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Old 07-08-2011, 10:22 AM   #1
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Capable hp?

Ok, I have a question that I need a straight up no bs answer to if possible. This question isnt based on mods or anything else, it is a simple question where the answer has been difficult as hell for me to find. How much horsepower is the stock block of a 2001 3.8L capable of handling before you run the risk if it cracking? Keep in mind, I am asking specifically about the capabilities of the block. The answers will be my deciding factor on doing a swap or not. Thanks for the help.
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:03 AM   #2
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I've heard 350-400 is the limit... And around 375-400 you're getting close to damaging something just driving it...
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Re: Capable hp?

As far as the block is concerned, it should be good for around 700rwhp. Its the same design as the old 5.0 but a little stronger
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I've heard 350-400 is the limit... And around 375-400 you're getting close to damaging something just driving it...
This is the limit for the stock bottom end not the block
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i would shat my pants if i saw a 700 hp v6 mustang blast by me!

anyone have a v6 pushing near that much?
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i would shat my pants if i saw a 700 hp v6 mustang blast by me!

anyone have a v6 pushing near that much?
Its been a reeeaaalll long time since ive actually kept up with the v6 community. There was a guy with a single port making about 630 or so rwhp. Im sure there closer by now. No one on this site though.
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Check out the dyno graphs on v6power.net. theres one guy with 660rwhp and the other guy at 638rwhp.
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Yeah but they have a built motor. I know one of them from another site. I would guess around 300-400 hp. But remember other thing will fail before then.
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Re: Capable hp?

350rwhp for the non built motor~ somewhere around there

built as said the block will take it, some have many 700+rwhp on them just got to build the motor and stick enough boost/N20 on it
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Build to a 4.3 and make some real power. Then power adder to make a 10 sec car
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Yeah but they have a built motor. I know one of them from another site. I would guess around 300-400 hp. But remember other thing will fail before then.
He is asking specifically about the block buddy
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Build to a 4.3 and make some real power. Then power adder to make a 10 sec car
Correction 9second car!!!
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Thanks everyone for the info. Thanks mostly for info specifically about the block . So I see no point in wasting money on a v8 swap anymore if a v6 block can handle that much stress . Much appreciated.
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Thanks everyone for the info. Thanks mostly for info specifically about the block . So I see no point in wasting money on a v8 swap anymore if a v6 block can handle that much stress . Much appreciated.
Glad to help. Let us know if and when you begin with the project. Are you going turbo or supercharger? And who are you getting your parts from?
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Glad to help. Let us know if and when you begin with the project. Are you going turbo or supercharger? And who are you getting your parts from?
Not to sure yet, weighing pros and conf of both. And as for the parts, prob am for the top end. Not sure about the bottom end since AM doesnt care about v6
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Turbo is the way to go and look into a 8.8 rear end
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Turbo is the way to go and look into a 8.8 rear end
Even with the lag? Figured a super would beat a turbo straight up
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The two types of boosting have trait offs. My personal opinion (and by no means is this accurate). I feel rivers use turbos. American muscle uses blowers. My opinion anyways.
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The two types of boosting have trait offs. My personal opinion (and by no means is this accurate). I feel rivers use turbos. American muscle uses blowers. My opinion anyways.
Rivers?
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Rivers?
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Right right. Supercharger kits are more.expensive, but in my opinion, they look much nice and are way more bad ***
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Right right. Supercharger kits are more.expensive, but in my opinion, they look much nice and are way more bad ***
Turbos are cool but I love blowers
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Turbos are cool but I love blowers
Never had one, but always wanted one. So I think I will get one
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Never had one, but always wanted one. So I think I will get one
Either blower or turbo. It doesn't matter. Either of them is going to make a big difference
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Either blower or turbo. It doesn't matter. Either of them is going to make a big difference
True, but with a blower, the power is constant. I would prefer that over lag.
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Lag is such a myth. If you pick the right size you will have speed and almost no lag. It's up to you but if you want a lot of power turbo. Supercharger on our v6 the most I seen was maybe 400
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Lag is such a myth. If you pick the right size you will have speed and almost no lag. It's up to you but if you want a lot of power turbo. Supercharger on our v6 the most I seen was maybe 400
400hp is nice, but I get what you are saying. What size turbo are you thinking? Still think a super would look sexier sticking out of my hood though, lol.
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I thinks its a 55 gotta go find the info. A suprcharger is the way I'm going its simple and less headache but for power I would go turbo.
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I thinks its a 55 gotta go find the info. A suprcharger is the way I'm going its simple and less headache but for power I would go turbo.
Contradiction at its finest, lol, j/k Super would be easier because of placement. With a turbo I gotta run plumbing, intercooler, and all that junk, lol. Yea, the extra power capability would be nice, but.....i dont know. Gonna have to look at pricing I spose if you can find that info for me please
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This dude has a turbo t61 turbo .68 turbine, .70 compressor and has 342hp and 369 tq. Look for a rms kit they use to sell them for v6 and the kit has everything you need.
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This dude has a turbo t61 turbo .68 turbine, .70 compressor and has 342hp and 369 tq. Look for a rms kit they use to sell them for v6 and the kit has everything you need.
Right on, I will check that out then. Thanks a lot broski
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If you want a supercharger I would go procharger they are easier to install and you can get a used one cheaper
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If you want a supercharger I would go procharger they are easier to install and you can get a used one cheaper
Right on, I couldnt find anything on the rms kit anyway
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Sorry I ment tma. I just looked it up The website is tmaturbo.com
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I don't like procharger because they don't work good unless your in high rpm... Go whipple
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