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Actually I don't think I did. I just bought it second hand. Having looked up colours it is most likely magnetic gray. When I went looking for an rs I didn't mind what colour I got, it was all about condition and price.

Yes, being in Australia it will be Magnetic GREY.
 

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Ouch. I think the rally and skid plate should do the first two points. Looks like I'll have to get it on a hoist to see what I can do about the rat fur lengthways stuff. Not keen on having either brake or fuel lines damaged.

What happens with the rear diffuser? Is there any way of protecting the leading edge or is it hopeless. I guess it must be hopeless or you wouldn't run without it. Just a thought, is it easy to remove prior to an event and replace later. Thanks for your help, much appreciated.
 

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Brilliant!

Can't wait for updates

You may get higher than stock for the rear with Tractive. As well, I bet you'll come up with a solution to protect the shock wiring on the front - they exit the bottom of the shocks.

The nannies calmed down significantly once I upgraded the suspension. Go figure . . .

My Stratified tune broadened the power range, and changed overboost from unpredictable to accessible. Super happy!
I'll look into the stratified tune, sounds good. I've enquired about protecting the cabling. I'll let you know what happens.

I think the nannies only get upset when they detect something wrong. It is a bit like an lsd, you don't need one if you have good traction all round. I had to decide to either go KW with a lsd or tractive. Of, course, i wanted the lsd either way but no go for budget, I figured that, in most situations, the improved suspension control would mean I could get away without the expense of buying and fitting a lsd. It would be different if I was seriously rallying it, but i'm not.
 

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Ouch. I think the rally and skid plate should do the first two points. Looks like I'll have to get it on a hoist to see what I can do about the rat fur lengthways stuff. Not keen on having either brake or fuel lines damaged.

What happens with the rear diffuser? Is there any way of protecting the leading edge or is it hopeless. I guess it must be hopeless or you wouldn't run without it. Just a thought, is it easy to remove prior to an event and replace later. Thanks for your help, much appreciated.
Maybe other people’s experience are different but no way to easily remove the rear diffuser without breaking every single clip that hold it in. It’s hollow behind it and acts like a parachute for rocks and mud and snow. It gets so full it rips out the tabs anyways. Here’s a few photos of the ripped apart underbody protection and broken diffuser

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Yuck, that's horrible. I see what you mean, Thanks for the heads up, I'll have to figure out what to do. Wonder what would hapoen if i filled the space brhind the diffuser with expandable foam, but maybe it flexes and lets stuff in anyway.

I'll let you know if I have any bright ideas. Btw, do you have a roll cage?
 

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No rollcage. I do pleasure track days, ice racing, autocross etc. I planned to get a bolt in half cage but my wife and I are expecting our first born in June so until the RS becomes a weekend only car I’ll have to keep it semi-family friendly
 

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Maybe other people’s experience are different but no way to easily remove the rear diffuser without breaking every single clip that hold it in. It’s hollow behind it and acts like a parachute for rocks and mud and snow. It gets so full it rips out the tabs anyways. Here’s a few photos of the ripped apart underbody protection and broken diffuser

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Jesus!! Thats insane!!
 

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No rollcage. I do pleasure track days, ice racing, autocross etc. I planned to get a bolt in half cage but my wife and I are expecting our first born in June so until the RS becomes a weekend only car I’ll have to keep it semi-family friendly
I'm hoping I can get a bolt in half cage which still lets me take people in the back. It's a big compromise but a half cage like that has to be better than nothing. I've had the odd huge roll in rallying, you know, nothing happens for a few years and then a while combination of circumstances catches up. I really really like cages! Btw did you see Ott tanaks roll in the Monte Carlo rally. He was bloody lucky he hit pine trees of about 5 inch diameter to slow it down. We always call such trees catch trees as they are good to roll through as they absorb energy. Scary stuff.

Anyway, the RS is fast enough and I drive it hard enough on technical tarmac that I think a cage is good. Going to get schroth quickfit harnesses too just to be better located. They work well with the existing safety systems .

Good luck and enjoy the family. My wife is a professional cellist and, before we had kids, the roll cage in the tx3 was checked that it could fit a cello. Now there's a first!
 

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I'm hoping I can get a bolt in half cage which still lets me take people in the back. It's a big compromise but a half cage like that has to be better than nothing. I've had the odd huge roll in rallying, you know, nothing happens for a few years and then a while combination of circumstances catches up. I really really like cages! Btw did you see Ott tanaks roll in the Monte Carlo rally. He was bloody lucky he hit pine trees of about 5 inch diameter to slow it down. We always call such trees catch trees as they are good to roll through as they absorb energy. Scary stuff.

Anyway, the RS is fast enough and I drive it hard enough on technical tarmac that I think a cage is good. Going to get schroth quickfit harnesses too just to be better located. They work well with the existing safety systems .

Good luck and enjoy the family. My wife is a professional cellist and, before we had kids, the roll cage in the tx3 was checked that it could fit a cello. Now there's a first!
@RoughRoadDD LMK which cage you are looking at? I am interested too.

Yes, Ott and co-driver were very lucky.

I have the Schroth Quick Fit Pro and really like it. It buries me in the seat and I have a short torso so I sit really low.

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@RoughRoadDD LMK which cage you are looking at? I am interested too.

Yes, Ott and co-driver were very lucky.

I have the Schroth Quick Fit Pro and really like it. It buries me in the seat and I have a short torso so I sit really low.

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Love the pics. What is the performance gap between the rs and the rest of the pack behind? Was a well driven rs in the hunt. I reckon our competitive is best on technical rally tarmac??

I'll let you know as I have a quality Australian roll cage manufacturer in mind. I want one where the back seats are still useable, which is a huge compromise of course.
 

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Hmm. All the bolt in cages mean the rear seats cannot be used. I guess I could get a custom halfcage built and preferably bridge gusseted to the existing b pillar, to give significantly more strength.But this seems all too hard so I think I will not do it.
 

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Love the pics. What is the performance gap between the rs and the rest of the pack behind? Was a well driven rs in the hunt. I reckon our competitive is best on technical rally tarmac??

I'll let you know as I have a quality Australian roll cage manufacturer in mind. I want one where the back seats are still useable, which is a huge compromise of course.
It really depends on the driver and how much risk they want to take but both these guys were pushing and passed me in the next corner. Our turbo 4 cylinder engine and porky cars do not match up, lol.
 

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It really depends on the driver and how much risk they want to take but both these guys were pushing and passed me in the next corner. Our turbo 4 cylinder engine and porky cars do not match up, lol.
Hardly surprising. We need to take the fight to a twisty tarmac rally road to even the odds a bit. Make them have to be even braver and take advantage of the more rally aspects of RS.
 

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FastnSLOout - Chk out BC Forged wheels. They'll make you anything custom order for $3250. I plan on 18x9 et 48 w/255's but do your own research for final numbers. Great wheel styles too.
 

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Thanks for the tip. I ended up going with Enkei RPF-1 wheels 18x9 with 255’s. Very happy with look and ride. Now if our local autocross would just start back up.....


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Too heavy, too little tire, not enough pah! However, you can make them fight for it!

I remember being at Road America stuck behind a Pontiac G8 GXP. RA is a big speed track with 3 very long straights. The G8 driver was terrible, both as a driver, and in courtesy. He'd gap me on the straights but by the very next corner under braking I'd be right back on his ass. Except he was driving so erratically I could not pass. And the sessions require a point by, but he would not point me by because he "didn't want to be slowed up" by the Focus ST.


However, I decided on a different tactic. I called up grid control since I was a staff volunteer and had them take a look at him. They black flagged him and I never saw him again.
 
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