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Old 03-01-2004, 06:04   #1 (permalink)
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EF/EL XR8 Mods & Information Wanted

Hey guys,

Ive been thinking about it now for along time and Im currently looking for an EF/EL XR8. Im just interetsed in what mods you can do to them and im after some pictures of a modded up one, maybe a pic of the engine bay etc etc.. What are the inj 302 like and what can you do to them to spice em up a little.

How would an XR8 go against say a VR/VS SS?

Do they come out with power windows? What options do they have compared to a EF futura? (dont wont power windows..GRR) lol

if you could help me it would be very appreciated.
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Old 03-01-2004, 14:36   #2 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

Ive been thinking about it now for along time and Im currently looking for an EF/EL XR8. Im just interetsed in what mods you can do to them and im after some pictures of a modded up one, maybe a pic of the engine bay etc etc.. What are the inj 302 like and what can you do to them to spice em up a little.

How would an XR8 go against say a VR/VS SS?

Do they come out with power windows? What options do they have compared to a EF futura? (dont wont power windows..GRR) lol

if you could help me it would be very appreciated.
EL XR8 are a top car. Look for a series 2 which came out in Oct 97. This way they have a differant intake manifold called the explorer intake. Flows heaps more that the standard HO intake used oin the series 1. Series 2 also had 185kw wheres the sseriies 1 had 170kw. Other differances were the exhaust system was slightly revised and MAF was slighty larger as was the T/B. The series 2 also had 3:45 gears whereas the S1 had 3:23. Takeoff was improved slighlty.
With mods to the car, The heads are the most restrictive part on the car. These can be replaced with aftermarket ones or even the AU V8 'GT40P' heads. T/B can be replaced with again larger 70mm AU XR8 and MAF too. But this all comes at a cost.
Both the series 1 and 2 had front electric windows only.

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Hey XCHASR,

Browse the windsor section for mods on the XR8s... Lots there from Strokers, Heads and cam specs...
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thanks guys. so ELs2 is the way to go? what about EFs?
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...EL XR8 are a top car. Look for a series 2 which came out in Oct 97. This way they have a differant intake manifold called the explorer intake. Flows heaps more that the standard HO intake used oin the series 1...
So would the series 2 intake on the XR8 fit onto an EL Fairmont Ghia V8 with no dramas?
I have been told by my insurance that I can have a different air intake on my car that they will allow under the modifications list. I have heard of the K & N air intake and now I'd like to know what differences there are between it and the explorer intake in terms of fitting and performance gains? Can you guys help?
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anyway, back on topic.. *ehem* lol..

What are the EF XR8's like?
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The EF's were basically the same as your Futura. Front power windows, clock, full instrumentation, slightly better front seats and material. The 6 was 164kw and the 8 was 165kw, but with more torque down low. Also, the 6's had 3.45 diff but the 8's had 3.23. Best bet would be for the SII EL XR8, I think they also had standard twin airbags if I remenber correctly!!!
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EB - EL1 were basically identical motors. All should put out 165 or 170KW (depending on model and whether XR or not).
EL2 (as mentioned) basically gained a better intake manifold and revised computer, and the 16's as standard.

XR8 V Vs SS, I'm not sure, probably close (although it might head towards the SS, it's lighter I think).
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So would the series 2 intake on the XR8 fit onto an EL Fairmont Ghia V8 with no dramas?
I have been told by my insurance that I can have a different air intake on my car that they will allow under the modifications list. I have heard of the K & N air intake and now I'd like to know what differences there are between it and the explorer intake in terms of fitting and performance gains? Can you guys help?
Interesting - my insurer panicked as soon as I mentioned intake
It should be a simple bolt-on proposition for the ELII Explorer intake. However, they are hard to find. Easier to find are the Explorer intakes fitted to the AU XR8's - however these require some modification to fit on EL's (there is a thread on it in the windsor mech section if you search).

K&N intake, I'm assuming you mean the air-filter ? A K&N filter will improve performance very very slightly (probably not noticeable, and probably won't change dyno readings). The Explorer intake we are talking about is the actual Intake Manifold, which roughly speaking splits the air intake into 8 separate channels (one per cylinder), and has the injectors mounted in it - it sits between the heads (should be silvery grey), and consists of two parts, and upper and lower. Both upper and lower need to changed when moving from HO to Explorer intakes.
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