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    Focus 1.6TDCi 110 (435d M-Sport soon)
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  1. Hi all, I apologise for my inactivity, been very busy with work recently and the Focus Chronicles have had to take a backseat. I'm looking at around 2/3k on the Focus because as I previously was hypothesizing, I've a 435i on the way (I know, my willpower is pathetic). Need a ceramic paddle clutch, all the various GTD1244VZ equipment and that's about it. There isn't a sports cat exhaust I can fit without actually fabricating things and I'm quite content with the 170ish horsepower she'll be putting out soon. Am hoping it doesn't make insurance unethical or the road black with soot. Anyone h
  2. Hello, as an avid diesel aficionado and Ford owner, I've been looking into buying a Ka 1.3 TDCi as a little pocket rocket project car as they're only really a couple of grand. Upon doing some research, I found that its main limiting factor is the petrol gearbox through which the engine runs, ultimately limiting the amount of torque that can be squeezed out of it. I've been on here recently about my Focus 109, and am in the process of getting her to about 170hp with DPF still attached (currently at ~140hp/305nm) and I'd basically just like to know what I can do to the Ka without blowing it
  3. Right, been talking to HDI-Tuning and am negotiating a deal for their 185hp GTD12 kit. Gonna keep the DPF on her, so power might be more like 170, but that'll be enough until I find a way around that little problem (might have to write a cheaty computer program a la Bluemotion). She should reliably be capable of this and more cause of the ceramic paddle clutch. I look forward to some 7 sec to 60 times.
  4. Right I didn't buy a BMW, I'm too indecisive and am going to wait until Christmas. My budget is better off at 430D xDrive anyway, so I'm a bit bummed out. As for the Focus, how much do you think it would be for: Stage 2 turbo + fitting A good clutch + fitting Maybe upgraded injectors? I'm not looking to do it now but I want her to see the 180bhp mark, after I do the brakes. If I was to do that, would I need a different/racing DPF as I can't lawfully remove it? What about exhausts? I don't want her to sound dreadful and droney
  5. Will ask them tomorrow, took her for a drive and she's been wonderful. Entered limphome mode once really uncharacteristically, just normal acceleration in fifth on a straight. Hoping it's an anomaly because I'm not sure how much more I'm prepared to shell out on her given the new car.
  6. Hmmm, yes. I did wonder why the pump/feed pipes weren't changed. Any way I can check if they're OK? Car is driving like an absolute beauty, making little spooling noises I've never heard before. She's pulling so consistently up hills because of that now-perfect torque curve. Do you think they might've checked the oil and made the decision that it was OK or are we suspecting corner cutting? I can always put her back in for a check if need be
  7. ST and RS models hold their value a surprising amount, I was in the market for an older ST when my dad had one. As for your Focus, the 1.5tdci is a derivation of my old 1.6? If so, remapping shouldn't make it insensible, just quirkier. Depends on whether you have the 95 or the 120, I guess. With regards to the Ranger, what do you mean when you say you were put off? It doesn't seem to be a super tunable engine, but you could make it a torque beast with a big enough turbo. I'm not completely sold on the 435d, I'm looking at TTS/RS's too. Both can be taken to 400hp with minimal effort
  8. Before the Kuga I was tempted by the Mk3 RS, but I decided against it because 35k on a Focus is excessive imho. Car should be all reliable now, only things worth checking if she isn't perfect are the air filter and maybe all the fuel lines but she should be OK, test drive showed no faults and I pushed her hard. Gonna start idling for a minute or two after journeys to keep this turbo nice and cool. I like the 3.2 Ranger, more so than the new Raptor might I add. I'll remap the Focus and the "diesel M4" together and see how it goes. Ideally I'd be getting 140hp+ from the Focus which wo
  9. Got the car back just now, £678, so honestly I'm happy. Showed me the old unit and the blades were indeed ****ed. Turbo unit they bought was £425 so I'm hoping it's a goodun! So that's a CV joint, timing belt, fuel filter, oil filter (twice!), turbo and injector seals. I'd bet all my savings she'll still limp home mode up a hill
  10. I just really hope they haven't gone and bolted a TD025 on or find out that my turbo was actually already a hybrid and I'm only now going to experience 110hp and not 140 or something stupid like that lol. My only worry with that is that if it's had a hybrid on it and now has a stock without it being mapped into the system, there'll be boosty problems awry. All the 435d's are xDrive, but insurance will be a problem considering the performance and low-price of the car. One I'm looking at is 18k now, down from 52k in 2014. Talk about depreciation 😕 I figured that after driving my dad's
  11. Car's in for the turbo, hoping to god they put the right one on, and that they do the system by reg not memory. Any specific 110-related things the garage need to know or am I worrying too much? As for the BMW purchase, I'm looking at a mid-mileage 435d M-Sport Plus on the weekend, hoping it can simultaneously out perform the Kuga and get better mpg. To be fair, the only real reason besides my own gluttony is because even an M4/C63 couldn't escape my diesel powah at stage 1. Upon visiting my mum a couple of days ago, I've told her I'm buying a Dacia Duster, so I can double-scare her
  12. It's got GTRadials on it at the mo, looking for a good set next change (Conti or Pirelli). She handles brilliantly anyway, but coilovers are a thought for the future. Because she's only got the 110hp currently, she can handle her drink, after a remap and maybe a BMW turbo she'll need them. Turbo's being done Tuesday, garage came back with a brilliant £700 quote, much to my surprise. Honestly guys, I'm thinking of getting rid of the Kuga and with the ~£15000 I'd get, I could get a 2015 Focus ST petrol or diesel with limited extra funding. That... or a 425d for myself. Edit: I've
  13. Fair enough, yeah the brakes on the Focus are absolutely useless, rear drums and little front discs. Could use maybe another 10mm lowering but she still holds the road like a dream. My dad had a 2006 Focus ST and that handled no better than mine, exited the corners hell of a lot faster though lol. That 2.5L sounded incredible, mine sounds like an angry tractor. What handling upgrades are actually worth it?
  14. Ah I see, my bad. Raises an interesting question, I suppose, how differently do the Zetec S and ST handle? I was tempted by a Focus Zetec S when I bought this one, but it was higher mileage and an ugly blue, mine's only a Zetec but it has the sat-nav, lowered suspension and the beautiful y-spoke 17"s
  15. I did wonder why there was such a price difference. I'm sure Wish.com will be doing them soon for a fiver! Also, I stumbled upon your forum, am I correct in saying you DV6 swapped a Mk6 ST?
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