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Old 04-01-2012, 12:57 AM   #1
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Has anybody done an AWD conversion to their Focus

From what I understand, the rally Foci are converted to AWD.
We can't but an AWD Focus in North America.
There are AWD cars that share much of the same chassis components as the Focus, like the Volvo.
Has anybody done a conversion, or seen one other than the Ford factory racing cars? It would be cheaper and easier to start with one of those, but if a guy really wanted to, it should be doable with junkyard parts I imagine.

transmission, rear subframe and suspension, and what other major work?


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Old 04-01-2012, 01:01 AM   #2
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Search!!!!!
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And engine/transmission swap threads go here
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:06 AM   #3
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^^ instead of saying that, just cut your damn hands off if it keeps you from posting. I cant stand it when thats all the post is.

Though I do agree we should have searched here, Im happy to answer repeat questions.

Probably the best platform to adapt to the focus is of the DSM type... transversely mounted engine, compact space, abundant (especially in jdm swap kit form) cheap depending on the setup and still fairly light and with good handling.... it just hasnt been done yet.
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Old 04-01-2012, 02:12 AM   #4
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I searched, found lots of "picture unavailable" and banter about what if's

Seeing as some time has passed, I want to know if anybody has been successful in executing such a swap, not just theory about what *might work*
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No. To my knowledge the is not a single AWD Focus in North America.

IMHO, it's not a worthwhile swap either. You have to figure any swap parts you do find where probably better utilized in the chassis they came from.
Let's say you take parts from a DSM. Well can the zetec/duratec put out the kind of reliable power a DSM can? Maybe, but at what cost? The market for a DSM is huge and there are many ways to make serious power from them. With the zetec/duratec you're pretty limited and for big numbers you have to have fairly deep pockets ... then add to that the custom work to fit any AWD system into the car.

From a purely financial standpoint, it's not a wise move.
Hell, just look at the handful of RWD swaps and how they never become much.
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:43 AM   #6
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Here is how to do it. You will not find parts/donor in the US.
http://passionford.com/forum/restora...8-01-08-a.html
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Or you could go cheaper and use the CD240 Mondeo AWD 2.oL zetec configuration.

No one in the US has done this conversion.
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Thanks for the replies.
I know it would be much more feasible to start with a different platform,
bit I was curious if anybody had actually done it in North America.
The answer appears to be NO.
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:51 PM   #9
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To my knowledge no one has ever done it in the US unless they did it completely in secret. If someone has the time and money to do it I think it would be cool to see.
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I may do this someday when I get the funds too an svt focus or ZTS.... Vermillion red. I think it'd be cool as hell
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