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Old 12-26-2013, 07:53 AM   #31
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shows that its all only around 280$?? is that right?
so magus what are you saying i should do? as far as motor goes?
the svt headers id like to do what all would be neaded to make tha header swap? and from there what catback exhaust?

fixing all the leaks and doin most of all that is what i think i may be doing.
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:17 AM   #32
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To be honest I would leave your car alone. You still have not informed me or the other members of the forum what you are looking for.

I would do the suspension refresh and then keep the car as is. do little things. Get a SVT exhaust (Header, CAT, Flex, Oil Dipstick, Power Steering Line, EGR Bung). Get a Tune. Get a SVT air box and snorkel and put a drop in K&N in it. Get a aftermarket or port out your TB if you wish (mostly just improves throttle response).

I would leave it at that until you have your OWN money. a vehicle while I still consider it an investment (in non monetary ways as I have joy in it, its a hobby, it allows me to do fun things with the kids) it is an investments which you do not get any financial return on. you put $2k into the car of "borrowed" money and some one hits you or you hit them and that's out the window. you want to sell the car you wont recover any of it.

To brake open the motor will cost you likely more than $1,000 to do the smallest tweak in the motor. Get the suspension, get the bolt ons, get a tune (would do this first) then call it a day.

if you tell us what your looking for we can help more.

Drag? Auto-X? Track Days? Just a bit more responsive? MORE POWER!!? Fun in the bends?

a auto-x car will be crap at drag racing, and a drag racer wont be good at much more than going in a straight line. depending on what you want and how you intend to use the extra power will determine what is recommended to you.

Ultimately its your car. but IMHO clean it up, do a good tune up on it, do a compression check, fix any leaks you have, get the suspension, get a Tune, add bolt on's, done. ANy further your going to be over $1k for just "1" item.
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:10 AM   #33
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Thanks. Like iv been driving my car for 4 years as my daily and it just doesn't have the get up and go that I'd like to see I'm not looking for going 120 or anything but I'd like to best a riced out Honda...it's just I didn't wanna go the import rout cause so many and iv personaly loved the way focus's look. Just wanting more power and take turns better. Like I hate when I go to get on it at all that from 2-4k rpm it's so slow like it doesn't start climing till I hit right at 4k. Little more power. Better response and fun on turns, takeing any turns kinda sucks with the suspension iv got(stock)
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:21 AM   #34
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Then get the SVT suspension, Get a Tune from Tom, and get the SVT exhaust header swap. Or sell the car get another focus that has a manual. you will have more fun with that also.
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Old 12-26-2013, 10:59 AM   #35
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Thinking bout it, I found a focus that's turboed and all but I gotta make sure the turbo isn't ebay. I asked the guy where he got it and he said "vividracing.com" anyway you could check it out? Cause I saw the turbos but it shows for the focus st. I really like the car just gotta make sure it's a good buy. Said he has had motor built to hold the boost and along with the transmission.
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again only my opinion, I would spend the $150 or so and take it to a shop and have them do a full inspection of it before buying the car and work out some agreement where the sale is dependent upon completion of the testing and the cost is shared.

Me also would not want to buy the car done, all though that is the cheaper way. I would want to do it my self to both learn the experience and also know the work did not have short cuts.

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Also there are really only a few manufactures of turbos that are worth anything that provide the flow and the boost needed with out having huge turbo lag on the focus. most place may just rebuild these turbos and "add" bits and brand them as their product. Usually a casting number or a serial number and a call to the company can verify the date and age of the turbo and also what makes it "special".
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Yeah, im going to test drive it sometime soon. It's just I don't wanna get something that will break I ask the guy for pics he said to come test drive it..
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just a FYI, test drive and have a shop inspect are two different things. on a modified boosted car I would have a shop look at it. they will likely perform a compression test, check for leaks, run codes, inspect the suspension, check the fluids (brake & coolant) for contaminants. You could go as far as getting an oil analysis and say the sale is dependent upon favorable results. There is a lot you can do out side of just driving it.
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Yeah I will I work on cars when doing oil changes we inspect the front end all fluids leaks belts ect. Ill be checking all of it.

But iv desides not to even go look at it cause he has zero paperwork for it. So not sure what to do. No focus on Craigslist that's worth the buy. No manuals here where I am
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no paper work or receipts dont touch it.

Get on the for sale section here see what it costs to get a new car and then sell your car and buy one from another member.
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