Over the past few months members of SITH Racing started to truly pay attention to temperatures under the hood of the Ford Focus ST. Not just intake and charge temps, but things like oil temperatures and fuel rail temperatures. We drive our cars in stop and go traffic every day and it's just as important to keep the temperatures under the hood in check while in traffic as it is to keep them in check on a track. One of our members had the Custom Performance Engineering (CPE) intake for a long time and have had numerous conversations with a few fellow enthusiasts about intake temperatures and how the CPE is handling these temperatures. For those who may not know, the CPE intake is a fully aluminum air box and intake tube assembly. While we at SITH have no bias towards any organization, given the CPE intake was representative of the most aluminum available in an intake setup on the market today, we decided to test its function against its form. We truly wanted to test and see if there were differences and/or if there was a high efficient setup. We noted that another ST with a nearly identical setup to this one (same hood, same FMIC, same charge pipes, same exhaust) but different intake (aftermarket tube with stock air box) saw lower/steadier charge temps than the one fitted with the CPE.
How many times have you heard when asking questions on forums about what to buy when building your car "purchase a full set of motor mounts"? Well, we at Team SITH know through independent testing that motor mounts make a massive difference in the performance and stability of your car. Other companies have tested this and confirmed excessive engine movement in the Ford Focus ST models, regardless of the year. Honestly, this is true of most if not all factory mount setups.
Real power, even highly tuned factory turbo setups, require engine stability to be able to transition power to the ground in an even and consistent manner. In addition to this, motor mounts help all of the ancillary devices you connect to the engine (i.e. Oil Catch Cans, Down Pipe, Hard Charge Pipes etc.) stay connected and last a long time. Don't believe us? Keep reading 🙂
Sith racing has been in contact with Turbo Tech Racing (TTR) regarding a batch of transmission motor mounts for the Ford Focus ST that were sold without a weld holding the center vertical pin holder. Please check your mounts and observe the ring weld as shown in this picture. If you do not see this[...]
One of SITH Racing core contributions to the performance aftermarket is providing Independent Test and Evaluation support for manufacturers of vehicle aftermarket parts. SITH Racing is the only company that retains a staff of professionals in target key reference areas. In this specific area, SITH racing will utilize it's in-house staff Chemist to scientifically test the effects of long term methanol and water/methanol mixes currently sold by many vendors against aluminum products also developed and sold by vendors. Once SITH Racing completes the testing and validates the outputs, we will post our technical findings.
SITH Racing is pleased to pass along information regard Ground Loops, what they are, how they can affect your vehicle and more. This information comes from http://www.w8ji.com. W8JI is a well known highly achieved professional and well respected Amateur Radio Operator and has passed a lot of valuable information to the greater amateur radio community taken from his over 40 years of experience in such things. SITH Racing values his contributions and find his articles well written and full of good information that should be followed.
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|Note: This discussion only applies to grounds within a platform or system. It does not apply to cables or wiring outside a building, where lighting damage or other surges are concerns.|
Ground loop problems usually occur when systems operating at low voltage and current levels have multiple ground points that operate with voltage differences. These voltage differences are created by a high current path. The ground loop interaction is an unintentional result of poor wiring or improper input or output port planning. ("port" by definition is a signal input or output connection, usually via a jack, connector, or terminal strip).