Thanks for the info.
Since having a manual is the main feature I want, that's mainly why that SES I liked caught my attention. Kinda bumming me out not being able to find a used 3rd gen sedan SE w/ a five speed. :/
Nice to know there's a decent aftermarket, wheels and suspension will probably be my main focus at first, dunno if I'd escalate past doing a CAI and catback exhaust for engine mods. I'm not all gungho like I was when I was younger for going fast.
Just hunting down a Focus, don't mind me.