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

Friday, August 25, 2017

Focus STaRS american flag vinyl - looks great!

I saw the Focus STaRS (get it?) American Flag Quarter Window Decals and thought, dang that would look awesome on the ST!  I was right! 👍👍

They are a larger sheet so you'll have to lay it out on the glass, trim the edges, then place the vinyl and trim as needed - took me about 5 minutes per side... very nice quality and subtle patriotism!

Goes great with the Magnetic Metallic paint!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Boomba Oil Catch can - doing it's job!

I installed the Boomba Oil Catch Can a few months back... 

7,000 miles later - see what's in the catch can?  ICK!

Boomba short shifter installed!

Finally after about 6 months I got some time today to install the Boomba short Shifter with Shift Plate

I'll be honest, it took me about 5 hours to install everything...

Position        % of OEM Reduction
 Adapter plate
1 80%   20%
2 70%   30%
Shift lever
 1 90%        10%
 2 80%   20%
 3 70%   30%
1 & 1 72%   28%
 1 & 2 64%   36%
 1 & 3 56%   44%
 2 & 1 63%   37%
 2 & 2 56%   44%
 2 & 3 49%   51%

I went moderate - which is PLENTY at 36% reduction in shorter shifts, it feels amazing!  The bushings make the shifter feel like it's a slotted shift-gate, seriously amazing feel - no wobble, just BAM into gear... LOVE IT!

Here are some pics of the install :)

 The dash and shifter tunnel all torn apart - EEK!
Aluminum bushings installed on the shifter too!  All finished!  Nice lower stance, and the shifts go CLICK-SNICK!  :)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

No more drone - Ford Racing Catback!

A few months back, I bought the Cobb 3" catback because it was beautifully handcrafted, great design, and backed by a fantastic name in 4-cyl turbo tuners.  While it all went in great - my ageing ears were struggling with the drone that a 3" catback gives on a 4-cylinder turbo car... just too much for my taste, although it did sound fantastic!

Next up - is Ford Racing 2.5" catback that is actually built by Borla and stamped with Ford all over it... not quite as shiny as the Cobb, but the size difference removes all the drone!

Now, mind you it's not cheap - heck nothing is cheap anymore!  But the quality of this catback is great, everything bolted in quickly and efficiently.

The catback uses clamps to seal the tubing together and it fit snugly together - not unexpected for Borla who makes great quality products!

The Ford Racing design also includes a front resonator to cut back on drone and give a mellow, sporty sound.  The standard Borla part doesn't have the extra resonator and will be louder by design.

The exhaust tips - what everyone sees after you pass them - are a cool fluted design, and while they 'look' slick - we shall see how easy they are to clean...

Driving impression:  The exhaust note is louder than OEM which is great - even initial startup sounds good.  Compared to the Cobb, it's MUCH quieter.  The turbo spool and BOV sounds are more pronounced as well.  Absolutely NO drone when you're in 6th gear and going uphill around 2,500 RPM - this is where the Cobb would remind you that it was there...

Even though it's pricey - this catback gets two 👍👍

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Let there be light! (in my hatch)

Some of the simplest (dumbest) things that we take for granted is lighting, sure everyone thinks of headlights - but what about the interior?  You know, you just got back from the store and you pop the trunk/hatch and you can barely see...

A simple, inexpensive mod is to upgrade to lights with brighter lumens and longer life - so you do this ONCE, not many times...

Diode Dynamics has a great reputation, we love their driving lights Mountune MP275 FMIC Installed so I opted for some 194 HP5 Cool White LEDs from DD.

Super simple install, I'll let the pics do the talking...

OEM 194 bulbs (incandescent) about 4300K  - under cover (normal) on left and exposed right

NEW HP5 LED installed (exposed) these are 6000K

this is the HP5 installed behind the lens

left is OEM incandescent - right is the HP5 LED

and the final result with both HP5 installed!

as you can see - it's a much brighter, whiter light and visibility is increased at probably 1/4 of the power draw and should last the lifetime of the vehicle!  

Definitely Two-Thumbs Up!