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I was on Fordparts.com and found weatherstripping hood front part# 16B990 its listed for$31.90 though about checking it out.
 

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since I work at a body shop there's plenty of old weatherstripping that lies around, so I'm sure if you go to one of the shops in your area they will probably give you an old scrap piece as well. The adhesive can be bought at any auto parts retailer
 

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looks good
 

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After picking up the part yesterday I looked at the mounting and it doesn't line up with the holes on the hood. Here it is installed on a standard Focus. 2.jpg No holes on the ST to mount it.
 

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The gap is there for a reason. People stop complaining. It's how the car was designed. You don't see it on the non ST focus since they have a different front end.

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Jon, will that one work at all if you modify it?
You could cut the tabs off the back and glue it to the plastic on the bottom. In the similar location of the picture.

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The gap is there for a reason. People stop complaining. It's how the car was designed. You don't see it on the non ST focus since they have a different front end.

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My issue is that the car sucks in dirty, salty water from the road and lightly sprays it across the engine bay. It isn't a flood by any means, but I don't like it and am not convinced that the gap is needed for engine cooling or other purpose.

 

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How much did you lower your hood? I have mine low enough and it stops getting road spray inside.

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The hood latch is not adjustable since it's bolted to the plastic rad support so I took it off and elongated the latch holes about an 1/8 of an inch made a pretty good difference in the gap.
 

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All I've done is lower the rubber stoppers as far as they'd go. I haven't tried modifying the latch assembly. I can live with this but I don't have to be thrilled about it. I definitely won't put in an aftermarket intake like I put in my last car. The only option would be something that retains the factory airbox for me as I would not trust an aftermarket intake with an open design to stay dry. I'm staying stock for the foreseeable future anyway. Maybe the RS will have a better seal.
 

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All I've done is lower the rubber stoppers as far as they'd go. I haven't tried modifying the latch assembly. I can live with this but I don't have to be thrilled about it. I definitely won't put in an aftermarket intake like I put in my last car. The only option would be something that retains the factory airbox for me as I would not trust an aftermarket intake with an open design to stay dry. I'm staying stock for the foreseeable future anyway. Maybe the RS will have a better seal.

I just put on the FSWerks OEM green filter kit that keeps the air box for that reason.
 
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