Best CAI for my '07 - 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 First Generation > DURATEC Performance (2003-2007)

DURATEC Performance (2003-2007) The place to chat about any Duratec 23, 23E, and 20 engine performance, tuning and exhaust related upgrades.

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

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-21-2012, 02:06 AM   #1
Cheez
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Fan#: 100377
Location: Edgewood, WA
What I Drive: 2007, dark red/, ZX3, 2.0L Duratech

Posts: 14
FF Reputation: 1 Cheez Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Best CAI for my '07

So I have seen all these pics and people talking about CAI on their first gen foci. But I dont have the same set up, with the lifetime filter it is a totally different set up in the '07. First off, how do I replace it with an aftermarket CAI and what sort of other mods am I going to have to do? Second, which would be the best CAI to get? Any info or advice will really help for what I want to do. Thanks guys!

2007 2.0l Duratech ZX3 S


Cheez is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-21-2012, 09:48 AM   #2
rambleon84
So mote be it
 
rambleon84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Fan#: 51521
Location: columbus, OH
What I Drive: 2007 Dark Toreador Red ZX3

Posts: 5,389
Points 7,381, Level 57
Points: 7,381, Level: 57 Points: 7,381, Level: 57 Points: 7,381, Level: 57
Level Up 16% Completed
Level up: 16% Level up: 16% Level up: 16%
Forum Activity 18%
Activity: 18% Activity: 18% Activity: 18%
FF Reputation: 23 rambleon84 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (15)
It's pretty easy to install, I have the same model as you... You remove all of the stock intake (which isnt hard but its the longest part of the install,) starting after the throttle body. Careful with the MAF, as you will be reusing that sensor. I found it easier to jack up the drivers side of the car and I may have removed the front wheel (you need to take off some of the splash shield to easier access some of the bolts holding on the different intake parts.)

Most CAI's will come with pictures/directions on how to remove the old and install the new one. I have fswerks (fswerks.com) and it came with pretty straight forward directions. I am happy with it, have had it installed for about 2 years now. The ITG filter it comes with is washable and should last as long as you have the car, buy the oil spray with the CAI.

Here is a very large image of my engine bay, click to zoom. You can see the difference on your car to see what I removed.


Here is the stock MAF tube, you will need a set of torx bits or allen keys to remove the MAF sensor (3mm i believe.) You will be reusing the MAF and screws, mind the direction it is facing in the tube and reinstall it to the new CAI the same. Everything else is just basic hand tools.


Here is an ugly picture of the stock intake that will be coming out of the car, pretty much all of the black plastic stuff comes out:

You have a resonator, the filter element and snorkel to remove (i was lazy and left the upper snorkel part)
(this was after an accident, you do not need to remove the quarter panel or headlight lol)
rambleon84 is online now  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-21-2012, 09:54 AM   #3
Drumr90
Focus Fanatic
 
Drumr90's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Fan#: 99659
Location: Northampton, PA
What I Drive: 2006 Black ZX5 auto

Posts: 3,229
Points 3,788, Level 38
Points: 3,788, Level: 38 Points: 3,788, Level: 38 Points: 3,788, Level: 38
Level Up 92% Completed
Level up: 92% Level up: 92% Level up: 92%
Forum Activity 1%
Activity: 1% Activity: 1% Activity: 1%
FF Reputation: 3 Drumr90 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Posted via FF MobileI have a 2006 with same setup. Now do u got to worry about any water hittin filter?
Drumr90 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-21-2012, 10:08 AM   #4
rambleon84
So mote be it
 
rambleon84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Fan#: 51521
Location: columbus, OH
What I Drive: 2007 Dark Toreador Red ZX3

Posts: 5,389
Points 7,381, Level 57
Points: 7,381, Level: 57 Points: 7,381, Level: 57 Points: 7,381, Level: 57
Level Up 16% Completed
Level up: 16% Level up: 16% Level up: 16%
Forum Activity 18%
Activity: 18% Activity: 18% Activity: 18%
FF Reputation: 23 rambleon84 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (15)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Drumr90 View Post
Posted via FF MobileI have a 2006 with same setup. Now do u got to worry about any water hittin filter?
There is a splash shield that keeps any direct water from hitting the filter element, as its tucked right behind the front bumper. Of course, do not drive through standing water that is higher than your bumper. They sell hydrophobic socks that cover the main filter that will resist water too. I have driven in some pretty heavy downpours with lots of water on the road and have not had any issues. Be smart and you will be fine.

Of course if you are worried about it, then dont get a CAI and stick to stock or a SRI like what Steeda sells. People who have the Steeda intake are generally just as happy with it as the folks that get a CAI.

CFM makes a CAI that they can include a bypass filter on. If the primary filter becomes submerged, a second filter is in the system opens that bypasses the main filter. It is located higher up and should prevent your CAI acting like a straw.
rambleon84 is online now  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-21-2012, 12:50 PM   #5
Drumr90
Focus Fanatic
 
Drumr90's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Fan#: 99659
Location: Northampton, PA
What I Drive: 2006 Black ZX5 auto

Posts: 3,229
Points 3,788, Level 38
Points: 3,788, Level: 38 Points: 3,788, Level: 38 Points: 3,788, Level: 38
Level Up 92% Completed
Level up: 92% Level up: 92% Level up: 92%
Forum Activity 1%
Activity: 1% Activity: 1% Activity: 1%
FF Reputation: 3 Drumr90 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Posted via FF Mobile
I dont drive through deep water. Just have been stuck in rain thats right at bottom of my bumper. As long as its tucked away i should be good then.
Drumr90 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-21-2012, 12:56 PM   #6
bellis58
Focus Rookie
 
bellis58's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Fan#: 100109
Location: Ashburn, VA
What I Drive: 2007 Black SES Hatchback

Posts: 17
FF Reputation: 1 bellis58 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I put my Steeda CAI in my car weeks after getting it. Been driving it for years, through rain, snow, mud, etc.

No problems whatsoever. I mean, I don't rally it or anything, but a CAI for a daily driver should experience no problems. There are tons of options for CAI's. I can only personally speak for the Steeda. I love it. Definitely can feel the difference when you initially install it and it gets you that nice CAI sound.
__________________
07' Focus SES 5-Speed Manual
bellis58 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-21-2012, 01:02 PM   #7
Drumr90
Focus Fanatic
 
Drumr90's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Fan#: 99659
Location: Northampton, PA
What I Drive: 2006 Black ZX5 auto

Posts: 3,229
Points 3,788, Level 38
Points: 3,788, Level: 38 Points: 3,788, Level: 38 Points: 3,788, Level: 38
Level Up 92% Completed
Level up: 92% Level up: 92% Level up: 92%
Forum Activity 1%
Activity: 1% Activity: 1% Activity: 1%
FF Reputation: 3 Drumr90 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Posted via FF Mobile
Cool cool. I was originaly lookin at the k&n typhoon intake. Maybe ill look around more and see whats out there
Drumr90 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-21-2012, 06:29 PM   #8
Cheez
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Fan#: 100377
Location: Edgewood, WA
What I Drive: 2007, dark red/, ZX3, 2.0L Duratech

Posts: 14
FF Reputation: 1 Cheez Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Awesome guys, exactly what i was hoping to hear. Will be savin up and probly have to make a choice on which one I want to get. Was lookin at the steeda just cause it is bada** lookin. But the fswerks looks more functional and more to what is originally on there. I also had no idea that the snorkel went that far up. Kinda cool i suppose. But anyways thanks for the info. Will post updates about what goes in and maybe some pics as well.
Cheez is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-21-2012, 08:05 PM   #9
whynotthinkwhynot
Captain TMI
 
whynotthinkwhynot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Fan#: 18416
Location: the armpit of TN, Memphis, TN
What I Drive: 05 ZXW; 02 Windstar; 13 C-Max SEL

Posts: 20,160
Points 27,138, Level 97
Points: 27,138, Level: 97 Points: 27,138, Level: 97 Points: 27,138, Level: 97
Level Up 79% Completed
Level up: 79% Level up: 79% Level up: 79%
Forum Activity 5%
Activity: 5% Activity: 5% Activity: 5%
FF Reputation: 270 whynotthinkwhynot Outstanding Standing Member whynotthinkwhynot Outstanding Standing Member whynotthinkwhynot Outstanding Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Moved to Duratec Performance. Ford Focus Technical chat is for technical discussions relating to general maintenance, electrical issues, engine trouble, and recalls. Thanks for posting!
__________________
Be eclectic.
---The Complete How-To Archive--

Moderating everything now, let me know if I can help.

Quote:
Originally Posted by the user formerly known as ZX3_Chick View Post
You're special aren't you.
whynotthinkwhynot is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-21-2012, 11:03 PM   #10
ergo-ogre
Focus Rookie
 
ergo-ogre's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Fan#: 100437
Location: Fallout Shelter, United States
What I Drive: '05 ZX3 2.0L AT

Posts: 18
Points 138, Level 2
Points: 138, Level: 2 Points: 138, Level: 2 Points: 138, Level: 2
Level Up 76% Completed
Level up: 76% Level up: 76% Level up: 76%
Forum Activity 1%
Activity: 1% Activity: 1% Activity: 1%
FF Reputation: 1 ergo-ogre Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
The "Stealth CAI" is simple and effective. All ya need is a cone-type filter like K&N RC-9160 universal with a 3.125" intake flange:


http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=195366

http://www.ineedawebsite.com/Blazing...lth%20CAI.html
__________________
needs boost
ergo-ogre is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST 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:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

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


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:52 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.