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Old 11-15-2008, 07:27 PM   #1
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svt pistons and rods in stock block

i've been slowly building up parts for a turbo install next spring/summer right now i've got the 2k intake manifold, bbk throttle body, rs exhaust manifold and down pipe, cxracing FMIC and an xcal2. the last really big thing i need to purchase is the turbo, but what i'm trying to decide is wether i want to run low boost like 8-10 psi on stock internals or if i want to go with a built bottom end and run something like 12-15 psi. this is my daily driver and i'm still in college so this wont be a 350hp 25psi monster just something more fun than stock
the biggest contributing factor to this is cost.
it would be much cheaper for me to buy a smaller turbo and run low boost than it would for me to build the bottom end and buy a big turbo. however over the last couple weeks of researching built blocks for the focus i've discovered that some people are using oem svt pistons and rods as a in between build for something thats more boost than stock internals but not anything ridiculous like the guys running 350+ hp are doing.
could anybody give me more info on running stock svt stuff?
so far i know that:
svt rods/pistons are the same as stock compression
svt rods/pistons would be much cheaper than eagle, probe etc

what i'd like to know:
is it going to be cheaper to get svt rods/pistons installed vs something else? i.e. less work less machining etc?
is there anything else i should consider buying as far as internal parts go besides rods/pistons?

like i said this would be for more of a 250-300hp daily driver it doesnt have to hold 50psi

thanks for taking the time to read all this and help me out!


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Old 11-15-2008, 07:42 PM   #2
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I wouldnt waste the time of money to install the SVT parts the SVT pistons are made of the same thing that the ZX3 is cast but the rods are better , install eagle rods and forged pistons

If your just going to run less then 15psi then the stock engine will run 12psi safely for a very long long time

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Old 11-15-2008, 07:56 PM   #3
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alrighty so for 12psi (roughly 230-240hp) i should be fine with stock internals?
then anything higher i should do forged parts correct?
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Correct.

If you need SVT Parts i have SVT Pistons/Rods should you change your mind.
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what if i run svt rods and forged pistons? would that be a viable solution or will i be better off spending a couple hundred more on eagle rods?
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No Aftermarket Pistons fit Stock Rods for any Focus.

Your either All Stock, or All Not
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Just get a safe tune for 12psi on your stock block and save up for built internals
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Just get a safe tune for 12psi on your stock block and save up for built internals
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If you have the engine apart it will be cheaper in the long run to put in the good stuff. This is one of those areas where you may save a little money now but will spend twice as much later redoing it! From experience do it right the first time!
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will regular zetc pistons fit the svt rods?
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