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Old 08-16-2013, 08:31 PM   #21
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No Focus is worth dumping $10,000 into.

Upgrade to the FRPP suspension, sway bars, Tom's Tune, and put another 70k miles on it. That's less than $1000 and will make the car a hoot to drive.
I dropped close to 10k into my ride and in my opinion it has been worth every cent.

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I don't know any heavily modified Focus owners that are happy. Their cars never run right, they never get to drive them. When they do, they have to baby it. The spending never stops because it's always having issues. The level of satisfaction for the turbo guys seems pretty low.

However, the guys that just do light modifications, like Mac mentioned, are pretty happy guys. Good return on investment (fun) with large changes in how the car drives with minimal investment or fussing. Suspension mods are affordable, easy to install, and are instantly apparent.

I just don't see the joy of spending $5k plus on modifications that make the car unreliable, fickle, and still slower than a V6 Mustang.
My car is boosted and I'm extremely happy with it. It doesn't have issues and I DD it.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:47 PM   #22
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i know of three turbo focus car breaking high 12s and i have built one thats around 13.2 so before you talk about "turbo" guys. you might wanna talk to some of them
The few I've met haven't been to the track or always have issues.

I'm a bit curious how much money it's costing you guys to run 13's. I'm guessing for the same money, a stock car of the same price can do the same. Of course, it's hard to calculate cost if you were to do the labor yourself. I'd rather buy a $15k 05-09 GT, put slicks on it and walk right on by for a fraction of the drama and cost.
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I love the newer cars that I walk in my completely crappy looking Camaro.

I will agree if you want speed fast Nitrous is the way to go. I picked up my kit for 400$ brand new, spent a few hours with friends and beer and boom she was ready for the track. Now with a progressive timer and a electronic bottle opener I might be 600$ into it. Cheaper then some exhaust for our focus. A little 40 wet/dry shot will give you the power of all the bolt ons and the most aggressive tune there is for much cheaper.


I don't know shit about Focus's yet, but I remember dropping a few thousand into my Lancer then put it on the bottle and the bottle was the only thing worth it to be honest.
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OP, you can run the FSWerks stage 1 kit on you ATX. If you have any questions/concerns talk to Randy at FSWerks.
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For the OP, myself and any guest viewing this thread;

Is there any potential with an auto for road racing or anything other then being a mall crawler?
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Is there any potential with an auto for road racing or anything other then being a mall crawler?
an Automatic in road racing.... my opinion, no, and I road race. Now an automatic in drag racing yes. because I haven't seen a human yet that can manually shift a manual transmission clutch and all as fast as an automatic can without the help of air shifters or comparing there shifting to an old slipping automatic transmission with week pressures. If an automatic is set up with firm pressures and has good bands then it is a fraction of a second to change gears. not saying there aren't people out there that could push envelope but they aren't gonna be as fast or as consistent.
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If you don't have a passion to do something diff. Don't waste your money on a focus. Go out buy the same car everyone else has and try to "make it your own".

That's the way I look at it. If you love going to the drag strip or autox and be the only focus that spanks all the civics. Than mod your focus
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The few I've met haven't been to the track or always have issues.

I'm a bit curious how much money it's costing you guys to run 13's. I'm guessing for the same money, a stock car of the same price can do the same. Of course, it's hard to calculate cost if you were to do the labor yourself. I'd rather buy a $15k 05-09 GT, put slicks on it and walk right on by for a fraction of the drama and cost.
If all you care about is how much your putting and not the passion of doing Otto be diff. Go buy a mustang and then have fun with all the million other mustangs out there.

I have prolly 5-7grand worth of parts on my car. Would be taking that 7 plus what my focus cost prolly have gotten me a mustang s2000 or something mainstream yes. But there's nothing better than having a mustang guy think your a slow focus. Then you spank them is every corner at the road track or auto cross
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As for focus into the 13s about 10k to get it there. I know first hand I built a focus into the 13s. Not mine but I did build it for him
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Is there any potential with an auto for road racing or anything other then being a mall crawler?
Not your automatic, no. It's a traditional sloppy old 4 speed.

New automatics (NOT DCT) have much higher performing parts and tuning. The new Fords like Mustangs, Fusion, Taurus, etc have the 6 speed auto with sport modes, select shift, etc. It's very well-tuned and I've seen it perform as well on a track as anything else. The DCT isn't done well enough for drag racing, but it does have an advantage over a stick&clutch on a road course. Less footwork means more accurate driving.
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