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Old 11-22-2010, 04:06 PM   #1
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Commuter Car - Performance upgrade worth it?

2008 Ford Focus SES Automatic 4-door owner here.

I own an '06 F-150 and just finished adding magnaflow exhaust, K&N Air intake, a throttle body spacer, electric fans, and a diablo-predator custom tune to it. That is pretty much the extent of my performance knowledge.

My commuter car (the Focus), I was wondering if a Steeda or K&N air intake was worth the trouble and a custom tune on it. My round trip commute for work is 144 miles. I only drive it about 10 days a month, but the car is mostly used for highway miles. I'd say the split of highway and city miles is about 85/15. I probably won't mess with the exhaust as the drone on such a long trip to work would become annoying after awhile. What other options do I have besides the exhaust for performance upgrades on my Focus?

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I would say yes as a good tune and an intake can get you better mpg.
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Well, The intake and tune would make it more enjoyable to get on the interstate and the tune would improve overall funess. But If you get the mods for MPGs that would be a waste. It would take you a very long time to recoup the money you save in gas, even if you drive long distances. I would probably aim to make the car look better instead of focusing on performance.
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Well, The intake and tune would make it more enjoyable to get on the interstate and the tune would improve overall funess. But If you get the mods for MPGs that would be a waste. It would take you a very long time to recoup the money you save in gas, even if you drive long distances. I would probably aim to make the car look better instead of focusing on performance.
I'm not really concerned at all about MPG increase as this would be more about power when passing cars on the single lane road I commute on. This is more about wondering if I'll really tell that much of a difference in power increase with a custom tune and CAI enhancement without an exhaust kit.
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The intake adds just as much "drone" as the exhaust, but it also adds a ton of power for passing.
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Posted via FF MobilePersonally, my upgrade to used SVT wheels with good tires & the SVT (or equivalent for yours, see FRP kit)springs & shocks made the car MUCH more enjoyable to drive. I look forward to driving it every bit as much as I look forward to a nice Bike ride if that gives you a clue.... So anything that makes it more fun, instead of just a cheap way to get to work, gets my vote as a recommended upgrade to the "commuter car".
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The intake adds just as much "drone" as the exhaust, but it also adds a ton of power for passing.
If this is the case, then what is the best CAI out there? K&N? Steeda? Another manufacturer?

How bad is the "drone"?
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If this is the case, then what is the best CAI out there? K&N? Steeda? Another manufacturer?

How bad is the "drone"?
For my car, the Cosworth is the best but it is discontinued so now I think the FSWerks ($200) or K&N ($330) are the front runners.

The "drone" is equvelent to putting on a new exhaust IMO. It's louder than stock when you drive normally but when you stomp on the gas it's considerably louder. I like it but it makes conversation with passengers a little more difficult and the radio is set a bit higher than before.
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Also, for $12, get the Autolite 103 plugs...they help smooth out the power and supposedly add 5hp. Plus they take about 15 minutes to install. I noticed a slight difference when I installed mine.
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FSWerks is the only true CAI, so if you're not worried about standing water, get it. IMO, the next best would be Airaid. I've read more issues with K&N vs. Airaid for our rides. You can get Airaid for < $250 shipped from Autoanything (search for coupon codes). Roush = Airaid, so that says something as well...
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