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Old 03-08-2012, 05:54 PM   #1
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Cylinder Head Comparo??

I searched first and didn't see anything comprehensive. Feel free to tell me I completely dropped the ball, if appropriate. Can anyone point me in the right direction or post a link to a good head comparison article? I'm coming to Ford engines from the import world and there's not much "overlap".
I have a stock bore 5.8L block I'd like to stroke to 393 or 408ci. Not looking for high revs, but lots of low-end torgue and decent power. Should I dismiss the cast-iron heads automatically in favor of aluminum? How do I narrow it down between AFR, Brodix, Canfield, Edelbrock, Holley, TW, etc? Are Pro-Comp heads worth a look or is that an example of "getting what you pay for"?

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Just got off the dyno with a low rpm tq monster take it for what its worth, its for a suit and tie type of end user in a full custom 69 mustang

408
10.5:1
Custom Hyd Roller
Trick Flow 190 Head (my valvetrain)
Air Gap Intake
Pro Systems Carb

537 ft-lbs of tq at 3400 rpm
505 hp at 5800

Alot of guys will shoot you for less than a 200+ cc head, but different needs, wants and applications dictate different setups.

IMO, the heads I would be considering would be Trick Flow or AFR. Simply due to the included parts. Pro Comp I would steer FAR AWAY from, search pro comp here and have fun. Let me know if you need some help.
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Hey Woody I'm not down playing AFR or Trickflow heads (considering I have TF Hipo's) but when "what heads should I get" questions get tossed around AFR/TF are at the forefront every time but why is it that Brodix/cantfield are not thrown into the mix more?
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Canfield has been out of business for years, so thats gone. As for brodix, they are not bad at all but in my opinion the the complete package that is offered by trick flow and afr cant be beat for the price. When you look at the valves, springs, locks, retainers, castings, ability and product support.

NOONE EVER puts enough emphasis on after sale support or help, this is what sets alot of people and companies apart, AFTER they get your credit card number.

I also think perception plays a part. Brodix is a perceived chevy company through and through. In talking with 1000's of customers over the years Ford guys tend to like to deal with Ford people and in my opinion Trick Flow is one of the most Ford "minded" cylinder head companies around. Personal opinion.

Let me also add another aspect NOONE ever considers, resale value. What product name will carry more resale value for YOU in the end? Just look at the for sale section here, look at the sheer amount of stuff for sale. Go post a NON household familiar name of cylinder head for nearly the same money as an afr or trick flow etc and see what the outcome of your sale is.

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Makes a lot of sense, thanks for the insight.
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Venom that head you have in your sig, with FTI attached to it will carry a TON more resale value, credibility and trust worthiness.
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537 ft-lbs of tq at 3400 rpm
505 hp at 5800
Jesus... Tractor pull anyone? This motor would be killer in a foxbody.. All done by 6 grand..Wow..

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NOONE EVER puts enough emphasis on after sale support or help, this is what sets alot of people and companies apart, AFTER they get your credit card number.
With times the way they are, this should be THE selling point for buying engine parts. I think you should consider the TFS and custom cam route. TFS 190 FAC or the 205 with PAC valvetrain and some sort of custom cam.
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Thanks, Woody. Can I swap a 302 EFI setup to a 408 with bigger injectors and a re-map? I located the 351 to 302 adapter that should make the intake work. Is it a lot more involved than that?
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imo i wouldnt use an adapter for anything just get a different lower
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Just got off the dyno with a low rpm tq monster take it for what its worth, its for a suit and tie type of end user in a full custom 69 mustang

408
10.5:1
Custom Hyd Roller
Trick Flow 190 Head (my valvetrain)
Air Gap Intake
Pro Systems Carb

537 ft-lbs of tq at 3400 rpm
505 hp at 5800

Alot of guys will shoot you for less than a 200+ cc head, but different needs, wants and applications dictate different setups.

IMO, the heads I would be considering would be Trick Flow or AFR. Simply due to the included parts. Pro Comp I would steer FAR AWAY from, search pro comp here and have fun. Let me know if you need some help.


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