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Old 01-04-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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Looking to do some cheap power mods, keeping the warranty

So I got my '12 Focus SE 5spd in 6/2012 and I've been thinking about doing some cheap and easy mods to get some power, keeping in mind that I'm only at 7k miles, so still under the factory warranty. I plan to keep the car for probably 5 years or so, so I'd like to improve some things where I can, when I can.

On my '98 Dodge Ram I did some basic modding... cold air intake/round air cleaner, magnaflow cat, flowmaster muffler single in/dual out, hypertech programmer (stage 1 as its called on motorcycles - intake, exhaust, and tune), fastman throttle body... I'm assuming all I can really do at this point is intake and exhaust for the Focus. I really don't know much about the Focus and what products are out there (is the only intake mod out there a CAI? do I need a resonator? what size is my exhaust pipe?) so I guess I need to put in the time to research those items, but all in all, I'm looking to spend under a grand to get some cheap, but hopefully noticeable power.

Another thing. Assuming I keep the same driving style, I'd expect the same or slightly higher mpgs. Regarding seeing the effects of these mods... will I see them at anything under 4k RPM? Are they really only worth it if I'm driving it hard? Will I still notice improvements as a daily driver/conservative driver?

Lot of questions here that I've been meaning to ask, and I really want to get the ball rolling. Thanks for any input.

2012 Ford Focus SE Sedan, Red Candy Metallic Tinted CC, 5 Speed Manual
SE Sport and Winter Packages, 203A Equipment Group, 17" M&P Wheels
K&N 69-3517TS Intake, Magnaflow 15138 Catback Exhaust, WeatherTech 82573 Window Visors, 35% ON-35 Madico Tint
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