TD New Guy
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NE Wisconsin
My Ride: spirit rt/IROC rt
Engine: vnt 2.2l/2.2t3
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Re: Want to increase performance in my TIII
If you're concerned about reliability, the first thing you should do is button up a couple of things.
- modified valve spring retainers to ease a bit of tension
- "jackson idler mod" for the timing belt "slap"
These two mods have shown to greatly reduce timing belt and intermediate shaft issues inherent in stock t3 cars.
I also would recommend the "lengel" rebuildable timing belt tensioner and idler because chances are that yours are getting sketchy at this age, and lengel's are totally rebuildable and the last ones you'll ever need.
Honestly, those are the first couple of things I've done to my rt's and then go from there. Others will jump in with other ideas, but do some searches on those two topics and go from there.
-oh, and make sure the o2 sensor hasn't fallen down and is laying on the exhaust back there ready to melt. That seems to happen a lot on t3 cars too.