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please give me some idas on how to make this car faster, what should i do first to make a real difference in speed? also can i put 18 inch rims on the car without it rubbing?/
 

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You can put 20's on without them rubbing.

There's quite a few mods that you can do to your Fusion.

Magnaflow Cat Back Exaust
Steeda Cold Air Intake (CAI)
K&N Air Filter
SCT X-Cal. 2 Tuner
 

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The best mod currently to add power would be a combo of the Steeda Cold Air kit and SCT Tuner. You will get about 30 more horsepower to the tires with that mod. We've seen up to 40 HP with adding the CAI, Tuner and Magnaflow exhaust.

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Your best bet is certainly we a tuner. We have a ton of satisfied customers on this site here who can attest to that!! Then I would do the Magnaflow exhaust!!

We are coming out with our own intakes very shortly, that will actually use a larger MAF housing than stock, which should be exciting!
 

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[quote author=BKLYNFUSION2007 link=topic=65995.msg1135316#msg1135316 date=1168041416]
how does the tuner work? is it a chip? and does it give good results for an automatic? what kind of results does it give?
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Here's some good reading...

http://www.fordfusionclub.com/index.php?topic=63065.0
 

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if you are talking about power , larger wheels will hurt you by reducing the amount of power that reaches the ground, increasing drivetrain loss. They are fine for handling and looks but that is about it, personally I don't see a problem with the 17's, about as large as I'd go.
 

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OK, I had a question about this. I figure that I don't need to worry about increasing power before I have solved the problem of fully utilizing the power that I ALREADY HAVE.

With just a K&N air filter, I can squeal the tires at a red light for almost 2 seconds before I take off assuming that I powerbrake before taking off. IF I were to junk my P225 50 R17 tires and instead went with a 245 or something like this, will that help me to grab more road WITHOUT sacrificing the power?

Also, does Magnaflow exhaust really make a difference in power or is this all just for sound benefits? In all honesty I'd prefer to kick ass as quietly as I can. I take great satisfaction in beating cars that have noisy exhausts because I know they wasted so much money to make their cars sound so bad.
 

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If you really want to maximize what you already have, than what you really need is a tuner. An exhaust may help, but there are many new areas of this DBW throttle system that would suprise you. If you dont have a tune that can take advantage of its shortcomings, then you can do all the bolt ons you want and never get all the power out of them.

If you get wider tires (and keep the same overall height) all youre really going to do is increase your rotating mass, making it harder for them to turn. The time you need to be concerned about tires is when you can spin them for 2 seconds from a stop WITHOUT power braking. Traction is an issue with any car, even in a FWD where the weight is over the front tires, as you start to move the weight shifts to the back and the front tires can break loose. In any application where you NEED a good launch, dont powerbrake it.

Hope Ive helped some!
 

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from my expierence just getting a exhaust isnt going to help all that much.. since you still have the big plug up called the maifolds and cat... clear them and exhaust then your talking...

i have noticed some say 30-40hp at wheels with a tune and CAI... thats a alot.. i sas dyno for stedda, looked like a stock fusion was 160hp at wheels, that mean 60hp loss thru drivetrain... with cai and tune it went up to 190 at wheels, just to be fair add 60 there your talking 250hp.. is that really possible with the 3.0?
 

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Yes, I'm beginning to think a tuner is what I need. Someone also told me that the Michelin tires that I have on the car right now that have straight tread isn't helping all that much with my launch. Would upping from a 225 to a 235 with more aggressive tread help me?

With those tires and a tuner, I figure that THIS combination would be better than any bolt on or exhaust that I could ever get.
 

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A tuner is by FAR the best "bang for the buck" you can get. Without headers, a cat-back exhaust is for sound only, and a CAI that doesn't REQUIRE a tune isn't doing much either.

As for the tire, you don't need anything wider, just stickier. The stock Michelins are an all-season tire, not a performance tire. A wider all-season tire would likely hurt performance by adding increased mass and drag. Look for a high-performance summer tire in the stock size, preferably one with an XL rating, as that will have a firmer sidewall which will help cornering grip along with straight line grip.
 

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[quote author=BKLYNFUSION2007 link=topic=65995.msg1131317#msg1131317 date=1167857379]
please give me some idas on how to make this car faster, what should i do first to make a real difference in speed? [/quote]
Ummm, buy a different car? It's not like the Fusion was made to be a race car.
 

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The Fusion is certainly fast enough to hold its own. Especially with a tuner.
 

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[quote author=Cueball link=topic=65995.msg1150730#msg1150730 date=1168888402]
[quote author=BKLYNFUSION2007 link=topic=65995.msg1131317#msg1131317 date=1167857379]
please give me some idas on how to make this car faster, what should i do first to make a real difference in speed? [/quote]
Ummm, buy a different car? It's not like the Fusion was made to be a race car.
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^^^ I like this dude, he gets it.
 

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[quote author=Bob Jusnes link=topic=65995.msg1150850#msg1150850 date=1168892088]
The Fusion is certainly fast enough to hold its own. Especially with a tuner.
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[quote author=BKLYNFUSION2007 link=topic=65995.msg1131317#msg1131317 date=1167857379]
please give me some idas on how to make this car faster, what should i do first to make a real difference in speed? also can i put 18 inch rims on the car without it rubbing?/
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:blitz:, search much?
 

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Why do people that aren't concerned with performance even comment in a thread that is specifically about adding performance? It's a waste of your time and ours. If your not interested in the topic of a thread, DON'T REPLY.
 

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[quote author=hwm3 link=topic=65995.msg1213633#msg1213633 date=1171718083]
Why do people that aren't concerned with performance even comment in a thread that is specifically about adding performance? It's a waste of your time and ours. If your not interested in the topic of a thread, DON'T REPLY.
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I'm sorry, it's just that alot of people on this site are complete noobs. Why answer the same questions to the new guys over and over and over again, when u can either tell them to search for what they are looking for, or link them to what they need to know. I am concerned with performance by the way. When I do the tune, intake and exhaust, it's not like I'll be running the car at the track with the 20's on the front. When I bust people's balls over intake comparisons/stuff like that, it is because people are comparing differences of what 2 to 10 horsepower? It's not that I don't care about performance or that I don't think the Fusion has the potential to be cool and or fast, it's just how I see people going about it, like they've never been on a automotive forum before. I don't know, I think I'll just stfu for now :D
 
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