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Old 03-30-2012, 11:46 PM   #1
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cheap modifications limited budget

i have a all black 2003 focus zx3 base hatch with a cold air and thats it i'm on a limited budget and am wondering cheap ways to get more hp and torque out of the zetec. any ideas?


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have you even searched ahha. Search man its your friend.

To make a zetec GO!! BOOST is your best bet. Im guessing thats not an option because your on a budget.
Basic modifications for a N/A Set up include:

1. SVT Header, Flex, Dip
2. ORP, Full Exhaust
3. A Tune
4. Cams and Cam Gears
5. 65MM or Bigger Throttle Body
6. Porting the Intake
7. IceMan Intake Goodies to help your current CAI
8. Engine Mounts (allows power torque to be transferred to the wheels instead of being wasted through vibrations, shifting of weight, etc.)
9. Under Drive Pullies (UDP)
these are just some basic modifications most people do to their N/A Zetecs, then realize they should have just went Boost either turbo or supercharging it. Most N/A numbers with out serious block, head, etc milling etc you will just be around same numbers as a SVTF because a SVTF is a upgraded Zetec basically!
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i have been searching a little bit and i do have a racing clutch already bought all i need to do is install it on one of my days off. but what about underdrive pulleys would those work or would that be pointless to use for an everyday driver?
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Here is a link to the stickied threads that will help guide you towards what you want. For bang for the buck I'd get a header and ditch the stock manifold and cat.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=174742
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Pulleys aren't needed, you'd be better off spending the money on the pulleys towards other parts proven to make power. Why spend a 100 bucks on 3hp? I'd rather put that towards something else.
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and with regards to the engine mounts what would be the best brand to use?
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Any really, they are kinda do the same thing. Just don't expect stock replacement mounts to last long, that's why a lot of us go to the poly motor mounts. Definitly replace the lower one, the others are up to you. They will increase the vibrations felt through out the car if you do the passenger side one. The stock one has fluid in it to dampen the vibrations from the motor.
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so the lower one as in the rear one?
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ya you have lower, passenger, driver. i think the lower one is called the transmission/ the dog bone mount
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