Rob's 2012 Fusion Sport Build Thread

My build thread begins on my 2012 Fusion Sport (FWD). I bought my Red Candy Tinted Sport on January 25th, 2012 with less than 400 miles on it after my 1997 Nissan Maxima SE died with 248K miles on it (RIP!).

The first mods I installed shortly after bringing my Sport home were:

  • K&N drop-in air filter (part # 33-2395)
  • WeatherTech All-Weather black floor mats for the front
  • WeatherTech black DigitalFit Rear FloorLiner in the rear
  • WeatherTech Cargo Liner
  • Ford Racing Brushed Stainless Steel License Plate Frame (rear)
Then in May 2012, I took my Sport over to Z-Tech Automotive ( in Naperville, IL, I had 30% 3M™ FX HP Automotive Window Tint installed on all windows along with 20% at the top of the windshield. Here are some before and after pics:

The following weekend after the tint was done, I installed the following:

  • WeatherTech Window Deflectors
  • Steeda Cold Air Intake
  • Steeda Throttle Body Spacer
  • Steeda Engine Tune - 87 and 93 octane tunes - I started with 87 before switching to 93 octane.

That was all my budget could allow for in 2012, with the exception of the XXR 527's (18x8.75+35mm offset) and the Eibach Pro-Kit lowering springs I purchased from a fellow Fusion Sport owner. We met in South Bend, IN, at the Tire Rack to make the exchange.

Then in July 2013, the following mods were installed at my friend's shop:

  • Mazdaspeed 6 big brake kit (Centric calipers and slotted/drilled rotors, Hawk performance brake pads, and Ate Super
  • Blue Dot 4 racing brake fluid - I plan on upgrading the brake lines later on)
  • Eibach Pro-Kit lowering springs
  • Bilstein heavy duty shocks
  • Steeda street rear sway bar with bushing upgrade
  • Steeda rear endlinks
  • Steeda rear motor mount
  • Borla cat-back exhaust system
Prior to to all this work I painted the Centric calipers red using paint from G2 USA (, added the HD lip and the Steeda strut tower brace. My Sport handles like a dream and sounds awesome with the Borla exhaust! Here are some of the install pics:

And here's the post-install pics (Note that the springs haven't settled yet):

I had a local body shop color-match my Steeda Strut Tower Brace:

Then got some new shoes - XXR 527's 18x8.75+35mm offset wrapped with Bridgstone Potenza RE760 Sport tires (245/40R18):

Here are some exhaust videos that I posted to YouTube:
Then in November, I went into "winter mode" by swapping my XXR wheels/tires for the OEM Sport wheels/tires. I also added H&R 25mm Trak spacers/adapters to give the OEM wheels some poke (sorry that my car's dirty LOL):

That's all for now. Some more to come in Spring 2014!

Thank you for viewing!


What an amazing transformation. Subscribed for any future updates.
Storm357 - thank you! Where in IL are you located?
Only 2 years old and she turned 50,000 miles tonight!

Minor update:

Steeda Hood Struts - I had them color-matched:

Stubby Antenna:

More to come this weekend! Thanks for viewing!
New to this site I was wondering what's the best site to purchase upgrades I have an 07 fusion
You're welcome! Be sure to start a mod/build thread.
I'm always late to the party! Just scored a 2012 SEL with a 3.0 V6.. This Sport is a beauty! Very inspirational! Awesome work!
Congrats on the new ride Pat! Sorry for the late response and thank you for the compliment! I greatly appreciate it!

If you need any assistance/information on modding, feel free to ask.
Congrats on the new ride Pat! Sorry for the late response and thank you for the compliment! I greatly appreciate it!

If you need any assistance/information on modding, feel free to ask.
No worries.. Your car is amazing. Such clean work; to quote another post. Nice nice nice!

It was a sad day on June 9th, 2016, when I was involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, my 2012 Sport was totaled out due to the extent of the damage and cost to repair it. You may have seen my post on the Facebook Fusion groups. Was able to walk away with only minor injuries. The safety features did an awesome job - Built Ford Tough!! Since I'm a moderator on this forum, I've decided to stay and support the community.

Here's the video and pics:

At the scene:

Pictures taken the next day at the yard:

This is the license plate and bracket from the other car:

The offending Honda Accord:

I no longer have the car so there's nothing for sale or to part out.

And here's the replacement - a brand new 2015 Ford F150 XLT 4x4 Supercrew equipped with the 5.0L Coyote V8!



Nice replacement but that really does suck about the Fusion.