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Old 03-28-2009, 06:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Do Any Of The Members That Have A Cougar And Or Tbird Have Any Specific Tips On Get Better Fe Besides The Basics. I Already Try To Take It Easy On The Pedal But Rear Wheel Drive Is Fun So Its Hard Sometimes To Not Play. I Know The Ford Motors Can Be Picky About Things. And Just A Tip For Anyone With A 89-92 Tbird/cougar With The 3.8(not Supercharged) From Personal Experience I Found That The Cheapo Autolite Copper Plugs Work Better Than The Bosch Platinum 2s. I Used The Good Plugs And The Car Ran Like Crap Put The Cheapos In And She Ran Nice And Smooth.

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Old 03-28-2009, 10:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm new to the ecomodding scene but I'm a long time Ford guy and can give you some good advice (if I do say so myself).

1. Reduce the Weight. - keep your car clean, On my Taurus SHO every 13.1lbs I could remove from the car was 1hp I was getting back for free.

2. remove your un-needed accessories: i.e. AC, PS, smog pump if not needed. Just having the belts off is a big improvement.

3. get lighter/smaller aftermarket rims: going down to a 14-15" rim could save some BIG weight as well as reduce rolling resistance. Just be careful not to trade traction for economy. Don't put skinny-minnies on there!

4. Keep your car up to snuff in the maintenance department: Like you said, cheaper copper plugs replaced more frequently is a big deal. Also, filters nd fluids should be top of the list.

5. If your car has dual exhaust you could reduce that down to a simple single exhaust to save 40+ lbs.
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Old 03-29-2009, 12:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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a friend and I built some headers for a buddys supercoupe. It was an AMAZING gain. Apparently the stock manfolds are real restrictive and he could only get an additional 2-3psi out of the blower. After the headers it was a MASSIVE gain. I'd have to say close to 30-45whp.

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