Motegi MR116s, Pirelli P Zeros, and a Harbor Freight Drill Bit

I've always run all-season tires, since I never really cared about getting peak performance, and the cars I've owned have generally been AWD and low torque, so they performed well enough during the winter. That wasn't the case with my current tires, though. »

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Paint, Stripes, and Dyno Tuning

I got the Focus ST paint fixed, striped added, installed a PCV oil catch can, and got a dyno tune from BrenTuning. »

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A Wedding And Detailing My Car

Katie and I wrapped up the second weekend in a row where we attended a wedding. The wedding was fantastic! Luckily, last weekend we were in Somerville for the wedding, and this weekend we were in Boston at The Liberty Hotel. If you don't know, the Liberty is actually built on the site of a former Boston jail that housed famous inmates like Sacco and Venzetti and Malcolm X. Despite its rather sordid past, it's now a really pretty and interesting building, and the wedding was a great time. The wedding didn't start until 5:30 PM, though, so I »

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Ford Is Murdering My Car

Yesterday, Ford announced that they're killing all of their small cars in North America, to consolidate their lineup around trucks, SUVs, and crossovers. What do I mean by small cars? I mean the Fiesta, Fusion, C-Max, Taurus, and of course, my car, the Focus. RIP 2013-2018 Now, of course, they're not murdering my specific car, since I own it, and I would fight them to the death. But, they won't be selling any Focus STs in North America in the near future. This sucks. For this beautiful 5 year period, Ford sold all of their good cars, aka their " »

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It Is Spring, Time For New Spark Plugs

My basement is slowly getting transformed into an auto parts store, so yesterday when we had a nice 55 degree day, I decided to do the first Focus ST project of the year, swapping out my spark plugs. »

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It's Not Warm Yet And It's Garbage

It's the last Sunday in February, and fitting for this garbage month, the weather outside is trash. Cold, rainy, and trash. This is the time of year I seriously consider moving somewhere else, where it's warm-ish all year round, and everyone doesn't hate each other. OH WELL. On Thursday it'll be March, and we can all get our hopes up for that month to be warm, but because we live here, it won't be. I really wish we hadn't had that one 72 degree day a week ago, because it really just put into perspective how much I want to »

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Installed My Cold Air Intake

I'm continuing to make my way through the Make My Car A Race Car plan, and until today I had: Upgraded the brakes Installed a great big intercooler Installed a stiffer rear motor mount (courtesy of Jake, who was nice enough to replace my cracked charge pipe while I was in Europe, and also install the mount so it wouldn't crack again) The next step was to install my cold air intake. Why a cold air intake? Well, because I can't really tune the thing with the stock intake, and that's the goal. This is the last real "performance& »

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A Big, Shiny New Intercooler

All of my new parts came 2 weeks early (thanks Cobb!), so I decided that this weekend I'd get to installing them. I ended up ordering a Bigger intercooler Cold air intake Rear motor mount Cat-back exhaust The first three are performance modifications. The stock Focus ST is pretty great, but it runs a little hot, and if you were to try and tune it (which, I am, with a Cobb Accessport), you need to upgrade some of the components to let in more air, and cooler air. This is where the intercooler and the cold air intake come in. »

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Hell Yes I Did Those Brakes

After being delayed by having to replace all of the lug nuts, I started the job on Saturday morning. I decided to start with the rear brakes, for two reasons: they're less important on my front-wheel drive car, and they were in worse shape. After getting the thing up on the jack stands, I removed both rear tires, and disassembled one brake. Turns out this is more or less straightforward, though I took a long time because I was both trying to internalize what I was doing, and trying not to break anything. Only took me like an hour and »

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So I Actually Did Work On My Car Today

So, as I wrote about a few months ago, I traded my old car for a 2013 Ford Focus ST. Partially this was because I wanted to learn to drive stick (which turns out, is awesome), but it was also because I wanted to teach myself how to fix cars. I'm pretty OK at fixing stuff in general, but my car fixing experiences have so far been limited to: Changing my oil Replacing windshield wipers Putting on a spare tire Installing a new radio Changing a battery Changing an air filter Some of you are probably like "hey that's »

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