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Old 05-13-2009, 05:47 AM   #1
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hello to everybody, im a newbie to american car specially ford, I just bought my 09 ford focus coupe just this april.

my questions are:

1. how you break in your new focus and what lube you use for summer & winter season?

2. what is the top speed of the ford focus coupe coz it seems that it only have a 110 mph on the dashboard speedo meter.

3. why is that they use a drum break on the rear on 09 focus while the other uses a disc brake? "like the one that they are displaying in the show room, even if you check on ford website here in canada, they dont come with rear disc brake .

4. what should i do to remove my governor?

5. what are the possible mods & spec that i can do to upgrade for street performance.

thank you in advance for those people who can give their heads on this! i will also post some of the pros and cons that i can observed on the way!


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Old 05-13-2009, 08:32 AM   #2
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hello to everybody, im a newbie to american car specially ford, I just bought my 09 ford focus coupe just this april.
Welcome to Focus Fanatics montum_81. You can get all the answers to your questions by searching this site, but I will give you some highlights.

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my questions are:

1. how you break in your new focus and what lube you use for summer & winter season?
There has been many discussions on how to properly break-in a new car, some people say drive it like you stole it, some people say drive it with varying speeds and RPMs and others say to drive it the way you would normally drive the car. My grandfather told me the last was the best and I have logged several hundred thousand miles on vehicles without any issues using this method. But everyone has an opinion.

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2. what is the top speed of the ford focus coupe coz it seems that it only have a 110 mph on the dashboard speedo meter.
I believe the top speed is between 108 mph and 114 mph. I could be wrong on this, but that should be a close spread. IMO, going faster on the street would only get you into trouble.

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3. why is that they use a drum break on the rear on 09 focus while the other uses a disc brake? "like the one that they are displaying in the show room, even if you check on ford website here in canada, they dont come with rear disc brake .
To my knowledge, the only foci that came stock with rear disc brakes were SVTs and ST models. Before 2008, I think it was an option, but I could be wrong on this and someone will definitely correct me. If your dealer has a showroom Focus with rear disc brakes, that car has already been modded, because it is not an option on any 2008 or 2009 model.

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4. what should i do to remove my governor?
Why? Again, this could just get you into trouble and possibly do harm to the motor. This is programmed into the PCM and I believe can only be modified with a tune, which is not available for the 2008 and 2009 models.

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5. what are the possible mods & spec that i can do to upgrade for street performance.
You can find this information in the sticky threads at the top of the Duratec Performance Chat. Look for "Read First: Duratec Performance Chat Stickied Threads". There you will find all the info you could ever hope for, even for the 08s and 09s.

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Old 05-13-2009, 08:39 AM   #3
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I broke in my focus by taking it to the dyno at 157 miles, auto crossed it at 1000 miles and spetnt all day at the drag strip sunday and it only has 1800 miles. So I would say drive it like you normally would.
I changed to 5w-20 synthetic at 1100 miles cause I think Fords 7500 mile first service is a crock. Besides the oil was a weird green color
Dont know about to much about the rear drums, but I was under the impression that the SVT's were the only ones that had them. But Ive seen an 09 with a rear disc conversion
A tune will get rid of the governor. Hypertech makes some sort of tune if you really want to get rid of the govenor, however the general concenses is that the Focus sport tune and Toms tune are the best out there, and the have more options as well.
So far all Ive done performance wise is a stealth intake mod.
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:52 AM   #4
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for oil stick with the stock for now... till you break the motor in NEVER go from conventional oil to full synthetic you need to break your motor in. use a semi synthectic for like 3 or 4 oil changes then put a full synthetic in if you please. But ive used 10 for the winter months and 20 for the summer months
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yea, ive always heard that the first 5k miles should be on conventenal then u can switch to synthetic. and some of the older sedans came with rear disks also.
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thank you whitefox,

to add:
all SVT models had rear disk as did all ST models. In 02 there was also an option for "AdvanceTrac" which came with them as well.

FocusSport is the only one that can tune the 08+ as far as I know. However you have to physically remove your PCM and mail it to them as there isn't a portable flash programmer for them yet.

Don't worry about top speed. You will only get in trouble thinking about it and especially talking about it on these boards.

Don't mess with your oil. Leave the factory in there for the first recommended service interval and then switch to a 5w20 full synthetic with a good filter after that. Most people prefer either Mobil1, Castrol Syntec, or Royal Purple. Some can throw down for Amsoil but that is uber expensive up front. Do not switch weights around regardless of them temperature.

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Most people prefer either Mobil1, Castrol Syntec, or Royal Purple. Some can throw down for Amsoil but that is uber expensive up front. Do not switch weights around regardless of them temperature.
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Amsoil is around $65 (once a year) where you can pay that much for Mobil1 or Syntec in just two changes
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Welcome to FF and congratulations on your purchase. I bought mine as a Christmas present last December. I drove mine as I would normally drive to break in it for 500 miles and then changed out my oil/filter and I decided to use the new MOTORCRAFT full synthetic 5w-20 which I really like. I also added a magnetic oil pan drain plug to help collect any small metal shavings that could be present. I do my oil change every 5k miles. Mods you can do to the car are found in the 'stickies' as mentioned.
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^^the block/head/rods/pistons/etc are all aluminum lololol

and Josh I do see the cost effectiveness of Amsoil, thats why I mentioned it was uber expensive up front
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