06-01-2004, 07:00 PM
First I would like to say "Hey" to everybody !! If you didn't notice I'm new here.
Just got my Focus SPI about a week ago. I have read a bunch of post and have heard a couple of mentions about "waterboys swab mod". What is it & how do I do it? I have searched the boards and may be slightly dense, but I cant find any details. Thanks for any help and for not flaming me.
I get my first mod(sort of) Thursday. Tinting all around!!!
06-01-2004, 07:51 PM
waterboy swab mod?
06-01-2004, 09:14 PM
The "Swab"(Super Waterboy Actuator Bypass)
Gotta thank H20boy for pioneering this mod. If you disconnect your IMRC motor from the intake manifold you can pick up some low end power. Here is a mini how-to he posted a while back..
"It's behind your stock airbox. Remove the airbox and a 10mm bolt on opposing corners holds the actuator on. It just slides off. Tuck it up out of the way or nytie it to the firewall, whatever. Open the butterflies (rotate the tabs toward the front of your car), and wedge them open with something. I have since changed to using an old carb spring to hold it open. Do not unplug the actuator, as you will get a CEL (or MIL) light. Drive like a bat out of hell. Enjoy. If you like the response, then e-mail me and I'll let you know what I did that's a little more permanent. " What I can add to H20boy's info is that I didn't remove my actuator, I put like five or six washers under it to space it away from the manifold enough that it doesn't touch the linkage arm anymore and still is bolted to the side of the intake.
06-01-2004, 09:23 PM
Thanks for the info. Cant wait to try it
06-01-2004, 09:40 PM
I only "invented" the mod. Thanks God I didn't name it. Someday I gotta smack Gigaherz in the back of the head for that....
04-21-2005, 12:42 PM
can somone send me a picture of exactly where there imrc is.
04-22-2005, 04:13 PM
i wish i could see a photo step by step like we all have said when it comes to ur car u dont wanna go half assed. SO i feel i need to have my face in the [:)][:)][:)][:)][:)][:)]** so to speak so i can see whats going on.
04-22-2005, 04:20 PM
Here's the How To.
Click here (http://www.teamfocus.us/swabhowto.htm)
04-22-2005, 04:32 PM
There is something wrong with that, that is not the correct pics for the instructions. The actuator is in the engine bay behind the coil pack.
Dont go by the pictures people, the instructions are basicly correct.
04-22-2005, 05:10 PM
Infact the instructions tell you to turn the valves untill they stop, THAT IS WRONG if you do that all you do is close them. You only turn the valve HALF WAY.
04-22-2005, 06:45 PM
^^^exactly..i actually "deswabed" this past weekend to determine if there's a noticeable increase in my gas mileage. so far, it does seem like i can go longer on tank of gas
04-22-2005, 10:00 PM
YUP! There's a-lot of bad info out there.
04-22-2005, 11:00 PM
ok im very confused on how to do this any pics or more detailed instructions would be awsome
04-24-2005, 02:23 PM
i'm goin to be doing the swab soon, but i too would love to see some "actual" pics of the mod and how-to
04-27-2005, 06:00 PM
I took some pics yesterday. Anyone care to host them and post them up with a how-to I'll write to go with it?
05-11-2005, 10:06 PM
This is so confusing... so does this mod actually help performance?
05-12-2005, 06:39 PM
check this out http://www.escortfocus.com/html/spi_controller1.html