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JelisaMack 08-14-2011 12:04 PM

Where to Start?
Noob alert...

So I just purchased a 2010 Focus SES - I'm picking it up in a couple days and want to start making small mods here and there.

When it comes to the engine I haven't got a clue. What are some things I can purchase/get installed to make the car run/perform better. Does anyone have any good links I can read to start educating myself on all things engine? (noob friendly)

If you were to list 3-5 things that you should do right away to your car what would it be? Does changing things in the engine take away from the good gas mileage of this car?

Anything at all will help, thanks in advance

Diesel 08-14-2011 02:20 PM

Start by checking this forum the search bar will get you lots.

JelisaMack 08-14-2011 02:40 PM

Thanks for the suggestion Diesel - I've been poking around the site for a few days now but it's difficult when you know nothing haha [facepalm]

Most people on here already have a fairly advanced knowledge about cars, you gotta start somewhere though right? [wrenchin]

Diesel 08-14-2011 03:00 PM

there are a bunch of threads about just this some even break it down by $$ to spend

ianmcc 08-14-2011 07:06 PM

1. CAI
2. Catback Exhaust.
3. Lowering springs/struts.
In that order.

JelisaMack 08-14-2011 10:53 PM

Noob alert:

Okay so I've been trying to read up on the whole cold air intake thing. From what I've gathered it gives you a little more power under the hood and a little better mileage, correct?

One thing I was concerned about was the fact that some people are saying you run the risk of voiding the factory warranty on the car if something happens to it and the dealership sees aftermarket parts under your hood. What's your take on this?

Also, it seems theres a bit of maintenance involved with the CAI's - being you have to clean the filters out monthly. I'm new to this whole world of aftermarket and wanted to keep things as straight forward as I could. Is there a certain type of CAI that doesn't require much upkeep?

Do CAI's make the car louder or is it just the exhaust that does that? Any idea how much installation would be on one of these bad boys, since there's no chance I can do the work myself.

ianmcc 08-15-2011 08:31 AM

The intake will make it a little louder but not much. And the warranty will not be voided by a CAI-if you are really concerned just keep the old setup and re-install when you take it in for warranty work.
I recommend FS Werks...
You can look around the For Sale section and look for a used one-remember to get one to fit the 2.0/2.3 Duratec and not the Zetec/SVT.
And really they aren't that difficult to maintain-just clean it with every oil change.
And we have a few members (myself included) in Calgary that can help with the install.

JelisaMack 08-15-2011 01:45 PM

Nice, that's fantastic information thank you [8D]

JelisaMack 08-15-2011 08:00 PM

I've been looking more into this CAI - I am convinced I need it in my life.

One concern people were talking about was it getting wet since it sits lower to the ground (?). You being from Calgary would know all about the random downpours here and the flooding that happens (at least downtown). Should I also invest in Hydro Shield? To protect from the filter getting wet/submerged during those storms.

I've been looking around to price these bad boys out but only a couple places have them and the prices are pretty well all the same. I just dropped 18k on the purchase of the vehicle and a couple extras but when I reup the bank account this will be one of the first things on my list. At that time, if you or someone is able to help with the install I'd greatly appreciate (I'd be willing to pay for the labour). If not, are there any shops in town who install aftermarket stuff that are any good?

ianmcc 08-15-2011 11:35 PM

Never seen that Hydro Shield but if it keeps the water out the price seems OK.

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