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Old 02-23-2009, 20:48   #1 (permalink)
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302 or 351w?

I'm new here and i know this question has probably been asked before but i need some advice. I have a 1993 f-150 4x4 with a 300 6 cylinder & a 5-speed and i'm about to do swap for an efi v-8. The problem is idk which motor would be the best choice. I can get a 302 very cheap but i was also considering a 351w. I was wondering how much more power is the 351 going to offer over the 302, and if it would be worth waiting around till i could find a good deal on one? I'll probably be adding mild performance parts, but nothing too wild cause its a daily driver. If anyone could give me some advice on my choice and which would be easier to find parts for, have more power, etc it would be a big help thanks>
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Old 03-02-2009, 19:36   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 302 or 351w?

wow this F-150 forum is slow anymore lunatic ?

to answer your question is a toss up because everyone has a different opinion on what they like or want for the $$$$ they spend.

first off there is not alot of gain from a 300 to a 302, yea 2 more cylinders but only 2 cubes of displacement.
personally on bottom end i think the 300 feels stronger than a 302.
the V8 will stall easier than the 6 with the standard trans but with a cam and a few other mods that 302 will come to life.

the 351w would be sweet but it will be harder on the clutch and gas pump.

its hard to say HP numbers to someone because they change so much my 97 4.2l v6 is rated 200 hp but my 86 351w was rated 245 hp but in the real world my 5.8l at top end makes 180 hp more than the 4.2l and 200+ ftlbs of torque more.
thats a difference in tow capacities of 3,200 lbs with the 4.2l and 9,800 lbs with the 5.8l.
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