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Old 09-15-2003, 09:04   #1 (permalink)
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Lightbulb 142 kW ST170!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was cruising through Powerchip's website (www.powerchipgroup.com) and chucked in the ST170 for fun to see what sort of power increase they could offer considering such a highly worked engine from Ford is still only producing 127kw. Lo and behold, Powerchip pulls out this pearler....

"In standard form, the Focus 2.0 ST170 produces 127 kW and 196 Nm.

Powerchip has a range of chips to suit your car, which can increase it's power to between 139 kW and 142 kW, and it's torque to between 213 Nm and 217 Nm.

The price of the Powerchip is AUD $889.90."

Can you believe it?!!!!!!! A Focus with adequate power?!!! After a single modification?!!!! (non turbo that is) I was shocked to see this and it has completely and utterly reversed my verdict on the car. I'd be willing to pay that much to make my ST170 a damn sight almost as good as the Astra Turbo!!! Granted it won't probably have the torque (Astra with 250nM) but nonetheless 142 kw is a much more promising sound!!!

http://www.powerchipgroup.com/intera...sp?pid=For0115 this is the link direct to the source page of this info.

Better still is the news that any Wheels magazine subscriber has his/her book of benefits entitling you to a $200 discount off a Powerchip, so that's a $690 pricetag!!! Even Better!!!


Just out of interest,

"In standard form, the Focus 1.8 produces 85 kW and 156 Nm.

Powerchip has a range of chips to suit your car, which can increase it's power to between 92 kW and 94 kW, and it's torque to between 170 Nm and 173 Nm."

http://www.powerchipgroup.com/intera...sp?pid=For0111

and finally

"In standard form, the Focus 2.0 Zetec produces 96 kW and 178 Nm.

Powerchip has a range of chips to suit your car, which can increase it's power to between 105 kW and 107 kW, and it's torque to between 194 Nm and 197 Nm."

http://www.powerchipgroup.com/intera...sp?pid=For0113
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Old 09-15-2003, 09:06   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 142 kW ST170!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and i just crapped my dacks when i saw that they'll blow an XR6 Turbo from 240kw all the way to a HSV GTS killing 300kw!!!!! NICE!!!!!!
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Old 09-15-2003, 17:31   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 142 kW ST170!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You have to be very careful with these kind of places. You should to see the dyno proven gains of this chip. For example, get them to dyno it before and after the chip is installed. A lot of the chips make over zealous claims as to Kw gains. Also, a chip should be a final mod so it can be programmed AFTER you have installed exhaust, headers, intake etc

They should offer money back (on the chip, but not the labour)
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Old 09-15-2003, 18:16   #4 (permalink)
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yeah, that's true. I'm not at all sueprised that the st170 give out nearly 12% more than stock (as they claim) when all the other models are only giving sometimes onlt 10%. That ST170 is a lazy bloody thing for the amount of specialised work that has been deon to it and for all that supposedly whizzbang VCT. The exhaust is pretty special already. HAving driven one, it's got a great exhaust and is much much more throttle responsive than the Zetec so based on my test driving and upon not wanting to pump up to $3,000 to get an already $37,000 car up to the standard of others, I'd be more than happy if the chip was 14-15kw worth as claimed. But definitely, it'd be dynoed. They have a 14 day money back thingo and i'm guessing they wouldn't dyno it, but i'd search for someone i know who has access to one if i could
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Re: 142 kW ST170!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Are you planning on doing headers, throttle body, exhaust changes zetec?

If you are dont worry about the chip until all those mods have been done. You then set up the chip to allow for the increased air, efficiency etc etc

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Re: 142 kW ST170!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are a few shops in Sydney that can do the Dyno for you. Get intouch with Aussie Pete or one of the FPV TC members and they can point you in the right direction as far as a Dyno is concerned.
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Old 09-16-2003, 01:38   #7 (permalink)
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Like other's have said be carefull of chip's that are made for a single type of vehicle and mass produced from that(plug in chip's)vehicle,you are better of to go for a chip that is designed and tuned to your vehicle,and it also can be changed to suit future mod's.
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no mate not touching the headers. Not touching the exhaust and am only thinking of a throttle body. The first two are no chance considering I'm constatly broke. I'm happy with the car anyway. I just want to upgrade to 17"s, add a chip and then maybe a tb but other than that not a thing. Even if I won lotto. Coz I'd buy an XR6 Turbo and loan my Focus to my girlfriend. Then again, she'd probably fight me for the Turbo too he he he
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basically want to keep it as stock as possible.
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Re: 142 kW ST170!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If it were me then Zetec, I would not bother with the chip if I were you. A chip works best when installed in conjunction with other mods (exhaust, intake blah blah blah).

Not trying to discredit you or put doubt in your mind, but if i was in your shoes i would get 17" wheels, tinted windows etc first. A chip simply would not be worth if for the cash you have to pay

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