Is the Typhoon intake manifold worth it for me?

Discussion in '96-04 - 2V Specific' started by 2003SVT/1997GT, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. 2003SVT/1997GT

    2003SVT/1997GT New Member

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    Hi everyone, sorry if this is an old question but I couldn't find it. I am considering a PI swap on my 1997 GT auto, I'm not looking to go crazy with future mods. I'm not planning supercharging or anything crazy down the road either. I just want something a little more fun to drive than a stock auto 97 GT. Would it be worth it for me to get a Typhoon intake over the Ford Racing PI intake? I plan on getting stock PI heads, cams and maybe a CAI and a tune. Also if there a way to perform the PI swap without having to use premium fuel?
     
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    I've personally never ran one, but from what everyone says, they are garbage. I've heard that they actually flow worse then a stock PI intake. Maybe somebody that has one will chime in, but I've never heard anything good about them...
     
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    For what you are planning, just go with your good old' PI intake with aluminum cross over.
     
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    Thanks guys, I guess you helped me save a lot of money. From some of the research I've done the cams make a bigger difference than the actual intake when it comes to the Typhoon. I just hope the Ford PI intakes are durable, call me old fashioned but I hate having plastic bits holding my engine together lol
     
  5. 97stanger

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    on an N/A build like you are doing you will never have an issue with that plastic manifold. I used to run 15psi with that manifold and no problems, and guys are running upwards of 100-125 nitrous shots with no issues so you'll be perfectly fine.
     
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    I might have some bad info on this but from the research I'v done on intake manifolds for the SN95's and new edges its very rare to find an intake manifold that will outflow the PI manifold...anyone wanna chime in and get a little more into detail with this one
     
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    It honestly depends on the setup. There are many manifolds that "outflow" the PI, but the problem is guys put them on stock motors with stock cams and only spin their car to 6200-6500 RPM's which is why there is no power gain or a loss compared to the PI. Now, put the PI manifold on a built motor with serious boost/nitrous compared to say an Edelbrock/P51 and you'll see the difference. But I agree, for about 90% of guys out there the PI is all they would ever need.
     
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    The stock PI Manifold is definitely equal to the Typhoon if not better so it doesn't make too much sense to purchase the Typhoon intake. If I were to look for a new intake, I would consider the Bullitt one. Unfortunately, you would have to find it from a totaled bullitt.
     
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    PI Intake is good enough for my setup so you will be fine. Like Stanger said, unless you are turning some high rpm's or a lot of boost, the PI will be more than sufficient.
     
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    PI mani > Typhoon. Typhoon is garbage. The ONLY manifolds out there that flow better than the PI manifold are the Bullitt, Vic Jr., TF Trackheat, and the P51 manifolds. Everything else is a waste of money.
     
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    Do the pi top end. You'll be happier and it will be cheaper.
     
  12. ScottyDsntKnow

    ScottyDsntKnow Well-Known Member

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    PI intake, buy one NEW, I would not buy one used. Even the metal crossover PI intakes can fail under the tstat housing. It is thin plastic and a gasket and and warps over time. Not anytime soon, it'll take a good 100k to do it but LOTS of the used intakes that are for sale are off higher mileage cars. I can post pics if anyone wants but my metal crossover intake failed in this exact way. Brand new intake from AM or LRS is $215 shipped.

    Also, NOTE that for a 96-98 car you will have to either use the metal crossover from your NPI intake if it is in good shape or drill/tap the blank flat spot by the tstat housing for the second coolant temp sensor the 96-98 cars use. The 99-04 cars only use one sensor. I did this myself with an old drill press and a $5 harbor freight tap. I forget what size it is... its on the interwebs though.

    And yes, the typhoon intake is not the greatest. Its only benefit is it is metal vs plastic except that you don't really need a metal intake unless you are running a good amount of boost of a bunch of nitrous and in that case you might as well just go with the Eddy and call it a day since at that point you can actually benefit from the Eddy.