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Unread 06-02-2003   #1 (permalink)
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Default Edelbrock 5.0 Performer on stock 94, worth it or not?

I just read through some reviews on the Edelbrock performer for 94-95 and everyone else seem to love it on their stock or modded stangs except for 94-95 owners. With adapter and new brace, price was over $700. And it Might even require a cowl hood for clearance. worth it or not? opinions? suggestions?
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I dont think it will give you 700 bucks worth of performance . I would take that 700 and get some gears and your stock upper and lower ported and a 65mm throttle body . or gears and an exhaust . I dont think it would be worth 700 . Youll only pick up maybe 20 hp ....
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Quite a few guys on StangNet have consistently picked up .3 and 3mph in the 1/4 by swapping to the Performer on stock heads. 3 tenths off of your 1/4 mile probably isn't worth $700, but an intake is a worthwhile mod when near-stock and a great mod when you do more serious things down the road.

Why not pick up a used Performer for $300-$350 from the StangNet or Corral classifieds, and then a used intake elbow ($25-$65)? It would save you some cash, and it's kind of hard to go wrong with a used intake unless there are cracks or other obvious damage.

Or there's always the TrickFlow Street Heat intake ($399 new).

HOWEVER, for $700 I'd much rather go with Thumper's ported heads ($600) and a Tmoss ported lower ($130). The stock upper actually flows quite well...the real restriction is in the lower. With ported heads and a ported lower you will pick up big power (much more than you would get with just a new intake on stock heads).

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Keep your eyes open for deals. One of the guys at TCCOA found Cobra Intakes on ebay for $50.
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Get yourself a stock used Explorer intake. It will easily handle flow of your motor in its current condition, its cheap and will leave you more cash left over than any of the other intake options suggested.
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Well I believe you should only have to buy things once, if possible. I guarantee you that an Explorer intake will not give .3 in the 1/4 mile like the Edelbrock and TrickFlow intakes have been shown to do on a mildly modded 302. Why not just get the better intake and not have to worry about upgrading later? It will give nice results now and will allow plenty of future growth in case heads or cam are added later. Plus with the Performer or Street Heat, changing to an even better-flowing intake (in the event of a blower or really hi-flow heads) is as simple as buying a new upper and selling the old one...all while keeping the same lower.

If you're really on a budget though, why not look into Tmoss's ported lower? Runs $130 ($100 for the portwork and $30 shipping both ways). The stock upper actually flows pretty well...the real restriction is in the lower, and his porting makes it flow MUCH better. Look him up on StangNet or The Corral.

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If you shop you can probably get a used Explorer cheaper than the cost of the TMoss port of the stock one. Even Flex backs this up with the $50 Cobra comment via EBay (the Explorer base and Cobra base are identical). Then you still have a few duckets left over to do some of the mods suggested by Fordgasm.

Just my $ .04.
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do it, it leaves you plenty of room to grow in the future. It clears the stock hood with no problems, where did you find it for $700? You can get them new for $455 from summit. Price match it with the Ad wynnspeed has in any of your 5.0 mags.
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I think what he was saying that the cost of the intake, the cost of the elbow adapter and the cost of the new strut tower brace plus any applicable tax, shipping and handling came to about $700, not that the intake by itself was $700 (unless I read it wrong).

I love the Edelbrock intake.....don't get me wrong. But if you are a little constrained economically, then be smart. Don't over spend in a couple of areas and then have something else go out on your car and not have the money to fix it and have it sitting in a garage collecting dust.

Look in the tech area at the flow numbers on the various intakes, look at the prices, look in your pocketbook and go from there.
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Hey man, you really don't need the strut tower brace. I am not using mine anymore. And I agree with GTDan, go with the intake which best suites you. I am a strong believer in if you are going to do something, do it right the first time. But then again we are talking about stangs, when are we ever satisfied.
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I dropped more time in the quarter with a Performer then I did with headers and an H-pipe. Its definitely a must have for our car. Our t-bird/cougar intake is horrible. I picked mine up for $455 (summit price match) and the adapter for $89 (Dallas Mustang). If you find you outgrow the Performer, then sell the upper portion and buy the Performer RPM.
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Hey Imyourzero, I was reading about the Thumper heads. Do you know if there any good? They were making it sound TOO good for THAT low of a price. It may be too good to be true, BUT I have no clue about them and if you know anything about them, please tell me. Thanks
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Whatever you do don't buy a Mac elbow adapter....I've harped on this one before so search and see! Get the FMS, TF or Edel adapters.
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Can you use the explorer intake U/L without also picking up the explorer gt40p heads? Or do you have to use the combo? Will the explorer intake work well with just the stock heads how much H/P?


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The explorer U/L will work on stock heads.
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