PI intake on...
Okay, got this done yesterday - and just like I thought, I can't see what everyone thinks is so hard about this. It's really not difficult. The toughest part was getting the old water nipple out. I put an 11/16" socket over the end of the tube and a ballpeen hammer... it took a few mins to get it to move, but once it did it plopped right out. Putting the new coolant tube wasn't too hard, as long as everything else stayed out of the way. The easiest way to route the heater hose is to just discard the old heater->coolant tube hose and run a fresh one across.
I took the old manifold out with the fuel rails/injectors on, then swapped them over to the PI intake and reinstalled the thing as an assembly. I epoxied the ports up, so I don't really think it needed RTV, but I put some on anyway. Use NPI gaskets.
Now for the fun part:
Took the car for a ride over the mountain.... all I can say is wow. The best way to describe it for those who haven't done this is to compare it to the way the NPI intakes pull at 3000-3500 rpms. The difference is the PI intake pulls like that clear on up until it shifts (5000 RPMs). This is by far the best mod I've done on this car.
I have GOT to get this car to a track soon, I've gotta know what it'll run!
96 Mustang GT 5spd. w/ 248A Option (GTS). Stock for now until I get the Roush on.
97 Thunderbird 4.6L LX /w Sport Package
24k B&M Cooler, 1" lowered, Steeda UD Pulleys, Dynomax cat-back, J-mod, 3.73's, PI intake, PI cams, 03 GT MAF/Tube, SCT tuned - Gone but not forgotten.
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