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If you had $1000, what upgrades would you do?
Noname
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#1
I have a basically stock 88 TC.

The only things I've done:
Rick Gillis Boost control valve
Gutted upper
slightly ported lower
K&N filter

Tax season was king enough to bless me with a few bucks this year! I might be willing to spend about a grand of that on my TC and I was wondering what you guys would do next! THINK PERFORMANCE!! I love stereo systems and I also want my TC to look nice but it's still in pretty good shape as far as looks go and as for the stereo... not in this car. Headwork anyone? By the way, unless someone thinks that a T3 upgrade is absolutely the very best upgrade (worthy of being my only "next upgrade") lets leave that one out of the picture.

Talk to me!
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Pete D Offline
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#2
First: bigger exhaust including the 3" DP
2nd: upgrade the turbo
3rd: if you got the money at least get a mild port on the head and port the exhaust manifold.

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88 TC X 2, 86 SVO, Main TC with K&N, 3"DP to 2.5"duals through Dynamax, Ric valve at 17+ and disconnected KS. Elite Bodega 16" chrome wheels. Autometer pod w/ A/F and Vac/boost gauges.140 mph Motorsports Speedo New engine: Total Seal rings and TRW pistons, ported and polished head w/ cc'd chambers,1.59"exhausts, SS valves, gutted upper, knife edged lower, A-230 cam, Race Engineering Adj Cam Sprocket, Crowlers, ARP head studs, and rod bolts. Walbro 255 HP pump and Kirban adj FPR, T-3. Centerforce II, KB subs and jack rails.
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Noname
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#3
Is the single 3" exhaust from ATR worth it? It's mandrel bent SS but $395? There's got to be a better deal somewhere.

I think the complete system from them would end up being like $900!! There goes my money.
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sctur601 Offline
Member
#4
I think a 3" mandrel bent down pipe with a cut out, with a full 3" shop built exhaust.
Get a ported E-6(which I do [Image: biggrin.gif])
A good 190 or 255 pump
And upgrade a t-3 with a GN wheel

That should give you a nice boost in performance for about the $ you want to spend.

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My vehicle
1983 Turbo Coupe-
13.83 at 103mph!
273rwhp and 342ftlb at 24 psi with a slipping clutch!
And it still feels slow!
Thanks
Shawn

I also do port work, if you need something ported email me at [email protected]
My vehicle
1983 Turbo Coupe-
13.83 at 103mph!
273rwhp and 342ftlb at 24 psi with a slipping clutch!
And it still feels slow!
Thanks
Shawn

I also do port work, if you need something ported email me at [email protected]
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Wags88TC Offline
Senior Member
#5
I'm thinkin' - save a little more and go for the new Al head! I keep hearing it's going to happen, and be $1500 assembled! ! ! [Image: smile.gif]

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Steve Wagner
Nato member

88TC, 5 speed, StageII Star clutch w/ StageIII pressure plate,lightened flywheel, K&N in fender, gillis valve, 255lph Walbro, Kirban adj.FPR,Bypass valve, 3" exhaust from turbo to tip (high flow cat/ Dynomax Superflo muffler), A-pillar gauges(A/F & Boost), 16" Prime 5 spoke wheels(245/45ZR16 Bridgestones). Workin' on the front mount IC and some exterior mods
Steve Wagner
Nato member
84 SVO
88TC, 5 speed, StageII Star clutch w/ StageIII pressure plate,lightened flywheel, K&N in fender, gillis valve, 255lph Walbro, Kirban adj.FPR,Bypass valve, 3" exhaust (high flow cat/ Magnaflow muffler), A-pillar gauges(A/F & Boost), 16" ARE 5 spoke wheels 7" front 8" rear(225/50VR16 / 245/50VR16 Yokos'). Subframe connectors
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Glenn 88TC Offline
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#6
Quote:Originally posted by Wags88TC:
I'm thinkin' - save a little more and go for the new Al head! I keep hearing it's going to happen, and be $1500 assembled! ! ! [Image: smile.gif]


You will still need a cam for that "complete" head.

mods;
3" single exhaust
255lph in tank pump
Kirban adjustable fuel pressure regulator
gutted upper intake, ported lower
ported E6 exhaust manifold(ATR or custom header)
bigger turbo if money allows

How much power are you looking to get? The turbo will provide the biggest gains in power. The mmore air you push(force) through the engine the more power you will make. I guess that means porting, exhaust, bigger turbo and enough fuel to keep up.

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Glenn 88TC
current mods (13.809 at 98.48mph): ported & polished big valve head(1.89/1.59), ranger roller, gutted upper and ported lower intakes, t3/t4 turbo, MSD 6al, MSD Launch Control, K&N filter, Walboro 255 pump, Kirban adj. fuel reg., ATR header, full 3" exhaust with Dynomax Ultraflow muffler, Star stage III ceramic clutch, Tiny Avenger bleed valve, Weld Draglites with M/T ET Street 26x11.5/15

Winter 2001-2002 upgrades - powerstroke intercooler(mounted full size or it won't be going in), 65mm throttle body, 42lb. injectors, custom grind roller cam, big turbo, rear suspension upgrades
NO TC and NO headaches.
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