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Hi,

I'm considering converting a Ford Focus and looking for input about how good
a choice that might be. There are plenty of 2000 models available for
reasonable prices.

Does anyone have any knowledge of problems I might run into?

I have failed to find much about other Focus conversions using Google. My
rough concept is a DC system, probably 144 volts, with 12 volt lead acid
batteries.

I have helped with several other conversions but this will be my first. So,
any constructive criticism would be helpful.

Thanks

Tom
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Perhaps I'm restating the same thing as someone else,
but if it were me, I'd be concerned with who has
already done one.
CivicWithACord was infinitely easier, b/c I'd seen/had
video/etc. of someone else's conversion of my model
and a resource RE: what do avoid, what the range would
be, etc.

--- storm connors <[email protected]> wrote:

> Sounds on target to me. I'd measure and see if more
> batteries wouldn't fit.
> 6 or 8v batteries would give you more rang than the
> 12v. More weight and
> space tho. How much does the Focus weigh. I'm
> thinking it is fairly light.
>
> On 8/12/07, Tom Jones <[email protected]> wrote:
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > I'm considering converting a Ford Focus and
> looking for input about how
> > good
> > a choice that might be. There are plenty of 2000
> models available for
> > reasonable prices.
> >
> > Does anyone have any knowledge of problems I might
> run into?
> >
> > I have failed to find much about other Focus
> conversions using Google. My
> > rough concept is a DC system, probably 144 volts,
> with 12 volt lead acid
> > batteries.
> >
> > I have helped with several other conversions but
> this will be my first.
> > So,
> > any constructive criticism would be helpful.
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > Tom
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> Storm
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My only concern would be how computer integrated it is. Many newer
cars use the computer as part of the speedometer/odometer drive and
that makes a conversion difficult.

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It turns out you can't find the GVWR on the Ford web site. So, since my son
has a 2005 I took a look. GVWR is listed at 3715 lbs. The total for
occupants plus luggage is 827 lbs.

What is a good rule of thumb regarding gross weight? Is it that the
conversion, plus passengers, should not exceed GVWR? Or, should the finished
weight be GVWR - 827?
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The issue of the car's computer is very interesting. If the engine
controller is integrated into a "car computer", that might be very
complicated. But, if the engine controller is a separate module then it
might be able to give the computer some inputs that would make it happy.

So, I have more homework to do.
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