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Old 07-28-2013, 03:13 PM   #11
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Go aftermarket 18"s for new light wheels since the ST wheels might be a downgrade where ooomph is concerned.
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No problem, and thank you!

Not that you have to, but in my opinion I would recommend a full cat-back. Not only will you not see any actual power gains with the axle back, but as stated-it's expensive for what it is. While it definitely looks better than OEM, for only a couple hundred $'s more you can get the full system and some decent gains in hp/fuel mileage. FRPP, Borla, and Magnaflow are three of the best rated/sounding systems.

The FRPP is essentially a re-branded Borla and you can save some money on it by ordering it through either Village or Tousley Ford. The Borla isn't overly expensive, and AutoAnything will even match Amazon pricing if Amazon is currently beating it. I fought long and hard to get the Borla kit, but it wasn't going to get to me in time for FF13 so I went custom. The Magnaflow is usually the priciest of the three, but I've never seen a bad review of it.

Just something to think about

I just noticed that you aren't too far away from me either, so I could also meet up to help you with the snorkel delete. It doesn't take too long, but I understand the uncertainty of tearing into a new vehicle. I've done it on mine and a few of my local friends' vehicles.


Thank you, I will keep that in my mind. I probably just leave exhaust stock for a while and just do the drop-in/snorkel delete... returning to car payments definitely suck. haha.

yeah I noticed that you're from Fayetteville.. that's not far away.. compared to Goldsboro lol. I would have to order the K&N first before letting you know when to meet up. Would that work?
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Go aftermarket 18"s for new light wheels since the ST wheels might be a downgrade where ooomph is concerned.


Is that because the ST wheels are heavy? (pricey I know).
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Thank you, I will keep that in my mind. I probably just leave exhaust stock for a while and just do the drop-in/snorkel delete... returning to car payments definitely suck. haha.

yeah I noticed that you're from Fayetteville.. that's not far away.. compared to Goldsboro lol. I would have to order the K&N first before letting you know when to meet up. Would that work?
Sure, that's not a problem! Just shoot me a pm whenever you're ready and we can iron out the details

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Is that because the ST wheels are heavy? (pricey I know).
Yes, the OEM 18's (Both Ti HP and ST) are heavy-in the 25lb+ range. For roughly the same cost you can get a lighter set of wheels with a better fitting offset. Something to consider, unless you are a big fan of the ST wheels.
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Sure, that's not a problem! Just shoot me a pm whenever you're ready and we can iron out the details


Yes, the OEM 18's (Both Ti HP and ST) are heavy-in the 25lb+ range. For roughly the same cost you can get a lighter set of wheels with a better fitting offset. Something to consider, unless you are a big fan of the ST wheels.


Will do! Thanks for your help!. Look forward to meet you soon! Hopefully I will know by next week or so.

Yeah I am a fan of ST wheels lol. But, I have to take the weight differences in a consideration as well, so you have a point there. Even though I will just stick with stock hub covered wheels for a long while.
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We should have a meet up then! I think I'm in the middle of Fayetteville and Greensboro!
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We should have a meet up then! I think I'm in the middle of Fayetteville and Greensboro!
That would be pretty awesome. I'm in Charlotte and it would be great to meet up with some other Focus owners. I'm more than happy to drive a ways too!
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Just perfect! We all can meet up one day. Next week I will be free all week before I start working in Charlotte.
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Just perfect! We all can meet up one day. Next week I will be free all week before I start working in Charlotte.
I'm free any time except this Wednesday or Friday. Outside of that, whatever works for everyone works for me. When you decide, post a date/time/place in here and in here-http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=319857, and maybe we can get a handful of cars/people. Depending on whom all is available, we can pick a relatively centralized location
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I am a huge fan of 225/45/17's for our MK3s N/A. I did a quick research on TireRack and came up with these numbers. I choose the Goodyear Eagle F1s in 225/45/17 and the weight per tire is 21lbs. I found three wheels that are light weight. Andros Spec D in matte grey 17x8 at 18.7lbs. Sparco Assetto Gara in matte graphite silver 17x7.5 at 19lbs. If you are feeling rich, O.Z. Ultraleggera in black paint at 17.1lbs.

If we pair the 225's with the O.Z. we have a total tire and wheel weight of 38.1lbs.

An earlier post has the ST's wheel at 25lbs, and the Goodyear Eagle F1s in 235/40/18 at either 23lbs or 25lbs depending on the 300 or 240 tread wear. Giving me a total of either 48lbs or 50lbs total weight per tire.

Not only is that a lot less unsprung weight, but less rotational mass to accelerate and decelerate. I know, I know, 18"rs look so much better and the 235 looks more bad ass when viewed from the rear(sarcasm). But I care more about performance than looks. The grip difference between a 235 sectional to a 225 sectional is negligible same tire to same tire but the weight savings is huge.
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