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which compression tester do you use?
Thndrchckn420 Offline
Senior Member
#1
I borrowed a comp. tester from a buddy of mine and it has both spark plug threads, but the smaller one doesnt have long enough threads to screw into the head. What do you guys use? Thanks
88 5-spd. Precision SC-50 ball bearing turbo, gillis, full 3" exhaust w/ 3- 1/2 crome tip, ported E-6, ported big exhaust valve head, ranger roller cam, Essy cam gear, K&N cone in front of the radiator, gutted upper, knife edged lower, Walbro 255HP pump, Kirban AFPR, Forge BPV, PA Performance 130 AMP Alt...
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Pete D Offline
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#2
I use a screw in kind. The kind with the rubber cone on the end where you just press it to the spark plug hole are a total waste
Pete Dunham


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Thndrchckn420 Offline
Senior Member
#3
The kind Im borrowing is Actron brand. It screws in, but the adapter for the smaller plug only has about 3/8" of threads on it, so it doesnt catch the threads in the head.
88 5-spd. Precision SC-50 ball bearing turbo, gillis, full 3" exhaust w/ 3- 1/2 crome tip, ported E-6, ported big exhaust valve head, ranger roller cam, Essy cam gear, K&N cone in front of the radiator, gutted upper, knife edged lower, Walbro 255HP pump, Kirban AFPR, Forge BPV, PA Performance 130 AMP Alt...
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Kev Offline
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#4
I got mine from Wal-Mart for around $22 It had the two different spark plug type adapters and it works excellent. It looks like the brand on it is "IEC". The "IEC" has a bold line above it and a bold line below it. If this isn't the brand name, then I don't know what kind it is, or do I care. It just works.
Kev
1988 TC 5spd
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Thndrchckn420 Offline
Senior Member
#5
Well I went to Walmart this morning, but they didnt have anything. Decided to go to NAPA to get a head gasket and bolts, and found a really nice compression tester. Its just store brand (NAPA), but it works great... It was around $35 and came with both plug adapters.

#1= 145psi.
#2= 147psi.
#3= 149psi.
#4= 150psi.

Whoooohooo!!
88 5-spd. Precision SC-50 ball bearing turbo, gillis, full 3" exhaust w/ 3- 1/2 crome tip, ported E-6, ported big exhaust valve head, ranger roller cam, Essy cam gear, K&N cone in front of the radiator, gutted upper, knife edged lower, Walbro 255HP pump, Kirban AFPR, Forge BPV, PA Performance 130 AMP Alt...
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Ryan H Offline
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#6
I got a KD Tools compression tester from my local NAPA. I dropped it and it broke and they replaced it... it has a lifetime warranty. Smile
'88 TC Smile Walbro 255HP, Stinger FMIC, PIT BOV, Pro 5.0, Kirban, RR cam, FRPP strut tower brace, T3
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trashline Offline
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#7
napa quality is usually pretty good with things like that. Hense the higher prices, but those numbers doo look good all with a couple of each other.
Brian

www.BCPCustom.com

06 Cobalt SS
66 mustang 289 C4 handfully modded

Stingers IC install and tbird photos
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BogusSVO Offline
Member
#8
I have a Matco one I bought about 13 years ago still works great,

just chect my compression with it today

#1=160
#2=163
#3=160
#4=165

and the plugs were a nice tan still
Owns more Turbo FORDS than the law should allow....and still getting more

85 TC going under the knife
84 Turbo ranger --($800.00 ebay) Redneck work truck
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shays88tc Offline
Senior Member
#9
i bought one from fleet farm..can't remember the brand name but it worked great. it had the exact right size of screw in adaptor for the 2.3t i agree the push in ones are junk
Completion Date: Quarter to never..
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ipsd Offline
Member
#10
I've got an Equis brand screw in style. Wroks everytime and I've had it for years.
84 T/c, 88 intake,I/C, injectors, hood, PC1 ecu, E6 manifold, Brown Tops, K$N open element, BPV. Way pay to run 8 cylinders when 4 plus a turbo will get you there quicker.
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