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Stevick 04-09-2013 02:45 AM

Real engine mods
Hello everyone I was wondering what kind of engine modifications I can do that will really increase Horse power I'm not talking about the quick and easy bolt on modifications like is there anything I can do with the pistons? Camshaft? Or anything I've thought of a turbo off topic ish but even then I would have been going to run like 5 lbs so I don't have to change out the injectors but also since we are on this topic will changing out my injectiers and filter help me take off quicker??

sgtsmasher 04-09-2013 06:45 AM

quick and simple answer to getting off the line quicker, is getting the power to the ground and having it stay there. so with that being said, upgrade your suspension with aftermarket parts and upgrading your flywheels with a lighter one will reduce your rev time, meaning it will be quicker to get up to the higher RPM's. and basic bolt ons will help with all that as well. and if your going to do any modifications, get 1turbofocus's tune or from another tune provider, because the ecu will not just "pick up" on anything that you add to the car.

Stevick 04-09-2013 11:20 AM

Awesome thank you now I have another question for the flywheel automatics have those too right? My friend told me to check out something called a shift kit but if all I need is a lighter flywheel then that's great

Stevick 04-09-2013 11:28 AM

I'm sorry but I just realized that you said upgrade my suspension and that will help keep the power at the wheels how dose that work? And I'm positive it will be both springs and struts but I can get like the spring and put them on then get the struts right? Or any which order and thanks again very much appreciated this is exactly what I'm looking for

sgtsmasher 04-09-2013 03:13 PM

if you can get an svt suspension set up, thats a good starting point.

sgtsmasher 04-09-2013 03:14 PM

and with toms tune he can dial in your transmissions shift points. if i remember correctly

Stevick 04-09-2013 04:10 PM

Will the suspension off an SVT in the junk yard that I know was not damaged be okay?

DarwinSays 04-09-2013 05:43 PM

The springs will be fine, but you might want to opt for some new koni yellows instead of the used SVT dampers, since those are more of a wear item.

J0EC00L 04-11-2013 02:38 PM

For 330.00 bucks you can get the Ford Racing m-3000-zx3a . Its the SVT suspension package for 00-04 focus. Thats what I run now. Also for handling I went with Prothane complete Poly bushing kit. And Eibach big sway bar kit for front and rear. And CFM front frame brace. My Focus handles like a dream now.

I am going with tubular front and rear control arms and rear frame brace next. Then I am uping to a Bilstein B16 Coil Over kit to replace the FR M-3000-ZX3A kit I have now.

If you want more power out of your zetec start with a header and CAI and Tune from Tom. or If you have the money to spend build your motor with Turbo. If you are keeping it Automatic your gonna need a better tranny if you run more than 200HP to the wheels. I just spent 6K on a custom Lentech Auto 4F27E tranny with LSD. But you can get a built Lentech without LSD that will handle over 350HP for 3K.

And yes with a tune you can modify the Shift points and Shift Pressure to make it shift like it has a shift kit. It will snap shift.

Good Luck.

DarwinSays 04-11-2013 02:59 PM


Originally Posted by J0EC00L (Post 4680527)
If you want more power out of your zetec start with a header and CAI and Tune from Tom.

Skip the CAI, and get the SVT airbox/snorkel with a drop-in K&N. People seem to consistently report better gains on this setup than any of the available CAI's

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