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Old 02-12-2005, 09:32 PM   #1
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5.0 or gears

A friend of mine is selling his 1990 5.0 GT stang for $1200. Its in pretty good shape it just needs some stuff on the interior but the engine and tranny is fine. I saved $1300 for gears and tlok for my v6 and i was goin to get them until i heard about my friends 5.0. I know dont know what to do. The 5.0 would already have the tlok and more power then if i did the gears in my v6. Insurance and registration is nothing becasue my dad is looking for a second car and could take my v6. What would u do in my situation, go for the 5.0 or fix up the v6?
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I dunno, never liked the Foxbodys too much. I also heard those 5.0s didnt really put out a lot of power. I dunno, it's your call really I'd possibly buy his car and sell it for more lol
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What kind of gears and t-lok are you buying that costs $1300?
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the gears t-lok and chip are $900 installed.
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depends on what u classify as alot of hp...my 88 has 225 for its day in 88 was a decent amount. today its not awhole lot but with like $4k im in the 12's/11's
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id say go with the 5o, in stock form it will beat a 6er with gears. and the 5o just has way more potential and cheaper aftermarket.
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id say go with the 5o, in stock form it will beat a 6er with gears. and the 5o just has way more potential and cheaper aftermarket.
thats exactly what i was gonna say.......get the fox!!!
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agreed, get the fox... I got my 89 for $700, everything but the trans was in okay shape, minimal body damage.. rebuilt the trans.. did a few mods, then I beat the crap out of it, made 80+ track passes, hit 13s a few times, used it as a daily driver for close to a year now, and it just FINALLY gave out the other day at 184k miles.. I figured itd've gone a lot sooner than that :nod: still runs.. barely haha

btw, if you get the 5.0 and want it to last, stay well clear of the ~6200 rev limiter... I hit it nearly every day in first and second...
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btw, if you get the 5.0 and want it to last, stay well clear of the ~6200 rev limiter... I hit it nearly every day in first and second...
mine feels like it starts too lose power at about 5600-5700, we'll see what happens at 8 lbs of boost though.....
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mine feels like it starts too lose power at about 5600-5700, we'll see what happens at 8 lbs of boost though.....
with the cam, my power peak was ~200 RPMs higher than stock.. so I shouldn't have been shifting past 5600 regardless... it just sounded nice way up there... plus when you're spinning the tires in first, redline comes up really quick
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with the cam, my power peak was ~200 RPMs higher than stock.. so I shouldn't have been shifting past 5600 regardless... it just sounded nice way up there... plus when you're spinning the tires in first, redline comes up really quick
lol, i am sure i have bumped the limiter a couple times spinnin the tires and just havent noticed.
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id go with the fox but i would put it on liablity only and keep the 6er b/c its prolly more reliable.
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id go with the fox but i would put it on liablity only and keep the 6er b/c its prolly more reliable.
they're plenty reliable.. but if you want to work it this way.. that'd work just fine, my 89 cost me $382/year to cover under liability only
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how old were you when u bought it? and how many tickets did u have and accidents and so forth?
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how old were you when u bought it? and how many tickets did u have and accidents and so forth?
my 90 5.0 was $480 a year and my 93 2.3 was $240 a year for reliablity. i had them when i was 17, but i had no tickets, multiple car discount, good grades discount, and driving school discount.
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how old were you when u bought it? and how many tickets did u have and accidents and so forth?
20. 0. Only accident was w/ a deer.. first week I had my license close to 3.5 years ago
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5.0 fo sho
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