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  1. It's not your fault Nick, it was just older hardware, 21 years of use is bound to have some effect.
  2. I think it all started for Ford with the 6.7L PSD, whats cool there is it has a independent cooling system that runs colder than the engine coolant. I would assume most of the new EB engines use a water to air charged air cooler, except for a few models. I would have to believe the Focus RS is a normal air to air intercooler based on the massive cooler you can see in the lower part of the grill.
  3. Intercooler is water to air on the 1.5L, so its not so simple. You can see it pretty easy when you pop the hood, it basically is the intake manifold, kind silver looking with 2 coolant hoses going to it. It fits right onto the engine block so I doubt it would be an easy swap or cheap for aftermarket. Silver is all intercooler. The 2 blue "stoppers" are sealing off the coolant in and out lines. Follow the pressure air intake going right to it.
  4. I'd run Mobil 1 Full Syn of whatever grade Ford says to use. I have never heard anyone say anything bad about Mobil 1 ever and that full synthetic should be up to the job. Like any modern engine with VCT or VVT or DIVCT or whatever use what grade of oil the manufacturer says since those systems all run off the oil pressure. I wouldn't worry much about heat, I think the 1.5 EB has a water/oil cooler mounted to the front of the block. Like any turbo car too, (I don't care if someone disagrees with this or not) after a drive where you are pushing the car harder do not just shut the car off right away, let that engine idle for a minute to cool that turbo down. Those things suck up alot of heat to actually work and it can take a while for it to dissipate, keep the air/oil/coolant moving though it for a minute or so if you were just pushing it hard. I know its not seeing the temperature of a diesel engine but I've seen guys let turbo diesels idle for 5 minutes to get their EGTs down after running it hard.
  5. I'm not saying the tune alone will lead to problems, but ones tendency to drive the car much harder with almost 50 more hp will. Those tunes advance the timing on the engine big time as well. If it were my car I probably would tune it simply due to all the other advantage the tune offers, its just making sure you don't start sacrificing engine life on a 4 door family sedan for performance. I wouldn't mess with much else, leave it all stock. Enjoy the fact that you know that your common sedan is a step above the other ones you are likely going to run into on the road.
  6. I'm quite happy with the Mach RCU and the Infinity Reference speakers. Actually the car needs new tweeters since the current ones (assuming they are JBL as well and you didn't just swap the grills) are all crackly and what not. That old JBL hardware was just worn out and needed to be replaced.
  7. I'd go for the 87 tune for sure for the improved shifting but its $599, that's not chump change.
  8. Some items I have and would like to clear out. Seeing if anyone is interested I have a working power antenna motor/assembly without the cord. It will likely will need a new mast but the current mast does still work and is not bent. The Wisconsin winters were not kind to it and it froze too many times and I was sick of it. The other item is a JBL RCU from the SHO, I believe the RCU had some sort of internal failure as the sound output was very weak and intermittent from various speakers before I removed and swapped for a Mach RCU from a 2003 car. I also still have the JBL sub but it is still in place in the SHO and I'm not digging it out until the car is back on the road for spring. PM me if interested.
  9. Like SHOenough said, I've heard the 1.5L with the Livernois 93 tune nets close to +40hp and over 50 ft-lbs more and the shifting is dramatically improved. I think it would be amazing to tune it but personally I would be a little reluctant to add the 93 tune since it really pushes that motor hard, I would have a hard time keeping my foot out of it and I just don't trust those little turbos that much, they can handle the stock power fine but when you push it hard you will burn it up. If I could drive it like a normal person and not be on it all the time I'm sure it would be fine but its hard not to drive those turbo engines hard, they are just so much fun.
  10. My girlfriend just traded in her 2013 Focus for almost the same car that you bought Jeff. A Silver 2014 Fusion SE, 1.5L with luxury package, and moonroof, although it has the boring 16 or 17 inch painted rims. I have yet to see the car in person but it looked like it was pretty highly optioned. Only 33k miles. Looked like it also had 20% tint all the way around.
  11. Ok so I'm reviving this topic because suddenly the 2002 has started to act up again, randomly loosing all electric power. 1st off I did just get the car washed yesterday, not sure if that would effect it but you never know. So the car will start and run fine when it wants to start but when it decides to not it looses all power. Say the car was just running and I shut it down, sometimes it will die right then and all electric power is gone. Other times it will act up when the car is being started, it will have all the power even in run, but once that key hits start it clicks and all power is gone. It can take several minuets to come back, of opening and closing the door and cycling the key. Then it starts fine. Things I have noticed: The theft light seems to still faintly light up when trying to cycle the key, but nothing else has power. I watched the speedometer act all jumpy tonight when the car is in Drive and I'm on the brakes not moving, Id say is bouncing around 5-8mph from 0-10mph and back and forth. Put it in neutral and it stops. Turn signals flash at different speeds, they can vary from second to second, speed up and slow down. I think it maybe be due to that EP34 relay for the LEDs. (Thinking of going back to stock incandescent bulbs and the factory relay to see if that helps) This is highly annoying and I just can't seem to figure anything out on this, Ive checked all the basic stuff, I was thinking of swapping the radio out and putting a different one in since this one has a funky volume issue (who knows I'm grasping at straws here). Next I might pull the door accordion apart and check those wires. I just don't have the time for this and the lovely winter weather makes it harder. If anyone has any ideas I'm listening.
  12. They should have washed and cleaned the car before giving it back to you, I for sure would have complained about that. Did they at least give you a decent loaner car. My friend just had his base model Mazda CX5 at the dealer for 2 weeks and he was given a fully loaded Subaru Forester as a loaner no questions asked.
  13. I never understand why automakers always tune their transmissions like crap at the factory or stock setting. Even the most basic vehicles are completely different animals with a tune just for an automatic transmission. The 4 or 5 tunes that my friend had on his 7.3L F250 changed that slushbox 4R100 into what ever he needed at the moment, pure raw performance power off the line pushing 35 psi of boost, refined towing power and confidence holding gears longer and downshifting to the point it was like driving an ATV with a CVT, or just crisp shifts for daily driving around town. With the push of a button you could completely change that trucks driving dynamics. The 97 SHO shifts so much better than a regular AX4N with that 3.4L specific tune on the XCal too, and eliminates the need for that stupid SAI system.
  14. So what do you have running in the fog lights now?
  15. It must have been before your time on this forum Josh but I had a 60/40 rear split Katzkin rear seat in my 2002 for several years and attempted to offer it to people, I ended up throwing it away. It matched very well with the 98/99 leather SHO seats I had in the car, those seats now call Brian's Sable Wagon home. I got too many complaints about the leather seats so I switched back to the stock cloth. I love being the guy who can now say hes been there and done that, haha. That's when I was still making a lot of changes to the car, I don't have free time like that anymore. I remember I found this in a 2003 SES in that charcoal gray, all seats looked really nice and I knew instantly that the rear seat would match the SHO leather. The pleating on the seat back and cushion is almost a perfect match. It must be a different kit as mine look a bit different than the ones you have (no seams down the middle of the butt cushions) but I am 99.9% sure they were by Katzkin. Needless to say they were not stock Ford Taurus leather seats.