New Here- Planning on buying an XR4Ti soon!

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SuperFrankieOSX
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New Here- Planning on buying an XR4Ti soon!

Post by SuperFrankieOSX » Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:17 pm

For a couple years, I have been interested in the XR4Ti and as of recent, I am saving up to buy a decent example. Has to be a manual, preferably with the monochromatic paint but it isn't exaclty a dealbreaker for me. If I find anything and eventually get one, I will certainly turn to the forums for answers and such. I do have one important question, is it hard to find parts for them? Specifically the 2.3 turbo, I know it was featured in the SVO Mustang and T-Bird Turbo coupe. Also I was wondering how hard they are to work on, I have relatively average experience from working on my 1968 Mustang. Thank you!
-Frankie Saggio
1968 Ford Mustang 289 4BBL
2019 Mercedes CLA250 Sport 4Matic

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Re: New Here- Planning on buying an XR4Ti soon!

Post by merkurdriver » Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:19 am

Parts for an XR4Ti are easier to find now than they were 10 years ago - its true!
Vendors have been reproducing parts that were previously unavailable. Some are also rebuilding parts to "better than new spec" once supplies of in-demand parts started to thin out.

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Re: New Here- Planning on buying an XR4Ti soon!

Post by DAReese » Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:04 pm

What Mike said is true, but there are parts that are hard to or impossible to find at this point. But I had one new in 86 and getting parts for them even then was hard. After Ford abandoned the brand it became far more difficult, but now with the internet and vendors reproducing parts, it is easier.
David Reese

88 XR4Ti - mono white T5, someday to be bi wing
89 Scorpio - waiting on some parts before it hits the road again
88 XR4Ti - mono red C3, parts car
used to own 86 dark blue traded in on a min van, what was I thinking?

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Re: New Here- Planning on buying an XR4Ti soon!

Post by SuperFrankieOSX » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:54 pm

Thank you all for the information! I did do a little research and I found a few different websites that stock factory and reproduction parts. I was pleased to find things like the water pump and alternator can be bought at most auto parts stores. Is it true that the 2.3 turbo is a non interference engine?
-Frankie Saggio
1968 Ford Mustang 289 4BBL
2019 Mercedes CLA250 Sport 4Matic

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Re: New Here- Planning on buying an XR4Ti soon!

Post by John Brennan » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:01 pm

Yes, it is a non-interference engine. 8)
This is my car, and these are my people!
1989 XR4Ti 5-Speed
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2015 Fiesta ST 6-Speed
2015 Edge 3.5 V6 Auto/Paddles

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Re: New Here- Planning on buying an XR4Ti soon!

Post by SuperFrankieOSX » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:05 pm

That's great, I can't wait to finally get some cash put away, I think its gonna be a lot of fun to work on and drive. However I haven't drove stick in a while so I guess I better freshen up on my buddy's S10 :D
-Frankie Saggio
1968 Ford Mustang 289 4BBL
2019 Mercedes CLA250 Sport 4Matic

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Re: New Here- Planning on buying an XR4Ti soon!

Post by Bob Weir » Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:52 pm

Hi Frankie,
A few suggestions to buy parts from:

Our MCA members
Long time MCA sponsors with impeccable reputations for parts & service:

MC2 Racing
Chris Grayson
(513) 253-9133
http://mc2racing.com
West Chester OH

Merkur Depot
Mike Oyler
(330) 687-6498
http://merkurdepot.com
Barberton OH

Merkur Midwest
Jeff Herson
(847) 688-1234
http://merkurmidwest.com
North Chicago IL

Rapido
Russ Harness
(541) 544-3333
http://rapidogroup.com
Tygh Valley OR

Stinger Performance
Shannon Gustafson
http://stinger-performance.com
Shawnee KS

A few cautionary notes:
Ford / Motorcraft parts are usually a best choice.
Traditional auto parts chains often have "replacement" parts, but sometimes their databases are inaccurate.
Members' comments / suggestions are "usually" reliable, however you will see challenges. The MCA management does not review content for accuracy. We depend on our members for corrections, With that said, you can find alternative information sources, but most likely this website will be the most accurate. Facebook; you will find comments from very knowledgable people, you will also find other people making completely incorrect comments.
Review our members' comments regarding non Ford / Motorcraft parts for "performance".

Suggestions:
Fill in your city and state in your profile. You might get lucky and have a helpful MCA member living close to you. It also helps when considering purchasing parts from another member to consider shipping cost.
In this website you can "Search" a "Search" result to be more specific.

Bob

PS Once you buy your first Merkur, you'll be infected with "Merkuritis"!

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Re: New Here- Planning on buying an XR4Ti soon!

Post by espacef1fan » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:26 am

If you are near southern Alabama I would be more than happy to help with anything issues etc you have with the car
Adam Escott
Dothan, AL
89 XR with Outcast Body in red
Duratec build in progress(need cams and stand-alone)

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Re: New Here- Planning on buying an XR4Ti soon!

Post by R Code » Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:06 pm

Welcome to the forum, good luck in your search. Echoing what the others have said. They are not difficult cars to work on, and parts avail. seems better than when I started messing with these things in '85.
- Chris

'89 XR4Ti (5 speed)
'86 Chevrolet C20
'67 Cougar Std (289/4 speed)
'66 Mustang Coupe (289/Auto) - my wife's 1st car
DD's:
'06 Silverado HD Crew
'04 Suburban
'04 Acura MDX (son #1)
'04 GMC Yukon (son #2)

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