Iowa Chapter Director
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Ames, Iowa
Actually you don't really need the dipstick and dipstick tube. I did the swap and it works fine.
I actually do believe the heads are different though. The primary inlets on the shorty headers are circular and so are the gaskets. The manifolds are sort more rectangular and so are the gaskets. Having never seen 96-97 heads I can't really judge that though. This thought is based off of the manifolds/headers and their gaskets.
But you don't need to do a head swap. Just the headers, egr tube, and driver side downtube (or custom exhaust fabricated one). I only got the headers for my setup though. I chopped off and welded shut the EGR bung and then had my ENTIRE exhaust redone including the downtubes. Then I just capped off the EGR hole up at the engine top. It was 600 dollars for the whole setup, headers to exhaust tips.
1988 Notch Mustang: - 438W, direct port n2o, t56
2003 SVT Focus: - SCT X3 tuner