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As the title says, I might be back in the Escort game again! My brother was supposed to take my dad's 98 ZX2 when he pass away 11 years ago. Well, he never did. He basically drove it and paid my mom for the insurance for several years. Now he has his own vehicle and never drives it. My mom is sick of it sitting around, he says he doesn't want it, he also didn't reimburse her for the last insurance bill, and says she wants me to have it. It needs some work but nothing crazy. Once I get it, I'm just going to focus on making it reliable and maybe replace the 150K mile original suspension with some new struts and lowering springs. It's going to be fun having a car that I can tinker on again.
 
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As the title says, I might be back in the Escort game again! My brother was supposed to take my dad's 98 ZX2 when he pass away 11 years ago. Well, he never did. He basically drove it and paid my mom for the insurance for several years. Now he has his own vehicle and never drives it. My mom is sick of it sitting around, he says he doesn't want it, he also didn't reimburse her for the last insurance bill, and says she wants me to have it. It needs some work but nothing crazy. Once I get it, I'm just going to focus on making it reliable and maybe replace the 150K mile original suspension with some new struts and lowering springs. It's going to be fun having a car that I can tinker on again.
Fun! Ive owned mine for 17 years but far from stock.

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Well It doesn't take much to pull a lot more streetable power out of the Zetec motors...Just modding the intake provides big benefits along with disconnecting the overly sensitive knock sensor. Poly bushings for the suspension and a larger rear bar and you'll be able to run circles around just about anything out there with only a few dollars of upgrades. My 98 wagon has a drivetrain out of a 98 ZX2.
 

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Well It doesn't take much to pull a lot more streetable power out of the Zetec motors...Just modding the intake provides big benefits along with disconnecting the overly sensitive knock sensor. Poly bushings for the suspension and a larger rear bar and you'll be able to run circles around just about anything out there with only a few dollars of upgrades. My 98 wagon has a drivetrain out of a 98 ZX2.
It's already got the HotShot intake, 2" catback, 21mm RSB, strut tower bar, short throw shifter, and 16 wheels. I might see if I can get an LXQ1 PCM for it, I have the how-to saved from teamZX2 that says how to convert it to run the newer PCMs in an older car. I also have Special Forces tuner that I originally bought for my wagon that works with it. I allows me to change injectors and MAF sizes as well as do some minor fuel and timing changes. The car will also be emission exempt in my state in 2 years.
 

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Sounds like its already pretty nice. Is that 2 inch catback custom? I see 2 1/4 and 2 1/2 trubenz exhausts, but I wonder if a 2 inch might be better for street use with an auto. I know the stock replacement bosal pipes for the 2nd gen were 2 inch necked down to 1 7/8 at the mufflers. Nice mandrel bends too. Illinois only exempt vehicle prior to 1997, so for now probably cant tweak the ECM.
 

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Sounds like its already pretty nice. Is that 2 inch catback custom? I see 2 1/4 and 2 1/2 trubenz exhausts, but I wonder if a 2 inch might be better for street use with an auto. I know the stock replacement bosal pipes for the 2nd gen were 2 inch necked down to 1 7/8 at the mufflers. Nice mandrel bends too. Illinois only exempt vehicle prior to 1997, so for now probably cant tweak the ECM.
It's one I custom made for my wagon using stainless mandrel J bends and straight sections. I saved it when I sold the car and when the ZX2 needed an exhaust I sold it to my brother. Now I get it back for free. ;)
 

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Sounds like its already pretty nice. Is that 2 inch catback custom? I see 2 1/4 and 2 1/2 trubenz exhausts, but I wonder if a 2 inch might be better for street use with an auto. I know the stock replacement bosal pipes for the 2nd gen were 2 inch necked down to 1 7/8 at the mufflers. Nice mandrel bends too. Illinois only exempt vehicle prior to 1997, so for now probably cant tweak the ECM.
Low hp go with 2.25". If your looking to make power go 2.5". Trubendz makes a good kit. As far as tuning, get a flasher or a chip from a tuner as it will be better than a different pcm.

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Low hp go with 2.25". If your looking to make power go 2.5". Trubendz makes a good kit. As far as tuning, get a flasher or a chip from a tuner as it will be better than a different pcm.

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The stock cat pipe is 2" so it's pointless to go larger than 2" unless you have a long tube header with a 2 1/4" or larger collector. You can't flow more than the smallest point in the system.
 

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The stock cat pipe is 2" so it's pointless to go larger than 2" unless you have a long tube header with a 2 1/4" or larger collector. You can't flow more than the smallest point in the system.
I run a long tube header with a 2.5" downpipe and catback. Im sure there is some gain by bumping up the catback even if the downpipe and header is stock.

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While you will see a power increase on a stock manifold and cat setup in going from a stock catback to a 2 1/4" one you will also loose lowend power and fuel mileage. If you go with 2" catback on a stock manifold and cat setup you will see a similar power increase but you won't have the downsides I mentioned, at least not to the same degree.
 

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While you will see a power increase on a stock manifold and cat setup in going from a stock catback to a 2 1/4" one you will also loose lowend power and fuel mileage. If you go with 2" catback on a stock manifold and cat setup you will see a similar power increase but you won't have the downsides I mentioned, at least not to the same degree.
I already have a pacesetter 4 into 1 shorty header (much longer tubes than the kamikaze more like the JBA... JBA recommended the Pacesetter since they don't make their header anymore). I read in the Focus builders handbook that removing the cat and installing an off road pipe actually gave them 11 to 12 HP on a motor with just basic bolt ons. They were shocked, as it did not have as much impact when they did the same test with the turbo motor. It sounds like a high flow cat with a 2 inch to 2 1/4 inch exhaust may be the way to go. Since it looks like the motor could be pushing 150 to 160 HP, the 2 1/4 seems like it may be the best choice.
 

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I already have a pacesetter 4 into 1 shorty header (much longer tubes than the kamikaze more like the JBA... JBA recommended the Pacesetter since they don't make their header anymore). I read in the Focus builders handbook that removing the cat and installing an off road pipe actually gave them 11 to 12 HP on a motor with just basic bolt ons. They were shocked, as it did not have as much impact when they did the same test with the turbo motor. It sounds like a high flow cat with a 2 inch to 2 1/4 inch exhaust may be the way to go. Since it looks like the motor could be pushing 150 to 160 HP, the 2 1/4 seems like it may be the best choice.
That sounds about right. Exhaust is very restrictive on the cars and will open up once changed out. That cat alone is a killer. I run a Kami and others run a 4-2-1 like a zxtuner/SVT.

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