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Old 07-09-2012, 11:38 PM
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Question Quick upgrades 1996 F150 5.0 HELP

I've got a 1996 f150 5.0 4x4 automatic... Right now I've got shorty headers on the way.. So outside of running true duals with those and a single cat on both sides instead of the stock 2 with no mufflers what quick things can I do to not necessarily up the horses but just make it get up and go more... I have 2 cams I could put on.. Any ideas???
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I've got a 1996 f150 5.0 4x4 automatic... Right now I've got shorty headers on the way.. So outside of running true duals with those and a single cat on both sides instead of the stock 2 with no mufflers what quick things can I do to not necessarily up the horses but just make it get up and go more... I have 2 cams I could put on.. Any ideas???

Change out the motor to 351?

Other then that you can get GT40 Heads
Roller Rockers
Super Charger
4:10 rear end gears
Shift Kit for Transmission or get it rebuilt to take a pounding.

Get a Chip for the computer or reprogram it.
Under Drive Pullies if you don't mind the engine over heating when sitting at a red light.
K&N air filter charger kit.
New intake manifold
Throttle body
Throttle body spacer.
Lighter drive shaft...
Hell even changing out some of those old sensors on your truck can sometimes help out.

Heck the list can go on. If you're looking for speed just get a Mustang. I Have mods on my truck and my personal opinion is that they are not built for speed or racing. You end up having more problems in the long run.
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:54 PM
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Change out the motor to 351?

Other then that you can get GT40 Heads, Roller Rockers, Super Charger, 4:10 rear end gears, Shift Kit for Transmission, Get a Chip for the computer or reprogram it. Under Drive Pullies if you don't mind the engine over heating when sitting at a red light. K&N air filter charger kit. New intake manifold and throttle body. Heck the list can go on.
Well I knew the 351 would put out more.. I have a new ford racing 340horse 5.0 from summit waiting when I graduate.. When I got the truck it basically just hauled stuff, but I'm doing and have done a lot of body upgrades.. I just want to get that sit your *** back in the seat a little more... What exactly will an e303 cam do? I'm obviously some what new to this..
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Well I knew the 351 would put out more.. I have a new ford racing 340horse 5.0 from summit waiting when I graduate.. When I got the truck it basically just hauled stuff, but I'm doing and have done a lot of body upgrades.. I just want to get that sit your *** back in the seat a little more... What exactly will an e303 cam do? I'm obviously some what new to this..

Check Youtube. All the guys say those cams are made for high end power. I have no clue.

F150 with built 5.0V8 E303 cam, 0-60mph (read description) - YouTube

95 f150 stock 5.0L E303 cam - YouTube

1995 F-150 E303 Cam - YouTube

1996 F150 built 302V8 E303 cam - YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYwXeISSlKU
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Those help to an extent.. The green truck has a built 302 with gt40 heads, manifold and the list goes on mine is completely stock...
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If you want a vehicle that pushes you back in the seat maybe you should trade in for a sports car. a truck is a heavy vehicle, it's a work vehicle. Get over the desire to drag people or you will be forever modifying your truck, and never finding satisfaction. My brother had a 70 charger with a 440 6 pack. Awesome car, but it wasn't a truck. You would have to spend thousands of dollars to get a truck to do what that car did. You cant have it all, get used to it. Or maybe you could throw in a 460, a turbo, a performance everything, a left handed hammer and a kitchen sink and still get beat off the line by a stock Nissan Maxima because it's a front wheel drive with all the weight over the front wheels. Know the limitations of your vehicle type and realize the wonders of what a truck can do.
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If you want a vehicle that pushes you back in the seat maybe you should trade in for a sports car. a truck is a heavy vehicle, it's a work vehicle. Get over the desire to drag people or you will be forever modifying your truck, and never finding satisfaction. My brother had a 70 charger with a 440 6 pack. Awesome car, but it wasn't a truck. You would have to spend thousands of dollars to get a truck to do what that car did. You cant have it all, get used to it. Or maybe you could throw in a 460, a turbo, a performance everything, a left handed hammer and a kitchen sink and still get beat off the line by a stock Nissan Maxima because it's a front wheel drive with all the weight over the front wheels. Know the limitations of your vehicle type and realize the wonders of what a truck can do.
Some people like hot-rod trucks and there are some pretty quick ones out there. They're so popular the big 3 have been offering hopped up street trucks for years and years. If that's his thing then so be it. And front wheel drive is LAME.

If you want street performance than the 302 can do it. It really depends on what you want from the truck. In take and exhaust are the first things to address. I wouldn't rush out and by a chip, I've read they don't do much for this era of trucks. Do a search for "six liter tune-up". I think it's bumping up the timing and upgrading the ignition components but I hear that makes a decent improvement.
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First off thanks for not being a dick burnout. Secondly your exactly right fords like mine can be a street rod easy. Between my 2 cousins and uncle they have 3 lightnings of my body style and thats the kinda of *** back power I mean. And summit has a 5.0 crate engine that has 340 horses which is what I'll get when I graduate but I just want some kinda of upgrades to give it some more kick.. Right now I have completely stock everything except for the k&n air filter.. I've got shorty headers ordered, and I'm gonna buy two high flow cats and run true duals out the sides before the back tires.. Right now my exhaust is stock back to the 2nd cat(big one) which is gutted and that goes out the passenger side before the back tire.. So any input is very appreciated... But basically I'm gonna have a flat black murdered out 4x4 that will leave everything in town sitting still... But even with the air filter and the exhaust I have now I can tell a difference from when I first got it..
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x2 or the SIXLITRE tune up. Just did it on my truck and it was a big improvement. Before the tune it my truck was a little sluggish and would only rev up to about 3000 rpm. Now it gets up and goes and revs easily to around 4000. Much happier in general. Here are some links:

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ignition upgrade and timing bump (no 56K) - FSB Forums

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**Click the first image and then read through the rest of the pictures in that album.

My parts cost ~$170. I HIGHLY recommend doing the tune up.
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Thanks man that sounds like it will help, what do you think a e303 cam would do? Maybe gt400 heads? Or a K&N filter charger kit?
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Unfortunately, no experience here with e303 cams or gt40 heads. My 351 is stock. The K&N, I honestly wouldn't buy one. With a MAXIMUM gain of 10hp and a $300 price tag, its not worth it to me. I just use one of their drop in air filters.
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Yah ive got the drop in filter too, but there's videos of trucks in YouTube with the cams but non are completely stock like mine
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The First thing the truck needs is gears, if your tires are stock swap in 4.10s but you'll need proportionally more gearing for each tire size increase over stock. The 5.0 is relatively weak at low rpms so it won't produce that push you into the seat acceleration that a bigger motor can until the rpms come up, and that goes double for a 5.0 with mods so this is the single best upgrade you could give the truck right now.
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