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not including the 5.0, the rear end and transmission... how much do you think this kit will cost... do you have to buy the alternator and radiator too? theres a couple things that dont seem necessary for the installation... im planning on finishing this b4 i finish college, and if theres anyone out there who has done it and has any input please let me know
 

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you're IN college, and doing the V8 swap? damn, i wish i had that kind of money. im in college and work 30 hours a week and still cant afford simple zetec mods.
 

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ive got a good job valet parking...
but i figure i can sell the parts that i take off... and sell all the things that ive bought so far... i have a set of heads and an intake upper/lower for a 5.0, so all i really need is the block and i can buy a rebuild kit and an oil pan... or i could sell my 02 zx3 and buy an '00 cuz all i really need is the chassis... and i have all summer to work full time, and i may join the marines for some extra cash... ill need some new wheels too wont i...
 

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Well how did they do the miata V8 swap for grassroots motorsports $2003 challenge so cheap? If you could do it on the cheap for a focus it would be awsome....but I would try to swap in a indipendent rear end.
 

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Originally posted by SupaCueBal:
Well how did they do the miata V8 swap for grassroots motorsports $2003 challenge so cheap? If you could do it on the cheap for a focus it would be awsome....but I would try to swap in a indipendent rear end.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Because the Focus is wrong-wheel drive when it comes to this swap. A lot of parts have to be fabbed to make it fit.
 

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The way I figured it, with buying a wrecked Mustang(to use for the drivetrain), buying the neccesary parts from Kugel, and refab'ing the trans/rearend, then re-building the motor myself, I came out to between $7500-9500.
My original plan was to get all the parts I needed, send the trans and rear end out to get refab'ed, and take my time building the motor.
I talked to a couple of my mecahnics, and we figured we could do the whole job in about 3-4 days.
 

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yes well I am not really going to be all about this untill I can keep at least some good handling....when that happens I guess I will just dream
 

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yea i really dont get it...now dont get me wrong. i am ridiculously envious of the people with the v8 conversion but couldn't you SELL your focus, buy a cheaper faster car, put 10-12 THOUSAND dollars into it and completely "decimate all"!! i would rather start with a faster car and make it even faster! but then i guess its like they say..."to each his own". have fun and spend a few g's doin it!
 

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well i plan on doing all the work myself, i have the apparati and skill, just not the $... so im saving up this summer... i figure i can also sell my old engine and tranny and rear end, all my parts that ive bought already, sell the hood(im going topless) and sell my wheels... i also have heads, a block and an intake for a 5.0 and plenty of access to driveshafts and trannys... it should all equal out to about the price of a good turbo... im willing to put up 10 grand to have that throaty v8... plus a v8 focus has to be the ultimate sleeper
 

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oh yeah, one more thing, im reading about how it goes from power steering to manual, and on the parts list theres a power steering pump... wtf? and why do i need to buy a big fat chrome alternator from jerry, cant i stick with the normal one, along /w the normal ac? those were really my original questions...
 

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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Originally posted by MikeyJA:
<strong>yea i really dont get it...now dont get me wrong. i am ridiculously envious of the people with the v8 conversion but couldn't you SELL your focus, buy a cheaper faster car, put 10-12 THOUSAND dollars into it and completely "decimate all"!! i would rather start with a faster car and make it even faster! but then i guess its like they say..."to each his own". have fun and spend a few g's doin it! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Roll Eyes]" src="images/icons/rolleyes.gif" /> </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">You have to *want a Focus* with a V8...not some other car with a v8. The cost is no concern.

I love the lines of my Focus, but I'd like a different engine. Mostly to be different, but I also love that low-end torque a 4 banger just can't provide. Chevy V6 could work. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="images/icons/smile.gif" />

What I'm worried about (in a full-out RWD swap) is losing the handling this car has.

The 2.3 might cure me....It'll be doing 250+ whp (NA) in no time. <img border="0" alt="[Thumb Up]" title="" src="graemlins/thumbup.gif" />
 

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i find myself considering a built 2.3 swap with turbo or SVT contour motor etc but when it comes down to it, for the money I'd spend on all of that, I could have a faster V8 focus, no question about it

Right now I have a turbo but when the motor goes, whether it be in a week (which i pray doesnt happen) or 3 years, the V8 swap will be coming next
 
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