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Okay guys, the 2nd gen 1.9L guys have a thread about what mods to do to their cars, so I was thinking we should have one too. I'll start:

1) 3.8L Throttle Body Swap
---Junkyard

2) SPI Controller
---EscortFocus.com

3) Automatic Shift Improver (if you need one)
---EscortFocus.com

4) BDR Underdrive Pulley
(they stopped making them good luck finding one)

5) FC Shorty Headers
(they stopped making them good luck finding one)


and now if everyone adds one or two things our list will be insanely long.
 

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1) POTS

2) 2.25" exhaust

3) no muffler, stock exhaust piping, lol

4) re-route throttle body coolant lines

5) 2.5" CAI or 3" SRI

6) K&N Filter

7) 2-3oz diesel fuel(with full tank gasoline) every other month. Cleans the injectors.
 

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Escort671 said:
someone is gonna need to sticky this...........
done, and slightly more organized.

1) Turbo

2) port matching intake.

3) 3.8TB Port matched. stock the manifold port isnt as big as the TB

4) Lumpy Cam. best for top end.

5) Remove the stock ONE-WAY pcv breather valve

6) Run 5W-20. todays oils are better than they were years ago.

6.5) do the ATF treatment 250miles before changing oil. substitute 1 quart of ATF for 1 quart of oil.

7) DO NOT USE FRAM FILTERS

8) BG Fuel Injection Cleaner
--- i will stand by this one till i die.

9) New 02 sensor.
---will keep engine running tip top.
 

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1. 1.9L crank shaft

2. Light wieght flywheel-Paeco

3. Pistons- Paeco, Arias and basicaily anyother good manufacturer will do it for a price.

4. General engine building like knife edging and balancing crank, balancing rest of rotating assembly (rods, pistons, etc.), shave head or block to bump compression slightly, port and polish head and intake, blueprint engine, and so on and so on.
 

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Pros/Cons of 3.8L TB? I've heard EscortFocus is a rip, is the SPI controller cheaper elsewhere? What is the POTs mod and how do you do the Speed Limiter Switch? I'm trying to keep my mileage from giving me chest pains.

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I'm assuming u have a 3rd gen for this one........take out ur center console so u can get to ur ecu.......look for a white wire with black stripe.......find it, cut it, and put a switch on it....mount the switch where ever ud like......do u have an auto or manual?
 

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Full race header- Paeco

This Paeco place has tons of stuff for our cars if anyone realy wants to make a potent motor setup I would reccomend looking into them for a catalog. They can get allmost anything for our motors and if they don't allready have it they will make it for you. It's a pretty neat place. They even have a 260 horse crate motor 1.9L. If you talked to them they can do a 2.0L all the same or just put the 1.9L in and change the valve cover to the 2.0L one.
 

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decepticonspi said:
1. 1.9L crank shaft
3. Pistons- Paeco, Arias and basicaily anyother good manufacturer will do it for a price.

4. General engine building like knife edging and balancing crank, balancing rest of rotating assembly (rods, pistons, etc.), shave head or block to bump compression slightly, port and polish head and intake, blueprint engine, and so on and so on.
the spi crank has 4 extra counterweights and is way way way way more balanced than the 1.9. and by way more balanced i mean, its balanced period. the 1.9 crank is just cast and thrown in. buying new pistons is way more work and cost than its worth. the flow characteristics of the spi with its dome top pistons is perfect, especialy when the intake is slightly polished up. but not totaly polished up. the roughness helps atomize the fuel because of the randomness of the direction of flow. the spi is a verry strong motor stock. mine had about 55,000 on it and i boosted 17psi with arround 9.5-9.7:1 for 2 years before i decided to rebuild it for longevity purposes.

if anything, i would shave the head about 5 thousandths and call it good. the xtra compresion will give you better numbers all across the board.
 

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marclar said:
decepticonspi said:
1. 1.9L crank shaft
3. Pistons- Paeco, Arias and basicaily anyother good manufacturer will do it for a price.

4. General engine building like knife edging and balancing crank, balancing rest of rotating assembly (rods, pistons, etc.), shave head or block to bump compression slightly, port and polish head and intake, blueprint engine, and so on and so on.
the spi crank has 4 extra counterweights and is way way way way more balanced than the 1.9. and by way more balanced i mean, its balanced period. the 1.9 crank is just cast and thrown in. buying new pistons is way more work and cost than its worth. the flow characteristics of the spi with its dome top pistons is perfect, especialy when the intake is slightly polished up. but not totaly polished up. the roughness helps atomize the fuel because of the randomness of the direction of flow. the spi is a verry strong motor stock. mine had about 55,000 on it and i boosted 17psi with arround 9.5-9.7:1 for 2 years before i decided to rebuild it for longevity purposes.

if anything, i would shave the head about 5 thousandths and call it good. the xtra compresion will give you better numbers all across the board.
The whole point of the 1.9L crank is to delete those counter wieghts to reduce rotating mass in the engine to help engine rev up faster. By doing this you will lose some low end torque though but not much you can do about it. Personaily I would have it lightened even further and knife edged and rebalanced if going through all the trouble anyways but thats just me. I like my stuff reliable as well so the pistons are one of the first things I do change when building a motor I plan on making any real power out of. The stock hypereutectic pistons tend to shatter at first sign of detonation and I realy don't care to write off my entire engine build because of one weak link. As for the Spi being a strong stock motor I would have to dissagree with you on that because I can think of over a dozen Spi's that have come through my shop in the past 2-3 years with destroyed motors due to a blown apart pistons. Usuaily number 3 cyl. All of these motors were in regular old daily driven regularly maintained untouched engines as well.
 

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The early SPIs had a reputation for dropping valve seats which would then procede to destroy pistons, valves, heads, etc. Though i belive this was only in the 97's. There was an engine revision in the 98's and again in the 00's (and possibly in the 99's but i'm not sure). At any rate, my question would be if those engines were damaged as a result of dropped seats or detonation becasue "regular old daily drivers" SELDOM have detonation problems. Espicially fully computer controled ones that are, at worst 8 years old.
 

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To be perfectly honest I stopped lookoing after looking in the cyl. I have one of those nifty lil cameras on a stick that I just shove in the spark plug hole once I see that much damage we just dump the motors and start over fresh. Or they dump the vehicle. Thats the owners decision. So to answer honestly I shouldn't have come to that conclusion without actuaily looking into it further. Come to think of it actuaily most of those cars were 97 wagons I think I only had 1 or 2 of those that were newer then that.
 

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98 cougar 3.8l tb w/98 IAC and tps
port match intake/exhust
3'' accord short ram intake
1.9l injectors
automatic shift improver
rpm switch
cam, valve stem seals, dbl springs, over sized intake valves
custome exhust manifold to strightpipe
 

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why dont ppl understand that double valve springs take double the power to open???? unles you plan on spinning it 7500rpm you dont need double springs.
 
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