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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-13-2006
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Originally Posted by mustangnewbie
I'm very new to mustangs and putting performance mods on them, but i want to know if i can swap the 3.8L in my 2002 coupe for a 302, or a 4.6L? Anyone know?

Which way is the easiest.
They will both cost you around 4-5,000 dollars, and you can add a few hundred to that if you get a 302 because you have to swap the K-member. And that's assuming you have a donor car with the electronics, computers, wiring, etc.

If you can do the electrical work yourself, you could probably knock 75% off the costs.

And then, assuming you have a run of the mill 302 - you'll only gain 15 hp.

For the money you could have bought a car WITH a v8, including your trade -for less.

Or dropped in a built v6 with 100 more hp. Built sixes generally run 4-5000 dollars, and you don't have to worry about the electronics or the PATS.

Or for that matter you could throw on a supercharger and still have 1-2000 dollars in your pocket.

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