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Old 10-08-2006, 04:50 PM   #1
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Question Horse Power Gains

I'm thinking of putting the magnaflow system on my '04 SVTF. I was wondering what the hp gains looked like for the SVTF with a cat-back system. Also, do you think that I should purchase performance pulleys , and what hp gains should they bring.


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Old 10-08-2006, 05:29 PM   #2
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I don't have a SVT, but exhaust is mainly for the sound. You will probably get no more than 3-4 horsepower at the wheels with an exhasut system. INTAKe will get you say 10 or so horsepower, while on a SVT, a tune works wonders. A tune would be approximately the same price of exhasut would be much more beneficial.
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I have a 2004 FSVT with a Magnaflow and would agree that the gain(s) are minimal.....It's mostly a "sound" upgrade. It's loud enough without being too raspy IMHO.
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Those two product are basically a waste/gamble. A Exaust is literally for sound and the pulley gain you beans(3hp at most) for power, for the 150 for the pulleys get a CAI and for the price fo the exaust 360 get a SCT II flasher from Randy @ FS. You wont be disapointed.

I have herd horror storys of Pulleys murduring SVTS and Zetecs alike. Be fowarned.
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Now come on lol, I know that cat-back exhaust doesn't free up 20whp or anything that signifigant, but it is a little more than just sound (at least this is true on the non svt). My story: im a senior in high school, my parents traded my focus ZTS in for the SVT. Its cool, and much more fun to drive than my first focus, but it isn't my dream car. I have a few bucks to spend on it, to make it een more enjoyable, but I can't do anything too major--gotta keep it under some type of warrenty. I was thinking about getting CAI (slight warrenty voider), cat-back exhaust, and pullies (made by Ford to preserve warrenty). I don't want to buy cams or supercharge it, I just want to keep it basic. I think that it will gain a little more hp, up the fun-to-drive factor. What do you? think? (and thanks for the warning warning)
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Yeah, the reason is the SVT has 170 horse power is because the guys at svt labs guys maxed out the power potiencial from the exhaust and the pulleys. Thats way its a fairly popular mod to put an SVT heater and cat on a ZX3 because the SVT header is such a better quality?

Also any svt owner will tell you not to mess with the pulleys. the designers maxed out the quailty there too, so anything you could put on would be a waste. A lot of the pulleys for the svt dont actualy work and is the best of cases destroy your engine, so if you are worried about the factory warent STAY AWAY FAR AWAY from pulley kits!!

Like everyone else said get a tune, a good one will run you about the same cost as an exhaust. Also, the best combo is the air intake and a tune. Those work really well together. I believe there are a few websites that will sell you for around 650 bucks, an air intake and a SCT tune all in one package.

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i would definately say tune, vf motor mount, short shifter, intake, and orp.

Get the tune from Wayne or Tom. VF Engineering rear motor mount (makes shitfts firmer) Steeda Tri-Ax shifter (shorter shifts) AEM CAI (HP, sound) Mild Steel Offroad pipe (Sound, power, cheaper than the Focus sport b/c its not ceramic coated...just high heat paint on it) all of this can be had on Ebay or www.newedgeperformance.com also, i would reccomend a new DSI clip...grab that from www.focus.c-f-m.com its thicker and stronger.
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I don't have a SVT, but exhaust is mainly for the sound. You will probably get no more than 3-4 horsepower at the wheels with an exhasut system. INTAKe will get you say 10 or so horsepower, while on a SVT, a tune works wonders. A tune would be approximately the same price of exhasut would be much more beneficial.
Not sure what intake will net 10hp but, there would be people lined up for it. A tune definitely works for a little better performance with the SVTF. Try porting your TB as well. It will help with the 1st gear bog and better overall throttle response. There are quite a few things you can do that won't necessarily gain HP but, will give you a car that performs better...
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I must admitt that the exhaust note is important to me, but I would like to be able to honestly say that I got some horse power out of it as well. Would cat-back give me any more whp on the SVTF, if nothing more than just because the stock muffler is off.
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It will give you MINIMAL hp gain. It can only be said so many times in so many ways. ESPECIALLY the SVT. The SVT exhaust was made so dead on that you will get little to no power, nearly all sound. From what has been going around, if you are thinking of an exhaust system, borla is a great sound. Don't be discouraged by small hp gains, the SVT has a lot to it already and anything extra is just a GREAT bonus.
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