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What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?

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Old 01-03-2005, 03:18 AM   #1
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Default What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?

What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?
Im 15 and am just starting to get into MUSTANGS and i really dont know the difference. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-03-2005, 03:26 AM   #2
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Default RE: What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?

the difference is engine size...... 5.0 is 302 and 4.6 is 289 cubic inch
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Old 01-03-2005, 04:24 AM   #3
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the difference is engine size...... 5.0 is 302 and 4.6 is 289 cubic inch
actually the 5.0 is 302 and the 4.6 is a 281 cubic inch. the 5.0 is a push rod motor and the 4.6 is a modular
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Old 01-03-2005, 04:25 AM   #4
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Default RE: What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?

this is already posted 4.6 is a 281
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Old 01-03-2005, 04:52 AM   #5
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this is already posted 4.6 is a 281
never mine. my post showed that i was confused.
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Old 01-03-2005, 06:22 AM   #6
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Default RE: What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?

nah he was stating that someone had posted 289 to be a 4.6


one is a OHV...overhead valve
other is OHC...overhead cam

one is push rod
other is modular

motors are totally different and dont share anything at all
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Old 01-03-2005, 06:34 AM   #7
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i know he stated the 4.6 to be a 289. i corrected him. i got from the guy that he was saying that this has been said over and over again that a 4.6 is a 281.
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Old 01-03-2005, 06:37 AM   #8
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ok i get it now. mine just posted before his cause a minute later he posted his. and he was correcting the guy who said the 4.6 is a 289. ok i just got confused.
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Old 01-03-2005, 10:35 AM   #9
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Default RE: What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?

THe 5.0 is a V-8 and the 4.6 is two 2.3L's put together to form a V-8...lol...actually...it pretty much is...but hey...
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Old 01-03-2005, 06:13 PM   #10
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What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?
Im 15 and am just starting to get into MUSTANGS and i really dont know the difference. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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The 5.0 is the older style single interior cam pushrod operated overhead valve engine that's been around since the early 60's when it was a 260 ci size and it grew to the 302 ci size it is now. the single cam works all 16 valves in the engine and is located deep inside the engine just above the crankshaft.
The 4.6 is the new modular design engine that Ford came out with in '96 to replace the 5.0 pushrod engine. In the 4.6, the cam is located overhead of the valves in the heads instead of down inside the engine and there are two cams, one for each head, in the SOHC (single overhead cam) version of this engine. they also make a DOHC (double overhead cam) engine which uses two cams in each head to operate the valves. the OHC cam engines can rev much easier and higher as the reciprocating mass in the valve train is greatly reduced over that of the older pushrod type engine and is the more efficient design which has basically replaced the old pushrod operated valve engines like the 5.0.
The two engines are so different that almost no parts are interchangable between the two of them except maybe for spark plugs!
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Default RE: What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?

....and because of thet performance parts are more ubandant and cheaper for a 5.0
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Default RE: What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?

some 4.6s were around in early 90s not just in 96. also the 5.0 carried onto 2000
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Default RE: What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?

I was of course referring to the engines in the Mustangs only!
and sad to say the 5.0 as we know and love it is dead for good now that Ford has invested millions in the modular motors for their future power plants.
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Old 01-03-2005, 07:08 PM   #14
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Default RE: What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?

Its hard to say which engine is "better". of course the 4.6 in the 99+ GT's is far far superior in performance over the 5.0 in stock vs stock form... but the 5.0 has a huge aftermarket with tons of cheap go-fast parts and it has a few more cubes... but I'd still put my money on a modded 4.6 any day.
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Default RE: What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?

true but i think the austrialian versons still use them.
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I was of course referring to the engines in the Mustangs only!
and said to say the 5.0 as we know and love it is dead for good now that Ford has invested millions in the modular motors for their future power plants.
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Default RE: What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?

Yeah the 4.6 was first used in the Lincoln Town car in '91
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Default RE: What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?

the biggest difference, is the fact that the 5.0 revolutionized the aftermarket parts industry, and there are tons of parts out there that will make your mustang quick and you WILL get them dirt cheap. i think that in your situation your best bet would be to get the 92 GT b/c if it was possible for you to get a 4.6 it would probably not be the PI 4.6(which is the 99+, b/c those are too much money) and you would probably be stuck with a 4.6 engine that will have 150,000 miles on it, and wouldnt make a considerable amount more HP than the stock 5.0. you would be picking from the very bottom of the barrell if you were to get a 4.6 but on the other hand if you were to take say your 4000 bucks and shop around for a 5.0 i am sure that you could find a pretty good one that probably has some mods already done to it. and since i am your older brother and i know a good amount about mustangs i could steer you in the right direction when it comes to your mod selection. try and get a good 5.0, and we will make that sucker fast, BUT of course always slower than my 98(especially after i get my PI swap, WHOA)!
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Old 01-03-2005, 11:02 PM   #18
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Default RE: What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?

To get back to the basics of the question, the 4.6 v-8 is a 281 cubic inch engine which is (rounded) 4.6 liters or about 4600 cc. While the 5.0 v-8 is a 302 cubic inch engine which is (rounded) 5.0 liters or about 5000 cc (closer to 4954ish but it was rounded up).

I have found that 1 liter (1000cc) is almost exactly 61 cubic inches. This ratio has turned out to be quite accurate.
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Default RE: What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?

and that tells a 15 yr old nothing about the difference b/w the cars! [sm=noooo.gif]
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Default RE: What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?

Well, that's actually very important since it explains what those numbers mean so he won't think they are just arbitrary numbers given for identification.
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