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Can someone school me on the Mustang V8s

Discussion in 'Road Side Pub' started by 11Past9, May 22, 2012.

  1. 11Past9

    11Past9 New Member Established Member

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    Ok so I am used to boosted 4 bangers, 6 cylinders and know some basics of V8's. I am hoping someone can give me a no bullshit kindergardenish crash course on pros and cons, reliability etc. I am considering buying an SN95 Cobra but would like to know the basics so I can use that knowledge to become more V8 savvy. The SN95 would be a daily and I'd like to say I'm maxed out at about $8,000 but would like to make a clean, tastefully modded example, I don't need to win races, someones always going to be faster but I want a car I can drive, it looks nice I can count on it, mod as I drive and in the end someone sees it and says "wow thats clean" and sees that it was taken care of.

    -Heads
    -Valves
    -SOHC vs DOHC
    -4 barrel vs 2 barrel (obv doesnt pertain to an SN95 Cobra but still good V8 knowledge
    -Why or why not (would a 94-95 Cobra be better because of the 5.0 vs 96+ only having a 4.6L)

    Can somone break down what is better and why in each of these and some stuff I might be missing? Without flaming or any of that crap. I'm not a stranger to fast cars just V8 lingo and concepts as a whole.

    Thanks!
     
  2. 7998

    7998 Don't Care Established Member Malt Liquor Mafia

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    Seriously?
    Learn one word, Torque.
    Less rpms, less boost, about the same MPG's as a boosted 4cyl IME.
    If you want Mod friendly get a 2V 5.0, easier on the wallet and more HP dollar for dollar.
    If you want to go fast cheap buy a 98-02 F-body.
     
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  3. Screw-Rice

    Screw-Rice I like BBC Established Member

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    With your budget I would pick up a 96-98 Cobra. Seem them often in the $7k range. It's a 4.6 DOHC (stay away from SOHC 4.6's) with 305hp stock. Can add a used blower and sit pretty at the 400rwhp range.

    Parts can be a bit more then the 5.0 94-95 Cobras, but you also don't have to screw with swapping a cam, heads, intake to make good power.

    Any pre 99 2v (SOHC) 4.6 would be the biggest pain to mod (anemic power, small aftermarket). Most tend to drop in a used 4.6 DOHC, or swap to the 99+ heads/intake.

    The 94/95 from what I remember, usually required an ECU swap from a 93 5.0 due to a larger availability of tuners, and fewer potential issues.

    I could go on, but others will chime in with more in depth info.
     
  4. 11Past9

    11Past9 New Member Established Member

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    I was making 300whp in my 2700lb 240sx on 14lbs of boost but this answers none of my questions. I don't need fast fast fast. I know what do to do have a fast car, buy a 1g Turbo DSM.

    I didn't really get much of an answer to what I was asking by this. By the way, torque? My 240 was putting down as much torque as it was hp with 2.0L of dispacement and a stock turbo.
     
  5. thomas91169

    thomas91169 # of bans = 5203 Established Member

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    Id go 5.0 SN95 over modular. Easy. Pushrod 5.0 has a ****ton of aftermarket for just n/a setups alone, and its all relatively cheap.

    Though if youre like me, the "insta torque" of a n/a v8 isnt as fun as the pull of boost. I see 03/04 Cobra ownership in your future. Boosted v8 = best of both.
     
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    correction sir, you buy a 1g turbo dsm if you want to become a mechanic
     
  7. 1QUICK10TH

    1QUICK10TH Just A GT Established Member

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    and spend more time staring than driving.....
     
  8. Jack Burton

    Jack Burton Well-Known Member Established Member

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    At what Rpm? When I think torque I think gobs of torque at low rpm and pulling through the rev range.

    Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk 2
     
  9. 7998

    7998 Don't Care Established Member Malt Liquor Mafia

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    Maybe I should have said Low end usable torque.
    Put 7lbs of boost on a 5.0 and you'll be making 300rwhp also but at 2500 rpms. And stock turbo? when 240sx's come with turbos? Seriously I never of one. I think the 200sx came with one.
     
  10. thomas91169

    thomas91169 # of bans = 5203 Established Member

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    Small frame snail on stock displacement 2.0 its probably 2-4k.

    Funny the misconception that 4cyl turbo cars are torqueless. Hell 2.4l srt4's on stock snails will have a nice torque hit and ive seen more dyno charts that gave them more tq than hp from 2-4k areas.
     
  11. 99GTvert

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    Every engine ever built has more torque than HP until 5252 RPMs.
     
  12. 7998

    7998 Don't Care Established Member Malt Liquor Mafia

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    :lol: I don't know why but I'm cracking up over here. ROFL you and your facts there.
     
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    deadpres everyday is caturday Established Member

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    twista Band'edid Established Member

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    Just do itttt
     
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    For modification purposes I would say 94-95 5.0. Aftermarket is huge and parts are cheap new and even cheaper used. Both are decent on gas, my 94 cobra would get 23mpg on the highway, 18mpg on the street. Stay away from the 96-98 sohc gt's if u want performance. 96-98 cobras make good power with force induction, you can make about 450rwhp with about 10psi. Both the 5.0 and 4.6 would make good daily drivers.
     
  16. RoyBratten

    RoyBratten New Member Established Member

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    i think torque I think gobs of torque at low rpm and pulling through the rev range.
     
  17. greenstang1313

    greenstang1313 back in black Established Member

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    go for the DOHC, 5.0s suck
     
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    Strikeking10 Member Established Member

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    Dont you mean the 4.9's suck lol:D
     
  19. svtfocus2cobra

    svtfocus2cobra Opprimere, Velocitas, Violentia Operandi Established Member

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    Ever since having my 03 Cobra I wouldn't get into anything but a DOHC modular again. I'd get a 96-98 Cobra and turbo it.
     
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    How ironic. :lol::lol::lol:
     

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