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10-23-2002, 09:42 AM
I just installed an A.E.M. cold air intake on my focus this weekend. I'm just writing to let you know that it sounds great and I would highly recomend this upgrade to you guys. I didn't even notice the extra hp until I threw it in 2nd and noticed it pulled a little harder. It's not too loud during every day driving but when you hit it, you'll know that it's working. (Also at idle you can hear it wooshing wich is kind of wierd at first.):tmb:
10-23-2002, 02:15 PM
How much did it cost? Is it the full length one or the shorty?
10-24-2002, 05:04 AM
I paid $240.00 for mine. You might be able to get it for less if you shop around enough. This price is kind of steep considering this piece of hardware for most small cars like ours is usually < $200.00. The higher price is probably because of the limited production #'s of the SVT foci. This intake is different than the one made for the regular focus (ZX3, ZX5, ZTS). I guess if an aftermarket company is going to design a part for just a handfull of us then they're going to charge an arm and a leg. That's just my theory though.
The one I bought basically just routs the intake under the battery tray then right next to the bumper. It shouldn't take more than an hour or two to install this bad boy. Oh one caution for this intake though: If the air filter becomes submerged in water or snow or whatever, you are in trouble. Shouldn't be a problem for me because I don't plan on driving this little car if there is more than an inch or so of snow on the ground.
10-24-2002, 05:52 AM
I'll stick with the short ram. I live in Minnesota.
You should look into the air bypass valve.
10-24-2002, 07:04 AM
AEM claims that they don't even make an air bypass valve for this intake! Needless to say I am a little upset about that. I will buy it if they make it anytime in the near future. I'm not too concerned though. Let me know how your short ram works out for you.
10-24-2002, 09:50 PM
YES aem makes a air-bypass and is very important in a CAI system.. THE air bypass shoudl be out shortly its TBA.. I've found CAI by aem for 260.. anybetter deals let me know where I can pick one up...
10-25-2002, 04:19 AM
I will definately buy the air bypass valve when it comes out then. :D You might as well wait until spring to install one now, bry-svt. There's no point in roaring around the streets here in the middle of winter. Unless of course you have a big ass 4x4.;)
11-14-2002, 01:41 PM
I just noticed that this thing makes a loud roaring noise as you drive under a bridge. It's awsome! Every time I drive under a bridge I downshift just to hear it! :) It sounds wierd because of the echo. :)
Where did you purchase your intake from?
11-25-2002, 10:05 AM
I ordered my intake from Options Auto Salon (http://www.optauto.com/webstore/). I have no reason to not recommend this website. After I ordered it they sent me a confirmation e-mail. Then like a day or two later they sent me second e-mail with a tracking # and some other info.. Less than a week later I recieved the package at my house. So they were right on the ball with my purchase. Like I said though if you shop around enough you might be able to find it for cheaper.
11-28-2002, 09:57 AM
I bought my AEM CAI from
they were the cheapest at the time, but i see the price has increased. you might try calling him and tell him you saw him make a post in one of the focus forums saying he would sell it for $229.00, that is how i found out about him.
David A. Wilks
11-28-2002, 11:22 AM
I bought my AEM cai kit from Corey at Modern Performance. It has been the single best upgrade to date. I also installed the Focus Central pullies without using the alternator pulley but retained the stock belt. The install took less than three hours including the tranny mount bushing which I HIGHLY recommend to everyone.
11-28-2002, 11:44 AM
David A. Wilks
he install took less than three hours including the tranny mount bushing which I HIGHLY recommend to everyone.
how hard is it to installo the tranny mount bushing for you? i have heard
on other forums that is is difficult to get the orginal bushing out, did you find this difficult?
i ask because the bushing is $19.00 and the bushing with mount is $99.00
David A. Wilks
11-28-2002, 12:04 PM
Installing the bushing was VERY EASY!! You just have to think it through a bit.
My brother runs a Full Service Meineke shop, so having different size muffler tubing was a good thing. Also having a lift was nice.
What I would recommend is getting a piece of 3" tubing or maybe something a bit larger to fit the O.D of the bushing itself. All you will need is a 2-3" section of this. ANY muffler shop will cut and swedge the piece for nothing out of s****. Using a large socket within a vise, just crank it in until the bushing pops out.
Installtion of the new bushing is easy. Just remove the steel sleeve and squeeze the urethane piece in by hand. Then lubricate the steel sleeve and install it. The entire deal takes less than 10 minutes. You will take more time jacking your car up than you will changing the bushings.
The difference is amazing!! No more surging of the car in first gear and if you autocross, this will put the power to the ground MUCH faster with better control.
11-28-2002, 12:21 PM
now i will buy the $19.00 bushing..
where did you buy your bushing and what is gthe part number?
David A. Wilks
11-28-2002, 01:20 PM
I got all my Focus Upgrade parts from Corey at Modern Performance.com Send them an email and tell them I said Hello!!
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