power

Asked by Jul 23, 2008 at 12:01 AM about the 1991 Ford Mustang LX Hatchback

Question type: Car Customization

who to get more power from the 2.3 4 cylinder

26 Answers

9,605

how much more power were you wanting?

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throw it in the dumpster and get a 302 haha

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air intakes, exaust, performance chips etc.

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find anything but a 302 there garbage. get a 454 small blk

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well they do make a turbo for the 2.3, it is for some reason on the thunderbird from 86-88 i believe. I had an 88 tbird with a 302, and why they would put an engine less than half that size in there is just plain retarded. but anyway, you can have it turbo'ed find the stuff from a junkyard and take it to a mechanic and that should help you out.

9,605

you should never disgrace a Chevy by putting it in a Ford.

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btw Derrick, a 454 is a big block not a small block. Get your shit together lol

145

you shouldnt open your mouth when u have no idea what your talking about, check out nelson racing engines,

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i know, i dont know what i was thinking

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Cheapest route is getting rid of the 4 cylinder and dropping in a V8 or even a V6. Only way to make power with small displacement is forced induction.

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a 454 is a big block.... unless its a 454 stroker.... FROM a small block...

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It's actually the 87-88 Thunderbirds that have turbo and the 84-86 svo. To add more power to your 2.3 Remove the stock air intake and get a 3 inch diameter intake that would fit. You'll get faster acceleration. Thats a good and cheap way to get more power. I did it myself. Ill be adding that cone air filter and eventually will become a cold air intake.

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http://nelsonracingengines.com/pricesheets/chevy/racegas/tt/ws_454sbc_tt.pdf For those who are undereducated in hypo engines.

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Oh I am so very sorry, you just failed to mention that in your first post. For those that are challenged when it comes to communicating what they want to say: http://www.quizilla.com/stories/6711347/you-can-say-what-you-want-but-you-still-cant-fool-mekevin-jonasit-keeps-me-holding-on-info

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to fit a 454 into a fox mustang, you'd need to rip everything under the hood out. and for the price of that bowtie "small block", you could throw twin turbos on a 5.4L 4v V8 from a GT or GT500, and you'd be better off. it would fit inside the car, its lighter, probably more powerful (i see no purpose for a 454 small block) and you'd be saving about $30,000.

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and whoever bad-mouths the legendary 302 should really question himself as an American.

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American engines are garbage from the factory, i can make more power with an h4 than you can with 302

9,605

i will have disagree.

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sell it and bye somthing faster

40

i figured you for an import guy. i'm sure you can make power, if you're idea of it is pouring tens of thousands of dollars into it. have you ever even been under the hood of a real car?

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fords are about as imported as they get

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DUDE...ALLL YA GOTTA DO IS FIND A T-BIRD OR COUGAR TURBO COUPE...THEY HAVE A 2.3L TURBO....JUST GOTTA CHANGE THEI INTAKE AND MANIFOLD!!!! PROBLEM SOLVED

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why would anyone want a motor that wold not make any horsepower a 302 stroker will beat a 454 anyday of the week

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thats right keepin it real with the fords no one wants a chevy pos.

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....crackhead...

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Sorry, the "....crackhead..." comment was for the 454. The only real way to make decent power with the 4-cyl is the way Ford did it...Turbo. The SVO 'Stang was a turbocharged 2.3L 4-cyl that made 205hp/210ft-lbs of torque. That's not huge power numbers, but combined with light weight, it's enough to compete with most stock 5.0L V8's. That's about the best you can do with that engine without getting really exotic and expensive. If you want power, a V8 swap is the way to go, but depending on what you want, I'd recommend a 351. If you're gonna go to the trouble anyways, you can definitely make more power with a 351, many parts are interchangeable with 302's so they're not really much more expensive, and the blocks are much stronger than 302's. The only reliable way to make big power with a 302 is to make sure you have a Mexican block (thicker main webbing, other blocks split under big power) or buy the new Boss block ($$$!). Even then, though, it takes a lot more work and cash to make power when your working with less displacement ("There's no replacement for displacement!"). The only concern with a 351 is a hood scoop to clear the taller block, but that gives you an excuse to add a lightweight aftermarket hood! Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine built a modestly cheap and not-too-exotic 351 that made 1,000 horsepower a few months back. The potential is definitely there. Now, about that transmission.....

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