Basic Bolt ons: Exhaust Headers - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace

Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus First Generation > ZETEC Performance (2000-2004)

ZETEC Performance (2000-2004) The place to chat about any 2.0L Zetec engine performance, tuning and exhaust related upgrades.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
FocusFanatics Merchandise

Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 02-22-2004, 11:53 AM   #1
Join Date: Sep 2003
Fan#: 490
Location: NJ
What I Drive: 2001 Pitch Black ZX3

Posts: 4,779
FF Reputation: 1 focaltech Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (-1)
Basic Bolt ons: Exhaust Headers

In this section I will go into detail describing the kinds and brands of exhaust headers.

When it comes time to choose an aftermarket header for your car you have a few things to consider. Mainly you want to decide if you are going to stay emissions legal. If you are going to stay emissions legal then a shorty style header is for you. If meeting emissions requirements isnít necessary then a race header will give better gains.

Shorty headers

Here are some of the shorty style headers out on the market for the zetec engine.

Ford racing shorty
MAC shorty
JBA shorty
Pacesetter shorty
Focussport shorty
Edelbrock shorty
Focus central shorty

Shorty headers when used in conjunction with a stock catalytic converters donít produce very large gains. Though a shorty header used in conjunction with a hi flow cat can make very good gains. A shorty header and hi flow cat combo also allow the engine to produce usable low rpm torque, this is good for daily drivers.

Shorty headers do have one con and that is price, a quality shorty will cost close to as much as a race header. Dollar for dollar vs. a race header they arenít as worth it. But if staying emissions legal they are as good as it gets. I have also found that over long term use, an aftermarket shorty can prematurely wear a stock catalytic converter.

Race headers

Here are some of the race headers your likely to see on the market.

Focus central race header
Focussport race header
Kamikaze race header

For the money, if you plan to make serious power in any form a race header is necessary. Also they cannot be beaten when it comes to price. Average race headers go for between $ 325 - 375

Race headers require removal of the catalytic converter. Many folks cannot remove their cat for emissions reasons. This makes a race header impossible to use.

These are not all of the exhaust headers and race headers available, but simply a selection of the more common ones.

If you have a question about one of these parts or another related exhaust part, feel free to PM me or e-mail me at

focaltech is offline  
    Reply With Quote

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may 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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Timing Belt Info Spanky6935 General Technical Chat 13 09-30-2011 11:54 PM
So you want to buy an Exhaust System? ALL_MOTOR_FOCUS Ford Focus & General Car Chat 7 10-12-2006 06:15 PM
Will it fit? CheckMyVitals MK1 Focus 14 08-12-2005 03:55 PM
Bolt Ons haleyzx3 DURATEC Performance (2003-2007) 19 12-14-2004 08:20 AM
Basic Bolt ons: Struts and Shocks/Suspension packages focaltech Brakes, Suspension & Body Chassis 15 11-06-2004 03:04 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:30 PM.

Copyright 2002-2014 All Rights Reserved : 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 Audi S3, Ford Fusion and Acura TLX. 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. Challenger Hellcat - Charger Hellcat