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Old 07-24-2012, 09:56 PM   #1
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cheap power?

I just got a 92 gt the other day. It has a bbk cat back exhaust with flowmaster 40's on it and thats it. On a low budget what is the best way to gain horsepower?
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Advance timing to around 14 degrees (free), install a CAI ($200), install 180 degree thermostat ($10), properly gapped spark plugs (free), high quality spark plugs ($40), good low impedence plug wires ($50), MSD coil ($), MSD ignition box ($), shorty headers ($300).

Some of these things can be found for cheap at swap meets, Craigslist, your local mustang club forum, etc. you can even find things like 65mm throttle bodies, gt40 intakes, and even heads for a fraction of the cost of new pieces. I got a set of TFS twisted wedge heads with 1.6 roller rockers and TFS track heat intake for $800 and they looked liked new. Oh the joy of finding a steal at a swap meet.
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Advance timing to around 14 degrees (free), install a CAI ($200), install 180 degree thermostat ($10), properly gapped spark plugs (free), high quality spark plugs ($40), good low impedence plug wires ($50), MSD coil ($), MSD ignition box ($), shorty headers ($300).

Some of these things can be found for cheap at swap meets, Craigslist, your local mustang club forum, etc. you can even find things like 65mm throttle bodies, gt40 intakes, and even heads for a fraction of the cost of new pieces. I got a set of TFS twisted wedge heads with 1.6 roller rockers and TFS track heat intake for $800 and they looked liked new. Oh the joy of finding a steal at a swap meet.
If you change the timing do you need to buy a higher gas and also gears a cheap mod
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Not necessarily on the gas. If want the most you can get out of timing, then a higher grade gas will be required. If you want to stay with regular, then around 13 degrees of timing should be your target.

Gears don't cost that much, but if you have to pay someone to install them the cost could easily double. You get the most bag for the buck. Those foxes LOVE 3.73 gears. Also look at tubular rear control arms (upper and lower). Makes a huge difference in handle, ride quality, traction. Also an inexpensive mod for the budget conscious.
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Its got 3.55 gears already sorry i forgot to mention that. And not trying to be a smartass but the msd distributor is an exact copy of the ford one so im not buying that. But i was already planning on doing the CAI and advancing the base timing to 15 degrees. Does removing the airbox silencer make a difference in power?
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Its got 3.55 gears already sorry i forgot to mention that. And not trying to be a smartass but the msd distributor is an exact copy of the ford one so im not buying that. But i was already planning on doing the CAI and advancing the base timing to 15 degrees. Does removing the airbox silencer make a difference in power?
He said coil and ign box, not distributor... Lol

Do the free stuff first, a basic tune up helps if it hasn't had one recently.
Cai from AM- $70

Gt40 or gt40p heads (explorer)- got mine for $100, P heads have a revised spark plug angle making regular headers a pain to deal with.

Gt40 intake (explorer), $100-$200 depending on any deals you find.

Larger maf, and throttle body will help too. My maf housing came off a new edge gt and my tb came off an explorer.

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He said coil and ign box, not distributor... Lol

Do the free stuff first, a basic tune up helps if it hasn't had one recently.
Cai from AM- $70

Gt40 or gt40p heads (explorer)- got mine for $100, P heads have a revised spark plug angle making regular headers a pain to deal with.

Gt40 intake (explorer), $100-$200 depending on any deals you find.

Larger maf, and throttle body will help too. My maf housing came off a new edge gt and my tb came off an explorer.
Forgot to mention, if you're going to change heads, you might as well look into a cam as well.
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Oh haha must have misread. So where is the best place to find those heads?
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Oh haha must have misread. So where is the best place to find those heads?
Junkyards or Craigslist. I got mine off CL for $100 along with the intake for another 100.
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Sweet. How much hp did it gain?
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Sweet. How much hp did it gain?
Not 100% sure but it definitely made a world of difference.
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Cool. Thanks for the help
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No problem.
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And not trying to be a smartass but the msd distributor is an exact copy of the ford one so im not buying that.
Sorry man, but that's just not true.
The MSD distributor is a much better made and more accurate distributor than the factory Ford piece.


Do a bit of research about the reasons to use a crank trigger to fire your plugs over using a distributor. Some where in the search I ran across information telling how much slop is in factory ignition/distribution components. It will make you wonder how they function at all.
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