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Im not looking to make my car look good, but i want power and seped. Does anyone have any ideas on how to add speed and horse power. I already have intake and catback exhaust. Will the headers really make a large difference? Is there any type of turbo kit for a 3rd gen? I just need power if anyone can help?
 

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It's header. you have one. and talk to Jeff about what turbo he used on his 2.0 SPI. there's no "kit" persay but you can piece together your own kit.
 

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Headers help out a lot with lower end torque, exhaust tone, and general smoothness of the powerband. An excellent upgrade for an N/A engine.

I'd recommend turbocharging. You won't be able to run insane boost, but it'll give your car a lot more usable power.

If you want something that really has a ton of power, I recommend getting a different car. Turbocharging will make a 3rd gen a lot nicer overall, but in order to get some raw power, it'll take a bit of building up the transmission, driveaxles, and bottom end of the engine to take it, and then you say to yourself- why the hell did I waste my money in an escort. Then on top of that, you'll need better brakes and rubber, and the escorts chassis wasn't really designed to handle that kind of power.
 

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James is right about there not being a "kit" for the 3rd Gen 2.0. But if you mosey on over to Gude.com and look at their turbos, they offer a kit for the ZX2, which I'm pretty sure would be a close fit to the regular 2.0... Just a possibility. But yeah, going with a turbo is gonna get you that speed, and the header isn't going to make you fly like an eagle or anything, but it should help utilize the new breathing capabilities that you have with the (I imagine) larger exhaust and intake that you now have.

Edit: Gude's Kit makes me want a ZX2...
 

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My uncle(ish), Charles Reichard, is the owner and operator of camcraft cams, and he makes all kinds of kickass cams for stock cars and stuff.

However, you don't want cams for turbocharging because once you start boosting then you start screwing up scavenging that performance cams provide.

On the other hand, it's awesome on an N/A engine when you're stopped at a light and the engine doesn't idle correctly because the powerband of the cams is set at high rpms.

I think that built up N/A engines are extremely sexy, but they're much more expensive and difficult to build than a turbocharged engine that puts out the same numbers.
In the end, my nod goes to N/A. But for your purpose, turbo would be a much smarter choice.
 
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