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Quick question about air intake modding

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by CaliScort, Feb 19, 2005.

  1. CaliScort

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    I just wanted to know wheter it would be practical to mod the air intake to my '97 escort. It's an automatic. From what I hear, I need to isolate cold air and watch out for red-lining. The thing is that I don't think my tranny can handle it. I don't wanna have to change much. The reason I want to change the intake is because I heard that it helps with acceleration and improve gas milage. Any help is thanked in advance.
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    Modding intake really only makes a difference above ~3000 RPM.

    There's two ways to do it:
    1. Buy an intake, either one made for the car - i blieve theres about 3 companies that do this - or mod one from another car. You'll enjoy the shiny intake tube and that 'custom engine bay' look

    2. Take a hacksaw or dremel to your OEM airbox and replace the filter with a high-flow one (such as a K&N or something)

    Personally i went with the first choice, but from what i understand, the hacking of the airbox is basicly just cutting the big round filter holder just foward of the clamp ring so that you expose the entire filter to the air, not just that small 1.5" wide hole. But you should ask someone who's actually done this before you try it.

    If you're not sure yet, there's one easy mod that'll help a little and that's removing the resonator. There's probably a few write ups on how to do that already or you can ask someone around here, it's easy and worth it (and you'll end up doing it if you go with choice 1 or 2 anyway).
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    Thanks

    Cool, thanks.
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    If you go to my cardomain site... www.cardomain.com/id/escortlx1 ...i have the second of the two done. I went to autozone and picked up an APC intake cone and then i just ripped out everything below where the intake splits to remove the filter. There was a clamp with the filter i bought and i just tightened it down to the intake. Gave it a nice sound and i can feel a little more pull in the upper RPMs...oh yeah and i gained about 10 miles to a tank of gas...
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    1. Your tranny will never notice a difference. You'll have a 2-3% gain in HP at the MOST.
    2. You will lose gas mileage. The more power you make, the more gas you use. No matter what "THE FUEL SAVING TORNADO" commercial tells you, this is always true. You can not make more power without hurting gas mileage. Sorry. :)
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    Weight reduction? (though it's not really MAKING more power, it just feels like it)
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    You can get more hp and fuel mileage...it all depends on how you drive the car. When you have better air flow the car breathes better and you gain both. Now obviously if you're pounding the gas to the floor it won't but i noticed a good 10 mpg increase just by modding my intake and i can also feel it pull through the gears much better...like i said its how you drive the car...
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    Okey dokey

    Would I get the same performance just modding the end of the filter? Or would I need to completely need to change the intake system, with the exception of the manifold?
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    The two major restrictions in the stock air box are
    1) the small sizes of the holes to allow air into the airbox
    2) the restrictive nature of the paper filter thats probalby in there right now

    An intake kit takes care of both of these issues at the same time and offers a bit of engine dress-up at the same time.

    Modding the airbox by cutting it will only solve problem one. You'll still have to get a high-flow filter to take car o number two.

    As for the geometry of the intake tube itself... i don't know for sure, but i'd bet the differences are small.
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    Cool, thanks.

    Thanks people

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