Originally Posted by One Ford Drone
I was wondering if I could ask you guys a few questions... All the prices below are approximate.
FMS 65mm Throttle Body ($266 US)
FMS 70mm MAF ($200 US)
FMS 24lb injectors ($220 US)
FMS Phenolic Spacer ($60 US)
FMS GT40 Intake manifold ($600 US)
FMS GT40X heads ($500-600 US)
I am saving up about $2500 for the above parts which I was looking to import from Summit Racing. I know many of you are asking why I am going with just Ford Motorsport parts but the answer is that for insurance reasons, I want to keep Ford parts and these parts would be more than enough for me (as a P plater!). Also, they are considerably cheaper than aftermarket stuff which I know are good, but not good value for me right now (unless you say otherwise).
Anyway, I have many questions but I won't be able to remember them all. Firstly, does anyone know a good mechanic in the area (Hawkesbury NSW) that can put all this stuff together for me? Next thing, will the intake manifold fit Aussie cars? The main reason I picked the GT40X heads is that they weigh quite a bit less than the similar performing GT40Ps. Is this a wise choice or should I just go the GT40Ps? I am not sure about porting at the moment because that can get pretty pricey I have heard.
Once again I have a lot of questions but it takes me ages to save up for this kind of money, this is the most I will have spent in one go, I want good performance and I want to make a good decision...
Thanks guys once again!
Should be a solid combo going on those specs! You can pick up an FMS 65mm throttle body for much less than that - they are almost worthless these days! Tickford literally threw a whole dumpster of them out! Herrod should have a stack of them from cars he's upgraded to bigger units, and they should be widely and cheaply available elsewhere too.
There's no problem with the GT40 upper and 10mm phenolic spacer fitting Aussie engine bays - take mine for example
The GT40X are a pretty good head, and would be my choice too for the same reason as you - insurance. NRMA will insure anything I do so long as it is Ford original equipment! The X's flow quite well and will also give you great gains in weight savings in the front end. Of course they will cost more than GT40p's, but hey, if you're gonna get Ford heads, get some alloys!!
I'm running all FMS stuff at the moment and intend to keep doing that. AFR and Trickflow make excellent products as well but I can't afford to get specialist insurance for them, and I can't afford to fork out for a new intake manifold either.
Just a question - are you going to leave the standard ECU with the new injector / MAF arrangement, or maybe look at a Unichip or something similiar to manage the new gear?
Best of luck!