Started on April 8 by cliffxr

1986 Merkur XR4Ti


The car is an 86 XR4Ti. I’ve had it since 1990. It’s been modified ever since. Recent mods include a Boss block (bored/stroked to a 331) with AFR 195 heads, custom grind cam, ProSystems 750 carb on a Edelbrock Air Gap manifold. Trans is a TKO 600RR. Rear end is a David Godfrey 8.8 IRS with 3.55 gears. Brakes are 6 pot Wilwoods up front and 4 pots out back. Although it’s street legal, I use it primarily for HPDE events.

Latest updates
July 29
Engine update 2

Split the stock block in half at Road Atlanta last year. Went with a new …

June 01
New paint/fender flares/wheels/TKO600 transmission

After living with 15” wheels and tires for waaay too long, I finally took the …

April 03
New Outkast bumper

Got the Outkast bumper from Rob Booth painted and installed finally. Fit and finish took …

July 16
Underhood pic

Latest pic underhood. Just wrapped the headers a couple weeks ago. Other cool things are …

July 16
New lights and grille

Added Silverado headlights and a Rob Booth grille. The look is different, but the grille …

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April 8, 2009, 7:34 p.m.

Sweet Ride! More Pics!

April 9, 2009, 5:52 a.m.

What a beast! Nice ride.

April 9, 2009, 5:54 p.m.

omg sounds great!!

July 16, 2009, 6:04 p.m.

Thanks! I switched to a dual in/out Magnaflow last year and really like the sound. Plus, it packages in real nice.

Nov. 7, 2009, 2:29 p.m.

Nice ride--voted up! How tight a fit is the 331?

Nov. 7, 2009, 4:04 p.m.

Thanks! 331 fits pretty tight front to back, but side to side is a breeze. I run equal length BBK shorty headers (89-93 Mustang) and it takes less than 20 minutes to remove them. I also just switched to a TKO600RR.

Dec. 7, 2009, 12:21 a.m.

I have been zeroing in on a xr4ti for a project car and yours is very inspiring. Well Done!

April 4, 2010, 1:22 a.m.

Have you taken the Merk to the dragstrip? Wondering what kind of ET it would run. Thanks.

April 4, 2010, 1:50 a.m.

I ran it against a G-Tech Pro and got a 12.7 at a 117 mph once. Not sure how it would compare at the track.

Jan. 7, 2011, 5:02 p.m.

Looks great!

Jan. 20, 2012, 1:59 p.m.

Those are some monster 4 lug brakes! Very trick.

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