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Old 08-04-2009, 12:11 AM   #1
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To turbo or not to turbo?

Ok guys, i know all about the turbos and pros and cons on them and have done my research.... but i have a weird question for u guys... i Currently have a 2003 ZX3 Dura. 2.3 and want to turbo it to gain the most HP i can i already have a F2 CAI and a 2.5 MBRP system hooked up... So why not turbo it to pull everything together? Well here is my on hold up on it. My Car is an auto, so would it even be worth it to turbo it because i wouldnt be getting the most out of it. Or should i save the cash and wait to get a new motor and trans and then still have to turbo it later? Or skip the turbo and go for NOS? Im really confused on what would be the best bet for my car, i dont want to drop money into it when i wont get the full benefits from the turbo.

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First off this would be better in the Force Induction Forums. Second, Being that you have auto doesn't really make it that much worse than a 5-speed. Unless you are pushing over 250-300WHP then I wouldn't worry about it. A proper tune and knowledge are the two biggest pieces that will set you up for success. I run a 2.3L Home made turbo kit. I have been fighting some ECU bugs for a little bit... nothing serious... just need a tuner who knows what the hell he is doing... Anyway back on track.

Your Auto 2.3L D-tec will handle it just fine. Everyone will agree that a built engine is always best but we can get away with around 250WHP just fine with a proper tune. Many people here have an FS or F2 kit. Look around the search function a bit and see what you like.

O yea... there is a company that makes an aftermaket auto trans for higher HP foci's. I am sure if you look or ask someone can tell you. I think it was Lentech? Or have I been reading too many Mustang Magazines again?

For the money, Turbo system are the best bang for the buck. Unlike NOS it doesn't run out and doesn't cost $10 a pound to recharge, at the same time so people get bit by the Boost bug and try to push their luck and up the boost to a point where it becomes catastrophic for the engine. So all I am basically saying is know you engine before you start altering what has been pre-made by companies that have the experience. Most companies design systems to work at the highest levels and still be safe for everyday use.
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lentech is the company, if you're worried about blowing the trans you should look into getting one of their tranny's. the mid-grade one is good for ~275whp (IIRC the stock tranny is good for like 180) and you can get it with an LSD. i plan to get it eventually too, automatic and boost? can't complain lol.
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A Lentech upgrade will cost as much as, if not more than, a 5-speed swap.

But to turbo or not to turbo? That's a pretty easy one to answer.
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All right thanks guys for all the help, and my trans is fairly new because my sister drove it for a lil and blew it so then i replaced it with a rebuilt trans so im pretty sure itl be able to handle it.

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thats cool... just remember that you can always look around for things that will help your trans with the extra HP. Like a bigger more efficent trans cooler... shift kit... better fluid... better servos. I am not sure if all these are available to the Focus, just going off of what I know from the Mustangs.
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It is very important to get a proper tune on the ATX with the PSI raised PROPERLY and then the shift points set to your liking

The PSI set PROPERLY is the key to this trans living , I have made a PSI gauge that hooks up easy and have spent a LOT of time on this trans with Lentechs help to get the PSI where they should be

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Ok thanks guys for all the help... looks like turbo here i come and trying to do some small upgrades to the trans while i save up the extra cash i need to complete the turbo.

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