The air conditioning system in all our vehicles have oil within them to
lubricate the seals, bearings, etc., any time the A/C is operating. If
the A/C is not used for extended periods, the seals and bearings may dry
out prematurely. Rapido suggests you run the air conditioning system once
a month for a minimum of 5 minutes to keep the seals in good condition.
The Merkur's engine fan and A/C condenser fan are both very important.
Be sure that anytime you turn on your air conditioning the A/C condenser
fan also starts running. The engine cooling fan should come on when the
temperature needle comes up to about the halfway point on the gauge.
What we call the "Driveshaft Donut" (also called a Rotoflex coupling) can
crack or break causing a pronounced vibration, most notably at highway
speeds. You may visually inspect this part from under the car. It is at
the very front of the driveshaft, next to the transmission. It is black
and looks like a donut. If you can see through cracks or if chunks are
missing, replace it with out delay. Driving your vehicle with this vibration
can damage the tailhousing on the transmission. Rapido imports this Ford
of Europe part because your dealer doesn't have it available separately.
NOTE: Similar parts from other manufacturer's do not have a history
of doing well on this Ford vehicle.
NOTE: We strongly recommend you replace the transmission mount when
you replace a broken driveshaft donut. Part of the function of the transmission
mount is to provide proper alignment of the transmission with the driveshaft.
If your transmission mount is sagged, fatigued, or delaminated, the result will
be continued misalignment resulting in vibration and premature failure of your
new driveshaft donut.
The center support bearing on your XR4Ti or Scorpio driveshaft should be
checked every 10,000 miles (or anytime you happen to be under the car).
We suggest that if the driveshaft can be moved more than about 3/8" up
or down from its normal location, the CSB should be replaced.
The XR4Ti and Scorpio driveshafts were not designed to have their Universal
Joints serviced or replaced. In our experience, the rear universal joint
will develop a "notch" or hard spot at very low mileage. This happens because
the driveshaft runs at a constant angle but the "wear spot" may then go
unchanged for over 200,000 miles. Unless the U-Joint is actually loose,
we do not recommend replacement of the driveshaft. If replacement is actually
necessary - Rapido can provide a drive shaft manufactured with replaceable/
serviceable U-joints for less cost than the factory driveshaft.
Engine idle speed erratic? Are you experiencing surging at cruising speed?
The Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) may be worn or may not be properly calibrated.
NOTE: Calibration is a procedure performed by using a voltmeter.
Why INTERCOOL ???
All of these reasons for INTERCOOLING a turbocharged engine are valid.
Since the electronic controls in Ford Engine Management Systems are designed
to retard spark and boost whenever there is detonation, we really do want
to INTERCOOL the charge air, and as efficiently as possible. Using our
Air-to-Air Intercoolers, Rapido has developed an Intercooler system specifically
for the XR4Ti, with a maximum reduction of Charge Air Temperature (in all
circumstances) being our primary criteria. We also offer Intercoolers for
Turbo Thunderbird and Cougar XR-7 Turbo as well as Intercooler upgrades
for SVO Mustang, and for 1987, 1988 Turbo Coupe.
More horsepower at stock boost levels without detonation.
Ability to accept higher boost levels without detonation.
Consistent horsepower on hot days.
Cooler cylinder head temperature.
Rapido XR4Ti Air-to-Air Intercooler....07-0102
This is Rapido's XR4Ti Air-to-Air
Intercooler for all model years.It features maximum reduction in Charge
Air Temperature for both XR4Ti stick shift and automatic. "Turbo lag" is
reduced via the bypass valve incorporated into this super efficient intercooler
system design. Legal in all 50 states including California (CARB EO D-140-25).
Installation by professional mechanic takes approximately 2 hours. The
mechanically minded "do-it-yourselfer" should be able to install it in
3 hours. Detailed installation instructions are included. Spend your money
wisely the first time - order the Rapido XR4Ti Intercooler!
Suspension upgrades and modifications are popular items with most automobile
enthusiasts. We feel it is unacceptable to throw comfort out of the window
for "pure" handling, unless your vehicle spends its highway miles on a
trailer going to and from competition events. With this in mind, and a
wealth of personal knowledge and experience, we offer a variety of suspension
components as well as complete suspension kits. Now be advised that anytime
you lower a vehicle with "semi-trailing arm rear suspension" (i.e. XR4Ti
and Scorpio), the rear suspension will go out of alignment (both camber
and toe). These are "nonadjustable" from the factory. The result of lowering
these vehicles would normally be less than optimum handling, and a severe
reduction in rear tire mileage (as much as 70%). In every lowering kit
we supply, Rapido provides the necessary components and installation instructions
to realign the rear suspension. This is a Rapido exclusive and part of
the Rapido lowering kit. Here are a couple of things for you to consider
as you contemplate up- grading the handling of your favorite vehicle.
Once these decisions have been made, you will be better equipped to ask
the right questions vis-a-vis better handling and/or better vehicle appearance.
1. Do I want to lower the vehicle - can I afford to reduce ground clearance?
2. Will I retain stock wheels and tires?
NOTE: never consider lowering your XR4Ti or Scorpio by cutting stock
springs, or by installing shorter "custom" springs in conjunction with
"stock" shock absorbers that, though represented as "heavy duty", may not
be a match to the new springs, spring rates, and the reduced amount of
available suspension travel.
Rapido/Koni XR4Ti Complete Handling Kit... 05-0107/A*
Lowers Vehicle 1 3/4" (plus/minus
1/8) from "stock/new ride height". The kit includes front and rear springs,
heavy duty valve front struts and rear shocks complete with Rapido's rear
alignment kit. This kit also includes 28.5 x 19 mm anti roll bars for superb
handling characteristics and complete installation instructions.
(*)Also available with KYB and Boge shocks - Inquire.
XR4Ti Exhaust System....07-0101
Here it is, the Borla Dual
Outlet Stainless Steel Performance Exhaust System for the XR4Ti. Our Rapido/Borla
stainless steel, dual outlet exhaust system frees trapped horsepower.
It is legal in all states, has a distinctive appearance and a "purrs like
a kitten" sound. The actual rear wheel horsepower gain is as much as 20
HP. Turbo boost comes up about 300 RPM sooner than with the stock exhaust
system. There is no increase in noise level and it has a lifetime warranty.
Installation time is about 1 1/2 hour.
In addition we also offer our single outlet Exhaust System (catalyst
back) for the XR4Ti(P/N 07-0101S) and for the Scorpio 07-0101B. Replace
a rotting factory exhaust system and enhance performance (as much as 10HP)
for about the same cost as the Ford replacement system- which we also carry.
All Borla exhaust systems are "bolt up". No cutting, drilling or welding
Rapido Replacement Control Arm Bushings....05-0119
XR4Ti and Scorpio.
We developed this much needed product to make the front end less "sensitive"
and likely to "nibble" or "twitter" at the steering wheel. Designed for
the anti-roll bar/ control arm connection, you'll say "Hallelujah!" after
installation in your vehicle.
Rapido also imports many European Group N Spec Suspension Bushings.Although
they are still made out of rubber they offer better performance than the
Ford USA Spec Bushings
Rapido All Metal 3-Row Replacement Radiator....07-0135M
Yes! We have both the OE style light weight radiators as well as our all metal 3 row high coolant capacity replacement radiators available. No more non-repairable
plastic tank radiators. If this one gets whacked, it's repairable. Order
P/N 07-0135M (XR4Ti Stick); P/N 07-0135X (XR4Ti Automatic); P/N 07-0135S
(Scorpio); P/N 07-0135MX9 (1989 XR4Ti only).
O.E. Scorpio wheel well splash liners
Rapido reproduction XR4Ti, Front wheel well splash liners
"Identity Crisis: Merkur XR4Ti or Sierra Cosworth ???"