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Old 10-11-2012, 01:51 PM   #1
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B-Day Gift Help for 17 yr old Boy

My son has a 2002 Ford Focus (don't know model but the mechanic said it had the larger engine and it's a four door with auto/leather/sun roof). He wants to bling it out but most of his ideas are of the Pep Boys variety, he added a chrome deal on the tail pipe, which I think looks kinda cheap. I'm looking for a birthday gift in the $300-$400 neighborhood and would appreciate any suggestions. My first thought was wheels (he's surprisingly pleased with the upgraded stock stereo) but figured you folks know more than I do. Thanks in advance for your help!


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Old 10-11-2012, 02:14 PM   #2
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wheels are always a good idea. there are tons of members in cali , and you should be able to get a good deal locally on some good wheels. check the for sale section. Personally i love the EAP wheels , and you should be able to get a set , even with tires for 400.
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He's young, please keep him away from that store and stores like it.

For $400 or so, you could get him a nice set of 16s. He may need new tires. Can you take a picture so we can see what he's working with now?

For $300 you could get him SVT suspension (struts, springs, and shocks) from Tousley Ford. This is my car with that suspension:

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First refer your son to this site so we can help him steer clear of "blinging" a Focus. For your price range you could get him a real exhaust, but since he wants to be "show" instead of "go", you could look in the BST section for appearance upgrades such as SVT front bumper, sideskirts, SVT wheels. Maybe even a decent set of Machs(headlights). You can get his car more low for that price too, check into the FRPP kit, or Eibach sportlines for about a 1.5" drop.

It sounds like his engine is a 2.3 Duratec which is an awesome find for that year, they take bolt-ons quite well - hopefully you can get him into performance.

Try to keep him on the OEM+ and he will appreciate it more.
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FSWerks exhaust (located in Anaheim) - http://www.focussport.com/exhaust.htm

SVT suspension - http://focus.c-f-m.com/fordracingsvt...0-05focus.aspx You would need to get the rear sway bar bushing kit also - http://focus.c-f-m.com/prothane21mmr...0-06focus.aspx And strut mounts/bearings from Ford.

Tire Rack has a good amount of wheels on closeout that would be within your price range but then you need tires also - http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/resul...All&sort=Price

Short throw shifter - http://focus.c-f-m.com/cfmadjustable...ocuszetec.aspx
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My suggestion, Get him a gift certificate to tirerack.com, because they have a feature where you can see the wheels on your car, and he can go on and pick out the ones he likes the best.
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Thanks much for the prompt and helpful responses! I hang out on the Corvette Forums site and every other post someone is trashing the next guy and they also seem to go off on personal tangents forgetting the original post. I like the exhaust idea as he added the chrome tailpipe extension for more sound. BTW, I added CAI & Borla to my 436 HP car so I'd definitely like him to consider speed but again he's only been driving a few months which was my rationale for buying the Focus (economical, slow car I thought). I'll steer him this way after this weekends Birthday.
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My suggestion, Get him a gift certificate to tirerack.com, because they have a feature where you can see the wheels on your car, and he can go on and pick out the ones he likes the best.
I second that!


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intake, exhaust, cf hood, springs (save some money for the instal) svt wheels, asian massage with happy ending etc.... many many choices
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It sounds like his engine is a 2.3 Duratec which is an awesome find for that year, they take bolt-ons quite well.
2.3 wasnt offered in 02. started in 03 as a 04 model. he has the zetec which was the "bigger motor" over the spi.

i second the exhaust idea. a lil more power and u get the sound also.id personally go with borla.
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