I have had my focus for a few months now and i love it. i have alot of money saved up and would like to do some engine work to it. where do u think i should start and what all should i do? any help would be appricated. Thanks
first of all determine some sort of eventual goal to reach. Do you want to give er just a little more pep?. Do you want to take it to the track and hang with the mustangs? somewhere in between?
trust me it matters because you can spend alot of extra cash (i have) on things you might not want to end up with in the end....
i say if you have alot of money, go turbo or supercharger straight away. dont muck about with air intakes and the like because when you go forced induction you will have to replace them anyway. there are many turbo/supercharger kits that come complete with air intake, manifold etc. a second hand one could be had for $2000 or so. it may soud expensive but for the power and more importantly torque you get, it is very good value compared to staying n/a. a typical n/a build would include air intake, exhaust, cams, higher compression, head work and a tune or aftermarket engine management. this would cost well over $2000 and the power output will be less than if going with turbo or supercharger. high powered na cars typically have much less torque than similar powered fi cars making them less streetable.
also suspension is a very good area to spend money on. for $2000 invested you would have one of the very best handling fwd cars on the street. whereas $2000 on the engine would give you a quick car but definately not the quickest.
start with simple stuff i say. intake header exhaust. let the focus breath a little better. do a lot of reaserch before you start spending otherwise you might end up with something you dont want. dont bother with plugs and wires. they dont really help performance too much. go with some in suspension too. remember power is worthless if your car cant handle. springs struts and sway bars will help control your power. look aroung on here and see what ppl have invested it to help you also