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Old 06-16-2003, 18:46   #1 (permalink)
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Telstar TX5 modifications???

I have a mate who may be getting a mid 90's Telstar TX5 Telstar, V6 (I think) Ghia, auto, and I was wondering what we could do to beef her up a bit.

Exhaust?
Chip?
Intake?
Turbo?

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I have pondered this myself...

Torque is quite minimal at low rpm, but there is a decent top end. A good set of extractors, free flowing exhaust, ram pod (shielded) with cold air and maybe a bigger throttle body and intake pipe should help things out.

See what 2.5L V6 Probe owners are doing to their cars to get a more detailed idea of what to do and what is available
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Thanks Turbo, I will.

So your saying that the Probe motors are the same as the telstars?
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As far as i know yes. The cougar has a further updated version of that engine.

TX5 has 121kw and approx 212Nm- should be able to lift those figures a bit with some mods! It is a very smooth engine!
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Excellent, my mate would be happy!

Obviously it will depend on cash......
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Have a look at this also

http://www.powerchipgroup.com/intera...sp?pid=For0028

And this was taken from www.chiptorque.com.au

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thanks again turbo - I'll get him to keep it in mind.

BTW I havent seen too many modified Telstars around......... is it common where you live?
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here in good old geelong...nar dont really see many. There are a few older models (AT etc) but there arent many of the later ones.

I have always liked them since i was a young tacker and wth there combination of luxury goodies and decent performance and looks they have always appealed to me. A black or silver one lowered with tinted windows and the engine mods and sunroof is mad i reckon! They are good value

Whats do you and your mate think of the car?
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I love those mid 90's telstars, was going to buy one a few years back...
Dont see many modified ones in Melbourne, although i have seen one or two and they look awesome.
And yes, the engine in the Probe and V6 telstar is identical.
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A. Ive got one
B. Try to get the manual, the auto slushbox is a little slow (8.9 second 0-100 compared to the manuals 7.6 second)
C. A miller cycle supercharged version of the 2.5L engine was available (not for us as usual)- mechainically similiar to the 2.3L miller cycle in the eunos car. - range of kits are availiable - plenty of turbos too - but these come in at nearly 7000K AUS - do you really want to spend nearly the price of the car on a blower ?
D. Pleanty of performance mods out there, probably a hi flow exhaust and extractors would be the way to go. Plus don't try crap like rampods - the v6 already has a cold air ram, and as its a jap engine, its a bit sensitive.
E. The japanese version of the engine had slightly different intake manifolds and was good for 149kw (KL-ZE )
F. Best website is http://members.ozemail.com.au/~petle/tx5/ - also includes a translation of the mechanical engineers brief to mazda on the development and creation of the motor (interesting read) - http://members.ozemail.com.au/~petle...cs/engine.html
G. Stock form manuals can beat up EL XR6s, beat a few auto 5 litres too - more to do with the other cars driver I assume though.
H. The car only weighs 1100kg - thats why the bastard flies, and can beat cars like xr6s and some 8s.
I. Suspension can "wear-out" - I need to put some new shocks in mine as its a little bit bouncey. but Im not ready to pay $900 just yet.
J. Both gearboxes on the v6 versions were shared with the 4 cyl - what does this mean - don't be stupid with the car or u'll be up for a new box.
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