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Old 05-01-2010, 12:44 AM   #1
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04' Ford Focus SVT upgrades/maintenance

Hi all,

I have an 04 ZX5 SVTF EAP. I have been needing to do some maintenance on the car for a while and finally have the money coming to do so here is the plans:

Suspension- what kits have you guys bought/recommend? I am not looking to lower it any as it is my daily driver.

Brakes- One main question, I have found multiple online sources for slotted and drilled rotors that run up to $400 and higher sometimes. Ebay has some on there for $200...what gives? are they the same quality? any horror stories out there on these?

o2 Sensors- I have priced them from ford direct and for both the front and back it is $170 at my local dealership. Does anyone know of a cheaper solution?

Tires- I live in Florida...so they have to be good in the rain. Any recommendations?

thanks in advance for guidance.

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depending on how you drive your car you dont need drilled and slotted rotors. if its your dd with very lill track time its kinda a waste of money unless you want them. get the Hawk HP or HPS i forget the HP part lol and they will be fine

and tires i like my g force sports. nice compound and they do well in the rain.

suspension there is so many things out there. if you dont want to lower your car then just do thicker sway bars and maybe some strut bars . most suspensions like springs and all that drop your car about an inch
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I think CFM sells the front o2 censor for 90 bucks or something, I used to have the gforce sport tires, They're great in the rain but very noisy on the highway. And I agree with the above post with the suspension
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For tires I would check out the Hankook Ventus V12 Evo K110. They have awesome dry handling as well as wet.
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-All off-the-shelf springs on the market will lower the car. If you are just looking to refresh the svt suspension, you can buy the svt kit which comes struts, springs, bump-stops, new sway bar and some hardware. They can be found at Trousley Ford and CFM, as well as many other places at very reasonable prices.

-Like stated before if your car will see little or no track use, drilled and slotted rotors are of no use besides being cosmetically pleasing. Hawk HPS pads are a great upgrade though, excellent gripping force throughout a good range of temperatures.

-o2 sensors, call up Trousley Ford, talk to Steve or Mike and see what kind of prices they can get for you.

-While I haven't personally used them, I've heard that Kuhmo Ecsta ASX are great wet-dry performance
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For tires I would check out the Hankook Ventus V12 Evo K110. They have awesome dry handling as well as wet.
I have those tires. They're excellent. wet performance isn't the best but is still pretty good
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For a Daily Driver and non-drop supension, the Ford SVT suspension is very good. You can get the full kit for around $300 from CFM.
http://focus.c-f-m.com/fordracingsvt...0-05focus.aspx

Tires are well varied. Everyone has their opinion and price range.
I did the G-force Sports twice in a row. Not a bad tire. Right now I am running Falken 452's. I think I like them a little better than the G-force Sports. Being a native Floridian I know how tropical it can be, but no tire is a supplement for driving like an idiot in the rain.

Brakes as mentioned above are also fine on the SVT. If you need to replace the Rotors then go with OEM replacements. If you are just in the mood to burn the money then EBC make a good upgrade for not too much more.
http://focus.c-f-m.com/rotors_2.aspx

Throw some Hawk pads on and call it a day.

O2 sensor.
http://focus.c-f-m.com/fordfronto2ox...ssvtzetec.aspx


These are all examples of doing your homework. You can check Steeda or other Focus parts vendors.
The 2004 SVT's handle better than the 02-03 due to the upgraded Manufaturing date.
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I highly recommend browsing through our wheel/tires/brakes/suspension forums for answers to those questions:
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o2 Sensors- I have priced them from ford direct and for both the front and back it is $170 at my local dealership. Does anyone know of a cheaper solution?

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try looking at summitracing.com the o2 for my ZX3 was only $48 not sure if the svt one is the same, but worth a look.
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thanks all for the advise. WD40...nice way to say go read the other board duma$$. lol. thanks.

FYI, I found both the front and back o2 (NGK) sensors at sparkplugs.com for $90 total. I think I am going that route.
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