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Just thought I would share some pictures of the new pistons I got. And compare them to EconorocketZX3's. I have the JE 10.5:1 and he has the JE 9:1. I couldnt believe the size of the valve releifs on mine. Also learned that shiny things dont like the flash.

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hey tobyboom, what does your focus look like. i live in arlington, and if i see you around later on, i'll stop and say hey. i've got a dirt kona with 17" gun metal gray 5 star rims with subtle drop. just curious to know and see first hand your car and the engine. later, mp
 

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My car looks like this:



Only with these wheels now
 

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They don't look similar at all. Crazy stuff man. Glad to see you're getting that motor together so quick. Hopefully I will be right behind you.
 

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can you say RED X
 

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So has tobyboom or econrocket tried to take their stock pistons out yet?
I got the head off my car, and the oil pan off too, i was told by one of turbotoms boys that i need to "knock them out with a piece of metal from the botom". I can see them, but what bolts do i need to undo? Man it sucks being poor and trying to do all this myself. I am planing on going with higher compression also, I got my turbo kit for sale in the buy sell now!
 

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I dont know why some people are getting the RED X's and some arent. AOL SUCKS!!!!!! But yeah I have taken the pistons out. You just have to take off the rod bolts and beat the piston out through the top. Kind of a pain in the ass, but you'll figure it out.
 

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1LFOCUS the pistons are conected to the conecting rods which have 2 bolts or nuts that hold the end cap around the crank. Take the nuts off and then take the cap off, you may have to hit the cap a little TO SEPERATE IT, USE WOOD ONLY NOT ANYTHING MADE OUT OF METAL. Once the cap is seperated put some rubber hoses over the rod bolts so they don't nick the crank. Dont mix up the rod caps, keep them with the rod you took them off of. I would also be a good idea to number the rods & caps. To take out the pistons use a piece of wood or plastic DO NOT USE ANYTHING METAL and place it by the rist pin & lightly bang it out, make sure you catch the piston before it falls.
Have fun.
 

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Thanks for the help. I still need to order my pistons but the top half of the engine is sitting in the garage floor. The best deal i have gotten on the the pistons rods and rings is a little over 800(local so no shipping). Is there anything i could do to the head while i wait for the new pistons to come in...
and i also have a turbo for sale in the buy/sell forum on this board.
thanks again, and i hope i dont fu ck it up.
mike
 

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It is gonna be mean when it is running, hey Justin did you change out the main caps and the crank also???

And I went to the all time low and got a Nitrous Kit..
 

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25000 miles on the engine as of now... I didnt know if i could do anything not so expensive to it that will help in performance and longevity. Thanks for the help and sorry for stealing the thread!
 

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I gave up trying to let AOL host those. So if the damn link doesnt work, I'll send them to someone to host them for me.
 

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Here they are

high comp.(left) low comp.(right)


top of high comp.

top of low comp.

and the rod....
 

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TonyBoom and EconorocketZX3 who is doing or did your install of the pistons and a cost? I'm thinking of going this way. As you can see in my mods that i have already raised my compression with the Gude head package. What is stock compression anyways? Bill Gude tells me that with the head on here i'm sitting at 10.998 to 1 and with the addition of the 10.5:1 where will i be sitting at on compression ratio and do you know if i can run this high of comp. on pumpgas?
 

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Stock compression of a Zetec is 9.6:1
 
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