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Old 10-20-2004, 09:37 PM   #1
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i have my tb, intake and exhaust. i would get a header but i need to stay SMOG legal. would the next move be to buy:
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or is all that over rated? i know the p&p is worth it, but will anything else make a difference, one that i will notice? i am not trying to run 1/4's or anything, just a lil more pep in the step. the foci in question is a daily driver


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Old 10-20-2004, 09:51 PM   #2
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My throttle body should be here in a few days, once I have the intake and throttle body on I am purchasing either a more agrrasive cam (stage 2) or upgrading the entire exhaust system w/ race header. Plugs and new wires would be a good start, they should increase the gas milage a little which is always a good thing.
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what is a good TB for the SPI
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I had just ordered a throttle body from www.myfordperformance.com it is a 60mm throttle body that would let you use any aftermaket zetec air intake. I think it sells for like $250 plus tax. But if you are thinking of buying one you may want do buy it soon because they'er starting to run low.

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Old 10-21-2004, 07:40 PM   #5
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Plugs, then caM. wIRES ARE GOOD AND ALL BUT IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THE BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK IT'S THE PLUGS AND THEN CAM. wITH THE CAM SHOULD BE THE ADJ. GEAR. i THINK i SAW ONE FOR SALE IN THE CLASSIFIEDS...Yes, I hit the caps lock accidently. No, I'm not going to fix it.
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Thanks waterboy for sharing the KNOWLEDGE. I have a ? about installing the TB, b/c it should be here tommorrow, do I need to disconnect the battery so that way the ecu resets or is this not needed ? Thanks
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well u should disconnect the battery so the car recognizes the mod immediatly when it resets. it helps to get the most from the mod. but when i did my t/b, i didnt disconnect my battery. i havent noticed a difference from then and now and its been almost a year.
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Heah thanks for the info. Now I can't wait for it to arrive, then I am going to have to wait intill I have some time to install the TB and the intake.
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undoing the neg bat cable is a good move. it resets the ecu as mentioned above. the "gain" you will feel is in throttle response, not in hp or torque. when you depress the throttle you will now (post install) feel a snapy gas pedal. you press less and get the same get up as before. that means at half open throttle you are reving more like 2/3's. great for feel. love it!
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what cam do you recomend. and i have been in talks with the chap on the marketplace for his gear.
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I have the Escortfocus.com stage 2 ( I think) kit. It has the cam, lifters, double valve springs and new seals. It'll set you back about $525. It'll rev well past 7200 (mine is pulling to that and would pull past of my chip wasn't set at 7200). Now to really get the benefits of this cam you will need to do the port and polish, but I ran mine for 7 months without the P&P and still was quite happy. A chip is a good idea, and the SCT is the best thing out there. I know that we don't have money to burn. It's taken me four years to get where I am. Most of it was due to the lack of parts available and having to either modify or make parts to fit. But once we do the easy stuff it gets pretty pricey from there.

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