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I´ve had a few mustangs with the eec-iv computer, and I´ve always been able to find diagnostic/calibration tools for it; but recently I´ve come into possesion of an ´89 Escort gt, and even though it also has the eec-iv system, I´ve not been able to find something to tune it with. With my mustangs I buy an interface and some software and hooked it up to my laptop and I have seemingly infinite control over the system ( i.e. Air/fuel ratio, timming, rev limitation, etc.), I would like to have this control while tunning my escort.

So I guess my question would be: Is their anything out their for escort computer tunning? It would be a shame if not since I´m very impressed with the car, the 1.9L HO is an extremely capable engine.
 

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I take it you are refering to the EPEC for tuning the Mustangs. I haven´t heard of anything for Escorts, but I have been wondering if the Mustang system would work on the Escort. Have you tried yet?? I have the software on my comoputer, but I don´t have the cable to hook the ECU to my computer so I haven´t been able to try it myself. My Mustang is an 83 and it´s carburated, my Escort is the first fuel injected car I´ve owned. I´ve looked everywhere and haven´t found anything. I´m to the point where I´m thinking about trying to program my own fuel injection system, but I´ve just started to learn programing so it will be a while. Please let me know how your endevor turns out.
 

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Holy Carp!

Another Carbed Mustang owner in the midst...

I have an ´84 5.0 GT... My first love...


Oh, and also a ´66 289 Coupe... My dad´s technically though...


Ryan
 

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Nothing Beats a carbed Fox body stang. No need to change any chips, no need to hook up any computers. All you need to tune it is a screw driver, a couple wrenches and a set of jets. Life gets no more simple than that. I am in the midle of putting a 92 block in though so I can have the best of both worlds, Carb simplicity, and a roller cam and stronger block. What mods you have on your 84? I have Trick Flow Twisted Wedge Heads, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, full length headers, side exit exhaust, Crane roller rockers, Holley 650 carb, C-4 tranny with full manual valve body, Comp Engineering 6 point roll bar. That is a basic run down, theres more, too long to list everything. I need a new top for it, and to finish getting the new block machined.
 

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EPEC is what I use. And I suppose it would be possible to use it to tune the escort; the problem is it is specificaly made for the mustangs. What I do is open up the stock mustang calibrations and then tweak it here and their to utilize peformance. With EPEC I would have to develop new fuel curves, timing, air/fuel ratios, and the list goes on and on. It would be too tedious, too much room for error. What I am looking for is a sort of universal tunner if you will, something that you plug in and knows all of the system, knows the fuel curve, air/fuel. I don´t know if I´m asking too much, but that would be nice.
 

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From my findings, you are asking too much. Escorts were never meant to be performance cars. The GT was just a marketing ploy to get Lead feet into an econo box. They were cheap and easy to make, so they wanted to market them to every one. If Ford truley wanted America to enjoy the Escort they would have the RS Cosworths over here too instead of in England. But the never thought that some day the Good ole windsor V-8 would fall to a hopped up 4 banger finely tuned by people with inginuity, and the desire to take whatever they can and make it better, faster, and more fuel efficient than the old detroit iron you could buy parts for at a dime a dozen. That´s what makes Owning an Escort so challenging. There are people in this forum that have had to fabricate, and even jerry rig parts for their car just to feed their passion to to get one or two more horse power here, or a ft/lbs or two of torque there. Even if you look at the Superchips website for what they offer for our Escorts, you would spend a few hundred just to gain like 10 horse power. Who wants that? It´s up to people like you and me and everyone else here to take that extra step to find out what we can achieve, and pass it on to our fellow enthusiests so we can show the world what a good old fashion do or die attitude can acomplish. I´m sure we´ve all seen the resistor in the IAT sensor trick, or the how to´s on rigging a bigger throttle body to a second gen motor.(FYI 1st Gen Trottle bodies face the right way
) Ford made Turbos for the Escort for like 2-3 year in the early 80´s, so what the hell is a 92 Escort Lx, or 01 ZX2 doing wearing one? And much Kudos to the people with blowers on their cars. You know who I´m talking about. It´s all about doing what ever it takes to adapt and overcome. So if you are willing to try and make your own maps and pass them along to others by all means go for it. I´m sure there are a lot of people out here just dying to find out that there is more that we can do in our endevor of performance to increase what power we already have. Just think, maybe some day you will see an Escort doing 13´s all motor. I wish I had the equipment for the EPEC so I could give it a shot. Like I said I have the software, and it looks impressive. You aren´t the only one with these questions, but you may be our first link to finding out the answers. If you know where I can get a cheap box, or maybe you can do some "reverse engineering" on yours to tell us how to make one, I´m sure you won´t be the only one out there trying it. Well anyway, I see I have started another one of my fairly lengthy posts, so I´ll step down for now. If anyone else on here has ever used EPEC throw in your 2 cents.

[ Edited by Pimp_scort_89_GT On Date 06-29-2002 ]
 
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