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Old 03-20-2013, 09:42 PM   #121
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$2600!!!! I am in the wrong business, wish you were close I would have done EVERYTHING for $1100
And I would have paid you gladly. Unfortunately I needed the thing for work and I could only be without it (and work) for a little while (8 days).

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Old 03-20-2013, 11:32 PM   #122
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$2600 for a refurbished spi. I did a $800 zetec swap.

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Really?!? Did that included all parts & labor

I've talk to a few mechanics from my home town (South Chicago) and they claim that, that type of swap is impossible!!


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Old 03-21-2013, 12:15 AM   #123
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Yes.

engine, harness, ecu, alternator, intake tube, and passengerside motor mount was 500.

I Spent 300 on water lines, vacuum lines, powersteering line, timing belt, throttlebody, thottle cable and a few other odds and ends. The down pipe for the converter and the flex pipe was a mixture of cut up spi and zetec pipes. With a new universal flex.

I did it myself with the help of a co-worker.

Here's a write up I did.

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Old 03-21-2013, 04:38 PM   #124
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Yes.

engine, harness, ecu, alternator, intake tube, and passengerside motor mount was 500.

I Spent 300 on water lines, vacuum lines, powersteering line, timing belt, throttlebody, thottle cable and a few other odds and ends. The down pipe for the converter and the flex pipe was a mixture of cut up spi and zetec pipes. With a new universal flex.

I did it myself with the help of a co-worker.

Here's a write up I did.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=296946



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This is extremely useful. I shall bookmark your write up for probable future reference, thanks.


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Old 03-23-2013, 10:50 AM   #125
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I think my daughter's Focus SPI dropped a valve on no. 4. It will start and run but rough. When I rev it up there is a loud popping sound at the higher rpm during the rev. Drove it down the road and could hear the popping sound continuously.

When I pull the no.4 plug wire it makes no difference in how the motor runs. I pull any of the others the motor dies. Exhaust or intake valve maybe?

What are my options?
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:06 AM   #126
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If its still running your in a good spot. Stop starting it, revving it and driving it. Because it sounds like you have lost all compression in that cylinder. The seat has probably came loose and hasn't dropped off the head yet. If you keep messing with it, it fall and it can and most likly will destroy the head cylinder wall(s) piston and/or rod.

Pull the head a get that rebuilt before its too late. You got lucky, fix it while you can.

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2003 SPI with 158,000miles bit the dust. New member of the dropped valve seat club. Happened 2 blocks away from home so I got it to my garage. I consider myself lucky. Tires and battery are like new (what a shame). Deciding what to do with it. Would need piston kit, rebuilt head, etc. I am now driving my backup car so I have time.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:41 PM   #128
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2003 SPI with 158,000miles bit the dust. New member of the dropped valve seat club. Happened 2 blocks away from home so I got it to my garage. I consider myself lucky. Tires and battery are like new (what a shame). Deciding what to do with it. Would need piston kit, rebuilt head, etc. I am now driving my backup car so I have time.
You can fix it yourself for about $500 in parts.
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:44 PM   #129
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Just replaced my head in 2002 Focus w 90K mi. It hadn't dropped a seat, but I figured I shouldn't wait for it to happen. Cost $275 for rebuilt head and $200 for gaskets, belts, head bolts, fluids, filters, and water pump. Amazon sent the wrong bolts. Their statement that "This fits your vehicle" was wrong.
Problems I encountered:
Thought indent in the rim of the serpentine pulley was the timing mark. The real timing mark can't be seen until the serpentine pulley is removed. No harm done.
One exhaust stud in cat conv flange snapped. I could wiggle it in/out a little, but it would not loosen more. Cut it flush and drilled it out. Used a good HSS bit with lots of oil. It took a while, but it stayed centered. Reattached with bolt/nut instead.
Forgot to put cam pos sensor back in before tightening intake manifold. Removing fuel rail from injectors gave enough clearance.
Neglected to torque rocker arm nuts, so there was some lifter noise. I didn't drive it or rev it. I am confident I can fix that tonight. The nice man at Cylinder Heads Intl explained that I should torque them and let them sit overnight because the lifters are pumped up too high now. Then run it for a few minutes, shut off, and retorque them.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:58 PM   #130
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My 2002 just droped a valve an it mangled at least two pistons and rods. I see all the information about where to get the heads, etc but where have you guys gotten the used/rebuilt rods from? I see some guys selling them for 50 bucks on eBay but that does not make sense when I can get brand new from the dealer for 30 more dollars.

The car has 150 k but was extremely well maintained and amazingly I think the block and lower end are in perfect shape. I can even still see the cross hatches on the cylinder walls.

I appreciate any information?
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