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olycobra97
03-17-2008, 10:29 PM
has anyone heard aobut porting an intake manifold on a 96-98 cobra..if so is it worth the money?

ProfChaos
03-18-2008, 02:23 AM
Has anyone heard about porting an intake manifold on a '96-'98 cobra...If so, is it worth the money?

The short answer would be that it depends upon how rich you are.
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The ported '03-'04 heads at the following link would also need the Ford Racing cam kit listed immediately below the heads: Ford Racing Ported Cobra Heads (http://www.rpmoutlet.com/03cobrarib.htm)

And, in order to operate properly on a '96-'98 Cobra, they would also need an '03-'04 Mach I Intake Manifold (http://classifieds.mustangworks.com/showproduct.php/product/1187)



A more sensible answer to your question is that it is probably more practical to beef-up the bottom of your '96-'98 Cobra engine, before getting into very costly porting of heads and replacing of camshafts. The weak link in the '96-'01 Cobra engine is the hot-forged powder connecting rods, which can be replaced with Manley Forged Steel Connecting Rods (http://dagostinoracing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=7180). This mod ought also to include ARP 2000 Rod Bolts (http://dagostinoracing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=12023) and ARP '96-'04 Mustang DOHC Main Studs (http://dagostinoracing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=9656), to limit "main cap walk" (a common source of horked main bearings in '96-'98 Cobras).

Lastly, before one goes ape with ported heads and such, it might be worthwhile to consider buying a Ford Racing '03-'04 Cobra Long Block (http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/iwwida.pvx?;item?item_no=M6007A46SC%20%20%20%20%201&comp=LRS) instead, and then follow-through with the mod by buying a used supercharger with fuel injection system from eBay, or from somebody on one of the Cobra/Mustang forums. (In that case, I would still hang onto the '96 Cobra Teksid-block 4.6L DOHC engine, as it will likely be worth good money some day.)

olycobra97
03-18-2008, 05:42 PM
good to know. basically i just want a few more horse and plan to replace the throttle body but just thought porting might be worth the money if it wasn't a huge pain and very costly.

tcrews
03-21-2008, 02:09 PM
I wouldn't replace the throttle body, you won't see any gains and you may hurt HP. The stock unit is fine.

Your basic low-cost mods to gain power or use of the power are going to be...

Cold air intake
Under drive pulleys
Off road X or H pipe
Gears (4.10s)

All the above will show some gains with the exception of the gears (they'll just allow you to feel the gains quicker). All are cheap and easy to install again with the exception being gears.

Mass air meters, throttle bodys, etc. and the like are near useless and will only take money from you and give you basically nothing in return.

Big Daddy
03-21-2008, 05:27 PM
I wouldn't replace the throttle body, you won't see any gains and you may hurt HP. The stock unit is fine.

Your basic low-cost mods to gain power or use of the power are going to be...

Cold air intake
Under drive pulleys
Off road X or H pipe
Gears (4.10s)

All the above will show some gains with the exception of the gears (they'll just allow you to feel the gains quicker). All are cheap and easy to install again with the exception being gears.

Mass air meters, throttle bodys, etc. and the like are near useless and will only take money from you and give you basically nothing in return.

Wow Tom you're alive! And I agree 1000% waste of money don't do it...I wish I hadn't. Just read my signature. Tom good to see you posting!

tcrews
03-21-2008, 05:31 PM
Wow Tom you're alive! And I agree 1000% waste of money don't do it...I wish I hadn't. Just read my signature. Tom good to see you posting!heh..thanks. I've been browsing, letting others answer (even more so on stuff I don't know). Work is getting busier and busier and I've been playing guitar in a friends "80's cover band" so my time is really limited these days.

olycobra97
03-22-2008, 02:17 AM
well good to know i almost bought one but yeah ive done gears (4.10) i am just running high flow cats right now so back pressure isn't an issue i dont have a cold air intake but i did put something more custom together witha big k and n filter so it breathes pretty well i just bought a chip so i guess the underdrive pulleys is my last resort at the moment.