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View Poll Results: Should I supercharge my SVT Focus with 67,000 miles on the ODO?
Yes, supercharge it and make it into a beast 14 77.78%
No, sell the car and get yourself something new 0 0%
No, keep the car and drive it the way it is 4 22.22%
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Old 05-06-2008, 11:30 AM   #1
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To supercharge, or not to supercharge. that is the question

In lue of my relatively unsuccessful attempt to sell my car here:2004 Silver SVT Focus , I've given a lot of thinking into just keeping it. It is financially stupid to sell the car for as much less than I owe that i would take a hit just to get it off my hands, particularly since it runs so well and it's such a cool car. So my question for the community is, should I Jackson Racing (BBK) supercharge my SVT? And where can I find this kit since it's been discontinued? I'm assuming some stores still carry it. Ford Racing Performance Parts has this one:
http://www.fordracingparts.com/parts...tKeyField=8902

but I don't know if it is the right kit for the SVTF. By the way, my car currently has 67,000 miles, but it is completely sound in terms of reliability and thus far, longevity. I figure it will go 200,000 miles NA, but could I expect to see this kind of life if I supercharge the car? I drive pretty easy on her.

Financially speaking, I could refinance for XX months at a LOWER interest rate than I have now, and perhaps have an even lower monthly payment than I do now. The only detrimental thing about doing this is that I would begin accruing interest at a faster rate all over again (since the first year is the real killer in terms of interest). I would owe 14,500 for ~ 6 more years instead of 11,500 for 4.5 more years. I bank online, so if I start making more money I will obviously pay this down much more quickly. I would be installing the kit in my garage with the help of friends.

Another option is to sell my car, take the "hit", and buy a different car--probably a honda accord 6MT or an acura CL type-S 6MT. To do this, though, I will take a 2200 dollar hit, and then have to finance a ~15000 dollar car, which after tax and license and the "hit" I take, will probably be more like an 18000 dollar car, which will raise my monthly payment significantly. I do really like these two choices though, they're luxurious, easy on the eyes, fast, and reliable. They won't handle quite like the SVTF though.

My final option is to leave my car the way it is, drive it, continue paying for it (I still have at least 4.5 years worth of payments), and enjoy it until i finish college in December, and am able to hopefully find a solid job with a solid income and sell the SVTF without worrying so much about the hit, for a ~25,000 dollar car. A word of note: I REALLY like the SVTF a lot, and honestly the only things that drives me insane about the car are its inherent lack of midrange torque which has been slightly remedied by the tune & the RT high-flow catalytic converter and the fact that it has no armrest.

So what do you all think? Thanks!!!


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I didn't bother reading you entire post, but you've got a great car that has lots of bolt-on power adder potential.

If you plan on going with a super charger, from what I've seen the procharger kit makes great bolt-on power with the SVT's. that's the route I'd go.
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that link is NOT an SVTF JRSC, just a zetec....won't work...


PWSC...$3,199 SHIPPED with a free boost gauge...COMPLETE kit


www.massivespeedsystem.com

call and ask about it......they have a few left (NO LONGER being prodoced, but repair parts are available). A JRSC is about $2,800 new, (IF you can find one new) and non-intercooled. Might as well spend a lil more and get a better kit. If you are hell-bend on a JRSC, look on the buy-sell-trade forum and try and snatch one up.

PROcharger is around $3,500 NEW and isn't complete............


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Hey haveblue thanks a million for the link! That's pretty solid!

How will Ford handle the PWSC in regards to warranty issues and such? It's my understanding that since the JRSC was built in collaboration with Ford, they will only void your warranty if you have an issue that is related to the supercharger. Would the same rules apply to a SC froma different company?

Also, I need this car for a long time, so how is the PWSC in terms of longevity?
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After speaking with Ford I'm able to answer my own question: They will honor the warranty the same way as they would the JRSC. I spoke with Massive about the supercharger kit and got some sound advice. Unfortunately, I spoke with Mission federal credit union who told me that the only way I'de be able to do this would be through special purpose loan. The minimum payment would be 100 bucks per month. On top of a raping credit card bill and my monthly payment of 250 on my focus, I'm just not sure I can afford this much overhead as a college student. If my monthly payment for the SC were, say, $50 bucks, it would much much MUCH more do-able. hmmm.
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the SC will viod the warranty, but it DOES come with it's own 1 year warranty against defects if you stay on the stock tune. SO you should be okay there.


I don't even think FOrd will warranty the JRSC....I am not sure on that though...

The SC itself should be good for 100,000mi or more
It was designed originally by a sister company to Cosworth.....Powerworks, Now owned my Mahle Powetrain. It is all CNC'd and beautifully designed.

It's all in one, complete....ready to go.

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OK...in that case....


#1. RULE for BOOST:

-Don't make monthly payments on boost!!!!! Pay for it outright, with money you HAVE.....

SAVE for boost........
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i would go for it!!!
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haveblue...this "saving" that you talk about...how does one do this?

I tend to agree with you about not paying monthly for boost...but if I save 3200 dollars i'm afraid i'll not want to spend it....and save it for a house or next semester when I can't work. I need to break into the PDR field.
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i always said sometime in college i would supercharge the fofo....never happened lol. got me through under warranty, has another year of warranty left. Now, its a matter of will i need a rebuild on the engine :-/
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