: To turbo...or not to turbo??
x FoCuSfReAk x
09-19-2009, 02:22 AM
Just curious. Who thinks that the amount of money you would have to spend on a turbo setup for the focus would be worth the horsepower you gain from it. I'm trying to decide if I will ever turbo the fofo but i'm really skeptical that the amount of money spent on the kit isn't worth the amount of power you get from it. Opinions anyone?
09-19-2009, 07:45 AM
More Pull and Power Deff worth it
09-19-2009, 08:59 AM
if your looking to go 10 secs in the quarter mile, get another car. If you want a great handling, quick sprinting, rice eater then go with the turbo focus :-D
09-19-2009, 10:54 AM
Should this be something to consider?? TURBO THAT THING!! Im going to turbo my 09 in a few years.
09-19-2009, 11:44 AM
Unfortunately it's not as easy as replacing spark plugs......you'll have troubles from start to finish. That is if you ever get finished. Basically, from a cost effective stand-point, if you want to go faster, trade the Focus for a faster car.
If you have enough money to afford two cars.......make your Focus into a hobby car. Buy that turbo kit. It'll be a learning experience for sure. Maybe not what you wanted to learn, however.
09-19-2009, 11:52 AM
ha I started a thread w/ this exact title a while back. ended up doing it. to me, totally worth it. its a lot of money to spend all at once (unless you diy, but still a lot of money) the best part is being able to say you have a turbo'd focus (not an everyday car) and ofcourse its plenty of fun driving down the road listening to your turbo music lol
09-19-2009, 12:09 PM
Do it do it do it. You wont regret it.
09-19-2009, 12:38 PM
its easy to gain another 100-140 whp safely. after that, ur talkin big bucks and traction issues!
x FoCuSfReAk x
09-19-2009, 01:14 PM
I've been thinking of doing something like what Bluefront said. Except buy a project car and work on that overa long stretch of time. I mean the 270 or so hp the FSWerks Stage 2 kit says it puts out on the 2.0 Dura is nice and all but to get that I would be spending almost 4k to do it. That's a lot of money to pay at once. I do want the learning experience from turboing a car but I worry about the reliability issues since it would be my DD. I'm so torn! I want higher hp but that's a lot of cash to get there. I worry that doing a DIY kit requires more knowledge than I have at the moment.
09-19-2009, 01:28 PM
If you keep doing the proper research for turbo set ups for the duratec; the install of a DIY kit should not be a problem. Tuning the car will take a expert for sure.
I've decided to undertake the DIY yourself turbo project for my car. I have all the parts I need but I have to find time when I can go without a car for at least a good 4 or 5 days (custom intercooler piping). I also have a base turbo tune so I can at least drive the car to the McNews to be properly tuned.
I've learned a lot about turbos, proper set up, pros, cons, etc in the past year ive been researching them. I love my focus and don't care if its the fastest car on the road or not. I've got the pride of doing all the work on it myself :-D
09-19-2009, 03:43 PM
4000 for 150 horsepower is a little less than .04 horse per $. Other than nitrous you're not going to get much better bang for buck. If you figure a namebrand CAI like K & N is usually about $250, and being VERY generous you'd see 5 horse thatd be .02 hp/$
09-19-2009, 03:45 PM
and what kind of project car are you talking? If you want a straight line car you could pick up a foxbody stang or something for a few grand but then you also have to figure in everything you will be fixing and modding, insurance and all the other costs associated with another vehicle.
09-19-2009, 04:00 PM
you'll end up spending more money doing a project than getting boost. First you have to find the car, buy the car, then get parts to fix it up, the get the parts to make it fast etc etc. I say boost that fofo and have fun. I plan on doing the same AND a project car. either an eclipse or 240...
x FoCuSfReAk x
09-19-2009, 06:28 PM
Well I am looking into possibly getting a 240sx for the project car. I realize that I will spend more money on the project car than the focus but the difference is that money is paid out over time instead of dumping 4k at once. Plus I'm not losing the ability to drive my focus for a few days at a time. Keeping a dd is a must. I may eventually do both a project car and boost the fofo. Not sure yet which will come first. I want to do some research on a DIY setup for the Duratec still.
09-19-2009, 06:53 PM
09-19-2009, 07:05 PM
You would not believe how often I debate this myself. Even after having a turbo Focus for four years now, I still question whether to pump more money into it or just buy a new car that's made for speed. But at the end of the day, it turns out to be cheaper to put a large chunk of cash into the Focus than buy a car that I would want.
Of course, even with the mediocre power my Focus is producing now (never dyno'd, but should be around 160-170whp or so), I would definitely say it was worth it! [thumb] It's not enough power to impress too many people, but it's enough to have fun to/from work/school.
09-19-2009, 07:14 PM
170whp? At least run 10psi so you're faster than a bolt-on SVT [thumb]
x FoCuSfReAk x
09-19-2009, 08:14 PM
Thanks for all the opinions guys. I still need to do some research on a DIY setup. Does anyone know of any good sources?
09-19-2009, 11:58 PM
deff worth it. you wont believe the diff. focus are slow as hell with out one, if you own a focus you need a turbo IMO
x FoCuSfReAk x
09-20-2009, 02:58 AM
After starting this thread I think I am leaning more towards doing it. Which I guess that was the point. I may look into the F2 kit once they get done testing it with the new turbos. Or I may look into a DIY.
09-26-2009, 08:37 PM
Turbo that son of a gun!