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Zetec Turbo Guide – 1.6, 1.8, 2.0 Zetec Turbo Tuning

There is a good article on tuning the Ford Zetec engine here. But we have just found this site dedicated to Zetec turbo tuning.

Check it out if your thinking of going turbo on your Zetec.

Here is an excerpt

First of all, there is little point in trying to turbocharge the restrictive 1.6 Zetec. It can be done, but as upgrading to a 1.8 or 2.0 will offer a lot more potential for only a couple of hundred pounds more it’s something of a no-brainer. The 1.8 as fitted in the XR2i and RS 1800 is a possibility, although most people opt for the 2.0, which has the obvious advantage of the extra capacity and a wider choice of pistons. The 2.0 is more expensive and sometimes harder to find than the 1.8, but having said that, locating a base engine should not be any trouble at all as it’s quite a common powerplant.

Focus RS MK1 Buying Guide

The Focus RS was built in the Saarlouis plant at a rate of 30 a day maximum

Typical VIN number for the MK Focus RS is WFoBXXACD

The engine number of the car should match the last 7 digits of the VIN

The Focus RS came with a unique leather-covered log book with RS on the cover. There should also be an additional RS manual specifically for the RS.

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Focus Tuners

Ford Focus Tuning – Links to Specialist Ford Focus Tuners in the UK offering performance upgrades, engine rebuilds and builds, repairs and servicing on the Ford Focus

See also:
Zetec S/SE Tuning Guide
Focus ST Review
Focus ST Tuning Guide
Focus Performance Exhausts
Ford Tuners – General
Ford Focus Body Kit Manufacturers & Dealers
Ford Focus RS Buying Guide
Engine Tuning Information
Performance Brakes – Manufacturers & Dealers
Rolling Roads
Track Day Organisers
High Performance Car Insurance Brokers
Engineering Services Continue reading

Ford Tuners

Ford Tuners

Ford Tuning – Links to Specialist Ford Tuners in the UK offering performance upgrades, engine rebuilds and builds, repairs and servicing. Mainly for RS, ST and Cosworth models.

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Focus RS Tuners
Manufacturers for Air FiltersExhaustsSuspension
Ford Body Kits – Manufacturers
RS Turbo Series 1 Tuning Guide
Escort Cosworth Tuning Guide T25
Ford Focus RS Buying Guide
Engine Builders
Zetec Engine Tuning Guide
Rolling Roads
Track Day Organisers Continue reading

Escort Cosworth Tuning

Escort Cosworth Tuning

The original big turbo T34 Escort RS Cosworth was built for homologation purposes to allow to compete in the WRC. When then required quota of 2,500 cars were built for homologation purposes Ford starting build the Escort RS Cosworth with a smaller turbo, the T25 as opposed to the T34 that was supplied for homologation. The T25 turbos had a lower boost threshold and felt more responsive for road use. However these smaller turbo cars are less tunable, read on for more details. Continue reading

Focus ST Tuning

Ford Focus ST Tuning Guide – The Focus ST is without doubt one of the best drivers hot hatches out there at the moment. The Golf is a little to controlled and insulated the new Civic Type-R lacks the torque and the power of the Focus ST. It does what Ford does best, it gives the working man an honestly fast car at a reasonable price. But like all standard cars there have been compromises made to make it more acceptable to more people and of course to make it cheaper to make. And that may be fine, but for the truly committed driver, the driver that goes out on the road just for the thrill of driving there are some performance upgrades out there that can really transform the Focus ST and make it realise its full potential without affecting the cars reliability or its everyday usefulness. If your more of an A to B driver look away now because your not going to be interested in this article at all.

see also:
Focus Tuners
Focus RS Mk2 Tuning Guide
Focus Body Kits
Focus ST Review
Focus RS Buying Guide Continue reading


Ford Zetec Tuning

zetecZetec S/SE Engine Tuning – Zetec Tuning Guide

The article is actually based on tuning the Ford Fiesta Zetec S, the article below is an extract of the engine tuning part of this guide.
see also:
Focus Tuners
Ford Tuners
Focus Body Kits
Ford Body Kits
Engine Tuning Information
Focus ST Review
Focus RS Buying Guide


Zetec Tuning Guide – Zetec S/Zetec SE

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Ford Escort S2 RS Turbo Tuning

S2 RS Turbo Buying Guide

The Series 2 Escort RS Turbo was not a motorsport special like the Series 1 so it’s design was developed for road use as opposed to the track. It lost the S1 4.27 final drive and the front tie bar arrangement. The Bosch Motorola engine management received some tweaks, fuel economy was improved, a one piece inlet manifold was used, a water cooled turbo was an improvement as well as an upgraded intercooler and cylinder head. The limited slip diff was softened up so it wasn’t so snatchy. The S2 used the same dampers as found on the XR3i but with uprated springs.

see also:
S1 Escort RS Turbo Tuning Guide
General Car Buying Guide
Engine Tuning Information
Ford Tuners

S2 RS Turbo Buying Guide

Braking was a major weak point of the Series 1 , on the S2 XR4i discs were used and larger drums on the rear. Girling ABS was also standard.

Colours available included diamond white Mercury Grey, Black and Radiant Red. The S2 also came with bonnet vents, XR3i colour coded rear spoiler and subtle arch extensions.

Recaros were standard but a sunroof, central locking and electric windows were not and these cost 572GBP as part on the Custom Pack.

S2 RS Turbo – Identity

The VIN can be found on the slam panel under the bonnet as well as under the carpet between the driver seat and the sill. The number should be clear and read WFOBXXGCABKJ followed by the chassis number listed on the V5 log book.

If your looking at a “90”spec S2 it should have heated front windscreen, a rear wing with curved over ends and blue and red fleck trim and also adjustable intermittent wiper speed. It also had a 2 piece centre console and a second courtesy light in the rear headlining.

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S2 RS Turbo Buying Guide

S2 RS Turbo – Brakes

260mm discs as standard but they still warp but they are cheap to replace. Worn rear drums can be diagnosed with a slack handbrake. Check the ABS with a hard stop, it should trigger, its not the most subtle but it needs to work or its an MOT failure.

S2 RS Turbo – Engine

Can sound extremely rough but they are a tough engine. If there are running problems a decent service should have it running like well. If not suspect air leaks in the intake system. Low boost pressure can point to collapsed hosesand or a weak wastegate actuator. If its accompanied by a load of bangs on overrun its probably the throttle position sensor.

As always check around the inside of the oil filler cap for white sludge. If you can see it indicates a blow head gasket. Chips of unknown origin are a recipe for an engine rebuild. Too much fuel is also bad as it washes the oil off the cylinder walls reducing lubrication. Not good.

Look out for smoke on full throttle, if its blue then the engine is on its way out.

S2 RS Turbo – Transmission

The S2 came with the B5 gearbox. The main shaft is the weakest point so listen for rumbling. The gear stick will have play in it. If you cant get a gear without forcing it the gear linkage is shot. Try and change gears quickly to check the condition if the syncro, if its grinds a lot then its on its way out. Second to third gear is particularly weak. 170bhp is the limit for the standard clutch and standard gearbox internals.

Given the age of the car there is a good chance the box has been placed. to check jack both front wheels up turn one wheel if the opposite wheels turns in the same direction it has the LSD, if it turns in the opposite direction then it doesn’t have a limited slip diff. Diesel boxes are not stronger then the RS box despite the rumours!

S2 RS Turbo – Electrics

As with every cars check every switch and knob and make sure it works. Let the car idle for a bit and see if theradiatorfans kicks in. Get the fuel pump wiring checked to make sure the fuel pump is getting the full 12volts because if its not than the engine could be running lean.

S2 RS Turbo – Interior

You have to expect some wear in here, the drivers seat bolsters are usually the worst effected. Seats can be found but the retrimming can be expensive and second hand 90 spec Recaros go for over 200GBP. Check the headlining for watermark due to the sunroof leaking also check the carpets for moisture. If they are wet then there is a good chance that the metal underneath will be rotten.

S2 RS Turbo – Bodywork

It’s an old Ford so check everywhere for rust. Sills, bulkhead, around the windscreen, floor, wings, battery tray everywhere. Especially look behind the body kit. The extra additions will trap water and rot everything they are connected to.

Panels can still be bought new but the body kit parts will need to be bought secondhand. Check panel gaps for accident damage and windows for overspray. Check the engine compartment for it’s original sealant and also the boot floor for flatness, if its creased then it will have been rear ended. If you spot any fault take into consideration the age of the car.

S2 RS Turbo – Suspension

Like any car if it feels boaty than the damper are probably shot, if there is knocking from the suspension then thebushesare probably knackered. If anything feels a miss its best to take a closer look. There are many good qualitysuspension kits on the market and uprated replacements bushes. Run our fingers between the wheel arch and the wheel to check that the wheels are sitting in the middle of the arches and that they are the same side to side. If not it points to at worst a twisted chassis and the minimum badly repaired accident damage.

S2 RS Turbo – Where to Find

Rust has claimed many of the 22,108 examples built. They can be found on EBay and in the local newspapers but they are becoming a rarer site. For more selection and a better quality selection its best to check owners clubs forums and websites. The RS Owners Club is a good place to start.


One of the most important checks when buying any car whether its a Ferrari or a FSO is to run a history check. This will check if its been stolen, written off or has outstanding finance. This check is essential. HPI UK is one of the companies that can do this for you.

S2 RS Turbo – How Much to Pay

For spares or abandoned project cars

Tidy cars with a good MOT and some service history

Excellent cars in excellent condition. Low mileage. Expect everything to be perfect as very close to new

You can eat your dinner of the underside concourse, need to wear white cotton cottons gloves to not leave grease stains in the engine compartment jobby. Basically a perfect example that is new, not just looks new. For this money the car should be showroom fresh.

S2 RS Turbo – Specs

Engine: CVH
Capacity: 1600cc
Compression: 8.2
Power: 132bhp @ 5750rpm
Torque:134lbs/ft @ 2750rpm
Turbo: Garret T3
Management: Bosch Jet Tronic
Transmission: B5 5 Speed
Clutch: 215mm
Diff: Viscous LSD
Ratios: 3.15, 1.91, 1.27, 0.95, 0.76
Final Drive: 3.82
Front Suspension: McPherson Struts
Rear Suspension: Beam, Trailing Arms, Springs
Anti Roll Bar: 24mm Front, 16mm Rear
Steering: Rack and Pinion
Front Discs: 260mm
Rear Drums: 229mm
Wheels: 15×6
Tyres: 195/50-15
0-60: 8.2seconds
Top Speed: 128mph

S2 RS Turbo Buying Guide – Insurance

It’s always worth getting an insurance quote before you get the car to avoid any nasty surprises. The links below are to pages on where we list insurance companies specialising in high performance cars.

UK High Performance Car Insurance Brokers
Ford Specialist Insurance Brokers

Club Links
Ford Escort Owners Club
RS Owners Club


Ford Body Kits

Ford Body Kits

Ford Body Kit Directory, Links to Ford Body Kit Manufacturers Worldwide and UK Ford Body Kit Dealers.

See also:
Alloy Wheel Manufacturers
Body Kit Dealers
Ford Tuners
Body Kit Fitting Services


Ford Body Kits and Aero Parts

lite tuned
cadamuro UK supplier –  forza tuning
ms design UK supplier – Duncan Smith
lumma tuning UK supplier –superspeed
erebuni uk supplier – ab styling
rieger tuning uk supplier –  autotint design
wings west uk supplier – the racers edge
musketier uk supplier – gmc
merkur tuning uk supplier –  not stated
pakfeifer uk supplier – evolution r
Wolf uk supplier – profile automotive

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Ford Parts

Ford Performance Parts

UK Ford Performance Tuning Links – Ford Body Kits, Performance Car Part Manufacturers and Dealers, Ford Car Tuners. Induction Kits, Performance Exhausts, Brake Pads and Discs, Air Filters, Induction Kits, Used Car Buying and Ford Price Guides.

Ford Focus Manifold

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Ford Escort RS Series 1 Tuning Guide

Series 1 RS Turbo Tuning Guide

A guide to tuning the Series 1 Ford Escort RS Turbo. The Series 1 RS Turbo was built for homologation purposes to enable Ford to compete inGroup A Racing. In total Ford made 8604 Series 1 RS Turbos. In 1985 the cost  of the basic RS Turbo was 9250GBP and the optional Custom Pack was 470GBP. The Custom Pack included a glass sunroof,  electric windows and opening rear quarter windows.

Escort Series 1 Tuning Guide

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