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anybody have experience with aftermarket spark plugs or air filters on a 95 escort to improve performance, such as HP?
any tips or experiences would be great
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Not really considered aftermarket but I have Bosch +4 Platinum plugs in my 91 Tracer LTS 1.8 DOHC and it definitely helped out a lot. My idle is a lot more smooth and doesn't dive down as much as it used to. I also have a Corksport intake filter and and 90-93 Accord tube and it helped me gain back a small amount of horsepower and it sounds hella good.

Edit: Nevermind, read your other post and realized you have a 1.9 so ignore my Intake part but definitely invest in some +4 plugs.
 

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so the name of the plugs were
bosch +4?
what was the rough price?
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bosch Platinum +4, they have four prongs. but they won't give you more performance, they're just a hotter sparking plug which creates a better burn for the mixture. I had a set of 2 prongs in my EGT, couldn't feel the difference at all.
 

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Price for mine was like 24 bucks so about 6 bucks a plug. I don't mind paying an extra few bucks even if there are no gains, just to have a smoother idle was worth it to me.
 

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KFC_Or_Bust said:
Not really considered aftermarket but I have Bosch +4 Platinum plugs in my 91 Tracer LTS 1.8 DOHC and it definitely helped out a lot. My idle is a lot more smooth and doesn't dive down as much as it used to. I also have a Corksport intake filter and and 90-93 Accord tube and it helped me gain back a small amount of horsepower and it sounds hella good.

Edit: Nevermind, read your other post and realized you have a 1.9 so ignore my Intake part but definitely invest in some +4 plugs.
for that accord intake, did you have to relocate the battery??
and you have any pics?????
 

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I dunno about some of these other guys, but I went from OEM plugs to the BOSCH +4 platinum plugs.

I didn't notice a damn difference.

I also got the K&N FIPK kit and RX-7 B-type VAM.


...didn't notice a damn difference there either. And if people tell you that you get a mean intake sound... they're lying. It doesn't happen.

I personally think that suspension mods are a much better invesement than the stupid little intake/exhaust things I've tried.

If you're going to do something to the engine, you need to do something extensive (like rebuild the engine with a ported head, lighter pistons, stroke the engine, etc) in order to get any nice power gains. Stuff like ignition, intake, and exhaust doesn't do a whole lot. You can gain like 20hp if you do some nice exhaust work and tune it correctly, but even then... that's only 20hp.

You can turbocharge your engine or drop in a chevy 350 and double the power.

With that said... I think the best way to spend your money is on suspension. "Driver satisfaction" for me comes from a car that is nimble and fun to drive. The stock suspension setup on the GT is good, but it's not that good. On top of that, if you do gain power, you need control too. I've seen some cars with engine work and no suspension/brakes work in autocross that do horrible because they just can't control their cars.

So yeah...my opinion is to work on handling and brakes before doing anything else. If you wanna go, you also gotta stop.
 

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Might look a little different than your cause you got the LX and I'm not sure the MAF is the same size as mine. But all I had to do was cut off about 2-3 inches from the MAF side and it slipped right in with no problem. :D
 

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more HP

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considering the small engine the escort is..even a 20HP jump would be nice..thats still like a 20% increase...would help on the highway speed up ramps and such...so i'm going more for the HP than handling...
but i do agree...handling is key too
 

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yeah listen to siragan and you'll have a nice escort....anyway you do what you like to do?(its worth when you like what you are doing..)...
 

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I like the 1.9

I drove my boss's Crown Vic yesterday and although it has alot more speed on the top end and you can tromp it and burn the tires off, I didn't notice that much more power in normal driving than I get from my 1.9.

In fact, when it comes to normally accelerating from a dead stop, my Escort has just as much get up and go as the Vic. unless you rev it up and power brake it..which I didn't but probably should have.

The bottom line is when I hit the gas pedal, it goes without hesitation and thats all I need. If your looking for a street racer, an LX might not be your best bet unless you want to swap the 1.9.

The plus side to the 1.9 is all that and it cut my fuel costs in half.

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whoa thats a dirty engine compartment lol.
i bought a bomz air filter off ebay for like $20 shipped and its ok. no notice in HP but it does make a cool noise :) later and gl
 

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Platinum plugs do not increase HP.. end of story. New $99 plugs will idle better than old plugs anyday. I only reccomend Platium plugs if you have an engine where changing the plugs is very hard to do and you never want to change them out again.

Multiple ground sparkplugs (+4s, +2s) don't do diddley unless you're running them in an engine with a very high power coil that's prone to melting them down.. in which case the extra grounds serve as back-ups. You don't have this problem. In a normal car, the spark will continually jump to the electrode that is the closest and ignore the extra electrodes.

NGK makes a good quality sparkplug for cheap. The plugs are so easy to change on an escort that you have no excuse to spend $7 a plug on rare metals (platinum & iridium).

You'll have better benefits from indexing cheap plugs for < $10 (in plugs & washers) than you would from uselessly expensive plugs and expensive drop-in filters.

*edit: that's "New $0.99 plugs".. I left off the decimal.
 

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spark plugs

after hours of testing diferent brands/types of plugs, (including;ngk,bosch platinum,splifire......) on a high feaquency voltage tester, i found tha belive it or not,autolites set at .035 gap produced the most spark. and do i mean a lot of spark! all the way around the electrode! thats the advantage of reg. plugs, they have even surfaces for the spark to bounce off of. now if you go and add more or less gap, they will not work as well. remember .035 gap only!

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It's nice to see someone doing some practical testing to support their position.

However, it is not true that the plug that produces the most spark wins.

The gap specified for any given heat range spark plug is meant to be optimal with the voltage (differential) supplied at the end of the spark plug wire. If your gap is too small, you may appear to get more spark, but you have destroyed the distance determined to be best for the voltage provided. Therefore, the quality of your spark may no longer be best for your given fuel/air mixture. If the spark can jump too readily you may get considerably worse combustion.

I have to believe that the manufacturers of the plugs do so much more testing than we could ever do before they market a plug for any given engine.

Not trying to piss on your parade...just a thought.
 

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I am currently running Iridium plugs...I like to think I have gained some with them...but since I have not been on a dyno there is no way to tell for sure...the mods I have done to my engine, such as the plugs, wires. mild exhaust work and opened up intake in theory should produce more hp and torque...and I like them....but unless I were to reinstall all the stock parts and then dyno with those and with the mods no real telling....so I would suggest as others have and do what makes you happy
 
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