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Old 03-02-2012, 04:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ford focus hatchback

hi everyone, I am new here posted a few times already, but thought I would introduce myself and my car. I have a 2007 Ford focus zx 5. its an automatic because my wife will not drive manual shift. I'be been lurking for a while, and recently put in a grill block. I think it looks great. it is made from Orange coroplast on my black car, looks gorgeous. I am getting a bit better than EPA even with my winter tires on right now. I have a plan to make wheel skirts. I want to use adhesive vinyl on top or coroplast to make it look like you can still see the wheel skylight they are covered. I am looking for more great ideas and some tips and can't wait to get started. The biggest problem I am having right now is trying to p &g on my very hilly commute to work. I don't think it is a good strategy for my terrain.

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Old 03-02-2012, 04:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i dont know that the focus wheel wells lend themselves to being skirted, i look forward to your results and pics!
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site.

P&G works GREAT on hills. Pulse up, glide down.

Just be careful not to pulse too hard with the automatic transmission. I'd try to keep that torque converter locked up if at all possible.
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome! The greatest challenges are overcome by the greatest!

Keep working at it, and never give up!
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Old 03-04-2012, 04:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Welcome! The greatest challenges are overcome by the greatest!

Keep working at it, and never give up!
thanks, I got my best mpg on my last tank. 7.07 litres per 100 km, down from my average of 7.5 . I am getting the hang of it!
here is my focus and the full grill block. I originally had both upper and lower in orange but I covered the lower with black vinyl

let me know if you can see the photo. it is linked from Facebook.

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Old 03-04-2012, 04:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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that DOES look nice!
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First: ScangaugeII
http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...eii-23306.html

Second: Grille Block
http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...e-10912-2.html

Third: Full underbelly pan
http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...q45-11402.html

Fourth: rear skirts and 30.4mpg on trip!
http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...tml#post247938
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have two pop bottles emptying to make transparent covers for the fog lights on the bumper . it is really hard to stop once y ou get going,the mods I mean, not the car!

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Old 03-04-2012, 05:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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and just to say a bit about me. I am Canadian living in Nova Scotia, I commute 100km to work 5 days a week, I live in a small apartment with my wife and two Boston terriers on the southern shore of the bay of Fundy!
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Hi redorchestra - glad you're having fun.

The grille block looks good. How are you monitoring engine temperatures?

I haven't visited the Fundy side of NS, but have spent lots of time on the south shore and sailed through the Strait of Canso a few times & poked around Cape Breton a bit. Lots of friends in NS - it's my second home!

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