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Old 10-09-2007, 01:43 PM   #1
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Hi, Me and my dad r going to buy a 5.0 project carby early january to work on when the weather gets nice in after winter. Wewill probably have a few thousand tospend on performance parts and will be doing most of the installs ourselves. I only no 4.0 performance now andb/c I am clueless in 5.0 performance, I need to ask u guys what would be some good performance things to buy on a $3k-$3.5k budget? I was thinking heads, exhaust, cai, and stuff like that, but I don't know what type of gains I will see for those things and if they will be worth the money. I think he wants to keep it n/a btw, info on f/i will be ok though. And any other info like how much thehp the transmission can take will be good too.Any help and #'s(costs and hp)will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-09-2007, 01:55 PM   #2
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Heads are definately a good way to boost the power of the base 5.0s. Theyare good bang for the buck.Make sure you get a cam and intake to with them that will allow them to perform to their fullest.
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Old 10-09-2007, 02:17 PM   #3
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How much would heads/cam/intake run? And what gains could we see from that w/or w/o a tune? I no he/we could do heads and intake manifold, but how hard is it to install a cam? Any money left after this? Thanx!
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Old 10-09-2007, 02:25 PM   #4
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Street or strip? Coupe or Hatch? manual or Auto?
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Old 10-09-2007, 03:08 PM   #5
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Not sure if it's going to be all out strip car, since it will be driven on weekends too. probably no roll cage, no completely stripped inerior. Manual is what we're getting. And a hatchback. Any info on the h/c/i and other stuff we can do is appreciated!
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Old 10-09-2007, 04:08 PM   #6
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the t-5 trans is only good up to like 300 hp i hear and they generally break anyways
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Old 10-09-2007, 04:08 PM   #7
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gears is a good way to get going too 373's do nice, and some control arms
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Old 10-09-2007, 04:17 PM   #8
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So how much would it cost to make the tranny stronger, or do u think I should just put another one in there? Gears I was thinking after heads/cam/intake, but I don't know how much that will run me. Any ideas how much it willcost to buy heads/cam/intake? I believe gears(3.73's or 4.10's?)r around $200 and install is around $300(don't want to screw up this install. leave it to a professional). What willthe heads/cam/intake combo put me at hp wise?I read the 5.0's have205HP 275Torque stock. So I doubt the heads/cam/intake will put me beyond 300hp but I don't know. Any advice or info on this?
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Old 10-09-2007, 04:20 PM   #9
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Ithink I should do control arms and subframes before I do any motor work right? I think they will run $500 installed together. That's not bad. With thatand 4.10gears, will $2k-$2.5k be enough for heads/cam/intake if I install the heads/intake and possibly the cam(should I leave it to a professional)?
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:04 PM   #10
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i have 4.30'sthere a lot of fun! think about it
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:10 PM   #11
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After doing some research.
So far I've come down to this set-up:
-Trickflow Twisted Edge Heads/Cam/Intake package-$2.5k
-3.73/4.10 gears-$400 installed
-Bigger mass air flow sensor and Bigger Throttle Body-$? anyone know which one/ones and costs?
-24lb or bigger fuel injectors?-$200-$250

How much hp would that put me at? Any other supporting mods I need? Thanx for all the help ahead of time!
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:11 PM   #12
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4.30's be good for a weekend driver? And answer any of the ?'s on my last post if u can.
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:32 PM   #13
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There are many h/c/i possibilities and you can easily cross the 300hp mark with a stout set-up. Look into RHS heads or AFR. Both are highly reputable companies and make excellent quality parts. Get a cam for the application you are looking at. There are so many different cams made for the 5.0 that you can literally spend all day looking at them, many people will say get a custom grind but IMO its not worth it with all the options that are already out there. Get a good edlebrock or holley intake somthing that flows well. stay away from the trickflow top end kit sold from summit and other performance places. Its not worth it at all. With all supporting mods (Injectors, MAF, Dyno tune (you will need it), Larger TB) you will be looking at the 3.5k to 5k depending on whether or not you buy it all new, and do the labor yourself.
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Old 10-09-2007, 06:05 PM   #14
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Cool, Thanx for allthe help! So probably around 330hp+ a good estimate w/AFR heads/good/reputable cam/edelbrock intake, larger throttle body, larger maf, anddyno tune?I no I'm getting the biggerinjectors to go with it too! I also here something about a free timing bump that's supposed to give me 10-15hp? Is that worth it/safe? Add in that to thehp guess if it is and how much could Iexpect all together?So this will run $3.5k if I install all of it then from what u said. That's just within budget! So maybe I'll have to wait for the 4.10/4.30's tilllate June/July. Thanx for the help again! Looks like a fun project!Thanx for the help and any cost and hp guess's will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-09-2007, 06:16 PM   #15
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Forgot, gimme the hp guess and tell me if it's rw or crank. I no it's a guess but I'd like to know anyway.
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Bump. Please help me... . I need help, and can't find any when I've searched for the last 1hr. So please, any help is greatly appreciated.
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