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Old 10-27-2011, 05:14 PM   #1
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hey guys i have an 86 2.3 4x4 and im starting to try to get a little more oomph out of it. i plan on an air intake pretty soon but on the 86 the IAC is located on the air box. Can i swap the trottle body off a newer model with the IAC on the TB and not on the air box?
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:23 PM   #2
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ok guess ill go to the junk yard and do some measuring and plug checking.
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Old 10-30-2011, 10:44 PM   #3
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I haven't seen one with the IAC on the air box, but I imagine it shouldn't be a problem assuming it's the same actuator
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:39 PM   #4
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thanks i think its a mid 80's thing. i ve seen 88-90ish models on the TB. ill look around the junkyard and narrow it down a little.
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:55 PM   #5
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88 is going to have it on the box too ....... you can port your box to get more air in it and put in a K&N would give you good air flow with minimal mods, i used a dremel to cut another air inlet below the filter so it still sucks filtered air, just an extra hole to get more air from
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:57 AM   #6
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thats a pretty good idea. did the throttle cable mod. made a huge drivability improvement. now looking for a little power up grade. nothing huge but my 2.5 is worlds ahead of my 86' 2.3. just needs a little help.
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:13 PM   #7
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What's the throttle cable mod I haven't seen that one on here
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:24 PM   #9
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I swapped a 2.3 from a 87 mustang into my son's 87 all I had to do was extend the wire from where I cut the the plug off ran it in with the power wires then spliced plug back on and am running a RE WORKS airfilter right off the throttle body with 94 shorty header and plugged EGR.RUNS GREAT and really cleaned up the engine compartment.
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