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18 Apr 14, 16:18 pm

Author Topic: Converting Mass Air Flow on speed density 88 2.3L mustang  (Read 2013 times)

Guys i need help on this one.... i got a 88 mustang 2.3L and plan on running a bigger head on it and other mods and was wondering how to tap into the wire harness and where to convert it over to mass air... i know im gunna need a computer off of a mass air 2.3L stang but just unsure where to tap in... so i would greatly apperciate any help on the topic and some info so i can start on this thing!!!! thanks alot....

Re: Converting Mass Air Flow on speed density 88 2.3L mustang
Reply #1 on: Dec 06, 2010, 11:28 am
Not as simple as it is for 5.0 cars...

The 2.3 MAF cars are distributorless, so an ignition swap is needed as well.
Or, the thunderbird ecu (LA3) can be converted to MAF, but that also requires some wiring and tuning changes with a J3 chip like Moates.
Or, supposedly the v8 ecu's can be converted to run the 2.3.  I'm not aware of anyone who has done this though.

I converted to LA3 and then to MAF, and it worked fairly well.
In the future, I would like to try making a v8 ecu work, but who knows if I'll ever have that kind of time.

Are you planning to go turbo in the future? 
1990 Mustang GT - Rebuilding the 408w with Vic Jr EFI, Canfield 195's, and Custom Cam
1987 Mustang LX - Daily Driver once repaired
2001 Subaru Outback - Daily Driver

Re: Converting Mass Air Flow on speed density 88 2.3L mustang
Reply #2 on: Dec 06, 2010, 06:16 pm
thanks for the info.. i didnt think it would take rocket science to make it run right but yes hopefully i plan on running a turbo on it.... im thinking about running 0.30" forged wiesco pistons, 5.7" chrome moly rods for the bottom....

Re: Converting Mass Air Flow on speed density 88 2.3L mustang
Reply #3 on: Dec 06, 2010, 06:18 pm
oh also i totally forgot about the 2.3L being  distributorless. im hoping i can make this work though. i want to drive the hell out of it next spring and summer....

Re: Converting Mass Air Flow on speed density 88 2.3L mustang
Reply #4 on: Dec 06, 2010, 06:25 pm
one other thing i heard from a guy i bought my pony wheels off of saying his buddy had a SVO and used a ECU off of a 5.0 stang but removed four cylinder banks in the circuit board and ran fine...

Re: Converting Mass Air Flow on speed density 88 2.3L mustang
Reply #5 on: Dec 07, 2010, 11:37 am
one other thing i heard from a guy i bought my pony wheels off of saying his buddy had a SVO and used a ECU off of a 5.0 stang but removed four cylinder banks in the circuit board and ran fine...
I wouldn't have thought about simply gutting the ecu internals, but I would be interested in hearing more if you can get more details...

1990 Mustang GT - Rebuilding the 408w with Vic Jr EFI, Canfield 195's, and Custom Cam
1987 Mustang LX - Daily Driver once repaired
2001 Subaru Outback - Daily Driver

 


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