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Old 12-18-2003, 11:19 AM   #1
jef3fowler
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Question Maybe in market for SVT, couple of questions

Hi, although I have never even ridden in ANY Focus I am interested in the SVT. I do have a couple of reservations. Namely traction control and availability of a LSD (Quaife or whatever). I could not find any hard info on whether there is one available although there have been several references to a LSD in these posts.

A few of the road tests (usually 2002 models) mention traction control not fully defeatable, is this fact? Or, only a 'problem' with the cold weather package?

It seems that the Jackson s/c gives a good boost in torque but not vastly improved performance figures. Is this more a problem with comparing 0-60 1/4 times etc or does the traction control stifle the improvements. How does the 50-90 in 4th improve etc.?

Are there any drag racers/autocrossers out there with any info other than removing/bypassing the fuse?

How does the SVT do in autocross (class as std. and modified with s/c and LSD)?

I would assume (always dangerous) that improving the traction with a LSD would prevent the traction control applying brakes and/or retarding ignition therefore improving performance.

Good assumption?

Any feedback?

Also, what changes for 2005.

There was an earlier post where someone suggested 'they' could get $6K discount. I am looking at possibly $5K in SoCal (LA).

I am looking for a 3 door, 6-speed with no other options except HID (not too bothered by that either). I like light. s/c and LSD to follow.

Has anyone seen the SVT in a grey like the Audi TT? Looked very cool.

Any thoughts on suspension to lower without sacrificing what is already there?

Sorry. Got carried away. Any answers appreciated.

Jef


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