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It seems like everything I find about making a Ford Taurus faster always ends with the same result. "You should just buy a SHO!". Thing is though me like others bought this car and are still paying it off and can't afford to buy another car just for speed. I'd really like to make my 2011 Ford Taurus SEL with a non Ecoboost engine faster any way I can. It's already a quick car. Not fast enough for me though. If anyone can give me some tips without the usual shoulda bought a SHO or change the CAI mods that will help me make my car faster would be really appreciated. I already have some ideas or have thought about putting a turbo on it but I can't find any guides to follow online. So please if someone could point me in the right direction it would be very appreciated. Thank you.
 

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Tires, Struts, Brakes
Michelin Pilot Sport 4S plus wheels for non-winter driving.
KYB StrutPlus fronts and Excel-g rear struts
Goodridge Stainless brake lines, PowerStop Z23 pads, Stoptech Sport Cryo rotors, Motul 660 brake fluid.
Faster on the track.
 

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Tires, Struts, Brakes
Michelin Pilot Sport 4S plus wheels for non-winter driving.
KYB StrutPlus fronts and Excel-g rear struts
Goodridge Stainless brake lines, PowerStop Z23 pads, Stoptech Sport Cryo rotors, Motul 660 brake fluid.
Faster on the track.
I cant find KYB StrutPlus fronts for my Ford Taurus 2013 Limited
 

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I cant find KYB StrutPlus fronts for my Ford Taurus 2013 Limited
I see that KYB has excel-g front struts and excel-g rear shocks for the 2013 Limited. You are correct about no strutplus fronts. Same as 2011.
 

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I see that KYB has excel-g front struts and excel-g rear shocks for the 2013 Limited. You are correct about no strutplus fronts. Same as 2011.
So do u suggest excel-g ? Has advantage over motorcraft ?

Im thinking quick strut Monroe for fronts ( AIO ) with spring , mount and everything
 

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The excel-g struts/shocks are pretty good handling. Can't compare to Monroes, only what I have read. But I love the excel-g's on my '08. World of difference. I like Assurance Weatheready for my winter tires and the Michelins I mentioned earlier for high performance summer. I will tell you that They were stunned when my driver took it to the track for a training weekend. It kept up well with the BMWs, mustangs and camaros.
 

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Looked into Monroe quick-struts awhile back for our '13 Limited AWD and '08 Expedition EL. I found unhappy reviews regarding incorrect ride height and fasteners coming lose after installation that sometimes required removal to fix. Open to others' experience, but I personally wouldn't consider.

I went with Bilstein struts for the Expedition. But they don't make them for the Taurus; so KYB is my current baseline.
 

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As for brakes, I went with EBC brake kits on both vehicles with Ultimax2 pads and Premium OE rotors. I run their slotted rotors on my Eclipse. I got great deals at the time on them at THMotorsports.com. EBC rotors and pads are primarily made in Europe and may be the only reasonably priced rotors not made in China. Same for pads except for Akebono pads, which are US-made for North America. I've really liked Akebono Pro-ACT pads for decades on other vehicles and they will likely be what I buy next for the Taurus. They run very clean.
 

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As for power, this motor does pretty well for a non-turbo, non-GDI 3.5. The car is rather heavy, which doesn't help. Flow-formed wheels that knock off 10 pounds each will slightly help with acceleration, braking, and suspension response.

Forgive me for bringing up the SHO issue please, but once you've driven an EcoBoost car, you'll know why. I have a 2018 Focus ST. It's another world. 55 to 85 in 4 seconds. Passing is a breeze in short stretches of 2-lane roads. It's scary how fast major speed differentials to the other cars happens.

Doesn't AdmiralSparklz have a non-SHO turbo installed on his Taurus?
 
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