyno Day April 21, 2018


 

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Will definitely be following along! Look forward to seeing what you decide to do.


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Will definitely be following along! Look forward to seeing what you decide to do.


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Awesome, glad to have you along.

1st actual “mod” I bought for the RS came in the mail on Monday. A set of RockBlokz mud flaps in black with the black RB logo. After the first time in winter weather with the RS I noticed a lot of road salt and grime on the sides and back of the car. I’m hoping the RockBlokz will eliminate that. Install to come later.


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Awesome, glad to have you along.

1st actual “mod” I bought for the RS came in the mail on Monday. A set of RockBlokz mud flaps in black with the black RB logo. After the first time in winter weather with the RS I noticed a lot of road salt and grime on the sides and back of the car. I’m hoping the RockBlokz will eliminate that. Install to come later.


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I just bought a set of zl1's, they are pretty minimal, but I'm hoping they cut down on the tire spray as well. Mine should show up any day.


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Looks great and love the color! Hopefully I'll be seeing you around town sometime.
Right on! Your in the Gardner area I’m guessing? I know I’ve seen another RS or 2 around town.


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Congratulations Chief! Use it in good health and good fun! Your collage of cars made me miss my 2012 STI hatchback that was modded. I know if Subaru still made hatchback STI would have been tempted to look at one instead of my 2017 RS. However wanted something little different out of the box.
 

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Congratulations Chief! Use it in good health and good fun! Your collage of cars made me miss my 2012 STI hatchback that was modded. I know if Subaru still made hatchback STI would have been tempted to look at one instead of my 2017 RS. However wanted something little different out of the box.
I’ll definitely have fun. For me even if Subaru made the newer ones in a hatch I wouldn’t buy it. The motor is going on 15 years old for the STI and the FA20s are blowing a dime a dozen.


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Looks great and love the color! Hopefully I'll be seeing you around town sometime.
Right on! Your in the Gardner area I’m guessing? I know I’ve seen another RS or 2 around town.


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I am, but no RS. I only joined because a thread was started about me beating a Focus RS at Heartland Park drags a few months ago with my MKS and I wanted to provide details.
 

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I am, but no RS. I only joined because a thread was started about me beating a Focus RS at Heartland Park drags a few months ago with my MKS and I wanted to provide details.
Right on man , say hello if ya see me around town


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Minor Update:

So I do with every performance car I have owned, just like I am with the RS. Before I purchase any real parts aside from quick personal preference items, i.e. mudflaps, all weather mats etc. I sit down and think of the goals for my car, what I want to do and what I want it to look like. From there I create a build list using excel and research all parts I could possibly want, noting the part, part number, color, best price I could find so on and so forth. It does get tricky and the document changes many times but it ensures I buy the correct part for me each time instead of wasting money. I know it sounds kinda nerdy but oh well, the document does get daunting though when the totals get added up, especially when my wife ask to see the spreadsheet for present gifting purposes. I finally have an idea of how I want the car to look and parts have started flowing on the spread sheet.

Goal: Put a smile on my face each time I drive, and keep me happy with the looks and feel

Simple power mods: Filter, plugs, intercooler, piping, wastegate, bpv, down pipe. Yes I am planning on keep the stock exhaust. Might consider and E30 tune if the local gas stations can start carrying it. The closest is like 15 min away and inconvenient.

Handling/ Feel: Keeping the suspension and drive-ablilty to be very comfortable and streetable. Springs, GC camber plates, sways, endlinks and upgraded bushings from power flex all around, shifter bushings and short shifter, obviously

Looks:I want the car to be very subtle, not look like it belongs in a fast and furious movie.

These are just my general synopsis of how my RS will be.
 

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Minor Update:

So I do with every performance car I have owned, just like I am with the RS. Before I purchase any real parts aside from quick personal preference items, i.e. mudflaps, all weather mats etc. I sit down and think of the goals for my car, what I want to do and what I want it to look like. From there I create a build list using excel and research all parts I could possibly want, noting the part, part number, color, best price I could find so on and so forth. It does get tricky and the document changes many times but it ensures I buy the correct part for me each time instead of wasting money. I know it sounds kinda nerdy but oh well, the document does get daunting though when the totals get added up, especially when my wife ask to see the spreadsheet for present gifting purposes. I finally have an idea of how I want the car to look and parts have started flowing on the spread sheet.

Goal: Put a smile on my face each time I drive, and keep me happy with the looks and feel

Simple power mods: Filter, plugs, intercooler, piping, wastegate, bpv, down pipe. Yes I am planning on keep the stock exhaust. Might consider and E30 tune if the local gas stations can start carrying it. The closest is like 15 min away and inconvenient.

Handling/ Feel: Keeping the suspension and drive-ablilty to be very comfortable and streetable. Springs, GC camber plates, sways, endlinks and upgraded bushings from power flex all around, shifter bushings and short shifter, obviously

Looks:I want the car to be very subtle, not look like it belongs in a fast and furious movie.

These are just my general synopsis of how my RS will be.
Makes sense. You'll love the E30 tune if you go that route. If you use some ethanol conditioner, like Lucas Oil makes, you can get a couple 5-gallon jugs and have them stay pretty fresh over a few months. 10 gallons is just about right for blending up 3 full tanks of E30.

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Makes sense. You'll love the E30 tune if you go that route. If you use some ethanol conditioner, like Lucas Oil makes, you can get a couple 5-gallon jugs and have them stay pretty fresh over a few months. 10 gallons is just about right for blending up 3 full tanks of E30.

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That is kinda what I am planning on doing to possibly run E30 a few times during the summer and have some fun. Other than that Ill be on 91.
 

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That is kinda what I am planning on doing to possibly run E30 a few times during the summer and have some fun. Other than that Ill be on 91.
Tell me that again after you try it :saturn:
 

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Was relieved to finally see the TSB for the head gasket was released. I have called my preferred dealership and set up an appointment. Once the care is back, I will flash the SCT with the few other items! :chuncky:
 
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