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Old 04-22-2011, 02:27 AM   #1
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Most bang for the buck modifications?

I realize there are a thousand threads like this and I've read them all but would like to hear your opinions. I'm on a budget (which can change anytime lol) and am willing to save up for a while for some modifications if they are worth it more then others. So, I'm curious what your opinions are of the best bang for the buck modifications? I'd like to see a list from like 1-5 or something. I've heard teh SVT header conversion is the best bang for the buck so far besides a turbo (not wanting to do that unless there is one around the $2000 mark which seems doubtful).


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Old 04-22-2011, 03:45 AM   #2
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The most power for your buck would be NOS.
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a JRSC, u can pick them up for 12-1400 and will put you at 180 whp or more
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The most power for your buck would be NOS.
I'd rather not go with NOS.

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a JRSC, u can pick them up for 12-1400 and will put you at 180 whp or more
Hmmm... Which brand do you recommend or are they all pretty much the same? Also, is there anything around the $500 range that would give similar performance. I haven't landed on a budget yet but I'm curious about the performance gains difference between a $500 budget and a $1200.

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JRSC is jackson racing supercharger. It is the more mild (thusly cheapest) supercharger available for zetecs. you could find one used for the above mentioned price and while it doesnt put down as much power as powerworks or some of the other high end kits it does provide a nice performance boost for a nice price.
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a JRSC will cost u a full 2k after tuning unless you get the base kit w/ the black box. then it will put you in the 160 range for 1200.

YOU WILL NOT reach 160 for under 1200 bucks any other way than Nitrous or a JRSC. hands down end of story.
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a JRSC will cost u a full 2k after tuning unless you get the base kit w/ the black box. then it will put you in the 160 range for 1200.

YOU WILL NOT reach 160 for under 1200 bucks any other way than Nitrous or a JRSC. hands down end of story.
What will I have with a ported head, 65mm TB ported 2001 intake, CFM UDP kit, SVT MAF and intake setup, MSD coil/wires, SVT header w/2.5" Exhaust, ORP, Crower Stage 2 cams and a tune I won't hit that number? Can you can give me guesstimate with your experience? I sure someone has done this before.
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Another question, do you think a tune would be a good first step instead of an intake or header swap?

EDIT: What I'm really wanting to knwo is I have $1000 to spend on upgrades and to make it more responsive, powerful, and handle better what should I get done. (this budget may not be here in a month or two but I'm just planning right now). I've read about ever thread I can imagine about performance upgrades for the car but am still confused.

So, with a $1000 budget what do you think would be the best performance mods. (I will buy used as I don't care about that)
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Another question, do you think a tune would be a good first step instead of an intake or header swap?

EDIT: What I'm really wanting to know is I have $1000 to spend on upgrades and to make it more responsive, powerful, and handle better; what should I get done?

... with a $1000 budget what do you think would be the best performance mods. (I will buy used as I don't care about that)
The SCT/Predator tuner the guys at the dyno will give you can be reprogrammed again later (they're about $400 + another couple hundred for dyno time) so a tune will only really give you a baseline reading, and a talking point later when referring to how far you've come... You may want to save that one for later after you have more stuff as it's gonna eat up that budget and only do so much for performance feel without better parts.

For better response and power delivery you may want to look into polyurethane engine mounts... My manual went from dropping 1000k+ rpms between shifts to around 500rpms. Acceleration was crispier because of 'em too. Just a warning on that though; your car may not play cds anymore! The engine vibrations reverberate through the whole frame and the cd player skipped so much I couldn't use it anymore.

And handling could be improved with springs (I have Eibach pro kit springs 1.5in drop), and you might also look into SVT shocks while the car's apart and getting the springs ( they're about 1.5in lower than what you have already) they'll round out the suspension without having to go to a more hardcore suspension setup... And a lowered Focus is already a VERY competent corner-carver!
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a tune is always a good mod, however, may not be needed if ur 100% stock. once you start modding, you will need to start tuning!
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