You're probably thinking,...
You're probably thinking, "That intake manifold they're taking off still looks brand new." Yes, the Trick Flow 4.6 Track Heat intake had only a short stint on Nikki Wilson's Two-Valve stroker. It was just one of the performance upgrades that helped pump 363.51 naturally aspirated ponies to the feet of Nikki's '02 convertible. Of course, the Kenne Bell 2.6 supercharger includes its own lower manifold.
While our hobby seems to be consumed lately by new-product hotness for Coyote-powered Mustangs, we're keeping a close eye on what we hope will be a full-on resurgence of interest in New Edge Ponies and the Two-Valve, 4.6-liter engines that power them. Their engines can be set up to make big steam, their suspensions can be set up to ride like glass, and the overall cost to do everything falls far short of the coin you'll need to purchase and upgrade a newer car.
Hopefully all of you are current and up-to-speed on details of the really cool performance transformation that Nikki Wilson has been giving her '02 Mustang GT. For those of you who aren't familiar with the series, here's a brief synopsis of how things have gone thus far.
We received word about Nikki and her project idea-to upgrade her 'Stang's stock Two-Valve 4.6 and not break the bank-from our friend Rick Anderson of Anderson Ford Motorsport. As many of you know, we like to pursue cool projects that hit our radar, and we're definitely all about sharing information on self-doable upgrades that won't crush your wallet.
The gang's all here! Kenne...
The gang's all here! Kenne Bell's 2.6 super system includes everything required for a one-day, driveway-doable supercharger swap, including a billet-aluminum intercooler, low-loss/high-flow heat exchanger (and related hoses and hardware), a billet bypass valve, new gaskets, a 160-degree thermostat, and an Accufab Big Oval '03-'04 Cobra throttle body.
The subject of Nikki's concept, the 4.6-liter Two-Valve engine in her '02 rag-top GT, met every criteria for the kind of bullet we like to use for this type of exercise-it was running and, more importantly, it was bone-stock. After evaluating said stocker's oats on a Dynojet chassis dyno, initial highs were achieved through the addition of Anderson Ford Motorsport's all-motor-bolt-on packages-two affordable performance sets that ultimately brought the 'vert's power from 227.40 to 291 horses at the feet. However, like any other Ford-Blue-bleeding 'Stangbanger, Nikki's ultimate goal was to have a lot more power on tap.
So with big-steam in mind, the second effort in our three-part study was highlighted by Nikki and her crew swapping a D.S.S. SuperMOD stroker between the Pony's fenders, and hopping it up with Trick Flow heads and intake manifold, and a hot set of cams from AFM. Upgrade Number Two raised the power bar to the 363 mark and put the convertible 'Stang on a great path for even-more performance, which we're confident will come by way of the Kenne Bell 2.6-liter supercharger that we're covering in this final chapter.
The following photos and their captions present a few highlights of the blower install, which includes another cam swap, and the addition of a Kenne Bell Boost-a-Pump unit, to hopefully ensure the 4.6 has plenty of fuel to gulp down when the revs get high. The dyno results follow that pictorial, and officially close our chronicle of the rag-top's ascension from stone stocker to street rocker.