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1.6 zetec tuning


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Hi guys, just picked up my new daily, something I can have a play with to keep me occupied. It's a 2000 escort mk6 1.6 zetec. I was wondering what else I could do to it, it currently sits at 80k, well serviced has a stainless manifold, decat, ss system, k&n with good cold air feed, iridium plugs and uprated leads. Oh and I run it on shell Vpower. I doubt there is much more potential in it, unless anyone knows of any other little tricks lIke if 1.8 cams or tb will fit it?

 

I am thinking of dropping a 1.8 in there at a later date but quite fancy seeing what more can be done to the 1.6 without going silly.

 

Any tips or ideas would be much appreciated guys.

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the 1600 is limited on mods, could throw in some 1.8 105 cams maybe?

 

my chip was a collins powerchip and yes they do still make then, i believe they are around £120, but you could buy an entire escort 1.8 for that and transfer the engine over. the 1.8 has so many more options

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Thanks Scott, that's the route I will probably take later on. Even a 105 would Work, would be nice to have a tad more torque.

 

I didn't think cams from 1.8/2.0 worked with the 1.6, thought I had read this on here years ago.

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they are all identical dimensions, and as far as im aware the valve springs etc are the same.....or i hope they are because im using my 1.6 springs and tappets in my 130

 

give it a go, whats the worst that could happen?

 

in fairness my 1.6 went fairly well for what it was, decat exhaust, mongoose catback, smooth hard pipe air intake with a MASSIVE filter and a collins powerchip. definitely quicker than it was when i got it

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Yer, they seem to move well. I may try a hard pipe on it actually. It has all its breathing sorted bar that. Is there anyway of finding out lift/duration of stock cams? That way it might be easier to narrow down which ones will work best.

A nitrous kit would be a barrel of laughs, and if it goes band just chuck in a 1.8 for poke :-P

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So how simple will be swapping the 1.6 for a 1.8? what's involved? I'm guessing the ecu will be needed from the 1.8, other than that is it just a straight swap over. I would imagine I Could probably pick up a decent 105 lump for less than 100 quid these days.
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