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Old 08-24-2008, 05:06 PM   #1
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ZX3 to ST conversion

I have been wanting to convert my 00 zx3 into an st for awhile but what all is involved in that? as far as i know the st is the most powerful stock focus out there so i want to get the most powerful stock focus engine and build on that. but good grief where can i even get the motor and tranny for it? how much would it cost? what all besides just the motor and tranny would have to be swapped? and no a v8 conversion is out of the question. with gas prices the way they are and i gotta drive my focus every day.


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hmm since you have a zetec right now the process would be very involved. New tranny ecu, engine, motor mounts just to name a couple of things. For the price of everything involved you could do forced induction + nitrous and still have some money left for beer
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Salvage yard, car-part.com, you'll need a new ecu, custom motor mounts.
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Old 08-25-2008, 05:20 AM   #4
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well the motor mounts shouldn't be a problem. i have friends that could help in that area. but im wondering more along the lines of whether or not the ST is the most powerful focus and if there is any1 out there who has done this swap before?
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to my knowledge (which is limited) i dont think anybody had done a zetec to duratec swap there are a few people that have done stock zetec to svt zetec swap though that would probably be a better swap for you IMO since a much larger majority of the stock parts will still work.
as far as what focus is fastest? well the st will be faster off the line than an svt but the svt will win at higher speeds so which do you want to be?
and as others have mentioned for the price of the swap you could just boost the motor you have and be much much faster for cheaper
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^I think when all is said and done you would have wished you didn't spend so much! I love my ST but for the money, get the turbo on you current engine and call it a day!
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You would also need the wiring harness along with mounts, engine and tranny, and ecu
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You talking ST as is the sold in america 4 door duratec ST conversion or like ST as in the new 5cyl turbo ST from europe conversion?
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pretty sure he's talking dtec.......
if you want most bang for buck boosting your current motor is the best option because once you swap either the svt or st motor/tranny in you still dont have the interior brakes suspension wheels body kit etc so if its just power.....but if you want complete conversion its just cheaper to buy one sorry
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Just thought i'd ask cuz he did say 'ST is the most powerful' so that was just an assumption on my part
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