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Old 11-24-2003, 04:40   #1 (permalink)
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I was thinking today about what mods I should pencil in for my 2L Mk II Escort...

I know these are pretty mild mods, but they should make a reasonable difference without changing the cars driveability or fuel economy so drastically that the car is no longer practical as a daily driver.
  • Hardened valve seats, so it can run on unleaded.
  • Get the heads ported and raise the compression ratio slightly (only very slightly, nothing over the top, if I can't run it on PULP or Optimax without some octane additive, then the comp ratio is too high...)
  • A good set of extractors (probably 4-1 instead of 4-2-1) and 'sports' zorst.
  • A mild cam designed to work best at between 3,000 and 5,000 RPM whilst still being drivable at low revs (I don't want to have to rev the engine too hard).
  • The diff out of a 1.6L Mk II Escort.
  • A nice set of 14" mags (rally style) with some decent tyres wrapped around them.
  • Lower the car a little.
  • And finally, a 5 speed gearbox, probably a sierra box.

So, how does that sound? Like I said, nothing radical, but should be a good daily driver still, as well as going a little better then a stock Mk II Escort...

Oh, and it goes without saying that I'll make the car look a little better, treat it to some new paint, and stick on some driving lamps to give it that 'Just rallied' look.
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Re: What do you think of my list of future mods?

Anybody? Any suggestions, or things you'd do differently?
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Re: What do you think of my list of future mods?

why a 1.6L diff ?
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why a 1.6L diff ?
Higher gear ratio then the 2L item. Can't remember the ratios of the two different diffs off the top of my head, but the 1.6L diff is closer to a 4:1 then the 2L diff. Faster takeoff, but higher revs at the same speed.
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Re: What do you think of my list of future mods?

But how bullet proof is it, you are going for more power, and a manual, be careful you dont blow it up then.
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Re: What do you think of my list of future mods?

Yeah, that's one of the reasons I'm keeping the engine mods pretty mild. I might end up sticking with the stock diff, depends how much difference the engine mods make - if the engine makes LOTS more power after modifying it, then I'll probably stick with the stock diff.

From what I've read, the main difference between the sierra 5 speed box and the 4 speed box I've got now is the fact that the 5th gear is an overdrive, so it shouldn't make much difference to the diff if I put in the 5 speed or stick with the 4 speed. The main reason I'm interested in the 5 speed is so that the engine isn't turning as fast when I'm on the freeway, so I'll get better fuel economy - this is my daily driver after all...
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Re: What do you think of my list of future mods?

Maybe look into a hall effect ignition system as well and get rid of those nasty points, make tuning obsolete mostly.

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Re: What do you think of my list of future mods?

Interesting suggestion, I hadn't thought about the points or the ignition system. Thanks, I'll keep that in mind.

Oh yeah, I also want to put in a CD player that can play MP3 CD's, anyone got any suggestions which ones I should be looking at?
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Re: What do you think of my list of future mods?

Oh yeah, just remembered another mod I'm considering, adding a thermo fan and getting rid of the crankshaft driven engine fan. Good or bad idea, and if it's a good idea, can anybody recommend where I should get the thermo from and which one to get?
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Re: What do you think of my list of future mods?

Thatís a reasonable list...

i just cant help thinking to my self, why mod the engine when I have a Range Rover V8 I could use?
Then I realise PINTO POWER!

ill probably do most of those mods, but im especially keen for a Sierra 5 Speed box.
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