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Old 01-16-2016, 01:23 AM   #1
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2012 focus hatchback exhaust

Hello everyone-
I'm certain this has been brought up before, but it's late and I'm tired so I'm just going to start a new topic. I am picking up my first focus next week and I'm really excited!
If it were a perfect world, I would have gotten a new mustang GT but it's just not in the cards... Or the funds. I'd like to get as much performance out of my new car as I can.
With that being said, I really do not want a loud exhaust. I'm way more into performance than sound, and realistically, being a V8 muscle kinda guy, I'm not sure I'd be into making a 4 cylinder loud.
I plan on getting a CAI and whatever other easy mods to suck out as much power as possible. I know it's not a race car but I want to make it fun to drive.
Which exhaust system will best fit my needs? What other modifications do you recommend?

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Short of a full replacement exh. changes are more for sound than performance.

Read up on the snorkel delete/drop in filter for the cheapest functional intake improvement, it also has the rep. for the best improvement in local driving (SRI's look better, help is mainly on the hwy.)

Get a "tune" for improved engine performance & trans. performance if an automatic type. Stickies on that up top as well for a start on info..
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I like my exhaust a lot, but from a performance standpoint, it's a weak power upgrade for the money. If you're looking for more power- get a custom tune for 91, or higher, and add a header.
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if you don't want to go crazy loud then maybe look at the stealth exhaust from Fswerks. it's a 2.5in mandrel bent so you will see a power increase while not being to loud. definitely get a tune too. best mod I've done and you will notice the power increase. intake wise the drop in filter/snorkel delete will be the cheapest option. I believe the Steeda and K&N have shown the most power increase though.
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I believe the Steeda and K&N have shown the most power increase though.
Most immediately felt above 3500rpm. The AEM has similar increases but more spread out across the band ;)
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Super cheap, more sound, OEM looks, and stealthy: OEM 2nd gen MazdaSpeed3 exhaust.

Can be had for $100, $50 to install at Midas, $50 to have the rear valence cut at a body shop for a clean, custom, OEM look. 60mm or just over 2 1/4" piping: a good upgrade from the teensy stock system.

Pop off the rear lower valence, take the car with exhaust to a local shop or Midas or the like, they will need to cut the factory Focus midpipe just after the manifold, and ramp the piping up to the Mazda system's midpipe, then add one hanger to the passenger side of the axleback to work on the factory hangers. Very easy.

So easy in fact, that I'm looking at nice MS3 aftermarket exhaust now to go on my car for the future turbo installation. Just mate to the downpipe.



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Super cheap, more sound, OEM looks, and stealthy: OEM 2nd gen MazdaSpeed3 exhaust.

Can be had for $100, $50 to install at Midas, $50 to have the rear valence cut at a body shop for a clean, custom, OEM look. 60mm or just over 2 1/4" piping: a good upgrade from the teensy stock system.

Pop off the rear lower valence, take the car with exhaust to a local shop or Midas or the like, they will need to cut the factory Focus midpipe just after the manifold, and ramp the piping up to the Mazda system's midpipe, then add one hanger to the passenger side of the axleback to work on the factory hangers. Very easy.

So easy in fact, that I'm looking at nice MS3 aftermarket exhaust now to go on my car for the future turbo installation. Just mate to the downpipe.



I'm going to assume you mean $100 BEFORE the exhaust? If so, what does the stock system run? Can't seem to find a good OEM Mazda3 System page.

Looks awesome though, would like to do this to my sedan if possible. Very nice sneaky OEM look.
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Super cheap, more sound, OEM looks, and stealthy: OEM 2nd gen MazdaSpeed3 exhaust.

Can be had for $100, $50 to install at Midas, $50 to have the rear valence cut at a body shop for a clean, custom, OEM look. 60mm or just over 2 1/4" piping: a good upgrade from the teensy stock system.

Pop off the rear lower valence, take the car with exhaust to a local shop or Midas or the like, they will need to cut the factory Focus midpipe just after the manifold, and ramp the piping up to the Mazda system's midpipe, then add one hanger to the passenger side of the axleback to work on the factory hangers. Very easy.

So easy in fact, that I'm looking at nice MS3 aftermarket exhaust now to go on my car for the future turbo installation. Just mate to the downpipe.



Looks awesome!
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I'm going to assume you mean $100 BEFORE the exhaust? If so, what does the stock system run? Can't seem to find a good OEM Mazda3 System page.

Looks awesome though, would like to do this to my sedan if possible. Very nice sneaky OEM look.
$100 for the midpipe and axleback, used takeoff from a MazdaSpeed3 owner that upgraded. They are on Craigslist in most cities quite often or just google or peruse the MS3 forums and see if one's available. Posting a WTB on them is not a bad idea.

Then probably $100 total to have it installed and rear apron trimmed to fit by their respective shops. $200 to get rid of the donkeydick turndown that the factory put on and have a nice clean OEM dual setup that will last forever is well worth it, IMO!
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$100 for the midpipe and axleback, used takeoff from a MazdaSpeed3 owner that upgraded. They are on Craigslist in most cities quite often or just google or peruse the MS3 forums and see if one's available. Posting a WTB on them is not a bad idea.

Then probably $100 total to have it installed and rear apron trimmed to fit by their respective shops. $200 to get rid of the donkeydick turndown that the factory put on and have a nice clean OEM dual setup that will last forever is well worth it, IMO!
Ahhh, I see, well looks awesome dude. Love the slick OEM look on it, do you have any sound clips? I'd love to hear it.
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