hi all


wales connah's quay
focus zetec 1.8
hello this is my first time moding a car, I have a w reg. 1.8 ford focus zetec any suggestions on where i should start will be greatly appreciated thanks
i can put about 1 hundred quid a mouth a side for anything thats 2 expensive but I've got about 5 hundred at the minuet. just bought the the car its gonna be a family car so i want it to be safe and economical but i want to able to have some fun in it when I'm on my own
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The best mods for a car engine are as follows.
Internal work yields the biggest gains, head work like porting polishing and 3 angle valve jobs will maximise the airflow and raise the power.

If you want to go to the max then cryo treat the block, get it rebored and look into blueprinting and balancing as well.

Bigger valves are an obvious addon but not all engines are suitable as it depends how close together the OEM valves are.

A fast road cam will yield good power gains, especially in the top end of the rev range. Don't go mad though a profile of up to 270 degrees will give the best gains without the engine becoming cammy.

The most popular power mods are induction kits (which are questionable as power mods but they can sound nice if that is your sort of thing) and sports exhausts with sports catalysts or decats.

To keep the car legal I'd recommend a sports catalyst rather than a decat.
The last mod should always be a remap as this will allow you to fully realise the power gains on offer from your mods. Turbo cars respond very well to remaps.

It's worth having a read of the articles on www.torquecars.com/tuning/ for more information on these mods and what the terms mean.
the 1.8 ford engines do well with a 2L throttle body (or after market upgrade one) a proper cold air fed induction system and a decent exhaust.

lowering is another mod you can do to improve handling.

upgrading wheels etc.

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