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« on: April 10, 2014, 08:36:37 PM »
What is cheaper to install, what is better, and can they be installed on the stock 2.3l

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Re: turbo or SC
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2014, 09:01:33 PM »
neither would be a good choice on the stock 2.3 because the normally aspirated uses cast pistons instead of the forge pistons on the turbo.  Putting the turbo on an engine with cast pistons will probably melt the pistons. 

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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2014, 09:53:05 PM »
if i where to get the forged pistons would it be ok?

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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2014, 10:45:45 PM »
if i where to get the forged pistons would it be ok?

Since Ford was kind enough to supply Pinto owners with plenty of factory 2.3 turbo engines in Tbirds, Mustang SVO's & Xr4ti's that bolt right in & are sporting forged pistons & everything you need to double or triple HP over a stock Pinto there really is no reason to build your own from scratch.
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2014, 11:01:04 PM »
soo i would need more than just forged pistons?

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« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2014, 11:29:29 PM »
soo i would need more than just forged pistons?

Yeah, a turbo head has a D shaped combustion chamber as opposed to the Pinto heart shape. A turbo block is tapped to feed & return oil to & from the turbo. A whole turbo engine can be had for a few hundred dollars while good forged pistons can run double that.
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Re: turbo or SC
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2014, 12:06:23 AM »
gotcha, do u know where i could find a turbo engine or even just a bigger engine then the stock that would still bolt right up?

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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2014, 12:36:19 AM »
Craigslist has been my best source
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