You're probably right about the computer tuning not giving huge gains, but like I said I'm not a mechanical genius. I suppose I could put in new cams or do some other stuff but I'd have to pay a lot for the installation. Besides, as said its already been proven that a Intake/Exhuast/Tune can reach 140, so it is a safe and simple route.From my experience, BPUs are not the best bang for your buck from a performance standpoint especially on small N/A motors.
I've always been an advocate of doing suspension first and foremost before you begin working on power. I'm assuming the 1.6 is using extremely high compression along the lines of 12:1 or something, makes for forced induction nightmare. Those with the dual-clutch tranny can also kiss F/I goodbye as the tranny is rated for 170lb/ft of torque.
While I do prefer Koni or Bilstein, they cost significantly more than Tokico, if I were paying for Koni or Bilstein I rather opt for an adjustable coilover setup rather than a spring/shock setup.I tried tokico's once, but prefer Koni or Bilstein on my cars. If I do suspension on the Fiesta, it will be a complete matched set of dampers and springs. I have wasted a ton of money over the years trying out all sorts of different spring rates and dampers. Way too easy to end up with too high of a spring rate and not enough dampening or vice-versa. If I do anything, it will be most likely a complete engineered package from FRPP.
I hate to tell you but the upgrade package isn't available on the SEWhenever I get a Fiesta I'll probably get the 5-door SE hatch w/ upgrade package, which means that if there's a way to retrofit SES/Euro-spec wing mirrors (with indicators) I'll strongly consider doing it. The only thing that I'm miffed about with the US-spec car is that the SE models don't get wing-mirror indicators, and I'd like to fix that =)
I'll also think about getting some different wheels, maybe the current Focus SES's multi-spoke design or something from the Euro Fiesta lineup, although I like the SE's wheel design as-is (and if I had the SES I wouldn't bother changing the wheels at all).
As the Fiesta is supposedly already perfectly-balanced out of the box I don't think I'm even going to consider suspension mods, though an ECU reflash or something like that to bring the power up a bit would be cool.
That is amazing! Shaving two seconds off the 0 to 60mph times with an extra 20hp?!?! I have to wonder if they could do similar with our spec. I mean the U.S. specs do 8.7 standard versus the 9.8 EU gets right?
It probably has something to do with the Fiesta's relatively light weight. Going from 120 to 140 is what, a 16% increase in horsepower? You're going to notice that in a light car like the Fiesta.That is amazing! Shaving two seconds off the 0 to 60mph times with an extra 20hp?!?! I have to wonder if they could do similar with our spec. I mean the U.S. specs do 8.7 standard versus the 9.8 EU gets right?
Chan, I still have my Fiesta - I am in San Diego.I'm really curious as to how the Fiesta rides, from all the reviews I've seen they've been positive. I prefer a stiffer ride but not one that throws me off my seat like on my motorcycle. My IS300 has a stiffer all around suspension than stock (stiffer springs/shocks and sway bars). Curious as when the next round up Fiesta Agents will be around Southern California.