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Old 01-16-2004, 04:42 AM   #1
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Hey folks, I am a brand new member and I have a few qestions. First, with the layout of the focus sedan undercarriage, is it possible to install a dual exhaust? And speaking of exhaust, would a shorty header be only for race only applications like a lot of the Zetec headers, or could it be for a daily driver?

And lastly, cost and labor not being an issue, would it be worth it to throw a six-speed tranny into it? I'm sure I have a lot of questions left but that's all I can think of right now...

I start automotive school in april, and I plan on putting a LOT of time and money into my Focus, as I plan to open a full service shop with a few realatives and want to use the car as a rolling billboard. I hear a lot of discussion about SPI vs. Zetec, and considering I bought my car used, and there are problems with it that I am unsure of, would it be better to get a newer Focus with a Zetec so I have a better starting point?

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Old 01-17-2004, 06:56 PM   #2
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There are several exhausts available for the Sedan: Bosal is good for the price, IMO. Dual exhaust on an inline engine is more or less pointless.

The shorty header made by Focus Central is goog for a street vehicle. You will be able to use your stock downpipe, if I remember correctly. It won't make your car so loud that you can't drive it.

I don't know if the six-speed will bolt up to an SPI. However, if it does, you can find one cheap, and you're car is already stick, go for it.

The Zetec is a better starting platform for mods, as there is more available for it. However, the SOHC (SPI) is a more proven design. The precursor was the 1.9L I4 that was in the Escort GT. IMO, the SOHC is also more bulletproof than the Zetec. Hope this helps.
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Old 01-17-2004, 07:03 PM   #3
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first off glad to have another spi on here, i have one for now but im hopin to put in a 2.5 v6 i just got soon.

and yea the shorty header is great for street use
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Old 01-17-2004, 07:16 PM   #4
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i dont know about that six speed, the gearing is different(obviously) let focaltech take this one.. search on the xhaust topics
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His sig says he has an SE.
He should have a Zetec under the hood if that is the case.
Only the LX or no Focus model on the trunk had the SPI.
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some of the ses do have the spi engine
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