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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-15-2004, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Major Mods on a budget

Hey guys, Im still in the saving process right now, but I wanted your input on the thing I'm gonna do to my T-Bird.
PnP'd NPI or PI Heads.
PI Cams, or 268 Comp Cams
PI Intake or Bullitt Intake.
Accufab Plenum and TB.
3.73's or 4.10's
Mach 1 Converter or aftermarket one ?
MMX D/S
What do you guy suggest I'm on a budget so the comp cams and bullitt intake will probably not happen. But If I can get them fro a good price I'd use them. I just want to know what you guys think is a good perfromace/cost ratio. Thanks.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-15-2004, 11:34 AM
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In the cases of the heads, cams, intake manifold and torque converter; you're going to spend approximately 5-10 times more on the aftermarket stuff than on Ford OEM stuff. You'll have to decide if it's worth that much more to you. There are good gains to be had with, for example, PI heads, PI cams, PI intake, and Marauder converter. There are even better gains to be had with, again for example, professionally worked NPI heads, Comp or VT cams, SVO intake, and a PI conveter. You'll pay a lot more though.

As far as the gears/DS, that's a good combo as well, you're really going to want a tune after all that so you have to take that into account as well.

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Thanks for the help. Would it be cheaper to just get PI heads or to get my NPI's PnP'd? I have heard that the pnp'd NPI's actually flow better than PI's. What is cheaper though? You would think maybe the PI's would be better becuase of teh bump in compression, and I don't plan on running a s/c.

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You can cut some money out on the driveshaft. The MMX is nice, but most people here don't need that much shaft. Call Denny's, they can get you one for over $100 cheaper, and with the same guarantee.
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Cool. I'll check it out.

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