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Battle plan

Right now, I hate my car. I NEED to do something about it, and I'm finding that being single is alot easier on the wallet than having a GF is. Plus, I have a new job that is paying well, and I have had trouble even spending the last paycheck, so it looks like the Cougar is going to become my money pit. First of all, I want to get the stuff I have in my garage installed and painted (taillight covers, z3 fenders, visteon spoiler). Then I want to do something about my stereo mess, (the brackets holding cd player in broke, so I want a new cd player, then a real sound system, my newly installed infinity speakers have already blown.)

But thats not the point. My car is slow, so slow that if I had a deaf passenger, they wouldnt be able to tell when the slo azz car was accelerating or not (a slight exaggeration). I want to do something about the power of my car. There is a plan that is slowly formulating in the back of my mind that might involve a nitrous kit, new built engine, a local speed shop, and a few rides to and from work in my sisters pontiac asstek.

I want to hear any warnings, recommendations, and criticisms that you guys have got. I probably wont have the body parts and stereo stuff done until early spring, so there's a lot of time to work out a plan. Thanks...

-Nate
 

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RE: Battle plan

if the guys deaf, all he has to do is open his eyes to see how slow you're going...

I was gonna say having an ATX is your problem but luckily its not.

Intake w/ GMK, Tru Bendz exhaust, header (some day or custom), cam gears will help you alot if u get a programmable chip and dyno tune it. Optimized throttle body, UDP, better suspension and tires will also help your performance.

You will see the biggest gains from an Esslinger head package, which will cost you a couple g's.
 

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RE:Battle plan

If you're gonna go turbo save all the upgrades till then. Most upgrades won't cross over naturally aspirated to turbo except UDPs, cam gears and flywheels. A good port and polish and valve job is a good idea but you don't want different cams for turbo cause there maybe to much overlap. Stock cams on a Focus have gone to 400whp and I believe our cams are slightly better. Just have to get them tuned right with gears on the dyno.

How much money ya got. A custom made kit will cost your about $5K. If you can weld or get the work done free you can drop that price in half. Then you need to do the suspension. My main problem is wheel hop. I've solidified my motor mounts but it hasn't helped. Next thing would be Koni's and GC coil overs, but I'm broke right now. Stock tranny and clutch will do 200whp easy and it did 276wtq once with no slip. More than 240wtq though and you'll need to upgrade the clutch and differential and then you're good to go for up to 400whp. The axles will probably hold for regular driving, even at that high a HP, but if you do a lot of Autox and Drag racing with slicks I don't think so.

If you got $5k for a turbo kit then go with TurboTom's. http://www.focus-power.com/ He's already built a couple for the Escort ZX2 and our engines are the same. He can also do built short blocks for a little over $2K

Remember, a big body kit and stereo system will ad more weight, just making the car slower. Still TurboTom is doing mid 12s with a 3000Lb Focus at 400+whp.
 

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RE:Battle plan

I'm going to go turbo. I'm waiting on a response from Turbo Tom, I asked him how much clearance his turbo manifold requires. I'm thinking that if I can buy the turbocharger, intercooler, headers, and the wastegate, then I can have a shop make the rest of the pipes. Also, would the Apexi SAFC be a sufficient engine management solution if properly tuned at the dyno??
 

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What would you recommend instead? I thought the SAFC was what you are using...

EDIT: N/M, I saw that you are using a streetflight chip. How did that work out for you??
 
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just trying to help out here....
sufficient engine management would include MIC...

turbo tom as you speak of is very popular on my other board... www.clubfocus.net
he has a MIC kit if you buy his turbo...
This includes:

M -- Mass Air Flow Sensor (calibrated for the injectors you'll use)
I -- Fuel Injectors (depending on how much boost/power you'll be running with the set up)
C -- Custom chip (burned for all your mods)

Tuning is key to keep a turbo engine lasting long. Keep in mine even with 400+ hp of toms car it IS a daily driver!

later,
wbzx3
 

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Still needs to be fine tuned but it's working so far. StreetFlight can now do a turbo zetec but it's best to go there in person and tune the car on the dyno.

Yes, TurboTom is the man but even at this time he's never done a Cougar. He has done a ZX2 Escort and our engines are exactly the same so his ZX2 kit could partially cross over to our engines, just would need some different intercooler piping. So, likewise his stock piping kit wouldn't work on our cars at this time.

I agree TurboTom is the man, but I only have one beef with him. His 400whp+ daily driver is driven on 100octane gas since he can get it at several local gas stations. His 300whp on a stock block was also run on 100oct gas. Just cause he can buy race gas at his local gas stations doesn't make it street gas, and he's gotten into a few arguments over at the Focaljet on this subject.
 
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I wasn't stating that he needed to go with toms kit...
just that he need a GOOD fuel solution because thats what he was asking!

MIC is a good fuel solution that will work. Mass air flow sensor, injectors and a tuned on the dyno chip. Thats a fuel solution, besides the obvious, fuel pump if stock doesn't flow enough etc...

I wasn't stating that he needed to go buy a kit from tom.

i also didn't think he ran a full tank of 100 oct i thought it was a mix? guess i heard wrong? :confused:
 

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Head kit and some tuning.....you'll enjoy it and so wil lyour friends.then save you cash and then turbo........built, enjoy....then blow it :wiggle:
 

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Total change of heart. I saw MMFF's article where they installed an NX Stage 1 EFI nitrous kit on a Focus. It looks pretty easy. 600 bucks, and then another 130 for the Steeda fuel rail (it has a port that you can mount a fuel pressure guage to, or a fuel line for a wet nitrous kit) Has anybody installed the steeda fuel rail, or does anybody know if it wont fit? I've been reading nitrous installation articles since 8pm tonight, and now it's 12:30, and I think I've been thoroughly convinced. It seems easy enough. I'm not going to mess with bottle heaters or purge valves until later.
The kit is nice because you dont have to mess with engine management at all, since the kit itself regulates the extra fuel that neccessitates the nitrous injection. I went on the NX webpage, and they have a good chart where you can find out what jets to use for what amount of horsepower on what engines. MM&FF made the installation look fairly simple, and I think it wouldnt take me very long, if I could have somebody to talk to if I have any problems. Dont think I'm gonna start this till early spring, but I'll let everyone know when I do. BTW, does anybody have an answer for my fuel rail question?
 

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Originally posted by: ZetecNinja
nitrous is a compliment to existing power
not a replacement for power

okie dokie :thumbsup:

for the fuel rail...find out the part number for the OEM fuel rail for the focus and for the cougar...see if the numbers match.....that's all i know to do....hope that helps somewhat sorta a lil bit
 
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