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FRPP Intake Manifold

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  1. macuser27

    macuser27 Member Established Member

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    Had a great time on track at Sonoma Raceway yesterday with NASA Norcal. Meet a bunch of cool folks, saw a lot of awesome cars, watched a couple of races and learnt a lot from my instructor.

    Unfortunately, on the last session the intake manifold broke at the nipple where the heater core hose attaches to and spewed coolant all over. Luckily I was in a good spot on track with an access road for the tow and rescue to come get me off track without much distubance to the rest of the group.

    What's upsetting is that the intake manifold is the revised FRPP one with the aluminum crossover. It was on the car for roughly 10k miles only. The car is a 1999 GT that came with the all plastic intake manifold that is known to crack and leak near the thermostat housing.

    Question is, should I replace the intake manifold with another FRPP one? Should I go Dorman instead? Should I pay $$$$$ for an aftermarket all aluminum one?

    Also, I do not have a tow hook/strap and the tow driver rescued me by strapping to the front sway bar. Any recommendations for this issue as well?


    Thanks!

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  2. SID297

    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

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    How old is it? Have you contacted FRPP about it? They sell a ton of those things, so they may be willing to help you out.
     
  3. macuser27

    macuser27 Member Established Member

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    Good idea. Do you know anyone at FRPP personally that I can talk to?

    FYI,
    "All Ford Performance Racing Parts are aftermarket parts. Ford Performance Racing Parts are not Genuine Ford Parts or Accessories. Therefore, they may not be used in any application that requires the use of Genuine Ford Parts or Accessories.

    Ford Performance Racing Parts are sold "as is" with no warranty.

    Most Ford Performance parts are not sold with a warranty.

    Ford Performance parts are sold “as is”, “with all faults”, “as they stand” and without any express warranty whatsoever, unless otherwise expressly designated herein. To the fullest extent allowed by the state and federal law, Ford Motor Company expressly disclaims the implied w,.......... blah blah..."
     
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    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

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    Try calling the tech line. It doesn't hurt to ask.
     
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    noldevin Member Established Member

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    I've not heard of mustangs busting intake manifolds on track very much (except at the strip with nitrous backfires). I wonder if some of the bolts may have been overtorqued
     
  6. macuser27

    macuser27 Member Established Member

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    Apparently this is a common problem on these 2V 4.6 motors (Mustang, Crown Vic, etc.). Pre-2002 Mustang GTs used an all plastic manifold which cracks at the seams from the repeated heating and cooling (AKA just driving the car) over the years. In 2002, there was a revised model where the two front coolant crossovers are now aluminum, but they still weep coolant where the aluminum meets the plastic and/or cracks at the nipple where the heater hose connects to. Of course this happens over the years of repeated heat/cool cycles.

    Ford settles Intake Manifold lawsuits

    2002 Mustang GT intake manifold cracked

    Radiator hose popped off... What is this?


    Anyway, I decided to go with a brand new one from LMR. It has a build date of January 2017. This one that broke on me was a low mileage, clean one out of a 2002 that I bought from a member of another forum back in 2014. It was torqued correctly using a quality torque wrench and used the correct torque sequence off Ford's service manual.

    I'm just here sitting here waiting for the rain to go away and looking at my brand new, shiny FRPP intake manifold so I can get my car up and running again.
     
  7. macuser27

    macuser27 Member Established Member

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    IT'S ALIVE!




    Notice how shiny that aluminum crossover is. Next up, more track days!

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