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Where to get cheapest forged pistons?

I blew a head gasket on my 92 n/a 2.3l. I'm getting ready to overhaul the engine and want to plan for a turbo down the road. From doing a bunch of reading, I think the only thing I need to upgrade internally during the overhaul are the pistons.

Forged aluminum pistons are fairly expensive. Where is the best place to get them???

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the cheapest still wont be cheap...

ive seen some at esslingerracing.com, RaceEng.com,
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Amazon.com: CP Pistons Forged Pistons Ford Duratec 2.3L 3.445 (87.5mm) Bore / STD Size / 9.0:1 Compression Ratio: Automotive

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well i spent 900 on my 6 pistons...

keith black has some cheaper... but when your going hardcore... cheap isint the way to go quaity is. you get what you pay for.

if your gonna turbo, id do rods too. mine are 1400 for 6.
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oh and

Wiseco Forged 2.3l Stroker Pistons : DSM / EVO 8 & 9

you have to check fitment though...probably need to go bigger if not an exact fit and take your block to a machine shop to match
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Well, I didn't mean cheap quality, just the least expensive way to go. Thanks.
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you get what you pay for.

id go .30 over to clean up the walls
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i blew a head gasket on my 92 n/a 2.3l. I'm getting ready to overhaul the engine and want to plan for a turbo down the road. From doing a bunch of reading, i think the only thing i need to upgrade internally during the overhaul are the pistons.

Forged aluminum pistons are fairly expensive. Where is the best place to get them???


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the cheapest still wont be cheap...

ive seen some at esslingerracing.com, RaceEng.com,
amazon, and a couple other places

Amazon.com: CP Pistons Forged Pistons Ford Duratec 2.3L 3.445 (87.5mm) Bore / STD Size / 9.0:1 Compression Ratio: Automotive
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oh and

Wiseco Forged 2.3l Stroker Pistons : DSM / EVO 8 & 9

you have to check fitment though...probably need to go bigger if not an exact fit and take your block to a machine shop to match
Neither one of these are correct. I am going to assume they are for the newer 2.3 engines.

The 140 c.i. 2.3 Lima engine has a standard bore of 3.780" or 96.012mm.

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oh ok...there too small. good to know, thanks navy
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The cheapest in price that were popular @ TF were the

sealed power or speed pro
L2500F.75MM

They are at summit here:
Speed Pro ZL2500F75MM - Speed-Pro Power Forged Pistons - Overview - SummitRacing.com

But you might be able to get them cheaper at a local parts store.
*edit* they are $34 each at NAPA but you cant hotlink from the site
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The next step up are from Diamond.

After that youre probably looking at pistons from Stinger or Bo-port maybe other places but you'll probably be in the $500-600 range at this point.
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The cheapest in price that were popular @ TF were the

sealed power or speed pro
L2500F.75MM

They are at summit here:
Speed Pro ZL2500F75MM - Speed-Pro Power Forged Pistons - Overview - SummitRacing.com

But you might be able to get them cheaper at a local parts store.
*edit* they are $34 each at NAPA but you cant hotlink from the site
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The next step up are from Diamond.

After that youre probably looking at pistons from Stinger or Bo-port maybe other places but you'll probably be in the $500-600 range at this point.

Napa has a line of chinese pistons for the 2.3 i think. Not 100% sure. But diamond offers them for app 350 bucks + 70 for rings. But the sealed power units are obsolete. In either turbo or na Sealed Power no longer supplies pistons for the 2.3 ford engine we have. Cp pistons are real good and try calling Cirillo and find out where you can get the best price on them. If you spring for the new pistons buy them FF and have your rods machined to accept FF pins. Peace Tom

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That stinks, I didnt know the speed pro forged werent made anymore. Some of the places I checked they are listed but probably indefinitely out of stock or not enough to actually get 4.

Looks like a lot of the replacement pistons (even showing for the turbo) arent forged.


So ballparks for actual available and correct pistons, it's something like:

Diamond - $350
Wiesco - $429 (from racer-walsch)
Stinger or Bo-port $500+ (I think they use CP)
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I've got Wisecos and I'm very happy with them!

pistons.030 8-1 5.2" 2.3

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Called CP today and their price to make pistons for the 2.3L Lima turbo motor is $880 so I told them "thanks, but no thanks"

Also the current cost for Diamond forged piston set is $450 plus $103 for the rings

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Used 87-88 Tbird Turbo coupe pistons are the cheapest.


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