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    So i've been mulling around some ideas about upgrades for my engine and i've got few hypothetical/what if questions. I'm always trying to come up with things that will both improve power, and also potentially improve gas milelage (emphasis on gas milelage). Now i've done somewhat simple things such as K&N air filter, FRPP 9mm plug wires, FRPP distributor cap and rotor, typical tune up things, and have even psuedo upgrade to the 88 fake dual exhaust. Now i'm wondering what else I can do to move forward. I'm thinking that when I take care of my lower intake manifold gaskets, i'll upgrade my upper manifold to the H.O. upper, add an 65mm throttle body and matching egr spacer. I'm also intending to rectify the mistake of the fake dual exhuast and go true dual using aftermarket Mark VII headers, cat convertors, dynomax ultra-flo mufflers and tailpipes from where ever i decide to get them. Some other ideas I had were to add a manifold plenum spacer (to help with low end torque from what I understand) possibly adding an msd distributor with 6al control box (I already have the ignition coil), and also a cold air intake kit (possibly from MAC). Now i'm looking for other ideas that would help this line of thought. I know I can upgrade to E7TE heads with out complications so that can be skipped. Other than that if anyone has some other good ideas feel free to share!. Oh, for those who I know will say it. I know I can "Upgrade" to a H.O. motor, that is not the point, so please leave that idea out of the disscusion. I'm simply looking to see how far a stock motor can be pushed without ill side effects. Have at it!
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    Default Re: T-bird/Cougar SO engine performance possilities

    Well if you want to just put the ho parts on the so motor, i have everything you need.
    upper manifold,tb,e7te heads, mustang stock shortie headers,19lb injectors and the ho eec out of an 88 mustang.
    The only thing i don't have that can be found cheap is the ho cam,i'm still going to use it with my new head and intake combo,just using 1.7 ratio rockers to get a little more valve lift.
    Other than that you could bolt on a set of underdrives,bypass the coolant hoses running to your tb(little cooler charge)and bolt on an intake spacer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dominator
    Well if you want to just put the ho parts on the so motor, i have everything you need.
    upper manifold,tb,e7te heads, mustang stock shortie headers,19lb injectors and the ho eec out of an 88 mustang.
    The only thing i don't have that can be found cheap is the ho cam,i'm still going to use it with my new head and intake combo,just using 1.7 ratio rockers to get a little more valve lift.
    Other than that you could bolt on a set of underdrives,bypass the coolant hoses running to your tb(little cooler charge)and bolt on an intake spacer.
    Well that's along the lines of what i'm looking for, with the exception of the headers injectors and computer, and cam at that. I've debated underdrive pulleys, but i'm hesistant due to the mixed feelings on the quality and performance of them. As for the bypassing of the coolant hoses, i've never heard of that one, and i've put the spacer idea into play. But good ideas none the less. Oh, if anyone needs me to elaborate on anything I wrote, just ask. I think I got my idea out right but it might be a bit hazy to others.
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    Instead of a 65mm TB and spacer use a stock HO 60mm(the SO is only 50mm), and use the money to get the Cobra 1.7 roller rockers instead. You'll gain a little lift(more air in)and cut some friction. Both will add/free up a little HP, especially with headers and true duals.






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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboCoupe50
    Instead of a 65mm TB and spacer use a stock HO 60mm(the SO is only 50mm), and use the money to get the Cobra 1.7 roller rockers instead. You'll gain a little lift(more air in)and cut some friction. Both will add/free up a little HP, especially with headers and true duals.
    Heh Heh, can o' worms! So, this would make me ask the following: Is this being applied to non E7TE heads, if this done would new push rods be needed (or a good idea), lifters?, springs?. Also, mustangs headers or the Mark ones?. And last but not least, how about the combination of the roller rockers and 65 mm, too much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nirvanagod
    Heh Heh, can o' worms! So, this would make me ask the following: Is this being applied to non E7TE heads, if this done would new push rods be needed (or a good idea), lifters?, springs?. Also, mustangs headers or the Mark ones?. And last but not least, how about the combination of the roller rockers and 65 mm, too much?

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    Yep they work on the E6SE heads(I actually used them on a '86 Mustang, they use the SO heads and intake, but have HO cam, inj, headers, etc.). The reason I said 60mm is it will flow more than enough for the SO cam, even with the 1.7s. New push rods not needed, but the Ford Racing are fairly cheap. Never a bad idea to up grade the valve springs, but again probably not necessary unless you went HO cam. The Stang and Linc headers are identical.
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    I dunno about bypassing the coolant lines on the egr spacer. I heard somewhere (maybe an old ezboard thread?) that said bypassing isn't a good idea, and could lead to hotter air intake. Reason being that the coolant helps cool the egr some with the hot exhaust gasses being reciurculated (sp?) through the spacer.

    I don't have anything to back that up, like I said, I think I had heard or read that somewhere.
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    Default Re: T-bird/Cougar SO engine performance possilities

    Mine are blocked off, and the Cobra intake I had on before the GT40 doesn't even have provisions for the cooling lines. Those don't use a seperate EGR spacer, its built into the intake.






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    Default Re: T-bird/Cougar SO engine performance possilities

    When I owned my '88 XR7 I installed an HO intake/TB/EGR and a K&N filter. I actually noticed difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cougarcragar
    When I owned my '88 XR7 I installed an HO intake/TB/EGR and a K&N filter. I actually noticed difference.
    yeah same here, it definitely makes a difference. full exhaust helped a bit more tho I think

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