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For the last few months I have been adding Lucas UCL with each fillup. U-C-L"UPPER-CYLINDER-LUB" is an oil made to mix with gasoline like 2-cycle oil.

Product claim: It helps to clean and lubricate the fuel system - inclucing the fuel pump and injectors. It helps to clean, lubricate, and seal the valves and upper cylinder rings. Gas engines normally burn a little dry in the upper cylinder area (this is one reason why diesel's last so much longer than gas engines being their upper cylinders get lubed so much better even with their higher compression) which adds a bit of compression - less blow by loss = a touch more miles per gallon.

My observations: It seems to have provided a 2mpg gain and a touch more power (according to my butt dynomomitor).

Possible mitigations: With the change over to summer gas, and recient drop of the manditory use of oxigenating agents such as ethenol (thank you congress) the added mpg may be normal.

Has anyone else tried this product? Perhaps I should stop using it and see if mpg drops before making such a post, epecially when ford does not recommend the use of any gas or oil additives? I plan to do this and report back.
 

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i love the shit it works good and i had a winter car 93 tempo ran like shit put it in and it was fixed ran good after that
 
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Its nice to know I'm not the only one using this stuff! Found some info at: http://theoildrop.server101.com/cgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=5;t=004694
I have been a lurker on this BITOG site for some time.

Even if it only adds 1/2 mpg, it may provide additional engine life. Also, I use M1 5W-20, M1 filter, and 4oz. Valvoline Synth-Power at 6,000 mile OC intervals. I know "Ford does not recommend the use of any additives." Perhap I'm taking chances [:D]

This is a 2003 SPI SE automatic with 41K miles. Completely stock, except I removed the air-box resonator, removed the leaf deflector (the plastic piece sticking up infront of the air intake), and dropped in a K&N air filter. I seem to be getting over 32 mpg (65/35 hwy/city). Last highway trip with cruse set to 70mph produced 35.8 mpg. (Not bad for an auto-trans SPI)

Should I upgrade the exhaust[?] This car must pass Chicago emission testing. An emissions center can flag a vehicle and force the owner to go back to stock exhaust. From what I've read on this forum, a FP stealth exhaust system may provide more power and MPG without attracting notice. Has anyone taken a focus with exhaust upgrade through emmissions? Any advise would be welcome.[;)]
 

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I use that stuff at every fill up and it does seem to make my car run better and my mileage has increased about 2 MPG in city driving. When I don't add it, I notice a difference, so I buy the big bottle for $8.99 at O'Reilley and it is good for several tanks of gas. I love the stuff!
 
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With this encouraging feedback on Lucus UCP I will be buying a gallon at a truck stop for $26, providing 4 refills of the 32oz. bottle (which is convenient at the pump). If 3oz. treats 10 gallons of gas then this will treat 427 gallons (about 6 cents per gallon). With high gas prices this stuff may pay for itself in added MPG!

I could really use advice on emission center compatible mods. Focus stock exhaust are a bit restrictive? Has anyone replaced only the muffler with a straight flow, removed the resenator, or otherwise partially modded the stock exhause with good results? Is a FS stealth exhaust the way to go? Time to have some fun modding this car! [:D]
 

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ive heard the stealth is a great exhaust, but ive also heard it can still get kinda loud with a header and or an orp/hfc.
 

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If you mod the exhaust, don't use the ORP, get a R/T cat instead, it is legal and will give you nearly as much power as the ORP ... remember, an emissions violation is a FEDERAL offence! If you get caught it means big fines and it's not good for the environment. Just my 2 peso's.
 
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jaykirs - Appreciate the heads up on the R/T cat! Does this mean that most catback exhausts are legal, as long as they are not too loud? Hopefully a stealth catback is permited! Forgive this FF rookie for going off thread and into exhaust, but if a true cold air intake and 2 1/4 inch exchaust will be legal (and I may be able to check with a friend of a friend on that) than I will have an SPI to be proud of [:D]

I've read on this forum our cars need to breath! I can mod the intake, exhaust, throttle body, and ignition, to better enjoy this car -- which I intend to keep for many years. And, our cars can take the extra abuse as long as we keep up the maintenance. [thumb]
 

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Abuse is a five letter word.. To drive it hard and maintain it is the best way to say it. most lube addittives will increase the ratio of the oil product. If you want extra oil in the top end just down shift early and it will build up. But if you get better miles per tank with it go for it. I just put 210 on a tank and I am pretty (happy) but my mods ask for morre fuel all the time and my right foot is real heavy.
 
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liquid01, you caught me on a poor choise of words on a hasty reply made just before I hit the road. [:eek:] Durring my trip I found Lucas UCL by the gallon at a truck stop for $21.99. With 5% tax this comes out to $.06 to treat each gallon of gas. This stuff should pay for itself [:D]
 

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SmartConsumer, I have a '00 ZX3 with a 2 1/4" Magnaflow cat back. The sound of it is not really all that bad, and it should be legal. You can check it out on www.magnaflow.com, and if they don't carry one for your car, they can build one for it. You just might have to go to their facility for a test vehicle, and the exhaust is free after that I believe. As far as the Lucas goes, it is great stuff. I run it through my Focus as well. Another alternative which is more expensive, is Seafoam. I ran some Seafoam through my '69 F100's gas tank, and it works great too. I ran it through since the truck only has 34,000 original miles on it, and I bought it in '99 with 27,000 original on it. It's a big block truck from factory, and the Seafoam's helped it out a bunch too, and you can also add the Seafoam to your crank case oil, besides your gas tank. As far as the intakes and everything go, you can go to www.steedafocus.com, and find everything you need for your DOHC, and SPI applications basically, or you can look in the Ford Racing Fast Focus catalog. Good luck with your emissions testing, and everything. I feel sorry for everyone that has emissions due to I don't have them. Good luck everyone, and let me know how things work out.
 
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Thanks Focus_wrc00. Still not sure exactly what the criteria are reguarding a legal exhaust. My guess at this point is that a cat must be installed and the exhaust not too loud. I'm fairly certain I should install a magnaflow or stealth catback, and R/T cat (if possible). No need for a new flex pipe as long as a race header is not used? If so then this exhaust mod will be well worth the $, especially since I may be driving my garage kept focus for 8 or even 10 years. Had an escort at 182,000 miles before it thru a rod, and the SPI engine is quite simmilar.

Seafoam is said to be a great cleaner! But it can cause bubbles(foaming) in the oil, according the several posts on the BITOG site.

Thanks for the heads up on Steedafocus!

Someone please correct me (forgive this newbie) [8] on the following assumptions after reading many posts: While the stock exhaust is somewhat overrestricted, an excessive highflow exhaust can kill gas milage, destroy the cat, and actually reduce lowend power due to unburned fuel going out the exhaust valves (since valve overlap is designed for stock backpressure). However, an adjustable cam gear such as http://www.blackdiamondracing.com/catalog.cfm?type=7 , and a good tune after all mods are installed will make everything better -- advance the valve timing and use higher octane gas. So, we can have more power and better gas milage after all. Do I have a clue?

My understanding is that most mods should be done before getting a chip(tune). May as well do it right and enjoy!
 

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Hi $C, another option you might want to look at is the MBRP cat-back. http://www.mbrp.com/main.php?focus So far as I know, placing a cat-back shouldn't affect emissions at all, so long as you leave the cat in place and don't mess with the other emissions equipment. Check with a testing facility to be sure though. Sounds as if you have a pretty good grip on the mods you want to carry out. Best of luck, and I may try out the Lucas UCL if it works as well as everyone is saying. Also keep in mind that paying for premium gas is going to cost you more and will easily offset any savings.
 
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Thanks Coolpooler! A bolt-on for $239: "The MBRP Performance Cat-Back Exhaust System features T-304 Stainless steel construction, smooth mandrel bends, a high flow performance muffler along with an aggressive deep exhaust note." Like the Stainless steel (since I will have the car for many years)! Easy instalation is a plus. Can't beat the price. Went to the site and located a dealer (less than 25 miles away!). Can borrow a friends truck and have one home in no time [:D]

I am just another semi-informed weekend psydo-mechanic with just enouph knowlege to be dangerous. But it was encourging that I was not flamed for my previous post. I look to the experts (thats you!) to keep me out of trouble. [;)]

I recall a few FF posts where I leaned that unless the car is designed for high octane it is (1) a waist of $ (2) may lead to unburned fuel ruining the cat (3) may actually reduce fuel milage, since it is often a 10% ethanol blend -- ethenol has a lower energy density (4) some believe ethanol may dryout the head gasket or cause other harm. Hopefully a good tune will compensate for conservatively advanced ignition and valve timing.
 

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FWIW, I ran my 92 Cherokee 10 years almost exclusively on E-10 when there was a Mohawk station here and never had any issues at all. As long as you follow the mfrs recommendations for lubes, it's a non-issue. I saw very little difference in power or milage drop using it. I also fill up on it when it's available in the Focus,
1) It's better for emissions.
2) I never need to put in gas line anti-freeze. The higher octane rating isn't relevant to me in that respect, but you are right; Putting premium in is a waste of $ unless you have modded the motor sufficiently to warrant it.
 
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Sorry coolpooler for going off on ethanol [B)] In Alberta it is probably a real +
Last weekend I was in Iowa, where ethanol is a real industry and they subsidize its use at the pump. Across the state you will find 89 octane ethanol blend 3 or 4 cents cheaper than the 87 octane gas. While I was there last weekend I filled up with the 89 octane -- clearly I was not too concered. However, I know an Iowa woman who was told by her mechanic not to use the ethanol blend, and it pisses her off to pay more for the 87 octane [:(!]

The US congress recently rescinded a law mandating the use of ethanol or other oxygenating agents in our gas. They felt the jury is still out on the overall benifits.

E-85 is becoming fairly common in my area. It seems to be running about $.40 cheaper than the 87 octane gas. This seems only fair as it is a fact that a gallon of E-85 will not move a car as far as a gal. of gas. Will the new focii be E-85 compatible? I think ford is pushing the "flex-fuel" option, particularly in the midwest. Now I would definitely have no E-10 concerns driving a flex-fuel car [cool]
 

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Not my intention to sound ornery...[:)~] I simply wanted to point out that it isn't nearly as bad for motors as some people seem to think it is. I got the same responses from others here in AB who said basically what you said about dry seals etc. I was trying to say that, yes, for a given volume of fuel, all other variables the same, you will get less distance on E-10, but I think the benefits outwiegh the drawbacks. Besides, with the way I drive, there are a LOT of things I could be doing to get better mileage, like easing off on the pedal, and staying in the high gears instead of the peak powerband most of the time.[burnout]
I don't believe the Foci are set for E-85 but it does say we can use E-10 with no ill effects, so strap on the MBRP , get a tune and cam gears and have fun!!!!
 
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strap on the MBRP , get a tune and cam gears and have fun!!!!

Sounds like a plan!!! Thanks carpooler [cool]
 

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Well, the Lucus gets my GF's 2005 Focus about 2-3 extra mpg but it's done nothing for my 2003 with a JRSC. I see no difference in mpg with my 2003.
This is after 4 tanks.

So, maybe if your car is FI, it doesn't make a measurable difference... ?
 
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Lucas UCL

Microtonal, I have some friends, family, and coworkers on board with the UCL. I found the 1qt bottles (treats 100 gallons) for $6.50 at a farm supply store. I gave away 12 bottles. So far, two people seem to have no noticeable mpg increase, three noticed a .5-1 mpg increase, and five believe they are enjoying a 1-2 mpg increase. One escort owner is conviced that she is getting a 2-3 mpg increase and her car is running so much better that she purchased a 1 gallon refill at a truck stop for $22.95.

As expected, results will vary. My gas milage has dropped reciently, but then I have been using a lot of A/C. Still, 30+ mpg is great. Is it normal for high temperatures to reduce gas milage?

At $22.95 per gallon (128 oz, 3 oz treats 10 gal of gas) and 6% sales tax I come up with 128*10/3 = 426.7 gallons treated. $22.95 * 1.06 / 426.7 = $0.057 to treat each gallon of gas.

Consider $3 per gallon for gas and 28mpg.
$3 per gallon * (1/28) gallon per mile = $0.107 per mile fuel cost.
If using 1/426.7 part UCL/gas, each gallon of fuel will cost $3*(425.7/426.7) + $0.057 = $3.05 and if you only got an additional 1/2 mpg then $3.05 * (1/28.5) = $0.107. You will break even with an increase of only 1/2 mpg!

Check my math please [;)]

Is there any downside from using the product? I find myself dilivering a single measured squeeze to the tank that is very close to optimal dosage. It takes little time, and hopefully provides some extra protection/performance.
 
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