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RPM OUTLET's 2001 Ford Focus ZX3

When first taking the car for a test drive, you'll notice take off isn't so impressive and acceleration isn't so good either. A stock Focus is just a basic compact that needs a good set of parts to get it started.

So like any other vehicle we started off with a Short Ram cold air kit from AEM, one of the leading manufacturers of cold air design. To complete the air induction we installed a 65mm BBK throttle body and a Poweraid throttle body spacer.

Now the next step was replacing the stock headers with a polished ceramic coated short tube header from Motoblue.

The restrictive factory exhaust was replaced by Magnaflow's all stainless steel cat-back. These parts not only gave the Focus an estimated 30+ horsepower, they dressed up the engine compartment and gave it a nice polished tip; not to mention the smooth deep tone you get whenever you give it some gas.

Next to go on were the Crower Stage 1 cams with Crower Cams Billet Aluminum Adjustable Camshaft Sprockets. These cams gave our Focus a huge difference in acceleration, kicking in performance at around 6500 rpm's.

Finally a Diablo Delta chip was custom programmed to make sure everything is in tune and working to its fullest potential.

The only thing left to do was to give this Focus a better stance. We went with Eibach's Sportline Springs to give it a nice even drop from front to back. The stock shocks were also replaced using Ford Racing's lowering shocks to keep things smooth. We also installed an SVT spoiler to top it all off for a nice low aggressive look that handles just as good as the rest of RPM's projects.

2001 Ford Focus ZX3

Our list of specifications as of MARCH 06:

Engine Specs

  • Block - Stock Standard Bore and Stroke Ford Zetec DOHC


  • Magnaflow Stainless Steel Cat-Back


  • Direct hits Ignition System


  • AEM Short Ram Cold Air intake
  • BBK 65mm Throttle Body
  • Poweraid Throttle Body Spacer


  • Eibach Sportline Lowering Springs
  • Ford Racing Lowering Shocks


  • Custom Tuned Diablo Delta Chip