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Old 04-22-2013, 10:35 AM   #1
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Is intake upgrade still worth it without the exhaust upgrade?

I really don't like the raspy sound of any of the exhaust kits available. Just not my preferance. Is it still worth the money to upgrade just the intke?


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Old 04-22-2013, 11:50 AM   #2
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I really don't like the raspy sound of any of the exhaust kits available. Just not my preferance. Is it still worth the money to upgrade just the intke?
To me, yes it is worth it and always will be. I put an intake on my ATV and never did put an exhaust on. I always have preferred the deep intake Sound over a exhaust though.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:16 PM   #3
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I really don't like the raspy sound of any of the exhaust kits available. Just not my preferance. Is it still worth the money to upgrade just the intke?
I too am/was hesitant about the noise changes to my vehicle. It's a 4 cylinder econobox, so it shouldn't sound like a monster. I just installed the K&N Air intake kit (got it for like $240 or so on Auto anything by asking if they could honor the 15% off new members), and that included the recharge kit.

It's not too much of a difference in sound level, only when you get on it. It does have a weird rumble around 1800-2000 rpm (probably due to resonant frequency lining up). Cruising and if you stay out of the throttle you can't tell the difference.
It definitely pulls a bit harder, and this intake has been dyno'd to show ~10hp increase by K&N and some owners have shown more than that. As always, YMMV and it depends highly upon your specific engine.
The thread above has a bunch of different intakes, so you can see that the intake alone is definitely worth it if you want a few extra ponies.

I purchased but have yet to install my exhaust kit (will do so in the next few days). I've heard the magnaflow is the quietest of the exhausts, so that's what I went with. I'm hoping I don't have to add/swap out resonators, but I think it should be okay. I'll update if you'd like about sound level. I'm okay with it being grumbly and loud as long as it can be quiet when I need it to.
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I too am/was hesitant about the noise changes to my vehicle. It's a 4 cylinder econobox, so it shouldn't sound like a monster. I just installed the K&N Air intake kit (got it for like $240 or so on Auto anything by asking if they could honor the 15% off new members), and that included the recharge kit.

It's not too much of a difference in sound level, only when you get on it. It does have a weird rumble around 1800-2000 rpm (probably due to resonant frequency lining up). Cruising and if you stay out of the throttle you can't tell the difference.
It definitely pulls a bit harder, and this intake has been dyno'd to show ~10hp increase by K&N and some owners have shown more than that. As always, YMMV and it depends highly upon your specific engine.
The thread above has a bunch of different intakes, so you can see that the intake alone is definitely worth it if you want a few extra ponies.

I purchased but have yet to install my exhaust kit (will do so in the next few days). I've heard the magnaflow is the quietest of the exhausts, so that's what I went with. I'm hoping I don't have to add/swap out resonators, but I think it should be okay. I'll update if you'd like about sound level. I'm okay with it being grumbly and loud as long as it can be quiet when I need it to.
I too was a bit hesitant about installing the exhaust but after listening to a couple sound clips of the magnaflow, I was sold. It is not loud at all unless, like you said, you "get on it".
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Steeda CAI + O.E.M. ST cat back exhaust on my 2.0 L GDI Ti-VCT engine in the 2012 Ford Focus SEL. Its very quiet when cruising, but if you step on it to accelerate you'll definitely feel it.

Afaik the stock ST exhaust is 2.5" vs the 2.25 of the magnaflow.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:38 PM   #6
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Steeda CAI + O.E.M. ST cat back exhaust on my 2.0 L GDI Ti-VCT engine in the 2012 Ford Focus SEL. Its very quiet when cruising, but if you step on it to accelerate you'll definitely feel it.

Afaik the stock ST exhaust is 2.5" vs the 2.25 of the magnaflow.
Where did you get this exhaust out of curiosity? what did it run you?
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:58 PM   #7
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Where did you get this exhaust out of curiosity? what did it run you?
I got it from a fellow fanatic who probably let it go for less than what it was worth, or that others have asked for it. It's unlikely you'd find the entire cat back exhaust with around 1000 miles for the price I paid. I paid $180 for the parts. As far as I know I haven't heard of anyone else trying this yet on a N/A Focus, so it could be a first. It was a bit of a gamble that it would fit and give the sound I was looking for without much if anything it the way of drone normally. Of course when it was half installed (i.e. the front part only the loose pipe was a bit of a droning mess, and it was much louder after just the front resonator.



There were a few little nuances to getting the parts installed on the N/A 2.0 L GDI Ti-VCT, but nothing too major.

All told factoring in the cost of the tolls to pick it up as well as a tank of fuel, and having the first shop be unable to finish the job yet still charging me nearly all of the money to do the install and having to get a proper down and dirty muffler and exhaust shop finish the simple job it cost me around $350 installed and on the car as you hear it there.

It was cheaper than even the least expensive magnaflow 2.25" hatch catback exhaust I've seen mentioned at 470 in parts through some defunct group buy, other wise that one was usually much more expensive. The FSWerks costs about the same as the magnaflow and as much as the borla if you want the double stealth kit.

Yet so far to me it sounds like it's nearly the perfect balance of sound quality when getting on it a bit, and still near stock quiet when cruising with high manifold vacuum.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:50 PM   #8
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I really don't like the raspy sound of any of the exhaust kits available. Just not my preferance. Is it still worth the money to upgrade just the intke?
http://forums.focaljet.com/ti-vct-tu...hs-inside.html

Of particular note, the result for the K&N CAI...


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