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Old 01-27-2009, 10:40 PM   #1
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Just Bought a '07 ZX3 Focus - Need Help

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As the title states, I just got my 2007 ZX3 the other day. I bought this car with the intention of doing upgrades and such. I live in Southern California and I loooooove the canyon drives and I love them even more with a car that can handle the twists and turns. I'm somewhat new to doing mods on a car as my last car was an Infiniti I30 and wasn't able to do much with it but I know a little about cars because it is in a mans blood, lol. I was wondering if anyone can give me some tips or point me in the right direction (web sites). I want to see what I can do to the engine, exhaust, and maybe some light body work, nothing crazy. Any advice would be great as I haven't been able to find much.

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Well if you wanna do Canyon Runs..U would deffinatly have to Upgarde your entire Suspension NOT too Crazy...but at least get Sway Bars, Lowering Springs/Coil-overs, Struts....Good Brakes too!

MOST important GOOD tires!!!
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Well since you're in southern cal, you shouldn't be too far from focussport down in Anahiem. www.focussport.com

I also have a 07 ZX3 and you can see everything thats down in the signature block. I've also put in the exedy stage 2 clutch. The FS stage 2 turbo kit is very nicely matched to the duratec.

Suspension wise, the H&R lowering springs and koni shocks and struts are good upgrades. As well as the tower strut bars.

He's definitely making a good point about tires. I suggest the new tire from Bridgstone, the RE760 sports. They have a hard wall and a semi-slick outer tread for better cornering and stability, while not sacrificing tread life.
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Thanks for your advice guys. I've been looking around for sway bars, suspension, and CAI. Any suggestions on what brands to get?

Smithboy - I PMed you right before I posted this, asking for advice lol. I was wondering what tires to get, thanks for helping make up my mind. I'm going to pick up the RE760 sports and a set of rims first. I just have to decide what rims I want though. I'm way too picky.

Oh, my ZX3 is automatic :| I wanted a stick but this car was at such a good price I couldn't turn it down.
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ah, gotcha! Yeah, sorry for assuming it was a standard. I got your PM while I was typing that reply, lol.

Mind I recommend to try autox. It will incredibly increase your daily driving skills and help you find out the true limitations of your car, in which case you can get a feel for how it handles and begin to mod depending on what you like and dislike.
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Thanks for your advice guys. I've been looking around for sway bars, suspension, and CAI. Any suggestions on what brands to get?

Smithboy - I PMed you right before I posted this, asking for advice lol. I was wondering what tires to get, thanks for helping make up my mind. I'm going to pick up the RE760 sports and a set of rims first. I just have to decide what rims I want though. I'm way too picky.

Oh, my ZX3 is automatic :| I wanted a stick but this car was at such a good price I couldn't turn it down.
For Suspension, I personally love my Saleen Kit, which is pretty much the same as the Roush Kit but good luck finding one of them as they are discontinued. But they also give you sways as well. If you want a real nice suspension for canyon runs, go with the H&R Coilover Kit, I think it runs about $1K but well worth it IMO.

As for the CAI, I love the Cosworth, but once again, good luck finding one as they are discontinued, K&N and FocusSport both make a good CAI though.
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Thanks guys, very helpful! I'm lookin for more handling mods than speed. Smithboy suggested www.focussport.com and I think I'm going to get the H&R Sport suspension (and sway bars too) from there. Once I become a rich, college kid in the future I'll get the H&R coil over kit.

Also, does anyone know where to get head & tail lights? And door handles, lol. idk why, but I can't stand the ones that are on there.
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Yeah, I've never liked the factory head and tail lights. I'm going to black out my tail lights and for my head lights, I bought a set of eagle eyes off ebay for a good price.

Here's a pic before and after:



Please ignore the fake hood scoop. That was a halloween prank.
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oooo...that looks sick! I thought about getting the DIY tinted tail lights kit but I saw some ricer yesterday with them and it looked like sh!t. Granted his car looked bad to begin with and he probably didn't do it right haha.

lol to the fake hood scoop. I didn't see your note at first and I was wondering why in the hell would you have a fake scoop on your car. lol



P.S. Turtle wax SUCKS on black paint. I only used a little bit on a small spot on my car to see how it would look after a couple of days and the only spot that's dirty on my car is where I put that wax.
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