: New 03 Focus SVT owner
02-25-2007, 12:50 PM
Well, I picked it up yesterday -- 37k miles and this things is a cherry -- like brand new. I looked under it and it looked like it'd never even seen rain.
Anyhow, I am ready to personalize it just a bit. It has a factory updated Ford tune '04, but I was wondering whether it'd be better to get Tom's Tune. I was also considering just a K&N drop in and an ORP. If you have any ideas on the best place to get an ORP then let me know.
The things I add to it should get me better gas mileage and better performance. If it doesn't improve my mpg then I am not really interested.
Otherwise the handling, braking and stereo is just fine for me. It just seems like it should get better mpg (25 hwy). I didn't actually measure mpg myself yet, but I pulled the info from the web.
Any other ideas?
02-25-2007, 01:01 PM
Welcome. The tune will get you better gas mileage, and so will the K&N. I also noticed better mileage by using Royal Purple and a Purilator oil filter. Better plugs and wires always help too.
02-25-2007, 01:14 PM
ha highway miles on a stock svt, well i had an intake and tune, but i pulled off 30+mpg on all highway, and city is like 25-29 with basic mods for me at least. but i went fi and lost some mpg cause i can't keep my dang foot off that pedal.
K&N is good go for it, but yeah do the Tune.
02-25-2007, 01:32 PM
How much does it cost to tune a 05 ZX3? I don't know what an ORP is though. I forgot all these darn abbreviations. It's been 6 years since I modified any cars!
edit: welcome to FF btw! XD
02-25-2007, 01:36 PM
Okay so this is what I am looking at now:
1 Tom's Tune
3 K&N drop in filter
4 Royal Purple and Purolator filter
5 Taylor wires/ Motorcraft copper plugs gapped to 0.060
...anything else. Keep in mind I am looking for MPG!
02-25-2007, 01:43 PM
You can start quite a debate on the ORP. Some people are responsible enough to frown upon it.
I have just the K&N drop in, STS and the rear mount. I feel those are the necessities. I had a tune from the "other guy" and it was a pretty bad experience, so I have since stuck with the factory. STS and rear mount are a must though, in my mind.
I usually get around 25 running mostly highway, but it's usually pretty high on the tach. The car handles so well at high speed.
STS, tune (Id go with Tom), and rear mount will really change your driving experience for the better. VF Engineering makes a very nice rear mount, as does CFM. Id also recommend a nice synthetic oil change (RP is damn nice) and some RP synchromax in the tranny. A drop in filter is the easiest way to upgrade the intake. These are just a few of the things that you basically NEED to do to get this car right. Things that you wonder why ford didnt include in the first place.
Also, check the usual suspects when you get a chance: DSI clip is intact, wire harness coming from the alternator is in good shape, No oil sitting in the valve cover.
02-25-2007, 03:20 PM
i would recommend a aem cai just because it makes the svt sound beautiful- seriously it is nearly orgasmic- also a lil better mid-range power- also i would recommend a cfm adj sts, rp in oil and tranny, hfc so you can pass inspections and not as loud as orp, toms tune, copper plugs, new wires, cfm rear mount, and you should be sittin pretty
02-25-2007, 08:03 PM
DO NOT get the ORP. I had one and I like the CFM HFC better actually. I hated the ORP. Also if you see rain don't get the AEM CAI either. I had to pick my g-ma up from the airport today and the streets where shit and flooding. I had to make sure I watch where I was goin every second and I had to go slow as shit through the water. people were almost backin into me left and right. plus I hit a pothole and it was huge. You can't tell if there is a pothole under muddy water.
02-26-2007, 12:32 PM
ive had no problems with my aem cai - i go thru water all the time- it would have to be water deeper than your foglights to submerge the intake and ingest water- i doubt that will ever happen unless you are totally careless
02-26-2007, 03:53 PM
The ORP stands for Off Road Pipe, and HFC stands for High Flow Catalytic Convertor. We got the K & N Short Ram (alias S.R.I.) but the drop in will be nice and easy. We love the Short Ram and no water issues like the Cold Air Intake (alias C.A.I.) but you can do that when you get an extra $150. Congrats on the SVTF. My son LOVES his!
02-26-2007, 09:38 PM
congrats on finding one with no rust also. the other issue with mine is it's horribly rusted underneath. it's bad lol.
02-26-2007, 11:42 PM
its not stainless?
02-27-2007, 03:59 AM
I say do the tune, intake, and personally, I put a borla exhaust. Free up some Throttle response, and get a little deeper sound. Tom's tune is amazing, I've run it for over 6 months now with no trouble at all.
by the way. . . . . .[welcome]