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I'm new to the focus community and after only a few short weeks of ownership I already have most of my cosmetic upgrades done to my car. Now however I'm curious to what I should do next. I have read a lot of threads on the engine mounts and sway bars and of course CAI. Are either the engine mounts or sway bars providing any real noticeable improvements? And how so? Also is there any cheap(under ~$300 or so) upgrades to the exhaust? I don't want my car to sound like rice or have a loud idle sound. I just want a solid good more vigorous sound at the higher rpm's or else I would simply go straight pipe, but given the fact it's a 4beater I won't. Any comments or feedback would be appreciated thanks.
 

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Exhaust for <$300 i'd just put a test pipe in it if I were you. No real comment on the engine mounts, hear they help with wheel hop. Me personally i'm going to be putting in a larger swaybar in the back. Or you could save up bit more and put some coils under it.
 

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I did a custom exhaust in the old "Camaro style" muffler to dual pipe and it has a great low rumbling sound. Cold starts is bloody loud but once it's up to temperature the starts are really subtle and full of bass. I wanted to go closer to a dual-type setup but the loudness factor deterred me and I am so so so so satisfied with what I have. You can probably do a decent sounding axle-back for 300 locally maybe?
 

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I just did the engine mount insert from FSWERKS. I have studded snows on and it's cold but there is definitely less wheel hop and engine movement. For 15 bucks shipped it's a no brainer. Just did the steeda rear sway bar and strut tower brace Friday night. Huge difference in handling. The rear feels firmly planted with no fuss even at speed. The ride quality does not suffer either on the crappy VT roads. I did the FSWERKS green filter CAI and that adds a nice growl to the engine without any ricey sounds. Power and torque get a boost as well. Total for all of this was about 500ish. Really makes a world of difference. Hope this helps!
 

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I have mine setup straight piped with dual outs (no muffler just the converter) and I can testify that she is very loud, not ear-splitting but you will wake the neighbors.
 

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I'm new to the focus community and after only a few short weeks of ownership I already have most of my cosmetic upgrades done to my car. Now however I'm curious to what I should do next. I have read a lot of threads on the engine mounts and sway bars and of course CAI. Are either the engine mounts or sway bars providing any real noticeable improvements? And how so? Also is there any cheap(under ~$300 or so) upgrades to the exhaust? I don't want my car to sound like rice or have a loud idle sound. I just want a solid good more vigorous sound at the higher rpm's or else I would simply go straight pipe, but given the fact it's a 4beater I won't. Any comments or feedback would be appreciated thanks.
Well it sounds like you are operating on a bit of a budget like most of us here. As for the engine mount I'd recommend getting the poly insert for ~$15 you cant beat it and it helps reduce wheel hop, put power down to the road, and improve shift feel. For the exhaust if you are wanting to get it under $300 I'd look in the buy, sell , trade section for either a used m magnaflow cat-back, or just buy an axle-back portion if you really only want sound and appearance improvements. The Sway bar is a great upgrade for handling and paired with some springs body roll is pretty much eliminated. Personally I have bought most of my parts second hand and have saved a great deal by doing so without sacrificing quality. My cost for performance upgrades has been as follows:
K&N Typhoon CAI (New)- ~$250
E-focus RMM (New)- ~$70
FSWERKS Race Exhaust (Used)- $280
RDC Axleback exhaust (Used)- $200
Eibach Sportline Springs (used) - $120
Steeda Short throw bracket (New)- ~$70
Lowered Stock shifter w/ cutting die- ~$5
Removed snorkel and other airflow mods- Free

Hope that helps. I wouldn't spend the money on a CAI, from what I've heard you can get the same gains for far less by doing a drop in filter and the newmission mod (Search forums for info).
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*for reference here are my exhaust clips-
FSWERKS Race (Very loud, got ticket for exhaust)-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz_fDlgO1is
FSWERKS Race With RDC Axleback (Love the sound and performance, will never change)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWmWedre7ho
 

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Some great replies already, I'll just +1 the FSWerks motor mount insert. For under $15 shipped my car feels 100% better. I wish I did it as soon as I got the car!
 

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Well since you all seem to love the sways and the motor mount I'll probably pull the trigger on them and go ahead and do them, I'm still pretty hesitant on the CAI and exhaust. And I can't really do any suspension upgrades or lowering due to my already upgraded tire size and I'm needing what little ground clearance I have.
 

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What is your hesitation on the exhaust? Wanting to avoid sounding ricey? You can do that by just opting for an axleback portion.
 

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Also, for a bit of performance cheap, with just a bit more sound, then you can't go wrong with the snorkel delete and drop-in filter... For best bang for the buck and no need to oil there is the AEM Dry Flow for around $40 (K&N owns them now) or the actual oiled K&N for $60... you'll get about 2/3 the HP gain of a full CAI for a lot less money and time.
 

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Well do you have any videos or anything of the sound? and how is the install portion for just the axle back. Exhaust work is one of the few things i've never dealt in personally
 

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I strongly recommend the FSWERKS green filter CAI. Budget friendly and great quality. The power gains are noticeable and the sound is deep and clean. It bolts right in where the stock air box was. You can always put the stock back in if you ever need to.
 

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Do the green filter drop in and a Steeda rear swaybar and i did the fswerks rear motor mount insert. you can do all of that for under 300 and notice huge improvements on the drivability.
 

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Do the green filter drop in and a Steeda rear swaybar and i did the fswerks rear motor mount insert. you can do all of that for under 300 and notice huge improvements on the drivability.
Is it safe to assume that the rear sway bar on their site for the ST fits our non-ST's as well?
 

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No. I asked this question about a week ago. We have a non St version for our cars as our suspension geometry is different. The St one will not fit.
 

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what they said^^ if you go to Steeda's website it shows pictures for both and you can see the difference.
 

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Do the green filter drop in and a Steeda rear swaybar and i did the fswerks rear motor mount insert. you can do all of that for under 300 and notice huge improvements on the drivability.
That's basically what I'm thimking. Cheap, easy, yet effective
 
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