: Bought my 1st SVT
10-12-2005, 07:48 PM
Well I couldn't afford a mustang GT (or a cobra for that matter), so I found a 2002 Red SVT focus for sale. It has 23000 miles on it and completely stock. I looking forward to driving and spending my hard earn money on it. I will get pictures on soon. This is pretty cool website, probably spend more time on this website than I should be.
10-12-2005, 07:50 PM
I'm sure you'll fall in love with the car as we all (on this site) have...
10-12-2005, 07:54 PM
Very cool!!!. You will learn to love the car better then the stang believe me. Welcome to the site!!!
10-12-2005, 07:58 PM
Thanks guys.....Yeah I had 2000 GT and it was sweet off the line. Driving the Focus just from the dealership.... I can already tell the differences. It may not be as quick but it sure does stick to the road. The interior is a hell a lot better.
What should be the first mod??
10-12-2005, 08:06 PM
Yep I had a Stang too as well as many other Focus owners here. I used to own my focus as well but I have moved on but i still miss it sometimes[:)] . The Focus just felt so much more fun to drive then the stang. I would like to tell you which mod to get first but I never was lucky enough to have an SVT so it is different a little bit more. I will let one of the SVT veterans tell you!!
congrats on ur SVTF purchase!!! welcome to FF.........
BTW, this is better off in the SVT Owners Lounge, since we're not talking Performance here...
And, we want pics!
10-12-2005, 08:40 PM
we could be talking performance since he asked what the first mod should be. i recomend the Xcalbrator2 of coarse, Steeda STS, and an AEM Cold air intake. You really don't need to concern yourself over the exhaust but if you are going to get that done i would talk to Wayne (Hypillauto) and check out his forum. you're sure to get similar responses on this matter.
10-12-2005, 08:41 PM
RIght on, how much did you end up picking it up for?
10-12-2005, 08:45 PM
I'd say the first mod that has power and sound appeal is the R/T Hi-flow cat. Followed closely by a Cold Air Kit (AEM is good, but there are others out there too)
Have fun with it. I think if you are a fan of driving(beyond just in a straight line), you'll enjoy it better than a mustang GT.
Congratulations. I don't think you'll regret it either. I drove a 95' T-Bird, and the only thing I miss is climate control. Other than that, I've never thought about it since. The Focus is just a great car for carving the corners.
Anyway, your first mod. I guess it depends on what you want. I personally don't care about power as much, so I'm looking into upgrading the shifter and its feel - Ford Racing/Steeda STS, and the VF Engineering Rear Engine Mount. Anyway, you'll see a usual list of mods that most people have started with as you browse this sight, and it should give you a good idea as to where you want to start after driving her for a little bit.
By the way, you might check out some of the TSBs on the SVT Focus so you can get those out of the way before your warranty runs out (if it hasn't already).
10-12-2005, 09:01 PM
congrats on the new car, i would suggest a STS as a good first mod, also consider a tune
10-12-2005, 09:29 PM
Dam lively forum, almost instant.
INFARED: I picked it up for 11300 with 23000 miles on it. So not bad but I am sure I will get screwed some how cause I bought it from the dealership. I really hate those sneaky bastards. I know I am 24 years old but there is no reason they think they can't dick me around. anyways I thought I got a fair deal.
But I will get some pics in here soon.
Only mods I have thought of doing is change the 5 spoke to the euro wheels, and some exhaust mods (don't know which brand yet). But the more research I do I am sure I will something to spend my money.
You can save some cash, and nix the exhaust.[;)]
We've already got a great system on the car.
Unless you really hate the way it sounds, you won't gain much at all by swapping exhausts.
Check out some of the exhaust posts in the SVT Performance Chat.
I'm sure there's enough to keep you busy for weeks.
10-12-2005, 09:44 PM
Congrats. I am keeping my car stock until I can use more of what it has to offer autocrossing. This is a personal fetish...
The SVT team came up with a comprehensive balanced package. Consider your mods carefully.
Try autocrossing!!! Your car will love you for it.
10-12-2005, 09:54 PM
congrats on your new purchase [thumb] and welcome to the forum.............my first mods would be an aftermarket tune, and a short shifter with a rear engine mount..............
10-12-2005, 10:26 PM
I know I can research it...but whats a rear engine mount and its purpose
10-12-2005, 10:34 PM
Congrats on the new SVTF and welcome to the forums. [:D] [welcome]
10-12-2005, 10:36 PM
The rear engine mount keeps the engine and tranny from moving so much when you shift. Result is a more firm feel. Someone correct me on that if I'm wrong because I haven't actually installed mine yet.
10-13-2005, 09:31 AM
You should drive your SVTF a bit before modding it. Get a feel for what the car can do from the factory. As others on here have said, choose your mods wisely because the SVT crew did a very good job on this car. Some mods can actually hurt performance, and many more have no performance gains at all. Your driving habits will let you know where you want improvement.
That said, if you are still hell bent on spending money on the car, start with a tune from one of the known tuners that visit the boards. Good luck
10-13-2005, 10:09 AM
As for mods, start with
That will make more difference than anything short of super or turbocharging. The stock Contis are junk. (Get Falken Azenis RT-615s)
Other than that, start with the tune.
More than anything else though, start racing! And by that I mean get out to a local SCCA event and try autocrossing. You'll never have more fun with your car, and you will be astounded with just how good your new car is... See below for the link.
10-13-2005, 02:02 PM
i would definately listen to these guys. tires are a great mod for any car, especially one that's main strength is handling, such as our little go-getters. depending on how much you have to spend, also consider some lightweight rims while you're at it.
as for exhaust, like they said, the only (legal) way you're gonna make power by changing anything down there, is by switching to the random technologies hi flow cat (about $360-380).
opens up the top end and i'm sure it'll change the sound a little.
depending on how much $$$$ you've got left, i'd go with a tune if you're running out. i think you can get the xcal1 from wayne for 325 if you don't wanna be fancy, or you can get the xcal2 for ($?) a little more with more options. then theres the infamous turbo tom, who deals with the diablo predator, and that and a custom tune will run you 515. both good guys and great at their jobs.
if you've still got money laying around, you can send it to me, or you can start dealing with the intake ($150 short ram-$250 cold air), throttle body($250), underdrive pulleys($130).... how much money did you say you had to spend?
if you're gonna do it all, get all the bolt ons, then get the tune. these are just the power adding (or technically, unLEASHING) mods, if your going from stang to svt 6 speed, the shifter will be fine at first. hope i covered enough to help a bit.
enjoy beating on your new car, as we all do from time to time, and welcome to the club man!!!
10-13-2005, 04:15 PM
Thank you guys....
well i was doing a walk around the car and noticed that the header had a big dent in it. so i told those bastards at the dealer that they have to replace that for free .
I would like to tint the windows first and than maybe some rims but not sure which set yet.
i appreciate all the advice
10-13-2005, 04:33 PM
enjoy the new car....svtf's are fun....good luck
10-14-2005, 10:48 PM
Listen to the Auto-X recommendations, I went out in my SVTF for the first time this year and it was a blast.
10-14-2005, 10:50 PM
Welcome to the owners club man, you will grow to love this spicy little car! [thumb]