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Old 05-27-2009, 10:37 AM   #1
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Switch my stock '02 v6 for a 302 v8?

So my dad and I were curious as to how difficult it would be to swap out my stock v6 for a 302 out of an '88 Lincoln Mark VII LSC.

He thinks it can be done, but we're not sure just how difficult it would be, i.e. matching wiring harness & such?

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Re: Switch my stock '02 v6 for a 302 v8?

I think it'd be too difficult, but that's just me. Also, why would you want to? The 5.0's only put out around 230-245 hp, which is only about 25 more than you have now.
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Re: Switch my stock '02 v6 for a 302 v8?

Yah, I could imagine it being difficult to swap in as well. The wiring is different, the engine itself might not fit without adjustments, and the tranny probably wouldn't just "bolt" up to the engine.

If I were doing a swap, I would probably try and get a 4.6L 2v or 4v from a 99+ mustang.
The 2v has 260hp at the crank, and the N/A 4v's (cobras/mach 1s) have 320/305hp at the crank. Even with one of these engines, the swap wouldn't be worth it cost wise unless you got a complete donor car for cheap and can do the work yourself. And even then, your differential should be upgraded, as well as brakes and suspension.

Not trying to discourage you, but these days, just buying the car with the v8 seems easier and more efficient than a full engine/tranny swap.

But...if your mind is really set on it, you could probably do it. The value of the car probably wouldn't increase at all, but it would be unique.
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Re: Switch my stock '02 v6 for a 302 v8?

The LSC 5.0 v8 was rated at 225hp and 300tq. Basically the same engine out of the mustang GT at the time. Your 3.8 has 193hp and 225tq. (guessing yours is an 01+) You could easily reach 225 to the rear wheels with a power adder for the same if not less money, and this would be with a six.
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Re: Switch my stock '02 v6 for a 302 v8?

If you're wanting the rumble of the v8, then by all means do it. We're totally not telling you not to do the swap, it's just going to be very hard. Although with a few power adders to the sixer, you'd be pushing just as many horses as the v8.
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Re: Switch my stock '02 v6 for a 302 v8?

As 19Delta said, if you want the rumble, the feel, and the sound of the v8, go for it, just don't expect it to be a simple swap. All I'm trying to say is that you could get that same feel and sound by just buying a v8 car, which has a better platform to start with for modding.

We just want you to take a moment to think about the situation. Include all the variables and be aware of the alternatives to the swap.
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Re: Switch my stock '02 v6 for a 302 v8?

Pre-xactly.
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Re: Switch my stock '02 v6 for a 302 v8?

Like some of you said I'm really just looking for the overall feel of a v8. We already have the motor, so theres no monetary output on my end.

As to power adders or just upgrading cars: money.
I work part time fast food and go to school full time at nights.
Theres no way for me to dish out any money right now.

Thanks for the tips
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Re: Switch my stock '02 v6 for a 302 v8?

I hear ya. I understand where your coming from financially. There is a ton of things I want to do with my six, as well as purchase another mustang (v8 preferrably), but school comes first.

Since you already have the motor, you have a couple of options:

1. You could go ahead with the swap. Do some research and see what you would need to make the 302 work. It's EFI so that makes it easier. I would guess the hardest parts would be the wiring, ECU working in your car to relay info, and the connection to the tranny. (If you're using the mustang tranny)

2. Sell the 302, slowly save up some money to either boost your current engine, or purchase a v8 car (though I would imagine you wouldn't want to do this, as you stated before)

3. Keep the 302 for now, just drive the stang as is (maybe put a couple bolt-on mods for some amusement), finish school, then buy another car as a daily driver (stang possibly ). Make the 302and the v6 stang a project car.

Hopefully some of the more experienced guys will reply about the 302 swap.
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