Thanks for the input, guess it's going to be an expensive month regardless
It's a completely stock 6 speed.
Was going to go for the Milltek, the Pipercross velocity X (the one with the carbon tubing and sits in the wing) filter, and possibly a pumaspeed (or take it somewhere they can map it on the rolling road as it get's dyno'd, depends on the cash situation - never really trust the ones that you do yourself)
Also because it's the six speed I'm having a look this weekend at filling up the second intake (the hole where they used to be on the 5 speed) with a cold feed. I'm thinking cheap tubing and a cheapo filter, just to avoid the heatsoak, nothing too fancy.
I've heard good things about the Bluefins for Diesels but not so much the ST's, but I'll have to look at some owner reviews in the meantime.
Thanks for the information about the cats, I was under the impression that the 2 pre-cats would be sufficient for the MOT but needed more than one persons confirmation. Might take it down to the garage and ask them.
Apparently the linkage for the 6-speed box takes up some of the space the 2nd feed for the airbox (that was fitted to 5-speed models), you can fit another feed but it may have to curve round the battery and/or be quite a small diameter (the second feed as fitted to the 5-speed won't fit the 6-speed car)
Only one pair of cats (per bank of 3 cylinders) is "active" (with a lambda sensor), this has to be left in place (for the lambda sensor to feed data back to the ECU to get the correct fuel/ air ratio etc) - the other pair are "passive" - it is the "passive" ones (without the sensor/s) that can be removed - many garages/ mechanics (but not all) are clueless about these things especially Ford ones - tuning is a specialised subject -
Superchips is the oldest established remapper (1977, off the top of my head) the Bluefin is a great product, a Monkey could install it, it can be removed at any time and your original (stock) map is saved, they work well on standard or mildly modified cars, i would trust them sooner than a mobile or "not-so-well-established " remapper, NA (naturally asperated/ non-turbo) Bluefins are cheaper than turbo ones, you get much less of a power/torque boost on an NA car than a turbo car (from any remapper)
You can get Superchips to download revised maps into the handset over the net (ie, to work better with a cais, or sports exhaust etc) but you only get one (+ stock) at a time, there are other similar "remap systems" where you have several maps you can load/ choose yourself - they are more expensive than the Bluefin though
Bluefin (on otherwise stock car, modest increase is typical of NA engine/ expect bigger gains with CAIS + performance exhaust)
Dreamsience strategem - (includes CAIS) -
Pumaspeed (shows that the milltek+ remap/ filter (+ high octane fuel) would bring it up to 250HP, would never fit an open cone filter (eg- k&n) under the bonnet though - might work great on the dyno with the bonnet open, but will loose power drawing warm air when the bonnet is closed) -