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Old 07-20-2014, 03:24 PM   #1
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$1000 of engine upgrades, go!

I have a 2003 SVT bone stock with 176k miles. I have a grand I want to drop into the engine to get the most performance.

1) Tune up/Tune. I've been doing my research and read that a tune is what the SVT responds most to. I plan on getting that, any objection or other mod I should get before hand I'd love to hear and why!

2) Dog bone mount. I also read that this is a great mod. Now I know there's three mounts, and excuse the lack of knowledge, but would I have to order three seperate mounts? Top, passenger side, etc?

3) Now's where I'm really stuck. I'm not sure what else I should get next. Throttle body, drop in filter, high flow cat or off road pipe 3in? Any recommendations are gladly welcome, links to buy would really be appreciated too!


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Old 07-20-2014, 03:37 PM   #2
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Well, is that 1k with your Tune or without because if not that's 400 dogbone mount is about 150 varying where you do that gives you 450 left over, you said engine upgrades so. Can't really do anything in the engine for that. now if you have 1k after that still can't do anything engine wise. But you should go ORP if legal in your state and 180 Thermo. To get a full stainless steel mandrel bent exhaust headers back is almost 800 on it's own. So you're not really gonna touch your H/C/I tbh with those miles, probably a clutch and timing belt. If you're using a stock oem clutch a lightweight flywheel will do wonders. SVT already squeezed extra 40 hp out of the car it's hard to squeeze a nother extra 40!
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:32 PM   #3
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Well it comes "stock" with a borla, but I don't know if its a good performance exhaust or not. But you suggest the ORP and then thermostat? What's the thermostat do exactly?
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Um, right. Anyway the SVT is a performance car, as I said already they squeezed 40 extra horses out of it. It's a 2.25 Exhaust with a Cat two resonators and a muffler. It is more free flowing then a stock focus, it is not more free flowing then an aftermarket exhaust? 180 Thermo only goes hand and hand with a tune. Depends on what you want to do with the car as well. It doesn't hurt to slap Koni yellows with H&R springs on it as well. a K&N filter will be about all you can do. Unless you go into H/C/I. You haven't mention if you're using OEM clutch and stuff.



Edit: The Thermostat controls the engine temps. But I hope was a more, what does it do in beside it's regular job. It gives the tuner more options.
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Tune
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TB
Off road pipe or high flow cat

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id say, the first thing to do, is get a aem wideband sensor, there very easy to install, i can guide you through it, as long as you know what a set of spanners look like, then get a tune from tom (the poster above me ^^^^^^^) ftw
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Alot of what you should do has already been said.



If I were you, I would get the car maintenance free first because it is a pretty fun car by itself without modifications.



After that point, I would go with a tune ($150 plus the $300-400 tuner) the copper motorcraft sparkplugs ($10), maybe some plug wires (Taylor, MSD, ford racing, whatever you decide on, ~$80), a throttle body is helpful with the tube but not 100% necessary, and same with the 180 degree thermostat.



Like it has been said, the choice of modifications like the Tstat and TB depend on what you want to do with the car. If you can pin down what you want to do, I'm sure someone could steer you in a better direction.





You could also consider doing a tune and then suspension upgrades. A tune will really wake up the car, and the suspension will make it a blast to drive. Cheers!
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I just installed a 67mm TB today along with put in copper plugs a drop in filter and other tune up stuff that's less interesting. The TB is so much nicer then stock! The plugs were recommended by Tom and also smallblockfevers doing a tune up I personally took there advice. I know you're looking for mainly engine upgrades but if you don't have a sts get that first. Such a huge difference it's stupid.
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I just installed a 67mm TB today along with put in copper plugs a drop in filter and other tune up stuff that's less interesting. The TB is so much nicer then stock! The plugs were recommended by Tom and also smallblockfevers doing a tune up I personally took there advice. I know you're looking for mainly engine upgrades but if you don't have a sts get that first. Such a huge difference it's stupid.
Could you PM me those plugs you bought? Plan on replacing those as well.
I was looking at the sts as well. Definitely getting that along the way.
I'm also getting a tune with Tom here shortly.
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