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Nov 8 08 9:00 PM

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So I just picked up my Aspire a few days ago, but I've decided I'd like just a tad more power, probably just 20-30 more. Wondering if any of you know a good way to do this. I don't feel like swapping the engine yet, so maybe just looking at a couple bolt-ons or so. I figure with the little added power it'd be a lot easier to pass, and fuel economy shouldn't really be affected as long as I drive properly. I've noticed fms has a header, as well as a cam. Wonder if anyone has any experience with these and if the results are worth it. I was also wondering if there is another head that could be swapped on from maybe another b engine. I know this is really noobish, but I tried searching and couldn't find anything. Doing the work isn't a problem, just looking for opinions, and if anyone knows anything else to do. Thanks.

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Nov 8 08 9:40 PM

The reason that there isn't a lot about it out there is because you really can't make bolt on power with the B3 unless its a turbo, and then its tricky because you can melt pistons pretty easily.

For the cost of that header and cam you could get a BP and double the HP.

You could also try a cone filter with the header and the Cam.

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Nov 8 08 9:57 PM

Cool thanks. So it wouldn't really be worth the money trying to get a little power out of the B3 then. I already have a K&N cone filter that I'm gonna get on it. I guess I'll just deal with it as is until I'm ready to swap.

As far as swaps go, does anyone know if newer engines/trans (other than b series) would fit. Say maybe a 2.0 Zetec?

Thanks for the help.

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Nov 8 08 10:13 PM

I don't think a Ztec will work since they are all OBDII and I bet they won't have provisions for things like speedo cables and such. I would stay with the B series, there are lots of choices and the engines should be dirt cheap these days (outside of the Ford Festiva and Aspire community.). Check with http://www.car-part.com to see whats around.

I had a engine swap guide posted but it seems to be lost at the moment.

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Nov 8 08 10:54 PM

That looks like something to add to our Tech articles. Its good info to have! Here is what I used to have posted on the site. I will restore it next time I am updating:

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What engines fit the Aspire?
Here is a great guide posted by firstgenprotege on the Festiva list

From: "firstgenprotege" Date: Mon Aug 26, 2002 11:15 pm Subject: Engine Swap Questions ANSWERED


Well, after reading the same ol questions again and again as of late, i'll write out this summary guide about all the engine swaps you can perform:

Stock engine (B3) - 1.3 liter (1323cc) SOHC 8v. Puts out 63hp, poor high end power, average low-midrange power.

86-94 323 / 85-89 Tracer (B6) - 1.6 liter (1598cc?) SOHC 8v. Puts out 82hp, poor high end power, good low-midrange.

Installation: Bolts straight in, but you have to use the festiva's intake manifold if you use a 90-94 323 (maybe the older ones too) but they bolt right up so it doesn't matter.

92-93 Mazda MX3 engine (B6-ME?) - 1.6 liter SOHC 16v. Puts out 88hp, good high end power, good low-midrange power (thanks to the 16v's).

Installation: No one has really confirmed if the festiva manifold will bolt up to this head. It MIGHT, but the stock manifold form the MX3 has the throttle body going off to the drivers side of the car, so you will need to use the ECU and wiring harness to use that manifold. If the Festiva's manifolds bolt up, then GREAT! otherwise there isn't really a point to install this engine. As for engine mounts..i'm pretty sure they are identical to the B6-DE engine.

91-94 Mercury Capri Engine (B6-DE) - 1.6 liter DOHC 16v. Puts out 100hp. Great high end power, good low-midrange power.

Installation: Must use a special made engine mount for the passenger side mount. Otherwise the manifolds and everything clears the engine compartment. you wlil need the Capri's ECU and harness, and will likely have to relocate your battery to the trunk to fit all the intake tubing.

94-95 Mazda MX3 engine (B6-DE) - 1.6 liter DOHC 16v. Same engine as the Capri, but puts out 105hp. Great high end power, decent low- midrange power.

Installation: Same as capri..look above. HOwever, the intake manifold's throttle body goes off to the side, so you will need hte MX3's ECu and harness, along with all the intake plumbing. You will DEFINITELY need to relocate the battery. Using the Capri's intake manifold would solve this problem, however.

90-93 Mazda Miata Engine (B6-DE) - 1.6 liter DOHC 16v. Same engine as Capri and MX6, but mounted longitudinally, and uses RWD transaxle. It puts out 116hp. Great high end, great low-midrange power.

Installation: No one really knows if it bolts straight in (confirm this for me?). Since it is mounted longitudinally, it could have different engine mounting points. Also the coolant inlet/outlets are located in a different spot than the transversely mounted Capri and MX3 B6D's.

87-88 323 GT / 88-89 323 GT-X / 91-94 Mercury Capri XR2 Engine (B6- DET) - turbocharged 1.6 liter DOHC 16v. It puts out 132hp on stock ECU but can easily be tuned for over 200hp (crank). Unreal mid- highend power, good low end (drives about like a B6D capri up until about 2000rpm, then it FLIES).

Installation: You must use a custom bracket for the passenger engine mount (just like the B6D).

As for getting the engine running, you must take into consideration the fact it is TURBOCHARGED. You will need to first of all, get the piping properly mounted inside of the car, which takes up more room than a naturally aspirated engine.

Second, you must ensure you are giving it proper amounts of fuel to go with the extra air. you can use the Stock ECu and harness from any of these cars, and run stock boost (6.8 psi?). Or you can get a engine management system like a haltech which lets you fine-tune the turbo to your liking. (however this is VERY EXPENSIVE).

You can always just upgrade your car with the stock ecu and harness with a boost controller and beefed up fuel pump to ensure it gets enough fuel. This would be cheaper and your car would still be insanely fast.

90-94 Mazda Protege / 91-96 Escort GT and Tracer LTX engine (BP-DE)- 1.8 DOHC 16v (1839cc). Puts out 125hp / 114 torque and has a very flat powercurve. Great power all around the powerband.

Installation: the block is longer than the B6's so you'd need to make custom engine mounts, and maybe even cut into the firewall to fit the engine and its long intake manifold. Would require A LOT of modification, but it will fit under the hood if your are up to the challenge. You would probably need to use the G25M-R transmission as well, which would require even more custom fitting.

90-94 Mazda Familia / 323 GT-X & GT-R Engine (BP-DET) - 1.8 liter (1839cc) turbocharged DOHC 16v. GT-X puts out 180hp on stock ecu and GT-R puts out ~210. Engines have potential to reach well over 400hp at the wheels (but then the trnasmission explodes ). I would imagine, the mid-high end power would be ridiculous. Low end would be great as well.

Installation: i wouldn't think all the intercooler plumbing would be able to fit under the hood without gutting the car and custom welding a new engine comnpartment or something ridiculous like that. I don't think anyone has even attempted this swap with a Festiva so knowledge is limited.

90-94 Mazda Protege DX Engine (B8-ME) - 1.8 liter SOHC 16v (1839cc). Puts out 103hp. Great power all around, but slightly less high end than the DOHC version.

Installation: Same as BP-DE, its the same engine block, but with a different head (i wouldn't be surprised if the head was the same as the SOHC 16v head on the earlier MX3's). MIGHT be able to use the festiva's manifolds on the head, but no one has test fitted them so no one really knows.

Hope this answers all the questions for the next month or so...... Add to it if you'd like

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2011 Ford Fiesta SES Hatchback - 1.6L I-4 DOHC
2007 Mazda5 Sport - Family Driver 2.3L I-4 DOHC
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Nov 9 08 1:54 AM

Clubprotege.com is an extremely valuable resource for all kinds of information on mazda engines, suspensions and the people on there are great, they can seem a little gruff at first, but they are cool.

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1995 Ford Aspire 3 Door Black, (B8 F-series)---> RIP
1997 Ford Aspire 3 Door Teal ---> Sold '08
1996 Ford Aspire 5 door Green ---> Parted wouldn't hold her oil
1994 Ford Aspire 3 door Red ---> Former BP, V6 Swapped... Rusted Out...
1995 Ford Aspire 5 Door Blurple --> Sold '11 No Room...

1989 Ford Festiva L 4 Speed Carby Model --> Soon to be an Abomination!
1990 AWD 5 Speed Mazda Protege Black -->(BP GTX Trans) Daily Driver/Donor Waiting to Happen... Soon to be BP+T


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Nov 14 08 5:24 PM

I advanced the timing, run premium fuel and took about 150 pounds off. It's a lot more nimble. Other than that you just need another engine. Try not to buy anything twice. If you do buy the header, spring for the older b6 engine. It swaps right over. Another thing is the fms pieces are impossible to find used.

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