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Old 04-08-2008, 07:57 PM   #11
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so, how do you think i would make more power, buying a TC, or building the N/A engine a little? and, will the stock rear-end out of a 92LX be ok?
Still N/A? he turbo will eat it alive, end of story
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:13 AM   #12
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you do not want to turbo a n/a motor, simply because it has cast iron pistons, anything over 3 or 5 psi will burn them pistons slap up. those pistons are not going to work with a turbo. correct me if im wrong, but thats what i read when studying up on my project
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:20 PM   #13
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you do not want to turbo a n/a motor, simply because it has cast iron pistons, anything over 3 or 5 psi will burn them pistons slap up. those pistons are not going to work with a turbo. correct me if im wrong, but thats what i read when studying up on my project
It will work, its just a matter of tuning tuning tuning. If its tuned right N/A pistons will hold up to 20 PSI.

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Old 05-22-2008, 05:23 PM   #14
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oh ok, well thats what i read up and studied on because i got my turbo before i got the T motor and it would just simply dissengrate (spelling error i know) them, but i could be wrong
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Old 07-02-2008, 03:58 PM   #15
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How high of a boost can a non-turbo 2.3 with forged pistons take?? How about the induction?? Will the mass air work with the turbo?? I always read that mass air systems respond better to mods than speed density.
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well if u have low compression pistons, however u tune, but if u running high compression pistons, u cant turbo, u would blow the engine apart with to much pressure lol. but if u put forged pistons in n/a and turbo it, u will be fine, just tap and drill for oil supply and return lines and yes maf would work, but what does speed density have to do with it??? just kinda accurately tell ecm/pcm air measurements.
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Old 07-03-2008, 10:41 PM   #17
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How high of a boost can a non-turbo 2.3 with forged pistons take?? How about the induction?? Will the mass air work with the turbo?? I always read that mass air systems respond better to mods than speed density.
Depends on timing, fuel, cam, engine load, etc etc. Your fuel pump will max out at 17 PSI.

MAF will work, but you'll need a tune, a 2.3 turbo isn't SD, its VAM, older version of MAF. You can run 10 inHg vacuu without a computer or fuel issue, but the brakes wont like you.


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Old 08-29-2008, 03:18 AM   #18
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could this swap be done in a 85 ranger pickup?
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Old 09-29-2008, 09:19 PM   #19
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i'm doing a swap with a turbocoupe engine and want to know if the factory 4 speed overdrive tranny can handle the full 10-15 pounds of boost or if Ford just lowered the boost on the automatic because they felt like it? or would you recommend just putting in the 5 speed anyway?
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I would definitely put the 5-speed manual in! The factory A4LD auto tranny is the weakest and most power robbing transmission ford has ever come out with. If you just buy a donner car that has a 2.3 turbo, it will more than likely have the 5-speed in it and you can just swap them both. If all goes well, I will have a great turbocoupe to "donate" to my mustang project ;-)
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