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Default HPS hardballer 4.6/5.4 intake?

I'm kinda rethinking the intake manifold on my 5.4 build. My research has turned up that the HPS hardballer is the only dedicated aftermarket manifold made for the 5.4. Internet searches for info on this intake have come up pretty much emptyhanded except for a few forum threads on various Mustang boards from a couple years back(I'm assuming its still available, its still on their website). I figured some of you 4.6 guys could give me a heads up on whether or not the HPS intake is a decent piece or not. I'm looking for something that would be an upgrade over my 5.4 truck manifold that still produces strong low and midrange numbers. Would an intake like this be a good upgrade for a N/A engine with ported heads and cams? Should I instead look for a good 4.6 manifold and run it with the adaptor plates? Or settle for what I already have with the 5.4 truck manifold since hood clearance isn't an issue, and spend the money elsewhere? What is your take on this one?
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i know that there's an adapter out there for the 5.4 that allows you to use any 4.6 2v intake manifold. that would GREATLY increase your options.
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Post your question and do some searches over here there are som verry good folks that have don this many times on that site.

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Thanks for the link cw5billwade. There is a whole slew of info over there from guys that have either done or plan to do 5.4 swaps in their mustangs that is applicable to my build, not only the intake but just about any other info on the engine. There's so much though. I've just began to get it read, probably over a solid 24 hr days worth of reading. I'm trying to read it all so I don't ask any redundant questions but man its going to take awhile to cover it all. There's one thread over there thats over 200 PAGES long, and has like 8500 REPLIES, devoted specifically to 5.4 mustang swaps and engine mods to the 5.4. I gotta get busy, I'm nowhere even near through this thread. Thanks for the link. Anybody else have any experience with the hardballer on their 4.6's? I could email HPS, but I would rather have feedback from somebody who has either sucessfully or unsucessfully used a product firsthand rather than take a manufacturers word for it. I'm just trying to get some feedback on the quality and workmanship of the HPS piece and determine its suitability for what I'm trying to do, and I hear that their 4.6 manifold is damn near identical to the 5.4 manifold with a few changes specific to make it work on the 5.4 without spacers. Also...while I'm on this topic, if I do go this route, this intake accepts standard throttle body elbows like on the 4.6 Mustang. Anybody have a recommendation for a good aftermarket 4.6 elbow thats responsive low and midrange while retaining EGR or should I try to pick up a used stock elbow off of a Mustang? Thanks.
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no problem I came across the site when I was researching my CAMs and thought it would help. I run the C&L Plenum with 75MM BBK TB C&L pipe 85mm MAF and CAI. All the research I did it will be a tossup whether you go Acufab, Trickflow, Professional Products, C&L or the new BBK combo that comes with the 78MM TB. The BBK combo was not available when I got mine.
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