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    Default Focus RS Conversion Discussion

    Lately a couple different vendors have been selling OEM RS Body parts at really good prices, so I have to ask the question.

    Can anybody who has done it chime in or does anyone think they know how much it would cost to update the exterior (only) with OEM RS parts.

    OEM RS front bumper
    OEM RS FRONT QUARTER PANELS
    OEM RS REAR QUARTER PANELS
    OEM RS rear bumper

    Due to the larger wheel wells I would need wider wheels.
    Anything I'm missing that is vital?

    I need to know if this conversion is worth the money or not.

    (note: did use the search button, sorry if this has been asked before.)

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Cost of Focus RS Conversion?

    Probably the biggest cost is the paint and the body work required to fit all the parts, especially the rear quarter panels since they are welded to the car.
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    Default Re: Cost of Focus RS Conversion?

    I was going to do it but then I totalled my ZX3.
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    Default Re: Cost of Focus RS Conversion?

    Without a doubt the most difficult and expensive part of the conversion is going to come in the rear quarter panels. The F2 RS kit was nice since it merely added fender flares to the existing quarters that were held in place with rivets. However in order to install the OEM pieces, you'll need to pull the glass, remove the welds on the existing panels, and weld the new ones in place. On top of all of that, expect probably $2K - $3K in paint alone for the entire car, not to mention the prep work, body work on said quarters, etc.

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    Default Re: Cost of Focus RS Conversion?

    Quote Originally Posted by wesidede8
    I was going to do it but then I totalled my ZX3.
    Damn that sucks man.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2focusd
    expect probably $2K - $3K in paint alone for the entire car
    Okay. I LOVE the look for the '04 Focus RS but it's def. not worth that much. Rather build up the engine so I can run more boost.

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    Default Re: Cost of Focus RS Conversion?

    While getting a quote for my front bumper cover I asked about the rear quarter panels as those would be the biggest cost/labor portion of the conversion. They estimated it might take 20 hours per side. At $48/hr plus paint they said it could run $1500-2000 per side by the time it's finished. I'm going to get another estimate but I'd expect it to be pretty high. My own guestimate is that a full conversion if you already had all the parts would run in the range of $5-6k at a good body shop for install and paint.

    One of the biggest problem I have is that I'm very picky about body work and there's very few places I'd trust to do something as involved as quart panel swaps. They have to remove glass and trim, drill out the factory spot welds and then replace the panel, weld it, seal everything and I'd want it to look exactly like stock. Then make sure you couldn't tell it had been painted.

    Once the body and paint work is done you'd have other expenses as well if you started with the FRPP pieces. Side marker lamps, grill inserts and corner/fog lamps, side sill panels, aftermarket wheels and so on. I'd really like to do it but I'm thinking $9-10k total, out the door wouldn't be unreasonable when all is said and done.
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    Default Re: Cost of Focus RS Conversion?

    Your biggest worry is a few years down the road if you get in an accident, how do you go about replacing the parts? You really have to commit to this.
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    Default Re: Cost of Focus RS Conversion?

    ^exactly....u wouldn't be able to, because in 2yrs there will be near NO new replacement parts. There barely are now.

    u would have to just go custom
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    Default Re: Cost of Focus RS Conversion?

    Or try to import parts from Europe if the FRPP supply dries up (which is likely once the current pieces are clearanced out), but if you have regular full coverage insurance on the car they would most likely write it off as a regular Focus. If anyone does the conversion you would definitely want to find a stated value policy so you're covered financially but even then getting it fixed may or may not be feasible.
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    Default Re: Cost of Focus RS Conversion?

    Quote Originally Posted by blackbird
    Or try to import parts from Europe if the FRPP supply dries up (which is likely once the current pieces are clearanced out), but if you have regular full coverage insurance on the car they would most likely write it off as a regular Focus. If anyone does the conversion you would definitely want to find a stated value policy so you're covered financially but even then getting it fixed may or may not be feasible.

    thing is, everything hasnt been made for a while, FRPP has extremely low supply is any (website is misleading) there is a company in the states that has some also but very limited (why so cheap)

    ...and finding parts overseas is just a huge headache, especially considering u'll do it once for the conversion then other times if u are in a accident....being so rare now, u can almost guarrantee any of it will not be around in the near future. Then adding insurance headaches into the view, ur looking for hell.

    if u are serious, the ONLY smart way of doing things is buying two of everything now, period.
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    Default Re: Cost of Focus RS Conversion?

    True. If you did get into an accident it would be a nightmare to get the replacement parts.. I would LOVE to do the conversion but there are so many cons and so few pros, it's really not worth it.

    Now I know why few have done it.

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    Default Re: Cost of Focus RS Conversion?

    an RS conversion would cost from start to finish over 10 grand

    from finding the sheet metal, to shipping to cutting and welding the RS rear quarter sheet metal, to paint etc

    spoken from someone who owned a RS Replica and spoken from someone who knows the guy who did all the work and the costs
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    i still will sell my kidney to buy ur car^
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    well its owned by someone near your neck of the woods
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    Default Re: Cost of Focus RS Conversion?

    don't tempt cruzin4l to do a drive-by hold up.

    cruzin4l: THIS IS A HOLD UP!!!
    replica owner: wait...what???
    cruzin4l: here take my kidney...i'll take your car!!!
    replica owner: wat? no wai!!!!
    *cruzin4l drives away with car*
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