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Old 05-31-2012, 07:25 AM   #11
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You guys raise some good points but...... Side exhaust would be bad azz I think,
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:41 AM   #12
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I had a few cars with it, it gets pretty annoying After a while inside lol
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:11 AM   #13
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^^ did they exit past the body?

from the safety inspector handbook, the exhaust must exit behind the passenger cabin so as not to burn any passengers entering or leaving the vehicle.

It is not a focus, but mine exits right at the back of the rear door. I don't let people in through that side anyway as the door is broken and they never shut it right.

Heres the biggest thing, you will need either a really long resonator or one of those thrush/cherrybomb etc bullet mufflers (may be a bit too loud for a non turbo vehicle). I'd use both if you have the room, glass packs are not the quietest but better than straight pipe.

where the stock muffler is (the first one) you should be able to bend a pipe that goes either straight out the side or angle it some and put an angled tip on it to still run parallel with the body.

if you don't want drone, make sure to exit it past the body some.



you can see I had a ton of crap to work around... frame, trailing arm, fuel tank etc. on yours, it should be easier.
(PS don't mind the clamps, its all welded up now, ran out of welding g gas earlier)
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:41 AM   #14
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You guys raise some good points but...... Side exhaust would be bad azz I think,

Bad ass how exactly? In an "all show no go" kinda way? I don't really get how the location of the exhaust exit makes the car cooler. I understand you're trying to emulate a race car, but this is a 160 hp 4-banger econohatch. Yeah it's fun to drive and handles well, but to go through the trouble and expense for side exhausts? Really?

Whenever you get to this level of custom modification, there will always be people that commend you for doing something "unique," but you also run the risk of doing something that looks foolish. IMO this would cross the ricer line. Up there with lambo doors And for what? There isn't a single advantage to it.
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I would really only suggest this if you are looking for two things:

1: weight reduction. I saved about 30lbs over my last setup.
2: less restriction. I gained a good deal of response and spool-up over the last setup.
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I would really only suggest this if you are looking for two things:

1: weight reduction. I saved about 30lbs over my last setup.
2: less restriction. I gained a good deal of response and spool-up over the last setup.
True - but you could easily get a less restrictive, lighter exhaust (than stock) and still exit out the back. How much lighter and less restrictive a custom side-exit exhaust would be than an out-of-the-box solution already on the market (FSWerks, Magnaflow, FRPP) is debatable, but I suspect it's not enough to make a difference. This is all about going after a certain look, and IMO an economy car trying to look like a race car just looks foolish.
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@ Bimmer-Bob I don't think the Focus looks foolish when done up as a racecar, just because it's mass produced and is an economical car doesn't mean it can't be made into a bad ass machine. Just google Focus Race Car or 2012 Focus St R ... yummy
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For a Focus with aftermarket support, I agree. Not to mention a stock one (stock anything really) My car is 23 years old almost, there's about 1% aftermarket support for it and that would be a turbo manifold.

I use 1/8" wall 2.5" tubing for my exhaust. Very strong, but certainly not the lightest... the weight difference on mine is quite a bit. My whole system is straight-through and works very well for a turbo... certainly different from before. Everything has to be custom built for mine

edit: for above.... those are race cars though . We're just talking about side exit as an alternative replacement on an otherwise stock-minimally modded vehicle.
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@ Bimmer-Bob I don't think the Focus looks foolish when done up as a racecar, just because it's mass produced and is an economical car doesn't mean it can't be made into a bad ass machine. Just google Focus Race Car or 2012 Focus St R ... yummy
Yeah, but the ST-R is a race car that shares almost nothing in common with the current production vehicle. And even it doesn't get side exhaust exits.

To me, someone trying to make their Focus look like an ST-R would be equally as foolish looking. It's not that the car's styling doesn't lend itself to some more sporty touches, it's the idea that those sporty touches are what makes your car sporty. It's when the performance isn't there to back up the look that it looks foolish (IMO of course).
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Personally I think it's all about the attitude of the owner, or at least most of it. If they go around telling everyone it's a race car, I'm fine with them getting crap for it.

I don't care too much how my car looks... sure its nice if it looks even better but its an old car. I will enjoy my 340wtq though
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