Re: ford mondeo
For starters, I assume you mean a 1 and 7/8 inch exhaust, which is pretty standard gear for the Zetec engine. I can assure you the standard exhaust manifold and catalytic converter are hunks of crap, they were on my Mondeo and they are on my Focus as well (same engine). Extractors with a high flow cat and a nice 2 or 2 and 1/4 inch exhaust would be a nice improvement in power, but you certainly are looking at well over 500 bucks for the setup, look more towards a grand.
And you would definitely notice the improvement, it may not shave ten seconds off your quarter mile time, but you will definitely notice it. The Zetec engine typically runs rather restrictive exhausts, so it's something I wouldn't forget. Assuming it has the standard exhaust on it, but if you really want power, then I'd be hunting for some there.
However, if you decide to go a turbo kit, you'll be replacing the whole exhaust anyway so it's rather inconsequential.
I guess you'd really need to do some homework on a turbo kit if you want one, there are so many levels of performance you can look at, depending on boost pressure, and how far you want to go in replacing standard internal parts. You're realistically looking at 7 to 10 grand for a nice setup running mid levels of pressure with an intercooler and all, so it's a considerable whack of cash.
Infocus Motorsport are currently developing a turbo setup for the Focus (which, again, shares the same engine), but just look to your major tuners in Sydney for kits. You really need to consider how much cash you want to blow, how much power you want to acheive, and if you're prepared for the possible dramas associated with running a forced induction car.
Hope that gives you a small heads up.
EUR04D - Ford Focus
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Mk II Escort RS2000
How much boost?
Thanks for 2004, crew.