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Old 10-15-2007, 09:36 AM   #1
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Winter is coming, and I need some "expert" opinions

Hey guys.
This is my very first post- but a necessary one.
I did do a "search" and couldnt find anything on point.

Here's the deal.
Bought a 2000 Ford Focus ZX3. The car went through a personally done SVT conversion. From what I could tell most of it went pretty well.

Well I got excited and bought the car without thinking most of it through.
I planned on removing the lower trim and replacing the rims and tires to get it ready for the winter- this is Michigan winter, in Detroit. Salt will be a factor.

Someone took a look at it and said- "Son, you have these steel headers, these things are going to rust right through, before the end of winter". I must admit never aware and never thought to ask if the headers were made of mild steel.

So here I am:
1) Do I really need to worry about the headers rusting through or is the guy just exaggerating. I have 4 opinions, and the vote is cast 2-2.

2) If I need to worry about my headers rusting through before the end of winter, is there anything I can do to prevent it.
I have heard of High Temperature Paints, but then I heard none of them really work.

Where am I at, and what can I do.
I should note,
putting the car up for the winter is not a real feasible option.
The same goes for buying a new vehicle.

Any helpful advice would be appreciated.


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Old 10-15-2007, 10:01 AM   #2
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I can't help you but it is always nice to see local people around here . *free bump*
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You can wrap the headers to make them last a year or two longer, I'll get you a link. Detroit winters are rough on cars no matter what, and I would say change the headers as soon as possible. If thats not an option the link has several others. Good luck. And um.... on a side note could you go to 10 mile and Orchard lake and buy me about 100 Greene's hamburgers? They will pack them up for shipping and everything, and I would gladly pay a small fortune for them!! Seriously the best burger I ever ate, I used to work there as a kid.

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yes id wrp them for this winter and then when spring hits i'd look into buying a ceramic coated svt header. then find a bosal flex and get that coated as well. to top it of a random technology high flow cat (i think they are creamic coated, not sure though ) that will end your worries of rusting through. now what are you gonna do about tires??
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Burgers

1) I was thinking about that header wrap, but some circles say they wont do much.

2) Replacing the header might be an option- how much would it cost for a mechanic to do it?

3) Your absolutely right about those Greene Hamburgers,
I used to work at the best buy on Orchard Lake and 13 mile.
Me and the security guy went down there for lunch one day; took a hour long one for no good reason, and he introduced me to the closest thing possible to actual heaven.

4) Called Belle Tires said they could get me new rims and tires for 520.
I might keep looking around a bit before purchasing those, I know this mechanic who can get a pretty good deal on tires and rims.
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2) Replacing the header might be an option- how much would it cost for a mechanic to do it?
I think my friend paid like $200 or something ridiculous on his car to have a header installed. But how hard can it be to swap out a header on a 4 cylinder. Unlike my duratec, your header is in front of the engine bay as opposed to the backasswards rear placement in my engine.

As for rims, just get a set of 16 inch rims. You can even buy non SVT rims and put on some good all season tires on them. If you did the SVT break swap, you basically can't go smaller then 16's
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true, i'd look into a the above ceramic coated for 2 reasons

1. they stay cleaner longer, and they are corossion resistant

2. they help keep heat down in the engine bay by trapping it in the pipe where it belongs

as for the replacing of hte header it's actually really easy, especially if you have all the parts beforehand. beside there is a certain amount of pride that goes along wiht a diy job
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Riather than doing all of this, ever consider of buyin a beater?
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I should note,
putting the car up for the winter is not a real feasible option.
The same goes for buying a new vehicle.
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Riather than doing all of this, ever consider of buyin a beater?
he said its not an option. when you said it had an SVT conversion, you mean the block and everything? because if so it should have the SVT header (i'd hope) and it should hold up pretty well, but wrapping the header is always a good option......sorry i cant be more helpful
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I've been running the OEM Ford steelies, with the Yokahama snow tire for the last two winters. Never got stuck and do real good on ice. I drive between Westland and Mt. Clemens every work week. I know they are not very eye appealing, but when your car is covered with salt all the time, no one cares about what kind of wheels are on your ride. Welcome aboard. This is a great forum.
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