Originally posted by: ScoobMaster
Thanks darkwolf! I could have sworn that when I researched the TII engines (whe I first discovered how rare and special the LeBaron I bought was) I read about the TII rods being forged as compared to the T1 stock rods being cast. Oh well, my dad had a T1 in his '86 lancer (automatic) and I could not believe how much difference there was with the TII (intercooled) mated to that beefy A555 5-speed. Third gear was my favorite - I swear I could rocket from 30MPH to 85 in about 3 - 3.5 seconds (came in REAL handy for passing cars on the back roads!).
P.S. What current mods/kits are available for the TII engines? My buddy (the current LeBaron owner) is seriously considering restoring it and re-building/modifying the engine.
Well I did leave out a few things. The 87 and older TI engines are very different from the TIIs and 88 and later TIs. The one in your lancer had a way different intake manifold and has a draw through throttle body which means its setup like this
where the TIIs and 88 and later TIs have a blow through throttle body like so
The draw through setups can't be intercooled safely since if a hose blows off you loos throttle controll and go to wide open throttle. People do it anyway though .
Even the later style TI still feel a lot slower stock than the TII cause they are but you add an intercooler to a TI and and raise the boost to 12-14psi and it will be just as quik if not quiker do to having more torque and a faster spooling turbo.
http://www.thedodgegarage.com/index.html and read through the turbo database section. Tons of good info including cheap and easy ways to make a lot of power. Also click on the banner at the top of the page and check out some of the things he sales.