||07-14-2012 08:57 PM
Need advice about the cheapest way to haul more arse
I've started another thread in the swap section, but the more I read about this --I need some ejimacation 'bout Focuses before I can make anything resembling an intelligent decision.
I'm driving a 2000 Zx3 that was entirely rebuilt this last week. I thought until this morning that it was rebuilt to factory specs, but I was incorrect. My mechanic has a thing for Focuses --and he upgraded the engine and transmission with performance parts while he was at it.
This is my daily driver, and I'm too dependent on this thing to be without it for long. It's highly likely I'll be in California for the next three years --CARB compliance is essential. I'm a broke arse student --I don't drink beer because Tequila is cheaper here style broke. I want to haul arse, but I don't want to waste a dime.
Here's what I am trying to decide between:
#1 If I want it, he's got an upgraded SVT engine I can swap into it --zero labor cost, but I buy parts. I thought this would be cheap, but the parts are elusive and get pricey. I live in a townhome on the Trinity river, so a parts car is NOT an option.
#2 Supercharge my newly rebuilt Zetec --not even interested in spending the $4k+ on a new one, so used or rebuilt.
#3 Turbocharge my newly rebuilt Zetec ----not even interested in spending the $4k+ on a new one, so used or rebuilt. CARB LEGAL REQUIRED. I want one that is quick spooling, and I don't want one that I have to screw with. Law school takes too much time for me to have to screw with my car.
#4 Tweaking the hell out of my current Zetec but staying N/A. Not sure what to even do here --headers, intake, catback, cams?
I need every bit of advice I can get on this. I'm a fish out of water on this --I've rebuilt an old AMC, but I don't have a clue about how to tune a Zetec Focus. This car appears to have a huge amount of potential, but I don't know how best to unleash it.