Do you think 'Car Modding' is worth it? - Page 55 - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum > Ford Focus Discussions > Official Polls & Surveys

Official Polls & Surveys Please take a moment and participate in our online polls and surveys.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

View Poll Results: Is 'Car Modding' Worth It?
Yes (Worth it)..... 1,461 82.31%
No (Not Worth it)..... 314 17.69%
Voters: 1775. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-02-2014, 03:04 PM   #541
UltegraSTI
Focus Enthusiast
 
UltegraSTI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Fan#: 466
Location: earth, Not Listed
What I Drive: 2001 Yellow Honey

Posts: 337
FF Reputation: 1 UltegraSTI Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
think of where cars would be (not be) if guys (and gals) didn't tinker with them.

R
__________________
2001 EggYolk Yellow Focus
14.90 @90.24mph
Best Trap: 91.75mph
UltegraSTI is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-02-2014, 03:07 PM   #542
RedComet
Focus Addict
 
RedComet's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Fan#: 99232
Location: Hartford, CT
What I Drive: TB '14 Fiesta ST

Posts: 1,010
FF Reputation: 7 RedComet Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Modding is definitely worth it.

And by 'worth it', I don't mean a delusion that some have that you're adding to the car's value somehow (in fact, outside of very specific circles, you're lowering it). But it's worth it for the fun factor. It's for granted that you need to know what you're doing, however...
__________________
Kay - HN#79
'14 Fiesta ST Tux. Blk. 6MT, COBB Stg. 1
Gone: '12 Hatch SE Sport MTX75

V - Power* Junkie
RedComet is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2014, 10:33 AM   #543
felixthecat
Focus Fanatic
 
felixthecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Fan#: 80663
Location: Renton, WA
What I Drive: '05 Silver Sport Technologies

Posts: 8,616
FF Reputation: 54 felixthecat Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ugabuga View Post
I think massive modding is a waste of time and money.
By that I mean attempts to make your car into something it is not. I did that with my 1992 Toyota Tercel and made it into a 200whp beast from the original 75hp and it was fun but cost me a lot of time and money. Then I got a 1999 miata and loved it in STOCK form. My 2004 Mazda Rx8 is great too and cost less than the money I spent modding the car.

IMHO small tweaks are worth it, like a bit of suspnsion work, a bit of brake work, a few other small things but generally I will never do "total transformation" type of project.

Not to mention you don't recover any of your money that you spent on mods, when you sell the car. Total money pit.
A great cheap mod for you is a bsd plug. Adds a qtr of oil & removes about 19lbs of static wetght + the rotational weight & makes the motor more responsive. Oil/filter, rtv & a plug to block off the the bs feed hole & a few hrs of labor & your golden. A great saturday morning project.
__________________
Introduce Mr. Torsen to the mix D23 crew- D-Tech- Sedan Revolution= #131
felixthecat is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2014, 10:38 AM   #544
Super 7
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
Super 7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Fan#: 169826
Location: Tillamook, OR
What I Drive: 2003 ZX3 SVT Yellow

Posts: 37
FF Reputation: 1 Super 7 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I've built cars to autocross. That was worth it. Generally, when parts require replacement, like shocks, I'll pony up for upgrades rather than installing over priced OEM or cheapo replacements. Might as well upgrade if you have to replace anyway. Plus, cars, motorcycle, and bicycles are a hobby of mine. Upgrades are fun.
Super 7 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2014, 08:39 PM   #545
shaunCW78
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Fan#: 180417
Location: xxxx, AR
What I Drive: xxxx

Posts: 14
FF Reputation: 1 shaunCW78 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I know a lot of people like to put performance mods on their cars, but it just doesn't appeal to me. if I wanted a faster car, I would have gotten one to begin with. body/paint/wheel mods are okay because they individualize your ride. plus, when you try to performance out your car, you kill the mpg. I just cant see getting a cheap on gas car and making it get the same mpg as a challenger or Camaro or something like that. kinda kills the point. might as well have just got the faster car. just my 2 cents though.
shaunCW78 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2014, 09:14 PM   #546
felixthecat
Focus Fanatic
 
felixthecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Fan#: 80663
Location: Renton, WA
What I Drive: '05 Silver Sport Technologies

Posts: 8,616
FF Reputation: 54 felixthecat Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by shaunCW78 View Post
I know a lot of people like to put performance mods on their cars, but it just doesn't appeal to me. if I wanted a faster car, I would have gotten one to begin with. body/paint/wheel mods are okay because they individualize your ride. plus, when you try to performance out your car, you kill the mpg. I just cant see getting a cheap on gas car and making it get the same mpg as a challenger or Camaro or something like that. kinda kills the point. might as well have just got the faster car. just my 2 cents though.
Who says when you make the engine more efficent, you can't have power & mpg. Isn't modding your motor similar to changing wheels/body & paint? Its a mod too. I can get 35mpg on the freeway w/ my 23, so yea motor mods helped w/ mpg.
__________________
Introduce Mr. Torsen to the mix D23 crew- D-Tech- Sedan Revolution= #131
felixthecat is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2014, 05:25 AM   #547
mr_cassandra
Focus Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Fan#: 95399
Location: somewhere, MA
What I Drive: Mazda-3 , formerly a focus SE

Posts: 726
FF Reputation: 2 mr_cassandra Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by shaunCW78 View Post
I know a lot of people like to put performance mods on their cars, but it just doesn't appeal to me. if I wanted a faster car, I would have gotten one to begin with. body/paint/wheel mods are okay because they individualize your ride. plus, when you try to performance out your car, you kill the mpg. I just cant see getting a cheap on gas car and making it get the same mpg as a challenger or Camaro or something like that. kinda kills the point. might as well have just got the faster car. just my 2 cents though.
Morning Shaun, there are some car mods that actually can increase mileage. Factory built engines serve a lot of masters, some of whose goals are economy of manufacture and also one size fits all tuning.

One example is the traditional old cast iron exhaust manifold. It is often just rough iron exit piping, shaped all wrong. When you add headers, they are smooth tubing shaped to let the exhaust gases escape as efficiently as possible, which in turn leads to more air being able to get in and netter combustion.

Headers usually go hand in hand with a more efficient exhaust system as well, further reducing back pressure to the engine.

Conversely a better intake manifold aids intake/exhaust for the same reason.

Along these same lines is an item popular these days with import tuners (and american cars as well) the cold air intake. Within reason, the cooler the air that goes into the combustion process, the more air available to combust. Cold air intakes usually draw air from down by the number, which is better than hot air drawn in from the engine compartment.

Each of the devices above can actually increase mileage, because they are increasing the efficiency of the existing process.

That being said, I'd fall into your opinion however, of preferring a car all tricked out by the factory, like my 1900 mustang GT which came from the factory with roller cams, stainless steel headers and anti-windup bars on the rear axle.

Unless you have a great deal of money to spend, nothing beats a factory built and designed performance car, as they have the inside track to properly blending all the go fast parts to work together
__________________
Disclaimer: the only intention of questions I ask or statements I make is to gather or disseminate more info about DCT problems for the benefit of people who are here talking about them.
If your Focus happens to run fine, enjoy it !
mr_cassandra is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2014, 11:34 PM   #548
Focus-dude
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Fan#: 168346
Location: Los Angeles, CA
What I Drive: 2004 Ford Focus SE 2.3L

Posts: 68
FF Reputation: 3 Focus-dude Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I'm only 24 and feel like the old man in the room. I like to keep the car as OEM as possible. The closer the car is to how it looked and drove the day it came off the lot the better imo -- I'm a purest
Focus-dude is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2014, 07:40 PM   #549
felixthecat
Focus Fanatic
 
felixthecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Fan#: 80663
Location: Renton, WA
What I Drive: '05 Silver Sport Technologies

Posts: 8,616
FF Reputation: 54 felixthecat Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Focus-dude View Post
I'm only 24 and feel like the old man in the room. I like to keep the car as OEM as possible. The closer the car is to how it looked and drove the day it came off the lot the better imo -- I'm a purest
What about upgrades? There are a lot of upgrades that the engineers would love to do, but the bean counters put the cabosh on. So that leave the cunsumer to upgrade. Look at the 1st Mustangs= They were designed for upgrades to begin with.
__________________
Introduce Mr. Torsen to the mix D23 crew- D-Tech- Sedan Revolution= #131
felixthecat is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2014, 08:32 PM   #550
Mr Orange SVT
Focus Enthusiast
 
Mr Orange SVT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Fan#: 10430
Location: McHenry, IL
What I Drive: 2003 Comp Orange SVT #906

Posts: 328
FF Reputation: 2 Mr Orange SVT Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I always mod everything I get motorcycle or car to some degree. I started out slow on my SVT. When I bought it in 04 I immediately did the Borla catback system and then stopped. To me the car did everything so well I couldn't see doing anything else at the time. My first big mod was the stereo in 08. The stock suspension started to give out in 13 so then I upgraded to the Eibach kit. I'm still very happy with the stock bits on the car but I'll continue to do little upgrades as they come up for replacement.
__________________
Mods: K&N air filter, Borla CAT back center exit exhaust, Alpine Stereo with Focal speakers, Eibach Suspension.
Mr Orange SVT is online now  
    Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks
-->
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:09 PM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX or Fiesta ST. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.