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KLZE 2.5L V6 or 1.8L Turbo. Which will give more bang for $
KLZE 2.5L V6 43%  43%  [ 3 ]
1.8L Turbo 57%  57%  [ 4 ]
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 Post subject: 2.5L KLZE or TX3 1.8l Turbo engine swap into 87 KC Laser
Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:47 pm 
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Hey all,
I'm toying with the idea of a new, more powerful engine for the Laser. At the moment she's just got the stock 1.6L carby fed manual, fun as hell to drive, but.. :twisted: ME WANT MORE!! :twisted: I'm thinking either the KLZE 2.5L V6 (TX5 or Mazda MX6(I think?)) or the 1.8L Turbo TX3 engine. As I said, at the moment it's just an idea but if anyone has any opinions, ideas, or better yet... experience with these swaps, fire away.

 

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 Post subject: Re: 2.5L KLZE or TX3 1.8l Turbo engine swap into 87 KC Laser
Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:33 pm 
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if your going to the effort of the KL V6 you may as well go a little bit further and go a duratech v6

 

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 Post subject: Re: 2.5L KLZE or TX3 1.8l Turbo engine swap into 87 KC Laser
Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:43 pm 
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if your going to the effort of the KL V6 you may as well go a little bit further and go a duratech v6
I'm looking at the KLZE cos it's a very compact engine and I know they will fit. The Duratec? I'm not sure if that can be done without a lot of extra hassle. But the more ideas the merrier. :D

 

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 Post subject: Re: 2.5L KLZE or TX3 1.8l Turbo engine swap into 87 KC Laser
Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:53 pm 
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Esteven8 wrote:
JOSE wrote:
if your going to the effort of the KL V6 you may as well go a little bit further and go a duratech v6
I'm looking at the KLZE cos it's a very compact engine and I know they will fit. The Duratec? I'm not sure if that can be done without a lot of extra hassle. But the more ideas the merrier. :D

After a little more research on the Duratec idea.... No. While the engines ARE similar in many aspects there would be a fair bit of modding involved to make it work, also the power output on the Duratec 25 v KLZE is basically the same. So on a $$ spent to power gained basis not worthwhile. Nice idea though JOSE.
Keep em coming Guys :)

 

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 Post subject: Re: 2.5L KLZE or TX3 1.8l Turbo engine swap into 87 KC Laser
Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:32 pm 
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mate had an 87 with a 1.8 in it. tuned with motec to 18psi r35 or r45, cant remember. estimated 217kw at the block. thing weighted nothing & f**k went. still had lag, but the 1.8 got things moving well before the boost came in.

 

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 Post subject: Re: 2.5L KLZE or TX3 1.8l Turbo engine swap into 87 KC Laser
Posted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:59 pm 
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mate had an 87 with a 1.8 in it. tuned with motec to 18psi r35 or r45, cant remember. estimated 217kw at the block. thing weighted nothing & f**k went. still had lag, but the 1.8 got things moving well before the boost came in.

That's what I'm looking for!! Was it a 5 door hatch like mine and had the engine swapped over? Or a TX3 that come with the 1.8 and was worked at a later date?
Cause if anyone has had experience with these sort of swaps (From a 1.6 carb to a 1.8EFI Turbo or KLZE) I'd love to hear from you.

The V6 appeals to me 'cause it's something a little different, would go like a rocket, sound awesome and would keep people guessing 'just what the hell is in that thing?' But on the other side of the coin the 1.8 Turbo would be a more straightforward conversion and can give just as much go, but it's a fairly common swap. Not necessarily a bad thing though, parts would be easier to get etc...
Hmmmm decisions, decisions............. :D

 

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 Post subject: Re: 2.5L KLZE or TX3 1.8l Turbo engine swap into 87 KC Laser
Posted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:20 pm 
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think it was just a 1.6efi convert with stock internals on the 1.8.

was a 3 door AWD. Have a look around fordlaser.com they are a lot more specific in to the modifications of the lasers & 323's

 

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fiftyone wrote:
Have a look around fordlaser.com they are a lot more specific in to the modifications of the lasers & 323's

Ok will do, thanks mate.

 

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The gear box's are not that strong if abused...
Imo go the BP engine...

 

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