2003 cobra engine swap

Discussion in '96-04 - 2V Specific' started by 1996mustangGT, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. 1996mustangGT

    1996mustangGT Well-Known Member

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    posted in other forums as well,
    want to drop in a 03 cobra engine into
    my 96 GT. Is this possible and if so what
    am i gonna need besides the engine, computer and tranny?
    will this all bolt into a 96?
    thanks guys
     
  2. DropTopPony

    DropTopPony Administrator Staff Member Admin SN95 Supporter

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    it can and has been done, the more of the stock parts you can get the easier the swap will be...a good shop will be able to perform the swap with ease.
     
  3. Rantheman

    Rantheman Well-Known Member

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    yeah the swap is easy and like he said the mor stock parts you can get for the swap the eaiser but I would suggest youalso the the t-56 to hold the power since our t-45 can't handle much
     
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    03/04 cobra motor is loootza money to buy :eek: but probably well worth it :khobra:
     
  5. Lightning Struck

    Lightning Struck Legend

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    think about the pushrod motor you could build with all that money
     
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    But it's so much cooler saying the you have a Supercharged DOHC 4.6 then an old school pushrod. I see your point though, 50 would probably make more power with the same amount of $$$, I'd take both engines.
     
  7. Rantheman

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    you could do a 351 swap with a t-5 or a 460 with a t-5 and have like 400hp then and a s/c on later
     
  8. Brian95SVT

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    im doing a 2002 GT motor swap in my 96.
     
  9. Lightning Struck

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    that is a fact :)
     
  10. 1996mustangGT

    1996mustangGT Well-Known Member

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    not to mention you turbo the 03 cobra engine then
    i'll have around 900rwhp......
    that and i just like the fact that i have a
    96 "GT".....
     
  11. silverstang1996

    silverstang1996 New Member

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    yeah that's exactly how i feel, i'd like to do the same swap sometime, i posted a tread bout this same thing a little while back hah
     
  12. whty98

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    I would love to do some type of engine swap (ie 1998 cobra 302 NA engine) but right now the funds are not aviable due to college. After college I will be doing some serious stuff though. Having a 98 "GT" with a stock exterior would f*** w. so many people by smoking them.
     
  13. Fryrice

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    Dude,sleeper is the way to go ! Just imagine the look on some ricers face when he has his girlfriend in the car,and you walk his ass and he never knew what hit him,lol
     
  14. Matt94GT

    Matt94GT Legend Retired Staff SN95 Supporter

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    If I put a 03 Cobra motor in a 96-98 id just get a S281 wing, try to keep it under the stock good with some 03 Cobra wheels :D
     
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    I know the PI intake sets higher than a NPI cuz of the exhaust side.,so the factory 97-98 hood will fit .Not sure bout a 03 Cobra intake though.
     
  16. 1996mustangGT

    1996mustangGT Well-Known Member

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    nah,
    im getting a steeda race wing,
    new hood, probally cobra r, and new
    headlights,
    SLEEPER!
    i love it, especially with all the stangs hoped
    up round here, they see 96 and go
    ha! loser....
    then you drop 'em
    eventually anyways
     
  17. jpajkos

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    I get that all the time. Just this monday that passed I was on my way to pick up my girl from work. This black 96-98 cobra pulled up next to me and well we both pretty much new we were going to get on it. We didn't launch I played it cool but then I heard him drop and romp on it so I did. I pulled on him in 3rd gear and when I looked at him he gave me this look like "No Freakin way" :eek:. Needless to say he followed me when I got to my girls job he asked him I was on the bottle or blown and told him nope. he didnt believe me so I pop the hood and he just couldn;t believe it. :dancing6:
     
  18. Nick

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    Not very difficult at all. Only wiring you will need is the motor harness itself. The rest of your stock wiring will be fine. You will need to custom mount your coil packs and change fuel rails. You have a return style fuel system and the 03 motor has returnless. These are not compatible and the return is better hands down. Other than that just go to Ford and buy the coolant lines for an 03 Cobra, everything else will bolt in. If you have the money get a tubular k member and some longtube headers and you'll be set, and the install won't be that difficult either.

    I have done this swap a couple of time in my gagrage. I had a 97 cobra motor in my car at first then I pulled it and went with 01 head etc.

    I have a fully forged 97 teksid block with 01 4V heads/cams/intake in my 97 GT. All under the stock hood ;) Ans the license plate says JST A GT ...Gotta love it.

    Pm me if you have any q?'s

    Nick