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    Default Ultimate 2.3 N/A mods

    if i don't get some notes on what to do with this slow POS, i'm gonna boost it...

    i wa thinking just a cam or so,

    i don't really know

    i just glanced over some thing about using an MSD box, you should increase plug gap ??

    i'm running the MSD 6a in my 89 mustang, all stock minus the MSD box, and a lowes made cold air intake

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    i think your gonna have to boost it. i knew a guy in a auto vert 4banger mustang and it was slower than my hyundia accent. then again, he was probley border line retarded... anyway i cant see many things that you can do and still obtain alot of power for the ease of finding a junkyard turbo car and swap'n the parts.
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    yeah. the 2.3 in my ranger is very similar asside from the newer ignition. its a friggin slug. chances are though, if you want to go boosted you might as well go with a turbo coupe engine with the forged pistons/stouter SB.

    personally though, the single best mod for that 2.3 would be a 5.0
    better to put the time, money and energy into something like that rather than messing around with the 2.3 thats in there. dont know how long it would last with a turbo......
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    yeah, boost it or ditch it. I cant think of alot you could do that wouldnt kill gas miliage.
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    want a nice n/a 2.3

    have the head cut .150 thou

    order up a cam with around 300 deg adv duration

    and around .600 lift

    port the head

    have large valves put in

    grab a 390 4 brl carb

    and esslinger intake

    a long tube header for a pinto


    Same combo many dirt track racers use. Now all you have to do is twist it 8,000 rpm

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    want a nice n/a 2.3

    have the head cut .150 thou

    order up a cam with around 300 deg adv duration

    and around .600 lift

    port the head

    have large valves put in

    grab a 390 4 brl carb

    and esslinger intake

    a long tube header for a pinto
    cool, at least its an answer to the question. sounds expensive though....
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    i think i forgot to mention that it's an 89 mustang....with EFI, so no replacing carb,

    but couldn't i just get a better cam, like a roller cam?

    i'm not lookin for 100+ more hp, i'm lookin for 20-30, like cam, gutted upper intake, advacing the camshaft 4* or some thing ?!

    ohh, and if i were gonna do a motor swap, i'd probalby just do the 460 swap, and screw the 302's.. but i'm not, i need the milage,

    my turbo 4cyl stang gets about 20 MPG, all the while...whoopin butt

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    well if you look'n for that, you can PORT the upper and lower, gutting it will get u power and no torque, these cars fall on their face at low rpm, i cant immagion without a turbo... power head makes probley the best head for the car, and its just a stock head ported to hell with big valves so im sure a shop can match it pretty close for alot less. that cold air intake should be good for some, and you can get a header for it still and do up a exhaust. that should get u close. maybe a afpr.

    edit, you may want to look into gears or 5speed swap for gearing
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    the only reason i want to leave it an automatic.. is cause i'm lazy, and my turbo stang is allready a t-5,

    gearing my be an option...

    wht gears should i go with ? to maintain gas mileage, and power ?? 3.73? 4.10

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    Quote Originally Posted by 460 turbo truck
    the only reason i want to leave it an automatic.. is cause i'm lazy, and my turbo stang is allready a t-5,

    gearing my be an option...

    wht gears should i go with ? to maintain gas mileage, and power ?? 3.73? 4.10


    it should have at least a 3.42 in it now. 4.10's with an aod will help.


    id say a a237 cam and a long tube header would give you the 30-40 h/p you want and stay somewhat reliable .Maybe swap on a 60mm throttle body and a adj fp regulator.

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