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Well fellas I have been modding for the past year. I will go over what mods I have and what my reactions have been.

My first mod was a set of stock rims with Falken Azenis RT-615 tires and must I say that these were by far the best mod thus far. They are such an improvement over the stock Conti's. They are so sticky that I have been unable to chirp them until tonight...which I will get to.

Next mod I did was a more aesthetic mod. For some reason Ford Mexico decided to neglect to paint the rear hatch trim on all 2002 models, so I bought a silver 2003 trim piece to perty up the rear end a bit.

I installed a little on/off switch to defeat the ABS/TC system and installed it on the fuse panel cover. Looks pretty nice with a subtle black RadioShack job. This has made straight line takeoffs much more enjoyable instead of bogging everytime. I had also noticed the dash lights flickering at night, so I installed some grounding wires in the engine bay and this helped tremendously.

I picked up a Diablosports Predator with a tune for an ORP and AEM CAI, none of which I had, but had anticipate them coming, so I have it installed and it has really helped level out the car, improved the idle and bogging situation. Noticeable power/torque gains. I like it! Money well spent.

Next up was switching to copper Motorcraft AZFS22CF4 (aka SP463) spark plugs. And also installing a MSD coilpack and wires. These really upped the performance nicely I would highly recommend them.

At about the same time I had sent in a stock Throttle body to Focus Salvage in NJ to have it bored/ported to 65mm and a new butterfly plate installed. This really woke up the engines responsiveness. I really love this piece!

I have installed the VF engineering rearmount along with a Steeda Short Throw shifter. Unfortunately the previous owner of the steeda forgot to send me the spacer plate, so I had to custom make one out of some ABS plastic that I had lying around. A 1.25" wood drill works well for the center, then drill the 6 holes in it (4 for screws, 2 for positioning points). These made the shifting so much better. The stock shifter really is trucklike. The rearmount VFE piece helped cleanup the shifting especially under load.

Next I installed the other two VF engineering motor mounts. Boy! These are great pieces, well engineered and an ease to install. These really help transfer the power to the ground and keep the car planted eliminating nasty wheelhop.

I have got a generic ebay cai for the standard focus which is much too long due to the difference in the TB location. I hacked it up a bit and got 2 couplers and a generic Cone filter at Autozone, wow! much better intake tone and the difference in pickup is unreal. The car screams to 7k like never before!! I think the stock airbox is definitely quite restrictive and this needed to happen.

More to come:
- Random Technologies High-Flow Catalytic Converter
- Custom made underdrive crank pulley (only 3" diameter)
- Sean Hyland Rear Swaybar (23mm)
- KYB AGX adjustable dampers and Intrax Springs
- Mach/optional SVT HID Headlamps
- Polyurethane bushings in front control arms
 
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This tune came from you Tom. I purchased it from Technyne from this forum.

I bought an XCAL 2 because I want to get into tuning with the ProRacer software, I didn't have that option with the Predator.

I will have some wideband O2 vs. RPM data sometime in the near future how much does that actually help in the tuning?
 

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The o2 will tell AF and the log will show how your timing is doing , it helps some IF it is done correctly

The PRP wont help you much with your mods , count on at least 3 to 4 Hrs on a dyno to get it right , PRP is best for people with FI

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becareful on the underdrive pully! i have a newedge underdrive pully that is a lot smaller than stock and for the longest time in rain or if a had the ac or heater on the belt would sqeal wicked, beltdressing made a mess! i made a washer fit in back of the pully and it took care of the problem. just a little input so that if you experence the same problem!
 
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becareful on the underdrive pully! i have a newedge underdrive pully that is a lot smaller than stock and for the longest time in rain or if a had the ac or heater on the belt would sqeal wicked, beltdressing made a mess! i made a washer fit in back of the pully and it took care of the problem. just a little input so that if you experence the same problem!
If it squeals then it isn't tightened enough. Tighten your belts cuz you have slippage.
 
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I got a great deal on this intake tube on ebay. Apparently someone thought it would fit an svt focus. well...it does with some modification.





I just saw the original maker above is in Canada. It is definitely a quality item.

To make it fit I had to hack out a 3" section between the oil vapor tube and the MAF input. and cut off an inch after the maf to the end. It didn't come with a filter for $15shipped, so I got a Spectre cotton one at AutoZone for $19.95. Add in an extra coupler and clamps for $6 and you get a decent setup for $40.
 

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Nice write up. Have you noticed much vibration with all three motor mounts?
 
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Thanks macdiesel.

Initially I noticed a little when I installed the rear mount, but after ~500 miles it went away or I became used to it. When putting in the other 2 mounts I have noticed some additional vibration, but nothing like I had anticipated. It actually makes me feel like a sports car should. I did notice that the telescoping of the steering column will increase the vibrations, so keep it in all the way and you should minimize your vibrations.
 

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Didn't even know my car had a telescopic steering column. Thought it just had tilt. Thanks. I'll have to keep an eye on it when I upgrade motor mounts.
 
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