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The only alternative that I know for the Duratec at the moment is a turbo system. That is what Umibozu23 means by boost.
 

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Here's a few options for ya'

What do you guys think would be the best way to increase my horsepower and torque.
How much hp/ torque are you looking for? You can do a intake, tune, header, cams & a 23 head. Or just put the price of those parts towards a fwerks turbo kit= 3995. plus options. A 23 motor will get you the most grunt & power vs a 20. So a 23 or 25 swap would get you more grunt. Another option is to upgrade your 20 sedan for a '05-'07 ST sedan which gets you a 23,5-spd, 4wdbs & a few more upgrades that your 20 sedan doesn't have. [twothumbs]
 

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There's a whole separate section devoted to "boost", the "Forced Induction" area.

A whole range of other options for N/A (naturally aspirated) is available, choices depend on budget/intended use/ smog check considerations etc..

Rather than try to write a book on the possibilities, I'd suggest looking around this section & possibly the "Showroom" section of the Forum to get ideas - then tell us your objectives/budget for specific recommendations.
 

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You can get an exhaust for starters, will need one the most depending on what mods you want and what sort of power you are looking for. Getting an intake/header will only be good if you plan on staying naturally aspirated. If you want real power you will need to go with a turbo setup.

You will not get above 150hp/tq for a reasonable amount of $$ staying n/a where as turbo will get you 200hp/tq and above
 

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What do you guys think would be the best way to increase my horsepower and torque.
I added the basics, intake, magnaflow cat back, SVT suspension, rear sway bar kit and a short throw shifter. Your SES should have a rear sway bar, but you might want to upgrade it. I should have added a tune when I did the intake and exhaust, but I didn't have the money for a SCT flasher ($400). I did all these mods about 7 years ago and I've been very happy with the car. If you do those mods and you're not happy then a turbo kit is probably the best bang for your buck. Fswerks makes a really nice turbo kit for the duratecs.
 
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