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Old 05-05-2013, 12:40 AM   #1
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I just picked up a 1986 SVO and am looking to build the engine up and keep the interior and exterior looking stock. I got the engine taken apart and am taking it to a machinist to get the block cleaned. I want to get it bored and balanced. What is a good setup for the engine if im going to drive it on the street and want to be able to use it as a track day car. When i bought it it had 52lb injectors but it came with 72's. It has roller rockers along with an after market exhaust. I need a new cam and am looking for a lighter clutch and fly wheel assembly. I am going to do a front mount intercooler and use the hood scoop as a functional ram air. Hit me up if you have any tips, tricks or idea's.
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72's are golden for you. Won't hit max duty cycle for what power I'd imagine you'll be making. Even the stock brown tops will hold up around 300hp. If you're building the block, consider a Holset turbo. Dont know why you would make a ram-air for a turbo car... it would be pre-turbine, where all your air charge's compression and heat are generated. Look at bo-port for a cam, stick with one of their stage 1 offerings if you want streetability. Stinger Performance makes a custom FMIC kit for our cars, but it's pricey. It's all about the budget. I'm using a generic bar/plate FMIC and cutting up a universal piping kit for mine. As far as a lighter clutch is concerned, check out Stinger's flywheels. I'll be going the cheapo route with a stock SVO FW and a RAM Powergrip for regular 2.3.
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Thanks for all the info. You make a point about the intercooler, but I dont want to get rid of the hood scoop, I think its badass as ****. Do you know if anybody makes an upgraded intercooler that will fit in stock place, or maybe an idea to keep the hood scoop functional.
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You're size-restricted with the top mount. Even a slightly larger one wouldn't be as efficient as a FMIC. Better off just keeping the hood on for it's looks and forgetting the functionality. Subaru guys go to front mounts all the time, and we all know how gaudy(?) their scoops are. It's still an SVO no matter where the intercooler is located...
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Just keep the stock hood and do a fmic and the 2.5 ranger stroker is just a bout the only one and it needs to be forged get a ported head with bigger valves and a 4 angle valve job that will help it out the most
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You do make a valid point, FMIC is the way to go.

On a side note, (dreams & wishes), does anyone know if the sell a body kit for the old M81 Mustang made by McLaren?
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:22 PM   #7
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:27 PM   #8
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One of these days I'll find me an 86 SVO in good shape - I loved those cars when I was in high school so much but couldn't afford one then. Congrats!

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Does anyone know how much boost the SVOs can handle?
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Does anyone know how much boost the SVOs can handle?
Bottom end is good to around 400hp IIRC.
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Bottom end is good to around 400hp IIRC.
I've always been interested in the concept of a 4 cylinder turbo mustang. What is the absolute most power you can make with one of those?
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I've always been interested in the concept of a 4 cylinder turbo mustang. What is the absolute most power you can make with one of those?
As with anything, you can make 1000hp if your pockets have no bottom. 300ish wheel can be done without touching the heads. There are two different turbos that came with 2.3's though. Later cars came with a smaller turbo that spools fast, but won't flow enough CFMs to support higher HP levels. That being said, with the T3 snail- a FMIC, 3" full exhaust, one of the better computers(there's a bunch), 255 pump, Brown top injectors, and more boost will get you around 300 reliably. From there you start spending money to port intake, header, cam, and eventually head work.
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As with anything, you can make 1000hp if your pockets have no bottom. 300ish wheel can be done without touching the heads. There are two different turbos that came with 2.3's though. Later cars came with a smaller turbo that spools fast, but won't flow enough CFMs to support higher HP levels. That being said, with the T3 snail- a FMIC, 3" full exhaust, one of the better computers(there's a bunch), 255 pump, Brown top injectors, and more boost will get you around 300 reliably. From there you start spending money to port intake, header, cam, and eventually head work.
Highest hp 2.3t is 946hp at the flywheel it was built by John huber
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Highest hp 2.3t is 946hp at the flywheel it was built by John huber
Close enough.
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just dropped my block off, getting it cleaned and degreased, rotating assembly balanced, and heads ported. Ill let you know when i find out how much HP its pushing.
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GET BIGGER VALVES!!!!!! I can't stress that enough
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GET BIGGER VALVES!!!!!! I can't stress that enough
If I ever pull my head, it's getting the whole shebang, lol.
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Im getting the valves grinded, Is that the same as getting them bigger?

(new at the engine business)
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Found out. Answered my own question
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