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what can i do to my car for free that would raise power. even slightly would help. i love my high rpm pull, but i almost always eat dust with the low rpms. any help is appreciated.
 

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Same here hehehe

Well I took off the air intake duct and the resonance duct located under the air intake black filter box on an LX version of an escort.....and well...i didn´t gain power...but i gain a better gas mileage ratio and a better engine sound as well...it´s free...and it shoud take you about 2h00 to take it off if you absolutely don´t know what you´re doing and if you have to take off some rust here and there on you engine bay or on some pieces.......also it´s a great opportunity to clean your driver´s side draining holes...mines where filled with leaves and dirt...neways...it cost me exactly 0 $ !!!! :) and it´s fun to do..not a pain in the ass!

Ciao Max
 

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For free you could tow it onto a Hemi.
You could also replace your wheels with Mexican children.
"FASTER SANCHEZ!" *Whip*
 

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05-05-2003 at 14:18, Mibz wrote:
For free you could tow it onto a Hemi.
You could also replace your wheels with Mexican children.
"FASTER SANCHEZ!" *Whip*
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LOL how you came up with that, i really don´t want to know...
personally, i´d use genetically enhanced supercharged hamsters! (credits to Siragan for that idea i think) :-]
 

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05-05-2003 at 14:18, Mibz wrote:
For free you could tow it onto a Hemi.
You could also replace your wheels with Mexican children.
"FASTER SANCHEZ!" *Whip*
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that was uncalled for IMHO.
 

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i thinl the best way to get a faster car is to lighten it. not any more hp but faster. just take out what you dont care about looking at you´ll be surprized at the difference
 

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05-05-2003 at 17:26, soolee wrote:
i thinl the best way to get a faster car is to lighten it. not any more hp but faster. just take out what you dont care about looking at you´ll be surprized at the difference
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brakes weigh quite a bit, right? who cares about those! ;-)
 

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lmao juggernaut. Yeah I agree, lighten it up. rear seat, any plastic stuff that isn´t being used at all, etc. Do you have a 1.8? take out your silencer and lower intake tube, then put in a K&N filter in the stock box. You´ll notice a slight difference in acceleration vs rpms...plus you´ll hear it better. I bet you could get a 2nd gen GT into the 15s just by lightening the car. ;-)
 

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don't haul fat friends around in the back, i found the escort is good with one or 2, but once u put any real load on it, watch out.

also, i have a whole K&N Filter ( not in the box ) and wow it's nice, u can hear it suckin in the air. Also, timing advancement is supposed to be a good thing on the 1.8's, check around there might be some things on that one,

other than those, try new spark plugs and wires, and maybe a oil change

those are all the cheap mods i can think of :) (note: they were all done to mine.. talk about cheap :D)
 

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Mibz said:
For free you could tow it onto a Hemi.

You could also replace your wheels with Mexican children.

"FASTER SANCHEZ!" *Whip*
ha ha ha.....i'm not even going to say anything on this one. I bet the tranny weighs a lot too. I mean you wouldn't get too far on a strait road but going down hill you'd be the bomb...........
 

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You'd want it lighter no matter what you're doing. more mass will slow you down, so when you get down the hill and onto the flat road, you wont' roll quite as far :wink:
 

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Here we go again...Its sad that this guy asked a serious question on a forum that is specifically devoted to his type of car and he hasnt gotten a single decent answer yet. Why does everyone feel the need to waste their own time posting nonsense with no real intention of typing anything helpful. The guy asked a question...if you dont have an answer, dont post.
Degree_of_mentality.......Why dont you start by giving us some information about your car? Is it a GT or an LX, what year, mileage, etc. We have plenty of people on this list that know a good deal about how to help you out....lets try to start there.
 

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it is a 91 gt 179000 miles 5 speed. that is about all i can think of right now. however, i used to have a 92 probe turbo, and i miss that car so much. for just 7 dollars you can raise power by almost 35 horses.
 

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I doubt your going to find a 35 horse improvement for less than ten bucks for the scort, but its a nimble car and still has a lot of potential. There are a few things you can do to pep it up a bit, but your going to need to spend a little money to get anywhere near impressive gains.
Off hand, Id say try the timing advance mod...thats free and should give you better pull above 3000 rpm. The scort is a small displacement engine, so its performance really shines in the higher RPM range. Just advance the timing about 6 degrees, be careful not to go too much above that though, just listen for ping and back it off if you notice any. There is a procedure for doing that around somewhere, if you need help, just holler.
Look around on ebay for a a new filter and adapter also. You can get those for less than 20 bucks new, or you can spend more money and get a more popular name brand. The cheaper unit will give you the increased performance nonetheless. Removing the stock airbox and intake pieces will make some room and let things breathe better. Ask for ideas and how to if you need it. Open up that exhaust if you can as well. You should be able to take the car to a muffler shop and have them build your cat-back system with a new free flowing muffler for less than 150 dollars. I got mine done in 2 1/4" pipe with an 18" glasspack and chrome resonator tip for 115 bucks. Again, you dont HAVE to have the greatest 300 dollar muffler to let that engine breathe. With the intake youll let more air into the engine, so youll need to get more air out as well to take advantage of the performance thats there to be had.
A lot of the guys had a good idea with lightening the car. A lighter car is a faster car with a given amount of power. I personally like the inside of my car to look nice and I need the seats, but if you can find anything you think you can live without, by all means, remove it.
Keep it clean. Make sure your ignition system is up to par. Check your wires and plugs and cap and rotor; think about changing those in the future when you can, if they are older.
Learning how to drive your car is important as well. I know you know how to drive, but learn where your car shines. When cruising at 35 MPH, a quick downshift into second gear will provide impressive acceleration when the RPMs are at 4 grand or so. Dont be afraid to let that engine rev. Its made for it. There really arent any magical "tricks" that will make the car come alive such as chip replacements or resistor mods or anything like that. The timing mod is probably the best free mod that will gain you a noticeable amount of performance but, again, the gains you will see will be in the RPM range above 3000, more likely in the 4000 RPM range. Small displacement engines are just that way unless you put some money into the motor itself.
Gude sells some nice equipment such as heads, cams, intakes and throttle bodies that, when used together, can really make the car snappy and give you some more bottom end torque. Youve got to get that motor burning more fuel, more efficiently to get what you want. All that usually comes at a pretty high price, but this is where you need to decide if this is the car for you. It cant be compared to a V6 or a turbocharged car right out of the box. While the EGT can be an impressive foe to some of the more powerful cars out there, it usually comes down to how you drive it. RPM. Your key lies there.
Start with the easy stuff first. The things you can do in the garage at home. Timing; work on the weight issue if you can. SWork up with the cheaper stuff next. Get that intake restriction out of the way and simplify things a bit. A free flowing filter (Youll need an adapter) will help. Once you can spend 120 bucks look into that exhaust. With those, you can work up to bigger and better things. IF you dont notice a drastic improvement with those first three things, then well have to start talking about what might be wrong with your car from there. Give the timing mod a shot first...let us know what youd like to do next.
 

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Well if your really looking for hp then your gonna have to spend money. You could always look on ebay and get you one of those cone intakes for cheap. You can also find some of those high flow mufflers for like 50 bucks on ebay. But if your looking for some serrious hp then that is never cheap. Like getting a high flow exhaust system or getting a racing chip. Just start saving money and you can end up with endless possibilites......
 

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Yeah, I agree with Dirty Jim on a few things. Just this weekend I put on the K&N Filtercharger on my 93 EGT and I was instantly impressed and quickly pleased. It sounded better, It looked better, and (thankfully) I did notice smoother throttle reponse and quicker acceleration. I bought it on line and paid $184 after it shipping and everything. (For most of it that is not cheap, but I had saved a little and did some extra work to get it, so I had the money.) I think that anyone looking to improve their car needs to really consider doing a good, free flowing intake. I would recommend the K&N one that I tried. It isn't flashy looking, but they do make some that are sharper looking. If you are REALLY serious about it, you can look into the cold-air setup as well, but I think that it is a bad idea for a daily driver (which mine is.) If you use it to race (in organized races) then cold-air is a good step, but....I like driving through puddles. :D
Unfortunately, as several people have said, there really isn't a way to get noticeable increase in HP's without a noticeable decrease in the thickness of your wallet. :( Just make sure the normal upkeep and maintenance are done regularly and with good materials.
Now, for Dirty Jim (or anyone else willing to help) I do have a question. Will you explain to those of us who are less mechanically inclined what the timing mod you mentioned is, what it does, and what it involves to do it? I am definitely curious. Also, one side affect I notice about my car after I put the intake on is that it will just die somewhat suddenly as I am coming to a stop. It just shuts off and I have to recrank it. Any ideas? I thought maybe bumping up the idle would help a little. It idles at about 800rpm's warm and 1000 cold. It is not a real big issue, but it does suck for my starter and it is a little embarassing. Thanks guys for the help; sorry Degree_of_Mentality that I couldn't help you more. (I'm still learning too.) Well, it is late and I gotta' go to work in the morning. Good night.
 
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