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I really don't know that much about engines, and I want to have some things done to my ZX3 that will make it a little more powerful. Speed isn't necessarily my main goal, even though I'd imagine that adding power pretty much goes hand in hand with adding speed. For example, I notice that when I'm driving up a hill I bog like no other. I wanna be able to take a hill as if I was in a V6. [:)] EVERYTHING IS STOCK at the moment. And my credit card has a $500 limit so I'll only want to do one thing at a time. (And don't forget to account for labor since I'm no mechanic) And don't forget that I want it street legal and able to pass Inspection and Emissions. Thanks guys!
 

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i'm no Zetec owner but im sure theres some CAI for less than $500. their not too hard to install. maybe a custom exhaust... or short throw shifter. short throw wont increase power by any means but shifting should feel better... if you have a manual.

EDIT: wait do you have a Zetec or a Duratec?? your profile says 2006 ZX3 but its in the Zetec forum. regardless anything above can offer improvements. also welcome to FF!
 

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i'm no Zetec owner but im sure theres some CAI for less than $500. their not too hard to install. maybe a custom exhaust... or short throw shifter. short throw wont increase power by any means but shifting should feel better... if you have a manual.

EDIT: wait do you have a Zetec or a Duratec?? your profile says 2006 ZX3 but its in the Zetec forum. regardless anything above can offer improvements. also welcome to FF!
I thought about doing small things like installing a short shifter and reducing extra weight etc. But I also don't wanna make it intimidating for potential buyers that just want a good gas milage car if I ever decide to sell it. So it all has to stay under the hood. As far as the exhaust and intake... what all would I need to buy? I've watched sooo many videos on this stuff and still haven't gotten any solid info because they're all different. Plus I didn't wanna buy just some random brand crap off eBay either. Is there a popular website to buy parts thats aimed specifically at Focuses?
 

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OH... I guess it would be Duratec since its an '06. Sorry. I used to have a '98 Escort ZX2 and knew a kid with an '02 Focus ZX3 and his was a Zetec. I just assumed that mine was a Zetec too.
 

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no worries dude... i'm no moderator lol. Zetec's are 2000-2004. Duratec's are 2005 and up all the way to the current 2012 and some 2003-2004's were Duratec's as well. any pics of your ZX3?
 

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Yeah my avatar is my actual ZX3 lol. It got hit by a plexiglass panel and the back drivers side window smashed.
 

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If yours is a Duratec,the Duratec responds very well to mods such as:
Intake
Exhaust
Tuning.
Do each one for under 500 a shot and You will be where You want,easily.
 

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Yeah its a Duratec. I've been looking at all the Focus parts that Steeda has, and it seems like they've got some nice stuff. I think the first thing I'm gonna get is their CAI. Does anyone know if its a good one?
 

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A lot of people like the Steeda SRI,here's a video of a former Focus owner with a 2.3 Duratec,but You will get the idea:

http://youtu.be/VABFvNdw7MI

The Short Ram is ideal if you drive a lot in bad weather as it sits higher in the Engine bay and has less chance of getting any water sucked up.
 

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Ehhh idk if i like that. It kinda makes it sound like a dirtbike lol. I plan on getting a catback magnaflow too... will that change the sound?
 

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also... Will i need to Upgrade my clutch and things like that? I dont know what gains I'll be seeing, but i definately want to have everything working well.
 

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If you are looking for the best low and midrange torque, i think a set of stage 1 cams will help your lower range power band more than anything else. Yes, for sheer HP numbers you will need an intake, header and exhaust, but the cams allow more air into the engine at every rpm. You will not outflow your stock intake at 3k rpm. I have a cold air intake on my duratec zx5, and it doesnt help at all with climbing hills anywhere below 4k rpm.

Cams are in the neighborhood of $300 new, if you can find an FFer to help install then great. A tune is around 425. Buy the cams and pay them off, then buy the tune, and proceed.

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If you are looking for the best low and midrange torque, i think a set of stage 1 cams will help your lower range power band more than anything else. Yes, for sheer HP numbers you will need an intake, header and exhaust, but the cams allow more air into the engine at every rpm. You will not outflow your stock intake at 3k rpm. I have a cold air intake on my duratec zx5, and it doesnt help at all with climbing hills anywhere below 4k rpm.

Cams are in the neighborhood of $300 new, if you can find an FFer to help install then great. A tune is around 425. Buy the cams and pay them off, then buy the tune, and proceed.

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Well for now i dont want to do anything to the engine, but for future reference what kind of gains will i see with cams and a tune?
 

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A set of cams is a very easy performance mod. Just pull the valvecover off and pop them in, make sure the clearances are good, and you can get new bolts if you feel spiffy. A mild set of cams will boost power at every engine speed. Theres not a whole lot of focus mods that can do that. Intake and exhausts are for high flow numbers, like high engine speeds.

A tune will also give you power everywhere. I would also do a header and high flow cat, if your allowed to modify your converter in your state.

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the only mod you'd need to upgrade your clutch for would be a turbo... or if your just built an engine with say like 200hp at the flywheel. that might require a better clutch. stock one wont last... at least thats how i understand it.
 

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Why isn't this in the Duratec Performance Chat yet?

The clutch can handle anything you're willing to throw at it, as long as your not putting big power under the hood.

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