|04-28-2013 12:17 PM|
|Roushed Focus||Turbo for sure! I have a 2000 ZX3 with a stock engine and a Roush Stage 2 turbo system. I am pushing 240 fwhp with it.|
|03-30-2013 07:16 PM|
|03-27-2013 12:17 PM|
|ChnCDaFieD||Interested in stroking for same reason. Reliability, DD performance, and rarity. I love my focus and it's gonna stay withe until I can't find or build parts to fix it.|
|03-27-2013 10:58 AM|
nobody said the seats have to STAY out. just make sure you reinstall them properly.
I've been thinking about converting the rear seat area on mine with a flush surface since my rear seat only ever gets used for groceries, heh.
|03-27-2013 10:44 AM|
|Konacus||I actually will need the passenger seat since my gf and I often use my car to go to crowded places. My car is already kinda beat, and we're trying to keep hers as pristine as possible. My ac sucks no anyway. It can get fairly cold, but it takes so long for it to get that way that its easier to just roll down the windows.|
|03-27-2013 10:20 AM|
running without doors and hatch might lighten the car, but it'll destroy aero (and your top speed with it)
|03-27-2013 10:05 AM|
|ChnCDaFieD||Youd better hurry. Any opinions on max hp rating for zetec. Only stipulation would be passing the easiest state inspection and not spilling my coffee all over the place at idle.|
|03-27-2013 09:54 AM|
Good point.....And with weight reduction all I have to do is remove the back seats and spare tire. lol Right now I've got some Hankook Ventus V2 Concepts on it. I wouldn't say they are made for gripping tight corners, but they do have some pretty good grip. I wonder if it would be illegal to remove the hatch and doors and drive around like that. The through wind would even help clean out my car. haha
BTW, I forgot to mention that the Cobra guy is about to get a procharger for it. :'(
|03-27-2013 09:53 AM|
|ChnCDaFieD||My lx is my DD. So zetec performance is new to me, but I know how to Make HP in the internal combustion engine. Zetec motors just like any other high compression motors are pushed to the extreme right from the factory so big HP gains are hard to achieve and expensive. I decided long ago if I wanted a V8 killer I was gonna have to start with low compression. Hence my 92 Talon Tsi. Comes stock turbo and AWD. Its a 1st gen eclipse GSX for those who are unfamiliar with DSM's. Around 200 HP Stock and the 1st 75 HP gains cost around $300. I cant find a better feeling at the track then beating a guy who has double the cylinders and triple the displacement. Not to familiar with hp gains from internals and bolt ons, but its all about weight to hp ratio for the zetec like darwin said. I dont believe getting that hp number would be difficult, but getting all of it to the road could be. Ive discovered from expierence that PROPERLY tuning motors that are pushed well beyond stock can get you over that last hump. The honda guys like to boost the non-vtec motors cuz of the lower compression. So i was wondering if the SPI has a bolt on turbo kit. My lx crapped out on me so gonna put the zetec in this weekend. Was gonna go bone stock, but all this focus talk is getting me exited. So ive decided to open her up and let her breath a little. Gonna drop in some cams and gears, open up the intake side with port and polish, want to do ITB with stacks, but i promised myself that i wasnt gonna break out the welder on the focus. So gonna do some more research on intakes and go with whatevers cheaper. Ive tried it on my dsm with individual coilpacks but tuning was a nightmare. PP exhaust side. If i break out the welder then custom mendrel bent from head back. Suspension upgrade or at least new bushing kit. New motor mounts. And couple other upgrades. Mpg should stay close.|
|03-27-2013 08:47 AM|
Sure, it'll help, but you will still have hindered the handling potential of the car in doing so.
Most front engine, fwd cars already start at about 58% front weight as it is, if anything you want to move that rearwards, unless of course you're doing a drag build, where you want more weight on the tires for launch.
If you really want to try to keep up with the Cobra on the straights a little more and you're on a budget, you might want to consider weight reduction, which costs almost nothing and will improve your power to weight ratio (You'll be that much faster in the corners for it, too.), then add some nice tires and whatever power upgrades you can afford for the zetec motor.
My $.02, HTH
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