Since this has to do with the Explorer swap I will keep it here. Its come along way from some of the older posts I've been reading on people wanting 300 rwhp and how difficult it can be to reach it without nos or FI. While that would be a nice number to acheive im not in a hurry to get there unlike the mistake I made with the failed DOHC swap I did. We had a weekend to get that one done with just a donar car and nothing else. Im starting with a 96/97 bird this time just to make it that much easier. The Explorer motor will most likely spend alot of time on the stand. I will even have a Birds harness pluged up to it before putting it in. This is gonna be my daily driver so reliability is my upmost concern so no half a$$ing on this one. Im doing whatever mods are easiest before the motor goes in so my question is about getting as close as I can to 300 if not reaching it with the Explorer motor as the starting platform. Most I've read has talked about using the original motor as the starting point. Anyone have a close guess with these following mods? Explorer motor 02-03, longtubes with 2.5 true duals x-pipe and no cats, 02 GT MAF, cams (your suggestions), good tune from Don, UD pullies, ported bullitt intake (if I can find one), CAI. Of course it will have some supporting mods such as 3200 tc, 3.90 gears with traclok, aluminum one peice ds and 02 GM trans as well as MSD ignition. Just like to hear your guys opinions. Thanks.