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Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, Performance Mods
#12 of 65 Re: Hmmm [Mr_Shiftright]
May 10, 2005 (12:45 am)
It's not as bad as it seems, but there are definitely some parts that are no longer in production from Ford or are only available in Europe. But on the flip side there are many US vendors that have either imported or remanufactured parts for this car.
Basically the internet will be your best friend for getting repair information and parts for the XR4Ti.
May 10, 2005 (7:32 am)
Thanks Eric for that info.
I had a Merkur and really liked it except for I'd say that the engine felt pretty rough and noisy. But it was a lot of car for very little money, and once I squared away a few things, it ran and handled very well indeed. I'm wondering if that engine can be smoothed out somehow or if aftermarket mods have been made to do this---better mounts or an engine brace or something.
#14 of 65 Beginner Car for Mods
May 10, 2005 (12:15 pm)
The Miata is easy to work on, they're abundant (half a million on the road), and even small gains in power are noticed. Strong aftermarket support, too. It's definitely up there on the list.
Any SBC and Ford V8, too.
Lately, Subaru WRX is a popular choice. Turbos are easy/cheap to tune.
May 10, 2005 (4:16 pm)
Buy a BG series Mazda 323, slap a mazda GTX motor in (easy swap apparently)
Intall ford ZX2SR struts with mild lowering springs, for not a lot of money you will have a little car that is so much fun and reliable you will smile every time you turn the key.
#16 of 65 Re: Bg Series [hondafriek]
May 11, 2005 (12:47 am)
Yup those 2.3li Turbo Ford engines can sound and even run like a tractor at times. Balancing the rotating assembly during a rebuild helps greatly and even stepping up to a 2.5li crankshaft will really smooth things out.
Btw, I am really into the idea of owning an STi or even an EVO sooner than later. I believe the STi will be a great replacement for my SVO. Though the new Audi A3 and the new Charger SRT8 has my attention as well. As you can see I am all over the map for my next vehicle, but one thing is for sure, performance will be the major purchase motivator here.
May 11, 2005 (5:43 am)
I don't think the engine was quite that big (2.3l). Wasn't it more like 1.6-1.8l or so?
I do recall it was DOHC and turbocharged, but output was not all that high. But in a light car it would be a hoot.
#18 of 65 Re: Bg Series [fastsvo]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 11, 2005 (9:18 am)
I like the EVO better than the STi....both have some advantages over the other, but overall I preferred the EVO as a car I would drive everyday. I really romped on the STi and I got torque steer although other folks have said they didn't feel it on test drives. I think the STi is a tad faster but the EVO handles like a dream.
May 11, 2005 (9:36 am)
Competition improves the breed - both have received upgrades regularly. The STi has quicker steering and a revised steering rack, I believe that was your biggest "like" when it came to the EVO. STi also got a wider rear track and the rear rims themselves are an inch wider. On top of that it gets a better front differential.
EVO IX will get some tweaks, most notably more power, so these two really feed off each other. Ain't life sweet?
May 11, 2005 (2:43 pm)
AWESOME cars...unheard of performance at this price range, say 20 years ago.
#21 of 65 Car you may not have thought of
May 19, 2005 (7:00 pm)
I think for a beginner a crap car of any kind is a good start. I started with an '83 volvo that I got for pretty much free. It ran like a rock and after tuning and some scrounging for parts in a wreck yard I was able to get it up to 150mph... that might not be much for most, but this was an OLD volvo on it's last legs. It went for another 3 years after me and ended up with the person that owned it before me.
The mods I did this this car were mostly sound oriented and just changing parts to newer ones but it was a great way to get my feet wet.
I'm currently working on a Hyunday pony and I've added elwire, stearing wheel, stereo system, got the best spark plugs and points I could find, wired in a second battery and a buddy put in a system to detect when 1 battery is fully charged and switch the alternator to the other battery to charge (don't ask how it works, I have no idea)
So the best car to work on for your first car, is the cheepest one you can get to get an idea of what can be done. I think anyway.
My question: What can I do to my car to give it a bit more power? No fuel injections and it's a 4 cylindar. I have it tuned high so I can get off the line faster then most stock cars on the road.