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Old 07-08-2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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Smile I want my zx3 around 200hp

I would love to mod my car to have 200hp and I was looking for a little input on what to get and do to it thanks! I'm new sorry if this is in the wrong spot!


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Welcome to the forum..

There are a couple stickies on this ay forum that consist of how-to's and comparison in parts.. Check em out.

As far as 200hp

N/A? It's very difficult if not downright impossible... There's a couple of peeps iirc that have come close.. One of em is iminhell (username) and he's done a lot of work to get there.. I hate to not be sure but I think he is at 170+ whp on a n/a engine...

Even the svt focus that came with a higher compression, better exhaust, intake and header.. Still only came with about 150ish at wheels..

If you want better performance I recommend

SVT header
SVT exhaust
SVT intake
Custom Tune
Upgrade your suspension
Engine mounts
Throttle body (response)

And obviously a tune up.. Maintenance always comes first... Funny how its like dead last on the list lol but I say this because once mods come in the engine starts taking a toll.. So before you do any performance.. Do your maintenance.. Timing belt, water pump, plugs, wires, the basics..


One of my favorite modding rules... If you can't afford it, don't try to half ass it... Be patient and save the $$ for something worth it.. I know we all want power and we all want it now.. But we have a relatively small scene on this side of the pond and unlike Hondas we don't have a billion companies making parts.. So don't buy any Uncle Ben's specials... And above all... Your car.. Enjoy it..

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You will need,

Better flowing head (this includes cams, valves and springs)
Better flowing exhaust (no Ebay crap)
Higher compression (I'd say 12:1 minimum)
Better fuel (with the higher compression pump gas may be iffy)
A very good and safe tune
More RPM (and the things that go with it, oiling system)


This has been asked in the first breath of virtually every new zetec owner and I've become quite winded over time. Virtually no one has gone the path, and once they find out that FI is comparable in price they go that way (or Ebay and end up blowing the car up).

No matter what, you'll be spending $2,000 or better to get there safely'ish.
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Turbo it

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Getting 200hp @ the crank or @ the wheel is going to be expensive and difficult.

For the money you'd spend trying to get to 200hp Naturally Aspirated (NA), you'd be better off spending the same amount of money on a turbo or supercharger kit and spend the rest on other mods.

I've seen several used supercharger kits, that will run 6-9psi of boost, and work well on a bone stock (internally) engine and make over 200 WHP; for under $1500.

If your dead set on making 200hp NA, then model what the circle track racers do. Crazy cams, CNC ported and flow tested head, super high compression, run E85 all the time to allow the high compression, SVT style or similar header. You'll more than likely be broke before you even drive the thing.
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I'd like to turbo it but I'm very unfamiliar with turbos. As for bolt ons I have a cheap ford racing header and some exhaust it was on it when I got the car. I'd like to add cams eventually. My main goal for now is better performance in mid range Rpms.
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I've seen several used supercharger kits, that will run 6-9psi of boost, and work well on a bone stock (internally) engine and make over 200 WHP; for under $1500.
This. For all around driveability, reliability, and just cheap, This will be the best bang for your buck. I've gone the NA route, and I could have purchased another 30k mile SVT with how much stuff I had done to my car and it was about the same as a JRSC. Save yourself the time and money.
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