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My new ST! Oxford White 2015 content

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST' started by kevinatfms, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. kevinatfms

    kevinatfms Ex-Ford/Kia/Hyundai Tech Premium Member Established Member

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    Been driving the ST daily since my truck is once again broken. Chevrolet cannot figure it out and at this point has me looking for another truck. Due to the chip shortage, the crazy used prices and lack of available on lot trucks im stuck until i get my Colorado back.

    But this time period(nearly 3 weeks without my Colorado) has me reflecting back on the ST as a whole.

    Its still just as fun and playful as the day i bought it. Nothing has been lost over the time and miles(some very hard miles). It still has that playful feel yet easily slots into a daily routine when needed. A simple car with just the right amount of tech to assist you in the daily tasks running to and from work. Gas mileage is still 30+ even after the constant beatings on track. The suspension, while taut, still offers a compliant enough ride for day to day use. It has plenty of space for the items i lug to work every day along with my sons' car seat. Its dead reliable with basic gas, oil and tires along the way(6 sets of wheels...i may have a problem).

    So, 6 years and 60,000ish miles later its still number 1 of all the cars ive ever owned. Its a shame Ford saw fit to get rid of the ST cars here in the United States. They are exactly what the enthusiast is about.

    Car is due for some new suspension items - tie rods, front control arms, wheel bearings and finally some HSD MonoPro coilovers with 6k front spring/5k rear spring. The final piece to this round will be the brand new set of 15x8 Dekagrams and 225/45R15 Hankook RS4's. They get mounted and balanced at the end of the week. Ill post up some photos once they are bolted on the car.
     
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    PhoenixM3 Hello Kitty Slayer Premium Member Established Member

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    I daily mine and still love it. On your recommendation, I purchased shifter bushings, but haven’t installed them yet. This is my third ST (first 2 totaled) and I have a big turbo and a new spare long block in case I window the stock engine. I really want an LSD, but haven’t got around to thinking about it. Agreed, that this little car is one of Ford’s best.
     
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    kevinatfms Ex-Ford/Kia/Hyundai Tech Premium Member Established Member

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    LSD is the best mod for the car to date. Nothing else comes close to being the most effective way to put power down. It should have been at least an option from the factory let alone a standard feature for a car like this. I did the Mfactory and have been beating on it quite alot without a single issue. Its quiet, effective and lifetime warranty in case anything goes wrong.

    It also saves the brakes on track by pushing the torque vectoring threshold farther back. I didnt have an issue with torque vectoring intrusion until just recently on the wider 215 Azenis. Now im wondering my next step once the 225's go on and probably make it worse. It just heats the brakes up trying to help rotate the car and nothing we can do to turn it off.
     
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    76IHscoutII Wut Apex!?! Established Member

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    Did you pay to get it installed? If so, what’s the approximate cost?

    It was never on my radar since I thought install costs were a lot
     
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    kevinatfms Ex-Ford/Kia/Hyundai Tech Premium Member Established Member

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    I did. PTuning in Manassas Va did it for right under $600. I also had them replace the clutch at the same time with a new OEM clutch, dual mass flywheel and pressure plate for an extra $100.

    Worth every penny. Car picked up traction everywhere. Reduced the mid corner understeer and pushed the torque vectoring threshold back which helps keep the brakes alive at the track.


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    PhoenixM3 Hello Kitty Slayer Premium Member Established Member

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    Yep. My next mod. Appreciate the insight on the LSD. There are some folks on the Fiesta ST website that seem to think a limited slip won’t improve traction......they’re dumb.
     
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    76IHscoutII Wut Apex!?! Established Member

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    Is there a local place you trust to get it done at?
     
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    PhoenixM3 Hello Kitty Slayer Premium Member Established Member

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    Not sure. I haven’t done much research. I’m still enjoying 29lbs of boost with the S280....
     
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    Ok, I installed the shifter bushings first and noticed a little change. It seems to take a little more effort, but it “gates” better. This morning I swapped the cable bracket bushings which is about an hour job. Between the two upgrades, the shifter is more like a bolt action rifle, perhaps on par with a shifter in a Miata.
     
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    kevinatfms Ex-Ford/Kia/Hyundai Tech Premium Member Established Member

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    Beyond dumb. There is a reason why it was standard on the Mk8 ST's and nearly every single performance FWD car ever built.

    Exactly how i felt. Just slots into place where needed without any fuss.
     
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    kevinatfms Ex-Ford/Kia/Hyundai Tech Premium Member Established Member

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    Mountune has an good deal on the CSF radiator for $475 shipped. So plopped the money down now since its about the cheapest its going to ever be.
     
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    kevinatfms Ex-Ford/Kia/Hyundai Tech Premium Member Established Member

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    Threw the 15x8/225 combo onto the car. Bonkers how wide they are even compared to the 16x8/215 setup. Drove around 50 miles and you can feel the difference in turn in but the grip is unreal.

    The black also works with the car a bit better than the bronze.
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