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Hey folks, I am a brand new member and I have a few qestions. First, with the layout of the focus sedan undercarriage, is it possible to install a dual exhaust? And speaking of exhaust, would a shorty header be only for race only applications like a lot of the Zetec headers, or could it be for a daily driver?

And lastly, cost and labor not being an issue, would it be worth it to throw a six-speed tranny into it? I'm sure I have a lot of questions left but that's all I can think of right now...

I start automotive school in april, and I plan on putting a LOT of time and money into my Focus, as I plan to open a full service shop with a few realatives and want to use the car as a rolling billboard. I hear a lot of discussion about SPI vs. Zetec, and considering I bought my car used, and there are problems with it that I am unsure of, would it be better to get a newer Focus with a Zetec so I have a better starting point?

Opinions appreciated!

BTW: I did hit the search button...
 

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There are several exhausts available for the Sedan: Bosal is good for the price, IMO. Dual exhaust on an inline engine is more or less pointless.

The shorty header made by Focus Central is goog for a street vehicle. You will be able to use your stock downpipe, if I remember correctly. It won't make your car so loud that you can't drive it.

I don't know if the six-speed will bolt up to an SPI. However, if it does, you can find one cheap, and you're car is already stick, go for it.

The Zetec is a better starting platform for mods, as there is more available for it. However, the SOHC (SPI) is a more proven design. The precursor was the 1.9L I4 that was in the Escort GT. IMO, the SOHC is also more bulletproof than the Zetec. Hope this helps.
 

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first off glad to have another spi on here, i have one for now but im hopin to put in a 2.5 v6 i just got soon.

and yea the shorty header is great for street use
 

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i dont know about that six speed, the gearing is different(obviously) let focaltech take this one.. search on the xhaust topics
 

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His sig says he has an SE.
He should have a Zetec under the hood if that is the case.
Only the LX or no Focus model on the trunk had the SPI.
 

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Microtonal: I beg to differ, my 2k SPI is an SE.

Whc emt: Thank God someone here has a grasp of our engine situation. My Focus friends can't believe it's and SPI under the hood.

Fucus: Cool name, and welcome!![thumb]
 

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Hey thanks waterboy! It's really encouraging to see some SPI's on the forum that are putting up some REALLY good numbers. Once upon a time I was under the impression that the Zetec was my only hope for mods, and it's great to know I do have options. My Focus was a rare find, it was at a Hyundai dealer and I got it for less than 6k with 44000 miles. Not bad at all. Although, if you asked me NOW what the heck I was doing at a HYUNDAI delaership, I would have to plead temporary insanity. I have a friend who has a manual Accent...good LORD does that thing suck. But I digress. As far as the exhaust, after reading an older thread, I thin kI am just going to to go with a single cat-back and split it for a dual look rather than a true dualie. This is purely for cosmetics anyway. I just love a symetrical look. I am really curious about the six-speed conversion...would it be possible to reinforce one if it won't bolt to an SPI? This is NOT at the top of my to do list, but eventually I would like to, if at all possible. And thanks again to everybody's advice!

P.S. I know Zetec's are standard on SE's now, but is the SPI still an option?
 

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With the PZEV coming online, I'm pretty sure the SPI is a goner. Heck, in the not-too-distant future the ZETEC is slated to go. Not to worry, the SPI and its previous offerings have made for a-lot of parts and some slick mods.
 

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I hear what your saying about the Zetec being next...I saw those pics of the '05 Focus...I am not impressed. It really is a shame though, the SPI is SUCH a good little engine. Good thing I take care of it.
 

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Ah yes...I really wasn't looking for performance gains anyway. I just hate running out of gears by the time i hit 40mph. Purely a fun factor, nothing more.
 

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Check this out...kellybluebook.com doesn't recocnize the SE as having an SPI either...I was checking my trade in value in case I decide to get a new ZX3...the only engine choices were the DOHC...interesting...does that mean it's a limited edition?? [rofl]
 
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