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Strike_Zero
Strike_Zero Dork
3/27/12 2:17 p.m.

Easy one. . . .Starquest. Still looks good today . . .

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt SuperDork
3/27/12 2:27 p.m.

I'll take the Turbo Coupe. I really like the looks of the final grille-less nose ones, easier to find parts for (both stock or modified), and I haven't ridden in either but I would expect it to be a more comfortable long distance car.

Rusted_Busted_Spit
Rusted_Busted_Spit SuperDork
3/27/12 2:29 p.m.

I think I would pick the Starquest but my Dad had a TC and it was lots of fun when on boost.

JKleiner
JKleiner New Reader
3/27/12 2:40 p.m.

Tough call but I'd have to go with the Diamond-Star interpretation of a 944.

rebelgtp
rebelgtp SuperDork
3/27/12 2:41 p.m.

Turbo Coupe and don't ask me why I have never been much of a Ford guy.

Javelin
Javelin UltimaDork
3/27/12 3:21 p.m.

This one is surprisingly close!

m4ff3w
m4ff3w SuperDork
3/27/12 3:32 p.m.

StarQuest, hands down.

Tom_Spangler
Tom_Spangler Reader
3/27/12 3:51 p.m.

I am a Ford guy, and I say StarQuest. How can you deny factory box flares?

IMO, Turbo Coupe should be matched up with the Monte Carlo SS, and the StarQuest should be up against the FC Turbo, Z31 Turbo, or Supra Turbo of that era.

92CelicaHalfTrac
92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
3/27/12 3:57 p.m.

Starquest.

Cone_Junky
Cone_Junky Dork
3/27/12 4:16 p.m.

I would likely go Starquest, but...a buddy has one and there is NO aftermarket for these things. The die-hards have found all sorts of stuff that work to get more power, but there is little to nothing for suspension upgrades

I have literally been offered one for free and declined

93EXCivic
93EXCivic UltimaDork
3/27/12 4:21 p.m.
Cone_Junky wrote: I have literally been offered one for free and declined

Say what? Some one on this board turned down a free car!?!?

Conquest351
Conquest351 Dork
3/27/12 4:28 p.m.

I've owned both. The Turbo Coupe was cool(ish). I got an 88 with the 5-speed and swapped the stock IHI for a 60-Trim T3. Fun after that. Still, it's a heavy beast.

Conquest was an 89 SHP. Drove it about 10 times before she went under the knife to get the 351-W SBF swap done. Never completed and had to get rid of it.

I miss and love and still lust after the StarQuest to this day. Turbo Poop as I used to call it, not so much.

My vote - StarQuest!!!

pres589
pres589 Dork
3/27/12 4:40 p.m.

In reply to Cone_Junky:

How much work would a normal person want to do to the suspension on a 'quest? I assume there are some shocks available, like a KYB and maybe Koni has something? Bushings, are these available from Mitsu or are we carving out of Delrin or what's the situation there?

mtn
mtn PowerDork
3/27/12 4:46 p.m.

Not even a close one for me. Turbo Coupe all the way.

Cone_Junky
Cone_Junky Dork
3/27/12 4:49 p.m.

Only upgrades that I know of are the factory adjustable, which are rare to come by. And if you do come by them, they'll probably have to be rebuilt.

My buddy is the king of unfinished projects. I think he has 3 different suspension setups (including coilovers) from other vehicles that he intends to modify to work on his car.

He offered me his "spare" car after he told me of all his woes finding parts. Unlike him, I don't have a yard that is friendly to cars being on blocks out front. I already have my kids' college funds invested in my 240SX anyway

EDIT- I also forgot to mention the "free" Starion was a flatbody

mthomson22
mthomson22 Reader
3/27/12 4:54 p.m.

Actually there's a decent aftermarket for performance goodies, and a nice coilover option as well. If you're really curious I could dig up some links, but for a quick review head over to starquest.com.

The factory adjustable rear struts are long gone, unfortunately.

ransom
ransom Dork
3/27/12 4:57 p.m.
pres589 wrote: How much work would a normal person want to do to the suspension on a 'quest?

Find me one of these "normal people". And if you manage that, I'll send you back to find one on this forum....

mthomson22
mthomson22 Reader
3/27/12 5:04 p.m.

I'm here........oh wait, you said 'normal'...never mind.

corytate
corytate Dork
3/27/12 5:04 p.m.

if this was 'quest v xr4ti it would be a LOT harder for me to decide. After seeing that merkur with the cossie escort hatchwing thing, I lust after one badly

pres589
pres589 Dork
3/27/12 5:06 p.m.

In reply to ransom:

In this department I think I'm fairly normal, if a bit lazy; suspension rebuilt to factory specs would probably make me happy assuming there's nothing too untoward about the handling characteristics. I've never driven one of these cars so I don't know what to expect exactly.

Will
Will Dork
3/27/12 5:18 p.m.

Thunderbird. Forgetaboutit.

The 87-88 TC is a great looking car, and between dirt track 2.3 stuff and Fox body suspension stuff, you can do absolutely anything you want to it.

I have a bare, rust-free unibody for an 88 TC, and I keep saying that one day I'll do something with it. Someday, I'll find a parts car, and someone will call me on it.

alex
alex UltraDork
3/27/12 5:26 p.m.

Another vote for the 'Bird. Great aftermarket, cheap speed. And my dad had one when I was a kid.

I'm with Per on resenting these threads...

Javelin
Javelin UltimaDork
3/27/12 5:34 p.m.

14 to 22 by my count (StarQuest winning), that's still pretty close, and not even a day old.

Might have to do a rematch with the XR4Ti...

Grizz
Grizz Dork
3/27/12 6:23 p.m.

Starquest.

First boosted 4 banger I ever got to ride in(I was 8 or so) and many smiles were had.

Rusnak_322
Rusnak_322 HalfDork
3/27/12 7:44 p.m.

TurboCoupe. I had one for a few months and a super coupe for a few years. Great if you realize what they are and what they are not. What they are is WAY better looking then the Quest.

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