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Old 05-25-2013, 10:38 PM   #1
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Ford Focus SVT Dilemma. What should i do!?

so lets start a discussion on what should i do with my focus...

Alright so i bought a SVT focus and put a Jackson Racing Super Charger on it recently. i bought this car for one reason, to make a kit car you can check out at This Link Here. 0-60 in 3.8 Seconds with the regular focus engine. i have an SVT with a supercharger i was planning to tune with Tom. so 220HP ish. so it would be really fast! This is not my daily driver. i just got a Infiniti FX35 for daily driving. so the focus is parked.

I have however found my self arguing about what to do. i want to build that kit, but it starts at 8,000$ so im guessing 12,000$ when im all done with it. that's alot of money. but i want a fun track car, as well as a fun weekend car. the kit is a convertible only, so it would be like a motor cycle. sunny days only.

However, its fast with a supercharger. if i leave it as is id sell the supercharger, go turbo, and make it a track car. i had a track car in the past and wouldn't mind one again. i could get a roll cage gut the car out get a great turbo setup with more horse power, and i could take it out for fun in the rain! but the focus is front wheel drive, and the kit would be rear wheel drive. which i think would be more fun. and if i keep the car i would get it repainted eventually. and i would need new struts and all that. the cars old. almost everything is original. i would most likely get a good coilover kit. but the kit car comes with all new everything.

i have even considered selling it as its my third car. but i have a passion for racing, driving at tracks, and bulding cars.

So what do you guys think i should do? Build the kit car and leave the supercharger. or fully build the focus, get body work done, new suspension setup, more power with a turbo? roll cage, Track mode!
i know i can get 300HP with the factory SVT setup and a turbo. but how much more power can i get without spedning thousands? however.. i know you have to spend money to play. and i have money to play. i'm just not sure where to spend it. wife wants jet skis. i dont think i do. i want to drive fast like most of us on this site do

and as i said. its not a daily driver. i would like to keep it street legal for a fun to take out car! but i want to go fast at the track too! i miss my old turbo'd scion! but what im saying is i can put this car down for weeks while working on it. Thanks for reading if you got this far!

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Old 05-25-2013, 11:10 PM   #2
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I would

1. leave the SVT as is
2. get the kit car and drop a Zetec in it
3. add turbo later
4. profit
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well if i got the kit car, i would still need a donor with a zetec and transmission! and ECU wire harness etc.
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That can be had for cheap
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I would start w/ a 23 mzr motor. Look at what Caterham's & mx5's use. Sounds like fun.
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so you guys are saying make the kit car? vs making the focus a track car?
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i love the idea of the fast rear wheel drive sports car, but i kind of want to keep the full car with a top so i can take it out and snow and rain still. i think i could just turbo and go for 350 - 400HP and get a nice body kit and be happy with a fully paid off weekend car. i'm currently loving this body kit Wide Body

how ever i could make it a track car, and get a full carbon fiber body kit with the additional fenders and hood for half the price of the wide body. pros would be, would not need painting, already cheaper then the wide body, dont have to pay a body shop to install it, and im guessing id shave off 300lbs ish? no weights on the kit so im not sure exactly.

cons. id have to paint the car a charcole grey to match or it would look funny.
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if i keep the focus as is ill do all the engine work first and get it running perfectly for a good set of coilovers. currently thinking i like the K Sport set. then after all the performance specs are where i like ill do visuals last.
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I think they were advocating fixing / keeping the SVT as is, and get another engine and the kit car as a toy, but I could be wrong.
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I think they were advocating fixing / keeping the SVT as is, and get another engine and the kit car as a toy, but I could be wrong.
Yeah, You hit it.^^^^^^^^^^^
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RWD track cars are fun. Whether you have a kit car or Miata. I'd do a simple track car aka Caterham w/ a 2.3L 240 or so hp mzr motor.You can use 20 mzr motor, to keep the cost down some. Miata's are pretty simple & less exspensive. Or how 'bout a Cobra kit? Or a Flying Miata setup= LS powered?
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