May be adding a 2013 5.0

Discussion in '96-04 - 2V Specific' started by lonestar1, Dec 26, 2015.

  1. lonestar1

    lonestar1 New Member

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    Gentlemen, my 2002 GT is getting up there with 207K miles and more and more bills. I am thinking of replacing it with a 5.0 with about 400 HP. I believe 2011 was the first year for this. The guys that do the heavy lifting for the 2002 have told me the 2011 had some mapping problems with the #8 cylinder and ford had to replace a number of those engines. They also said they didn't get the engine remapped until 2013. Just wondering if I should stay away from the 2011 and 2012's or is that overblown.

    Thanks in advance,

    Lonestar 1
  2. g36 monkey

    g36 monkey Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    Depends on what you want. The only time I ever saw it being a real problem was in boosted applications. I will say, my 14 is awesome!
  3. neverenuff

    neverenuff Active Member

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    Nov 23, 2015
    I have heard of the #8 failure as well, it lies on the way the cylinder heads were designed. There are cooling mods out there that help solve the problem for 2011-14 5.0s just as there are the mods for 96-04 cobra engines. Boost is usually the factor. Let me know if you have any questions on that engine, it is a beast!
  4. Willis_98GT

    Willis_98GT Well-Known Member

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    DFW Texas
    Its more the factory tune then the engine its-self. They came with a 13.xx AFR from the factory and ford never cared to fix it. I'm going to be doing the same thing soon myself.

    Going to use an f150 engine and save 5 grand there and so on. There's also a guy that can flash factory PCMs not to use the $1400 Ford racing control pack too

    BBK Headers are around 500$ and you can reuse your drivetrain. Presto!

    Hit me up if you also have any questions