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08-05-2004 08:28 PM
Grey_Fury awesome.

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08-05-2004 07:58 PM
johngyver I bought it from Eagle Distributors in Houston TX. They are also in New Orleans. They are a wholesale outfit that sells to the small to medium car audio and performance shops. Ractive makes just one intake for the Ford Focus. Look on ebay. They are there every now and then. The last one I saw was going for $65 shipped.
08-05-2004 07:32 AM
Grey_Fury John, Where did you get yours from? I have seen acouple of sites offering them for around $90. Just wanted to double check they are the same.

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08-04-2004 10:53 PM
johngyver The Ractive intake system works on all 2000 - 2004 zetec or SPI motors. The only difference is the rubber TB coupler for zetec or SPI TB size.

I am thinking about running a 2 1/2 inch flexible tube from the lower part of the bumper area to the mouth of the Ractive intake to force cooler air into the intake while driving. I will not couple them together. I will keep a small gap between the two so the intake can take local air at idle but cool air will be forced into the area of the intakes mouth during actual movement of the vehicle. Think of it as a CAI without the challenges of the CAI. The two issues I have seen are 1) A CAI tends to channel water into the TB since it is one solid pipe. 2) The CAI sometimes stalls a car during idle since some CAI pipe lengths are so long. That is what I have read anyway. Just an idea.
08-04-2004 12:04 AM
dub g-unit K&N makes a non-metal intake for the focus. Sorry, just thought I'd add that.
08-03-2004 11:53 PM
Grey_Fury Anyone know if this one will work with an 03 Foci?

Also, what site to try

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08-02-2004 01:42 PM
NIR Panther Jedi Hey where you at in Denver dude? I was wondering if you wanted to meet up sometime..cuz me and my friend have a car club going in colorado..it's called Pro Customs Auto Sports, there are 2 focus's, an Evo VIII, Eclipse, Probe, and a WRX...Email me sometime if your interested...panther@cmconline.com
07-30-2004 05:59 PM
jimnran I had an aluminum pipe on my SPI for about 6 months until the rubber neck broke and I put a stock plastic pipe back on. I use a Ractive cone filter with no heat shield and I have to say it works great. I didn't notice any differance betwen the chrome and plastic tubes as far as heat and power loss. My wife has the Ractive filter w/heatshield on her '04 Elantra GT and I feel no differance between heatshield and no heatshield. I do feel a differance with the heat only with dramatic changes, kind of like "night and day". Just my 2 cents on the subject.

jimnran
07-26-2004 09:48 PM
EuroZX3 Yeah like it never gets to be 100 degrees here. get with it eh. i was just giving u some insight on what another owner thought of it. i never said it was a bad intake and its ok for the money. just when it gets hot your going to experience power loss. i was tryin to give you the heads up on the filter too to help you squeeze a little more performance out of it but ok.

didnt mean to come off bashing so sorry if you misunderstood.
07-26-2004 09:02 PM
johngyver I'd hate to sound harsh but most intakes I see offered on the market are made of metal. So why try to bash the Ractive intake on that point? The only non metal intake pipe that I know of is the stock plastic tube from Ford. As far as the heat issue you brought up I live in Texas where heat is the only thing that is constant. I installed the unit In July which is one of our hottest months. The difference between the stock air intake system and the Ractive is very noticable. I have to restate that the performance gain was more than I was expecting. Um, you live in the city known as "Mile High" which makes you an expert in snow related topics. Leave heat related issues to parts of the country that actually have heat. Denver weather is well below our heat index. Now I am not saying that the Ractive is the best air intake out on the market BUT for less than $100 you can buy an intake that looks good, sounds good and most importantly works far better than the stock system.... and by the way.... it is the only air intake system that comes with both the zetec and the SPI mounting hardware that I know of. The cone filter can be replaced for $3 with a larger one if it bothers you that much, however, it works just fine (actually far better than the stock) down here in the Texas heat. The system is worth every penny. You don't have to modify your SPI TB to install it either. It is of great quality and it looks good. I am sorry but I have to disagree with your assessment of the Ractive intake system. :)
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