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Old 12-14-2007, 06:40 PM   #1
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I'm debating a v8 swap and can get a lightning drivetrain cheaper than a Cobra. Whats the difference? looking at 04 lightning vs 03 Cobra.
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Old 12-14-2007, 10:15 PM   #2
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Hmm 2valve heads on the Lightning vs the 4 valve heads on the cobra...
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well if you looking at the entire drivetrain the difference is that the lightning is a 5.4 sc and the cobra is a 4.6 sc the lightnings were all auto and the cobra came with a tremec t-56 plus the lighning is solid rear axle while the cobra is a complete irs 8.8 setup but you probably were just asking about the motor so the cobra is a little lower in height the 5.4 has a higher deck height and upper clearance may be a problem and hp wise the cobra and lightning were both specced around 385-390 but articles have found stock cobras to be putting 410 to the wheels and lightnings do run around 380 to the wheels personally i find the 4.6 to be better and more reliable than the 5.4 plus the fact that the 5.4 doesnt have much of an aftermarket
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if your gonna spend the cash to do a swap do it right

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Old 12-15-2007, 02:19 AM   #5
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Thanks for the intel. Cobra looks the way to go but that doubles the drivetrain costs, so not at this time.
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The 5.4 "L" has enough of an aftermarket to to attain more power than you could ever need
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I vote Cobra drivetrain, the 4.6l is lighter than the 5.4l, don't buy an engine from shelby enterprises...yeah its a great engine, but its way over priced, you're paying for the name; you can get a damn good engine thats modern for much less.
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I agree, still looking, this one only has 36k on it.

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send some of them low mile wrecked cobras my way! lol I need a motor for my fox body!
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