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Old 10-11-2013, 02:59 PM   #1
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Building my Zx4. HELP!

Hey guys, new to all of this. I drive a 2005 Zx4 ST. I'm looking for an exhaust, suspension lowered atleast an inch, an intake, and some kind of lip. If you could give me a hand it'd be much appreciated, any suggestions are considered. Thanks guys




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Old 10-11-2013, 03:27 PM   #2
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Check out this thread for some cheap mods and suggestions. I believe there is mention of the "home depot lip" in there, if not you can search for it if you're into that kind of thing.

I'd suggest painting the lower front grill and the rear diffuser area, it's simple and adds so much to the car. It's how it should have come stock IMO.

Here's my car with the front painted:




When I lowered mine, the back settled way more than the front for some reason, in that first picture I posted, the car loaded up with heavy things so it doesn't actually sit like that but it's not far off. You can find springs, struts and almost anything you'd need in the BST section of FF.
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Old 10-11-2013, 03:29 PM   #3
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Welcome, that's a nice looking ST. These Focus's look great dropped and on a set of wheels.

For an exhaust I would check out Borla.
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:54 PM   #4
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So when you got lowering springs did you lower the back more than the front? Or front and back equally. Because I hate the stance it's at right now with the back end higher. Ty for input btw.
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Hey thanks for the feedback Willy, I checked out borla and it sounds really nice, Aswell as good performance reviews. Definitely considering it
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Just depends what you want. What are your goals for this car, all go and no show, all show no go, low and slow?

There are quite a bit of us that have never touched our exhaust.

I'm not saying don't get an exhaust, what I am saying don't buy one for a visual, especially if your trying to cruise the streets stealthy as you can always change the tip on the stocker.

Cheer's. Enjoy the forums, search around. I bet there is a thread of hundreds of pictures of your generation of Focus, that gives you the best visions for what you want to do. I've gotten all sorts of ideas, some I use some, I make sure I avoid.
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Minimal cost for the best benefit on your st would be to get a used set of svt focus springs. Your car already has the same dampers as an svt focus and assuming they are in good condition (how many miles are on your car now by the way?) i'd pair them with the springs and call it a day. You can find a set for 100 dollars or less used. I would do that before any intake/exhaust/anything else mod. If you need replacement dampers CFM has the whole set for under 300 dollars, or a bit over 300 with the front strut assemblies complete.


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Only thing with the above is you don't need the sway bar as you already have the svt rear bar stock.

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I have ST coilovers but had the svt springs before for a year and a half or so. If I ever get tired of coilovers I know what setup I'm reverting back to in a heartbeat as long as I have this car.
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Awesome quacking, I just checked out your post Aswell, I love the ride. Nice wheels. That's mainly what I'm wanting to do first is drop it. My car has 70k on it, all stock for the st. For only 100$ I'm definitely going to look into it, do you mind if I message you once I find a set to make sure I'm not buying the wrong set? I'm a bit of a rookie. Thanks pal. Also, I'm not too worried about the ride right now, is there any kits that'll lower me an inch or more that I could find from a reliable sourced or cheepish?
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Just another thought, the st stock has a decent exhaust note so if you're happy with that for now, i'd spend money elsewhere until you figure out what your real goals are for the car. I've spent a couple grand between bolt ons, cams, tune and while it has more power...day to day I question if it's really worth it. With suspension upgrades I never question "was it worth it" since it makes a corner more fun even at slow speeds so just some food for thought. These cars for most (but not all) of us are going to be nothing more than fun cars we drive everyday with an occasional canyon run or trackday or autocross event.
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Awesome quacking, I just checked out your post Aswell, I love the ride. Nice wheels. That's mainly what I'm wanting to do first is drop it. My car has 70k on it, all stock for the st. For only 100$ I'm definitely going to look into it, do you mind if I message you once I find a set to make sure I'm not buying the wrong set? I'm a bit of a rookie. Thanks pal.
No problem at all, happy to help and send me a message if you have any questions. Thanks for the compliments too!
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