Any CEL's with it unplugged?
Unplugging that stupid thing is the best thing that I have done so far.
2013 Focus ST Race Red
Any CEL's with it unplugged?
i like the sound symposer but wonder if it hurts performance in any way.
2013 Focus ST Tuxedo Black
Good old Renault F1 engine! The engine of champions! Got to sample it for real a couple of times and I can tell you, nothing compares to an F1 engine at full throttle!
The LFA's engine sounds a bit like a race engine... it's probably the closest you can get to that sound on a road car. None of the high frequency of course... more like hearing an F1 when you've got your earplugs on (which is not really a choice anyway)...
Race Red ST3
A conspiracy theorist might conclude that the main reason they put it there was to mask various buzzes and rattles as the interior parts wear into each other and quiet down (or not). Since disabling mine I've been able to hear an instrument cluster buzz come and go, an overhead sunroof noise go away, and a right door panel rattle come and go, all in 1700 miles and fair weather. It was probably cheaper to engineer and build that silly sound tube.
It shouldn't be long before a good sounding and louder exhaust system or even just a muffler that fits is available. And if if you like intake noise (I don't), ditching the stock CAI box will noise things up a bit, but isn't likely to do anything useful.
The stock CAI looks pretty well done to me so I doubt there's much if anything to be gained there. But even if it doesn't add power, a little more grumble from an aftermarket muffler might be nice...once the tuners get a real handle on the electronics to give us well tested reliable power, anyway. No sense making a louder car that can be blown away by a whisper quiet Camry V6. IMO I think the ST is a bit underpowered to be making any fuss of itself, even if it sounds good from the outside, but their inside solution sounded like a cheap vacuum cleaner with a dirty sock stuck in it.
I don't miss it.
It's really a bad design anyway - I could feather foot acceleration and then for no reason at all it would sound like I was shooting for pole at the Indy 500, while I was getting passed by almost everybody else on the road. So.Totally.Lame. I think you need to be 14 years old with your dad driving to like it. And there's a rumor that one of the production delays was to make it sound "better?" Better than what, washing underwear in my food processor? Well maybe they got that far, but it still sounds like cat hair fouling up in my Dyson. Very British Agricultural.
For those of you asking for pics and where its located. I have attached a picture pointing at where to disconnect it.
At the tip of the red arrow you can detach easily.
I detached mine. Car sounds quieter. More stealthy. I like it. I will roll with it that way a while and see if I like it.
Performance Blue ST2
SCT X3P tuned by Torrie at Unleashed Tuning www.unleashedtuning.com
E-Focus Rear Motor Mount
Buschur Racing Filter
VisionPRO Gen II 6000K HID Conversion
254 HP 299 TQ STD