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Old 08-15-2009, 05:37 AM   #1
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Exclamation Just got a focus zx3 and dont know what to do????

i just got a 2000 focus zx3 zetec engine dohc automatic i dont know where to start i want to swap the tranny for manuel i dont know can it be done and what about tuning up the car i got a k&n air filter for the stock air intake and thats all i done so far

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Old 08-15-2009, 05:53 AM   #2
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Just why did you buy an automatic if you wanted a manual? The swap is possible, but expensive, and not at all easy. The cost-effective thing.....sell your car and buy a stick-shift.

Other mods.....this site is filled with all sorts of ways to gain HP. Most are rather expensive however. The other thing to consider...is your engine in good enough shape to handle engine mods?

Doing expensive mods to an almost ten-year-old car......think twice. My 2c.
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Old 08-15-2009, 05:58 AM   #3
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but see i got the car 4 a good price $1000 the car has only 80,000 miles on it and i topped the car out at mph stock with only a K&n filter i think it can handle mods no prob.

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Old 08-15-2009, 06:11 AM   #4
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seriously 135 ... how? mines stuck at 108 and it cuts out ... and its an automatic too ... ok im just gonna give you a heads up on the trans ... if you drive it hard and pin the gas at the shift points ... u will tear up the automatic clutch and say bye bye to your trans ... it starts to feel like its hangin to shift and slippin ... these cars are fun and sporty ... theres alot of appearance you can do but thats all over here ... on that old of a car i wouldnt push that motors limits any time in its near future unless its totally rebuilt and can handle it ... theres some cool free and cheap mods in the how to ... just look for what appeals to you

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Old 08-15-2009, 06:38 AM   #5
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First off, welcome to FF. Sounds like you got a great deal on your FoFo. Post some pics for us! Sounds like you should've held off and waited for a manual to come along, because a tranny swap, as bluefront said, will be costly, and hardly worth it for how old your car is already. But anyway... I wouldn't do TOO much in the way of mods... As blue said, can the engine take it? Just consider these things. And again, post some pics! I love seeing old hatches...
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Old 08-15-2009, 07:28 AM   #6
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how did you hit 135 the cars ecu is set to 110 top speed so cant happen and welcome you could always make a show car or rolling boom box but if you want a manual once again as all have said sell it u should be able 2 get ur money out of it hope it goes well
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The stock limiter on the Focus from 2000-2004 was set at 109 except for the SVT. Only way to disable that is to have a tune for it to disable the limiter.
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but see i got the car 4 a good price $1000 the car has only 80,000 miles on it and i topped the car out at mph stock with only a K&n filter i think it can handle mods no prob.


I'll call BS on that, there is no chance in hell you got a STOCK focus engine to those tripple digit speeds with only a K&N. Besides as stated above unless you have a tune or a chip the computer will pull the gas at 110.
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Old 08-15-2009, 10:46 AM   #10
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Oh yeah, and I also call BS on the top-speed you claim you got...
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