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1986 Merkur XR4Ti


1986 Merkur XR4Ti 230WHP / 292TRQ @ 22psi Upgrades to date (Engine): Holset HY35w ~20-30psi (depending on our mood) 3” Exhaust w/testpipe or cat & Magnaflow 28”x6”x3” Intercooler w/2.5” pipe Gutted upper & knife edged lower intake 255lph fuel pump 75 #/hr injectors Power steering delete A/C delete Heater delete Upgrades to date (Transmission): T5 Transmission swap w/1-piece driveshaft + diff adapter (460 Machine) Upgrades to date (Suspension): Front: Koni Yellow + Ground Control Coilover 7” 350#/in springs Rear: KYB + 8.5” 600#/in Black Magic springs Upgrades to date (Brakes): Gutted Proportioning Valve TurboCoupe rear disc brake swap Upgrades to date (Wheels and Tires): Mustang turbine rims w/Toyo R888s 205/50-15 - RACE Mustang turbine rims w/BFGoodrich GForce Sport 205/55-15 - STREET Upgrades to date (Body): Interior Gutted and stripped 4 point roll bar Rear tower strut brace Bomz seats 4-point harnesses Mustang fuel tank replacement Lexan rear windows and sunroof Vented hood Upgrades to date (Electrical): Megasquirt-I V 3.0 w/3 Bar MAP (DIYAutoTune) Wideband O2 Reader (PLX M300) Wideband O2 (Bosch) Odyssey PC680 Drycell w/relocate Upgrades to date (Cosmetic): $35 single stage poly paintjob + $12 duplicolor wheel paint and $9 truck bed liner wheel well and underbody coating Road Legal Status: -Tagged, Titled, Insured, Smogged, and 100% street legal TO DO LIST: Swap 3.64 diff for 3.34 + Eaton Clutch LSD Upgrade pads to full race (Porterfield) Paint and body work external electrical cut-off switch install 2 tow eyes install brake cooling ducts where front fogs used to be install 5-point FIA harnesses install FIA fixed back seats Lexan windshield Upgrade 4 point roll bar to full cage install fire suppression system install ported E6 install test pipe SPARES: 2.3T longblock starter oil lines coolant lines accessory brackets exhaust manifolds rear diff

Latest updates
Jan. 08
Onto a new home

Still in Georgia, but she’s moved on to a fellow NASA racer so hoping to …

Aug. 09
Merkur gets a new lease on life

She’s been terribly neglected last few years right after I got the polycarbonate windshield in, …

Aug. 01
Koni Yellows, 350lb/in springs, lexan windshield

The more we track the Merkur the more weaknesses surface…our 250lb/in springs just couldn’t stand …

March 06
Jzilla track days at AMP 3/2/14 (3)

Session 5 over

March 06
Jzilla track days at AMP 3/2/14 (2)

Main straight 120!

March 06
Jzilla track days at AMP 3/2/14

Merkur running the big course at AMP, found out our pcv is bad and we …

July 16
Merkur Dyno Sheet

nuff said…

July 16
Merkur got Dyno'd

Went to an MX-5 meetup down in Peachtree City at Allspeed Autoworks and got to …

June 26
AMP SCCA Circuit Cross

Had a blast, Merkur held up well, really need to turn up the boost so …

Jan. 06
Ground Control to Major Turn...

Awe yeah, Ground Control coilovers up front, time for some corner weighing and balancing ;)

Nov. 02
Wheel arches!

Original arches truck bed lined and reinstalled over rolled fenders…

Aug. 24
ARSCCA AutoX 8/22/10

Took the Merkur out for it’s first AutoX, learned quite a few things: #1: too …

July 27

More stickers!

July 27
Yellow Fogs

Krylon stained glass spray paint does wonderful things…

June 15
Slammed, vented front


June 15
More slammed, vented


June 15
Slammed, Vented

Got the Merk dropped about 3-4 inches, and the hood vented to help keep the …

Nov. 23
$35 Marine Paintjob 4


Nov. 23
$35 Marine Paintjob 3


Nov. 23
$35 Marine Paintjob 2


Nov. 23
$35 Marine Paintjob

not bad for how cheap and easy it is…

Jan. 29
Front 2

Another lower shot, buck-toothed to say the least, hoping to swap out the front bumper …

Jan. 29

Here’s a pic of the front all put together…

Jan. 29
Merkur updated Interior

After adding new seats, (that’s a T5 shifter for you guessed it a T5!), dash …

Jan. 29
Lexan rear windows

Came out better than expected, lost a bunch of weight…

Jan. 29

Good old eBay special, works well, cheap, simple…

Jan. 29
Intercooler pipe...

After adding intercooler for the Holset HY35w…

Jan. 29
Stripped interrior, including the sound deadening!

Original interior as we got it after scraping/grinding out all the tar/sound deadening material, took …

Jan. 29
Front Facia Opening

Opened up the front facia, helps alot keeping the coolant temps down…

Jan. 29
Merkur window removal

We removed the rear windows for plexi at first (didn’t know how crappy it was)

Jan. 29
Merkur Interior upon Arrival

This was the interior, no dash, a semi-working tach, the stock seatbelt with a fordescort …

Jan. 29
Merkur Arrives

This is how she looked when she arrived…

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Jan. 16, 2009, 4:23 p.m.

Vote up for turbo 2.3 goodness. I'll hopefully be joining the ranks of XR owners soon enough...

July 6, 2009, 11 p.m.

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I'm over there Tim, believe me!

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