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Quick qs on dsm setup for an automatic 2nd gen.

Discussion in 'Forced Induction & Nitrous' started by vtec-this, Sep 10, 2007.

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    vtec-this FEOA Member

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    Got around to buying yet another escort (my 4th) for my girlfriend. It is a 95 Green hatch in great shape with a 1.9l auto. Cars drives great just needs some new rotors a spring and some boost. Wondering what to expect with a very basic dsm turbo setup running around 4-6psi on 91 octane. I dont think I am going to need an intercooler, in all honesty I just want to make sure she can merge at 100kmph on a on ramp, driving the car home I couldnt even get it up to speed in time to merge.

    Think only 4-6psi will get the job done? Think the auto tranny can handle 6psi if I put a cooler on it? It has 250,xxxKMs but everything is in perfect shape, great compression every receipt for every schedualed maintenance and the tranny seems to shift really nice.

    Awaiting your thoughts and opinions. :)
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    how does she drive? will she remeber not to run it at wot and then just shut it off? warm it up? if it were me, I'd get a nice cooler, run it at 4 psi to get it goin, then see how it works out. I'm sure as long as the trans pressure is set fine, and its properly cooled it will last just fine.
    -Justin
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    i have a turbo timer i can wire up. I dont think an ic is really needed at 4-5psi.
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    I think he meant as trans cooler, not ic
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    has anyone done the dsm setup on an auto 1.9l?
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    i think viperscort did
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    Ponyexpsress and Skuce boosted with a 1.9 auto.
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    WANAGOFAST also has a boosted 1.9l auto, but i dont think ever drives it around.
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    I'd say you might be okay as long as you keep the boost very low, like 3-4psi
    And try to pick a smaller turbo so it comes up evenly with the rpms.

    In fact, my very first escort was an auto and it always slipped. eventually i stole the motor and trashed it - never owned another auto car after that (i never speak of the ugly wagon either)

    another suggestion - do a compression check to make sure your getting ~180 on all the cylinders. (remember to keep the throttle open) If its already got a weak cylinder the turbo will point it out for you pretty quick.

    Also smell the tranny fluid, make sure it doesnt have that burnt smell to it, if it does, again putting a turbo on it will cause premature failure.

    from what my friends have experienced - turboing/supercharging any high mileage car (<120kmiles) results in blown diffs, trannies and engines. But a lot of that is just bad luck IMO.

    I never ran into a turbo'ed escort girl o_O
    that might be a bad idea for you anyway :)

    -Mark
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    i am hopefully getting a trans cooler tonight. Its a stock ford part off one of their big trucks. I am not sure if it was for oil or trans fluid but it seems about right in size. what kind of fluid should i put in it? anything better then stock ford fluid in the 1.9 auto with boost?
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    If you're just topping off the trans fluid then add a cheap mercon/dexron but if your going to flush it or drain it then go for mercon V because it's a better fluid in most cases. The best fluid would be Amsoil, but it's $9 a quart, not worth it for an escort.
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    from what i understand it would be unwise to do a flush at this high of mileage, so I am just going to replace and add the cooler. ill post some pics up when im done. Then I guess I gotta start collecting parts for the setup. Im going to look for some 1st gen 626/mx6/probe fans this saturday.
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    with 155,000 miles I guess a flush wouldn't be the best idea. I'd say do a couple of pan changes and call it good.
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    wow I just got another escort today. 1993 LX 4 door hatch with a 5 speed manua. Going to make it into a weekend race car not street legal. Looks like I am going to get 2 tries at this DSM turbo setup lol
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    just admit you have a problem. :loser:
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    i know this is the 5th escort ive had in my name in the last 6 years..not to mention all the ones ive worked on for my friends/ I have a problem.
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    I would flush the fluid in it, just don't use any chemical flushes. Run the flush machine through it with straight fluid. I've done plenty of flushes on high mileage transmissions and the only ones ever had problems with are ones where the flush chemical was used as directed. I've had to replace 3 transmissions due to the Wynn's/Xtend flush chemical. When I get a flush on a vehicle at work with 200+km on it I skip the preflush cleaning chemical, flush with new fluid until it's nice and clean, and afterwards add the "Shudder Guard" treatment.
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    thank you Lilbigmac for sharing your experience with flushing transmissions.

    I agree with LilBigMac about flushes but not everyone has a fluid exchanger, and it's a messy job if you don't have one. I know because I've done one with out a machine.

    vtec-this: it is normal to love turbocharged cars, i'd say you don't have a problem until you run out of money or space.
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    i have some DSM turbo stuff in the for sale section incase you need something for your many projects.
    also a EXP turbo manifold for sale.
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    finished porting my 1st gen dsm manifold. still looking for a used T25 or T28 for a good price. Here are some pics of my new place, just finished building a driveway in my backyard for working on my 3 different forced induction projects. Also just designed and patented a new type of engine design. Now looking for grants and a larger company that can run with it once i finish a prototype. Almost ready to quit my day job. Almost hehe When I am finished with all the legal mumbo jumbo ill let you guys in on the details. Still plumbing my nice air compressor system and building a shop overtop of the little driveway shown in pics so I can work on the cars all winter, gets really cold here and I am going to be spending all my time building a prototype engine and working on my cars. Still might get that GTX this week too

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