Huh, I just realized I haven't updated this thread in months! A lot has happened in that time. The story of our FiST's accident ended well into September '14, after hideous delays in getting a strut for my car. Yes, two months' worth of waiting, to the day. The eventual toll was to the tune of about $4700 in damage (!), no doubt doing a huge dent to my potential resale value. Still livid about that.
On the upside, once we got the car back, I finished getting my car custom tuned by Randy Robles from Mountune, USA. You can read about how that went here
. That thread goes into my experience getting a custom tune, as well as a review of the end-result.
I did some cosmetic changes to my FiST. I made sure the body shop did not
install a plate bracket on the front, so I have a nice, smooth front fascia; no holes. Behind the grille, I installed my set of Hella Supertone dual, high output horns....
You'll also spy (in these shots of a very dirty car!) my DMB Graphics UK sparkle gray met/black Ford gel overlays. I also scored a set of Ford ST Octane Academy ST badges from a friend who got them from yet another friend who didn't want them. They had a black ST too, and liked the red. I like the dark look. So, a quick trade was made.
I also got new vanity plates while the car was in the shop. You can see it along with the fiesta pride I'm repping (as well as my local group decal, which I designed):
Nothing ridiculous, just tweaking the looks. I've not really had much disposable cash to drop on my FiST lately, so aside from the ECU stuff, I've had to keep it to a dull roar. I did however pick up a set of lightly used Firestone Winterforce-2s (185/65/15) on Ford OEM black steelies for the winter... #BecauseNewEngland
And mounted them right away.
They rub just a bit over really, really hard bumps. But no problems otherwise. As you can see, the salt is in full effect here, though rest easy it's getting washed weekly, including the underbody.
I also picked up some tires and wheels for next season while the getting was good, Sparco Assetto Gara wheels in 15x6.5 (13.8lbs!) wrapped in sticky Dunlop Direzza ZIIs in 205/50/15. Seriously big-looking 205s if you ask me...
Got them off of a local forum member. (Thanks, Keith!). Hopefully they'll be laying down my new-found torque at the local autoX next year, time/money/etc permitting.