Hi everyone I am new here. I am just starting to do some work to my 2000 ford focus zx3 zetec. What engine mods should I start with? I don't want something crazy like a super race car but I want something real nice.
Before or WHILE you are wondering about engine mods, here's some food for thought;
What are your short and long term goals for the car?
What is the history and the current condition of the car?
How much money can you/do you want to spend on car improvements within the next year?
Before buying your next set of new tires, ask yourself if you want to put larger wheels on it first?
Most people just improve the looks, paint, window tint, stereo, stance, suspension, brakes and maybe the exhaust... this during or before pushing for engine performance mods. Depends on what you want and your budget.
As stated depends on what you enjoy your car to do. like to zip around traffic? your warn suspension would likely do with a refresh and the SVT Ford Racing Performance Package is a steal at the price it is. ($300 typically) for shocks, struts, springs, and sway bars.
Want more power SVT conversion is the best bang for $ (out side of Nitrous or forced induction).
A Tune works in that you get a programer which has different software which will load on to your cars computer. Where the Factory software had to make sure that it was generic enough for every car a tune is more specific for your car and your mods you add on to it. It also allows for you to data log certain parameters which you can then send back to Tom and he will tweak the tune to customize it even further for you.
Get a Cold air intake, update the tune. Want a high MPG tune you can load that, want a performance 100 octane tune you can load that. Need to return it back to stock for a factory service then load the factory back on.
The idea of a tune is that it tweaks the computers software more for what your specific car is configured for and your driving expectations. Vs a generic software load from Ford.