Installing a Ford Performance/Mountune intercooler on our Focus ST
By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner and courtesy of Mountune
If you have a heavily modded project car, odds are you also have a daily driver. Now, some of you might be disciplined enough to buy a daily that won’t even tempt you to mod it. That’s the safe bet. Yours truly made the choice to buy a fun daily, which makes the temptation pretty strong. That said, I have shown the fortitude not to go too crazy with the car—yet.
Currently, my daily driver is Project Silver Lining, a 2013 Focus ST so named because its purchase was the result of unfortunate circumstances. They led me to a buy a car that I fell in love with the moment I drove it. Sure it’s not a big throbbing Mustang, but it is gleefully fun car to drive with just enough power and handling to hold your interest.
Life is too short to drive a boring commuter, so it wasn’t too long after taking delivery of the car that the mods began. It made a trip to Steeda Autosports for the company’s handling springs and rear sway bar. These mods, particularly the rear sway bar, really sharpened then car’s handling. It also received a Steeda lower engine mount, which keeps then 2.0-liter out of my lap on aggressive shifts.
On the power side of things, PSL wears one of Steeda’s full cold-air intake systems fed by one of Ford Performance Racing Part’s behind-the-grille ram-air scoops. The exhaust is a complete FPRP cat-back mounted to a Steeda/Magnaflow high-flow-cat downpipe. And, the cherry on the sundae is FPRP’s amazing calibration delivered via its ProCal tuner. This cal turned the car into another animal with an infusion of torque that you can really feel.
In short the car’s level of mods is just about perfect. After recently installing the Ford Performance Racing Parts short-throw shifter, the only mod that I was left yearning for was a more efficient intercooler. Then I discovered that FPRP offers a wide selection of Mountune Focus ST upgrades as part of its product line. If you aren’t familiar with Mountune, this United Kingdom-based company has long specialized in EcoBoost upgrades and is one of Ford’s tuning partners across the pond.
As such, I chose to add the Mountune Focus ST Intercooler Upgrade (PN 2363-IC-BA; $999) and Mountune Intercooler Charge Pipe Upgrade Kit (PN 2363-CPK-BLK; $449) to round out the car’s modifications. So, follow along as I add the car’s “final” upgrades.