Originally Posted by behay20
Where to start. The lighting has Gt-40 heads gt40 intake, a special cam made by svt. I beleive it has forged internals. Roller rockers. a cheesy ram air type thing in the grill. 4.11 gears. mid length tube headers. In reality the 95 f250 hp rating were rated at the flywheel where the lightings were hp rating were rated at the wheels. So since you loose 18% hp through drivetrain the lighning hp level is quiet a bit higher
This may be considered flaming, but as a Lightning owner, I had to interject and point out ALL the inaccuracies in this statement -
1) special cam made by SVT - SVT wasn't responsible for the Lightning's introduction, Ford's truck division was responsible for the design.
2) forged internals - not true
3) special Roller rockers - again, not true (I believe the stock ratio is 1.6:1)
4) Cheesy ram air type thing in the grille - Again, no. If you're referring to that plastic air intake tube that sits just on top of the grille, and goes to the factory airbox, that's stock on pretty much all Ford trucks of that vintage. My first truck, a 1990 F-150, had the same type setup. Nothing special. Now, right behind the plastic grille, there IS a factory oil cooler for the Lightning.
5) 4.11 gears - Uh, no, while there isn't much difference, the stock rear end gear ratio in a Lightning was 4.10:1.
6) mid length tube headers - no, the were factory tubular SHORTIES
7) HP ratings on the L were actually quite a bit higher - Probably true, but not for the reasons you put. At the time of the appearance of the '93 Lightning, Ford had recently adopted a new mathod for rating hp. Because of this new method, many believe our trucks were underrated, but they factory ratings weren't measured at the tires.