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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-26-06, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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More horsepower??

I have a 1999 Ford Taurus SE With a 3.0 Vulcan engine. Ford clocks it at having 155 Horsepower. My question is, can u get more horsepower out of it besides just replacing the Air Filter with a K&N? Would I have to get a chip or do drastic mods on it?? I would like 250 LOL MY friend and I wanna race so 250 would be nice LOL (Legal racing though)

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well if you want more horse power get the racing chip and buy a cold air intake. that will get you to about 170-180hp. but otherwise get an SHO! THEN YOU WILL DEFINETLY BEAT HIM! lol but do a cold air intake, that helps alot.
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How much would that cost if I got a mechanic to install it 4 me??
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What have u got in ur SHO? I love the looks of them but I unno if I could afford one
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a chip and an intake will not get you 170-180 hp. It might get you 165 if you're lucky.

Most chips are crap, the only brand I recommend is diablosport.

The only way you're going to get close to 250 hp on your taurus is with nitrous.

IF you plan on racing your vulcan I highly recommend getting an aftermarket transmission cooler. Racing a taurus without one is transmission death within a few thousand miles.
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Thanks 4 telling me before I raced!!! I would not like to have to buy a new tranny. Do u think it would be worth it to buy one or should I get some other car that would be suited for racing??

LOL Nitrous!! I'd have to mod the whole engine then!! would I not?
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the stock engine can handle a 50 shot of nitrous safely.

It doesn't work like in those crappy movies.

Transmission coolers only cost like $50 and are worth it if you plan on keeping the car for any length of time.
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Re: More horsepower??

If you want that much more power out of a Vulcan, you're going to need Nitrous and or a turbo. And then with the stock engine internals, don't expect it to last long. If you want more than 1 horsepower per cubic inch, you need to seriously beef up the insides of the motor as well. Forged crank and rods, hyper or forged pistons. Lots of head porting and a bigger cam, High flowing intake and exhaust. Get ready to drop a LOT of money into it if you want it to be reliable. Better idea is to get a Duratec or SHO car.

To get the most out of a Vulcan without sacrificing reliability, just maintain it real well, put on a set of spiral core wires and double-plat plugs, keep the air filter and injectors clean, and maybe, maybe, a custom freer flowing exhaust. A muffler shop can probably install something from the cats back that uses 2-1/4 or 2-1/2 inch pipe. discard the resonator and replace the stock muffler with a Magnaflow. I do think the stock 2" exhaust on Taurus is somewhat restrictive. No worries about leaning out the engine, the lean condition from reduced backpressure will be detected by the O2 sensors and then the ECU will command a higher duty cycle on the injectors to bring the ratio back into spec.
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Re: More horsepower??

What is the stock Horsepower on the 99 SHO"s and the duratecs???
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What is the stock Horsepower on the 99 SHO"s and the duratecs???
The '99 V8 SHO gets 235 hp and 230 lb-ft. of torque. That's stock.

My dad got a '99 SHO about a year ago, and he loves it (so do I ) It's fast, and trust me if you're gonna be racing your friend you want the SHO. Red-lining it, it dosn't shift into 2nd until you're going 50mph, and it get's there pretty fast, too!

Intake Design and Imporvement

This is an older website, but it's got a lot of good information about the SHOs. They say that dyno testing it gave them a 12-23 hp increase w/o an air filter, compared to w/ the stock filter. So if you get a high flow air filter, you could be looking at a good 8-10 hp increase, which would put you pretty close to your 250 hp goal.

btw, my dad bought his from a used car dealer for about 3,500. Not that much. It's in good shape, and runs great. It's had the tranny replaced, the cams re-welded, and we're getting readdy to have the brakes redone. not unusual for a used, 7-year old car, but well worth it.
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