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Old 09-16-2010, 01:19 PM   #1
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New SVT owner, looking for some tips.

I'm new to the Focus world. I am buying an 03' five door in a few weeks, and I'm looking for some advice from the fanatics.

I travel for a living and I have certain things I like on my cars, and the SVT seems to have what I like. Some power, 4 wheel discs, handling, manual trans. Plus mine has the cold weather package and HID's. I currently drive a 2001 Sentra SE with the SR20DE (last good 4 cyl. Nissan made.) with 440,000 miles on it.

I'm going to be splitting time between the two cars, and I love performance, but I also need gas mileage. What are some good mods for a mix of both?

From what research I've done, I'm thinking Green Filter or K & N drop in, FSWERKS spark plug wires, and a Tom's Tune. Plus a FSWERKS front strut brace.

What are your thoughts, and as a side question. It unfortunately did not have the stock wheels on it, which I love. It has Kazera 9 spokes on it. They look ok, but does anyone know if the SVT center caps will work on aftermarket rims?

Thanks for your help, and information.

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Old 09-16-2010, 01:24 PM   #2
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Sorry, I'm new to this site, please forgive me for what are most likely very redundant questions on here.
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you pretty much stated everything you need for power, handling. since its an svt you already will have the good brakes which most of the fanatics on here upgrade to. Good luck
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sounds like your off to a good start, go with the k & n drop in...also get a 67mm throttlebody, gives you a little more power plus better throttle response, especially after you get tom's tune...i'm getting my tune next month cause it's my b-day
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sounds like your off to a good start, go with the k & n drop in...also get a 67mm throttlebody, gives you a little more power plus better throttle response, especially after you get tom's tune...i'm getting my tune next month cause it's my b-day
I've thought about the 67mm throttle body, but thought it might be hard on the gas mileage. Does it affect that too much?

The tune sounds like a good bday present to me...nothing like HP for a gift. Cool looking SVT wagon by the way.

Thanks for the info.
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67mm TB won't hurt your millage.
An Off-road pipe or High-Flow Cat will do wonders for you too.

For the SVT you can get good results from.

K&N drop in filter.
67mm TB
Off-Road Pipe/High-Flow Cat
I believe 2.5" Exhaust helps too (BUT NOT SURE.)
And of course a good Tune!
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67mm TB won't hurt your millage.
An Off-road pipe or High-Flow Cat will do wonders for you too.

For the SVT you can get good results from.

K&N drop in filter.
67mm TB
Off-Road Pipe/High-Flow Cat
I believe 2.5" Exhaust helps too (BUT NOT SURE.)
And of course a good Tune!
Thanks for the info.

Now I know where to start, now just to save up the money. This site is going to be invaluable.
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Maybe you ought to replace the dogbone (trear tranny mount) as well, for these are prone to causing problems. Your t-stat housing will need a new O-ring, if it hasn't been replaced.....otherwise. You've got a good start. If you want to have more fun while driving it, toss in a short throw shifter as well.
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Maybe you ought to replace the dogbone (trear tranny mount) as well, for these are prone to causing problems. Your t-stat housing will need a new O-ring, if it hasn't been replaced.....otherwise. You've got a good start. If you want to have more fun while driving it, toss in a short throw shifter as well.
I think the T-stat housing is leaking, and is going to be fixed next Monday. What do you think of the CFM upgraded thermostat housing? I've thought about putting that on, to cure any recurring problems with it.

The dogbone has been on my mind too, I've seen a lot of people have made that upgrade.

Thanks for your input.
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No prob. I would just replace the o-ring in the t-stat housing. Also, the valve cover will leak oil onto the housing, that why you need to replace the o-ring.......so, check your valve cover for leakage around there. The dogbone is a must........I love mine.
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