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01-18-2013 04:30 PM
Magus2727
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Originally Posted by JCloud_ZX3_01 View Post
Sounds like what I'm looking for. I'm just looking for a little better performance. Where is a good place to look for used SVT headers? Also, I hear on this forum that I would need to replace other parts to fit the SVT header in my ZX3.

Would I get the benefit of the SVT headers without replacing the exhaust? Or vice versa? Also, any point in an upgraded cat-back exhaust or is that just going to change the sound only.

I'll check out your link for a tuner, which is probably where I'll start. That was the only mod I did to my 07 WRX and it made all the difference.

What's your feeling about performance clutch? I haven't heard anyone mention that upgrade on this site. The factory clutch seems adequate but I'm just curious.

Thanks.
Clutches, if you need to replace yours then go with a stage 1 or something that is very still streetable. the factory clutch is not bad and will hold up under most driving conditions going NA. when you get into the 175Whp i think a stage 1 is needed. over 225ish a stage 2 over 275 a stage 3 and more than 350 you need one of the crazy puck clutches.

Your car first off the lot has about 130hp. With I think dynos showing about 110 or so at the wheels. You will not be able to double the HP on the Zetec going N/A. Their are some VERY extreme cases where you can hit about the 200 or a little over. but this requires more money then if you were going to go turbo.

It sounds like you just want a little more umph and some more fun. Get a Tune from Tom, that way when you add more bolt ons you can give him a call and will tweak as needed. Then get a SVT exhaust header. You do need the SVT Cat, and Flex pipe. the "cat back" at that point is the same. you will see improvements if you go to a 2.5" cat back vs the stock exhaust. most people will say 2.5" on a N/A Zetec sounds the best and if you go to 3" it does not sound as good unless you have the turbo.

Trubendz and other sites are able to offer good fitting cat back exhausts with good mufflers for good prices.

I might be selling my SVT Cat and Flex in a little bit to get funding to finish my build. (also wanted to go to a high flow and 3" flex). You also need the SVT dip stick. can be had at your dealer for $10-$15 IIRC. You can also bend your PS line or get a SVT PS line I think about $50 from the dealer. the other thing you have to think about is emissions on this. the SVT exhaust header did not have EGR hookup since the SVT did not have an EGR system. The tune can delete this, but depending on whats done with your states emissions may not be enough. I have just had a bung welded in so I can be compliant... when I need to be.

Studies have also shown the stock SVT intake (not the manifold) box and snorkel w/ a K&N drop in filter show to have equal gains as any cold air or short ram air intake. you can find those being sold on our board in the for sale section.

You can alsow change out the suspension for a FRPP that only runs a few hundred dollars I think now days. will drop you a little, give you a firmer suspension, but will not kill your back or ride quality. Will make it more quick to respond to your steering.
01-18-2013 04:29 PM
sgtsmasher header not headers!
01-18-2013 03:45 PM
JCloud_ZX3_01
Sounds right

Sounds like what I'm looking for. I'm just looking for a little better performance. Where is a good place to look for used SVT headers? Also, I hear on this forum that I would need to replace other parts to fit the SVT header in my ZX3.

Would I get the benefit of the SVT headers without replacing the exhaust? Or vice versa? Also, any point in an upgraded cat-back exhaust or is that just going to change the sound only.

I'll check out your link for a tuner, which is probably where I'll start. That was the only mod I did to my 07 WRX and it made all the difference.

What's your feeling about performance clutch? I haven't heard anyone mention that upgrade on this site. The factory clutch seems adequate but I'm just curious.

Thanks.

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Originally Posted by 1turbofocus View Post
The best bang for the buck is find a used SVT header , add a TB , good exh , cold air intake and a tune

This will net you an honest 20HP+ to the wheels and feel like a new car

Tom
01-17-2013 06:23 PM
Mile30 http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=305138

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01-17-2013 06:04 PM
anarchy0392 I've seen a few people get like 220 to 250 n/a in the dyno area so whatever you say. So why don't you look at the dyno's on here a little more before you assume your the grand master because you have more post. If anyone is a focui master it would be Tom and a few other people not you nor I. Having a lot of post doesn't mean you know a lot there are people out there that have never been online or even posted on this awesome site that knows more than most of the users on here. Quality will always be better than quantity.

But anyways like I said look up build threads and see what their making and check out the dyno threads. That will honestly be your bet.
01-17-2013 11:21 AM
sgtsmasher
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Originally Posted by anarchy0392 View Post
Getting the CAI will allow it to atomize the gas and air better which means better compression. I only suggest a 3" if your going to turbo. As for the tuner getting it from Tom he will update you for life free for n/a focui and the ones that are 140 are fake but if they do work it's a cheap tune that will probably mess the ecu up. But it all depends on what kind of power you want to make I think 250whp is max for n/a engines but 350whp is what most turbos get but can go way past that.
where did you get your information from guy. the focus will never be able to get 250hp N/A! with a basic bottom end turbo kit youd be lucky to get that. if i were you, id read up on the focus a little bit more, leave the information giving to the elders that actually know what there talking about, and get some more posts under your belt before giving out incorrect information.
01-17-2013 11:14 AM
1turbofocus The best bang for the buck is find a used SVT header , add a TB , good exh , cold air intake and a tune

This will net you an honest 20HP+ to the wheels and feel like a new car

Tom
01-17-2013 10:44 AM
anarchy0392 Yeah that's why I'm going with boost but n/a will allow for less problems than boost has.
01-17-2013 08:17 AM
freemind
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Originally Posted by anarchy0392 View Post
Getting the CAI will allow it to atomize the gas and air better which means better compression. I only suggest a 3" if your going to turbo. As for the tuner getting it from Tom he will update you for life free for n/a focui and the ones that are 140 are fake but if they do work it's a cheap tune that will probably mess the ecu up. But it all depends on what kind of power you want to make I think 250whp is max for n/a engines but 350whp is what most turbos get but can go way past that.
After 150whp you need tall money or machining skills to go higher with a N/A Zetec. Boosting will cost close to the same but, the gains are much better.
01-16-2013 11:04 PM
anarchy0392 Getting the CAI will allow it to atomize the gas and air better which means better compression. I only suggest a 3" if your going to turbo. As for the tuner getting it from Tom he will update you for life free for n/a focui and the ones that are 140 are fake but if they do work it's a cheap tune that will probably mess the ecu up. But it all depends on what kind of power you want to make I think 250whp is max for n/a engines but 350whp is what most turbos get but can go way past that.
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