Overhead-Cam Bullet Parts - Mod Motor Madness
Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords Tackles The Task Of Modifying Your Mod Motor.
From the August, 2009 issue of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
By Pete Epple
Photography by Courtesy of the manufacturers
Sullivan Performance Products...
Sullivan Performance Products offers an extensive selection of parts for mod-motor enthusiasts. From dress-up parts to hardcore engine components, Sullivan has everything you need.
Mod-motor performance has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years. As Ford's modular powerplant has grown and matured, its true power potential has been realized by racers, engine builders, and common enthusiasts.
It's no understatement that the Mustang aftermarket is still booming. If you can think up some way to mod your Pony, someone makes the parts and five other companies make different versions of them. Over the years, the staff here at MM&FF has gotten our hands dirty finding out what works and what doesn't so we can give you the best possible information, and help you make the right choices when the time comes to modify your Stang.
This month we're focusing on overhead-cam bullets. Building on a foundation like the Terminator Cobra and Shelby GT500 makes it very easy to make insane amounts of power. With common bolt-on performance parts, even the Three-Valve Mustangs can find the 500-rwhp range. But where do you start?
With so many choices, making a decision on your next performance upgrade can get pretty confusing. Over the next few pages we will highlight companies that have stepped up and hit a grand slam in the modular-performance game.
Anderson Ford Motorsports...
Anderson Ford Motorsports
Matching custom cams to your cylinder heads can make or break an engine build. At Anderson Ford Motorsport (AFM), designing cams to a specific combination happens on a daily basis. With multiple levels of cylinder-head porting, AFM can design a combination to make as much power as you want, and you can buy all your parts in one place. With so many aftermarket companies to choose from, AFM makes it easy and has everything you need all under one roof.
Blow-By Racing 561/417-5555...
If you're serious about performance, Blow-By Racing (BBR) has you covered. Extensive R&D work goes into every part BBR manufactures and sells, and its race-proven, street-tested parts are designed with one thing in mind: power. Whether you're looking to add some power to your daily driver or build an all-out quarter-mile killer, BBR has the components to take your SN-95 or S197 to the next level. From throttle bodies to custom camshafts to full rotating assemblies, BBR has everything you need to make big power with your mod motor.
BBK 951/296-1771 www.bbkperformance.com...
The list of companies making aftermarket parts for the Mustang is never-ending. Though most companies play in specific niche markets, few are successful at supplying quality parts across multiple categories with the success of BBK. Stepping up its game for the Two-Valve mod-motor customers is very important to BBK. The BBK DSI intake manifold combines an extra-long, small-diameter intake runner for increased low-end torque over with a short, large-diameter runner for increased top-end performance.
C&L 256/882-6813 www.cnlperformance.com...
Efficiently getting air into an engine is a critical part of making power. C&L specializes in intake systems that don't just look good but work. Extensive research and development has gone into the new high-performance Three-Valve intake manifold from C&L. "The development of this product has been a long road for us," explains Lee Bender of C&L. "We've spent just over three years making all of the necessary adjustments to fine-tune the product for final release." MM&FF has seen gains as high as 27 rwhp with the addition of C&L's new Three-Valve intake ("Plenum Play," June '09). With those kinds of gains, C&L is a big-time player in the mod-motor power game.
Coast High Performance/Probe...
Building a solid foundation ensures durability and reliability. At Coast High Performance/Probe Industries, durability is job No. 1. Probe pistons are designed to reliably perform in all modular Ford applications, while CHP can supply everything from rotating assemblies to complete mod mills for your Stang. From street to race, mild to wild, CHP/Probe has exactly what you need to build the bullet you want.
Canton Racing Products 203/481-9460...
Canton Racing Products
Reputation is key. With more than 25 years in the world of racing, Canton Racing Products has solidified its position as a quality manufacturer of products for the racing community. Well-known for its oil pans, Canton specializes in oiling systems, pulley kits, valve covers and fittings, and hoses, as well as coolant tanks.
Competition Products 800/233-0199...
If you're building a mod motor for your street or race car, you have the benefit of options. With so many aftermarket companies manufacturing crankshafts, rods, and pistons, you have the luxury to pick and choose the parts you want to help build the perfect mill for your project. Competition Products (CP) is your one-stop shop for all of your high-performance mod-motor needs. CP stocks parts from the biggest names in race and street performance so you can get what you need when you need it. If building your own engines isn't for you, CP offers fully machined and assembled short- and long-blocks, as well as complete engines ready for installation.
D.S.S. Racing 630/587-1169...
Huge power on the street is quickly becoming a common occurrence. As 500hp Mustangs roll off the assembly line, fast, reliable street cars are easier to obtain than ever before. D.S.S. Racing is doing its part to make it even easier, offering everything from rotating assemblies to complete engines in Two-, Three-, and Four-Valve configurations. If you want to make big power from your modular bullet, look no further than D.S.S. Racing.
Comp Cams 800/999-0853 www.compcams.com...
One of the most important components involved with making big power is the camshaft. Comp Cams has been around for more than 32 years, producing high-quality valvetrain components for street and race. Comp has raised the bar with its new line of Thumpr Camshafts for 4.6L and 5.4L Ford engines. The Thumprs offer aggressive cam specs for improved performance, with the sound that only comes from big cams. Thumpr cams are designed to work in specific rpm ranges to improve performance without adversely affecting driveability.
Eagle Specialty Products ...
Eagle Specialty Products
With power adders being quite popular with the mod motor crowd, the components you fill your block with are key. At Eagle Specialty Products, extensive testing goes into the materials used to ensure the highest level of strength. With 10 years of research and product development under its belt before the first product was sold, Eagle rods and crankshafts carry an unmatched level of strength and quality. Whether you're running boost or a bottle, Eagle will give you the strength you need to make big power.
Fox Lake 330/682-8800 www.foxlakeracing.com...
Efficiently moving air into any engine is crucial to making power. Fox Lake has worked extensively to maximize the airflow in modular Ford applications. The development of the P-51 intake on top of Fox Lake's cylinder head and intake porting has proved to be a winning combination when it comes to big power. The P-51 intake is capable of providing gains of 5 to 15 hp on a naturally aspirated street car and gains as high as 75 hp over the stock intake when boost is present. Couple that with ported cylinder heads and custom cams, and Fox Lake puts extreme performance in your hands.
Ford Racing Performance Parts...
Ford Racing Performance Parts
Since the mod motor's arrival in the '96 Mustang, Ford Racing Performance Parts has been at the forefront of hard-core modular performance. The modular Boss block has upped the ante, allowing engine builders and enthusiasts to build it bigger when it comes to modular bullets. FRPP offers components and engines in many configurations to help you reach your power goals, and it has the accessories you want to add a racy look to your Stang's engine bay.
Sullivan Performance 702/566-1390...
The Mustang aftermarket is full of companies making countless parts for push-rod engines. As the modular platform grows in popularity, Sullivan Performance Products focuses on one thing: mod motors. Offering everything from valve covers to intake manifolds to complete engines--Two-, Three-, or Four-Valve, as well as 10-cylinder modular engines--Sullivan Performance is your one-stop shop for everything mod motor.
Trick Flow Specialties 330/633-2504www.trickflow.com...
Trick Flow Specialties
Trick Flow Specialties has stepped up to the plate with an all-new cylinder-head casting. TFS's new Twisted Wedge aluminum cylinder head for the 4.6L and 5.4L modular engine feature its patented Twisted Wedge combustion-chamber design, coupled with an intake valve moved to the opposite side of the camshaft, just like the Three-Valve heads on '05-and-up 4.6L/5.4L engines. This increases mid-lift airflow, as well as piston-to-valve and valve-to-bore clearance, allowing the use of higher lift cams and larger diameter valves without having to alter the bore size or flycut the pistons.
Patriot Performance 256/413-3882...
When big power is at the forefront of your modular engine build, cylinder-head porting is crucial. Patriot Performance specializes in providing quality ported cylinder heads to help you reach any power goal you may have. Varying stages of porting offer custom options when it comes time to build your bullet. With castings for Two- and Four-Valve heads, Patriot has the heads you need at the price you want.