Thursday, July 19, 2018

Dynamat the hatch and swapping subs in the FoST

In the process of continual tweaking on our vehicles, I figured it was time to tackle the audio in the Focus ST.  Not that it's horrible, but OEM can ALWAYS be improved by changing up components...

The first step was to help remove some of the 'noise' from the hatch area - getting some Dynamat and Noico was my first step in the process (and relatively simple to be honest)

The first part was to disassemble the hatch to get to the metal

Pulling out the carpet and spare tire is relatively simple... 

You have to disconnect the subwoofer as well - a simple unclip and 3 nuts to loosen the cabinet

There are 2 bolts on the bottomYou'll notice the 3rd bolt is a bit hidden, so check below...

Here's a good view of the whole area covered with some Dynamat, and the Noico - both are relatively the same, and really help knock down the noise/sound from vibrations, etc...

Next I had to remove the old Sony Subwoofer - dang, it looks puny next to the Kicker sub!


The trim ring (.5" deep) is important because the Kicker Sub is a little deeper than the Sony Sub...
I used some sealant between the spacer and the cabinet.

Next I had to add some of the sound deadener to seal off the hole behind the old Sony Subwoofer, and stuffed some PolyFil into the cabinet.


You can see how I wired the subwoofer in series, this allows the amp to run 300W @ 1Ohm and this subwoofer is built to accept this!

You can see the result of the config here... next I will post when it's hooked up!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Focus ST T-Shirts n-stuff

I've started designing some shirts and stuff for the ST crew - simple design, based on the newer body style '15-up What do you think?

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Michelin Pilot Sport 4S are Installed

Finally got the appointment to have the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires installed - a little wider than stock by 10mm, and 1/2 aspect ratio smaller (40 vs 45) - which doesn't affect the speedometer, etc...

The techs at America's Tire loved the ST and said I would absolutely love the Sport 4S tires - they're super high rated, and knowingly so since they're the successor to the insanely popular Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires...

OEM size of the Goodyear Eagle F1s are 235/45R18 which are a bargain compared to the Michelin rubber, to be honest, less than 1/2 the price!!

 Just check the specs!   👀

We will see about how long these tires last :)  LOL

I'm sure they'll take a few miles to break in as the outer skin wears through - but I'm very impressed with the noise on the road and they feel VERY plush for an aspect ratio of 40!

Even though pricey - I give them 👍👍

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Ordered a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S - install pending

Our ST has chewed up the OEM tires, took only 23k miles... but what do you expect from a little rocket that you throw around corners.  I'm surprised they lasted this long!  😆

I've had the Michelin Pilot Super Sport (PSS) on my AMG E55 and even on our 2011 Mazda MX-5 - the handling and grip is amazing!  So I looked for those as a replacement - and found them for $149/ea at America's Tire - alas they're an older set of PSS that they're discounting due to age, and they're being phased out...

So we ordered a new set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S which is the successor to the ever popular PSS.

We had to go up 10mm in width to fit the Focus @ 245/40R18 (OEM is 235/40R18)
Install is pending this week... feedback to come!

Ford Sync 3 version 3.0 18025 is out!

It's official now, if you waited for the Ford update - it's now available at

What most Apple CarPlay folks are waiting for is the integration of Waze
Also, if you're pre-2017 you'll need the USB upgrade in the center console to work with the Apple CarPlay or Android Auto features for ~ $60 and it's a simple update!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

*UNOFFICIAL* SYNC 3 Version 3 update BUILD 17276 is OUT

If you liked my last thread on Ford SYNC 3 Version 3.0 - this is even better!  A new build!

Mirror: Here

Non-Nav Version 
Mirror: Here 

(Follow official pdf instructions below) Installation instructions: 
1. Download. 
2. Unzip onto desktop. 
3. Grab a USB Flash Drive, 32GB minimum

4. Format the drive to exFAT.

5. Put the extracted files inside the flash drive. 
6. Turn car on. Turn bluetooth off, just in case(optional). Or master reset before beginning.
7. It might take 5 mins for Updating System Software message to pop up, then 19 mins to install from there on

Depending on the Ford model, it might reboot automatically after installation is complete, if navigation maps don't come back don't worry turn off/on the car again.


**CAUTION:There are FOUR versions to this update, MY 16 Nav/Non-Nav, and MY 17 Nav/Non-Nav, a single file will not work for both years! Even if they appear identical, use the one for your model year! You risk damaging APIM and/or Gracenotes and possibly other things**


Mirror links:North America: (Follow pdf attachments at the bottom for instructions)
Official link to MY 16 w/Nav: HereOfficial link to MY 17 w/Nav: Here

USB Step 1 PDF
USB Step 2 PDF
USB Step 3 PDF

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

USB Upgrade to SYNC3 Version 3.0

Well, if you're like me - you love the Ford Sync 3 interface - while it's not perfect, it's pretty darned good!  Carplay is a nice update but if you've updated to IOS 11 - you'll notice some weird things going on - but guess what!? If you don't want to wait for the WiFi update - you can install SYNC 3 Version 3.0 using a USB drive!

There are new features for CarPlay with 
  1. New Nav Icon. 
  2. Fixed keyboard
  3. added symbol $
  4. MUCH faster interface smoother, snappier
  5. Support for new apps

**disclaimer - do this at your own risk! not my fault if it goes belly up!**

Installation instructions: 1. Download. 2. Unzip. 3. Grab a USB Flash Drive, 4GB is fine. 4. Format the drive to either exFAT or FAT32. 5. Put the extracted files inside the flash drive. 6. Turn car on. 7. Plug in car and enjoy!!

***** Note that depending on your USB device it might take up to 10 minutes for the stereo to show "Updating System"... *****

The USB in the car is NOT USB 3 therefore read speed is limited, so if you don't see anything, DO NOT unplug - just wait.... 

There are two versions to update your particular SYNC 3 system


found this over at