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Old 03-09-2010, 01:13 PM   #1
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ORP vs Custom...Among other things

Ok, so i want to get a ORP but i dont really feel like paying alot for it so i figured i'd just make one....is there anything special about it? Or is just a normal pipe going to do the same thing as the ORP would?
Also, i understand that the stock Header performs the best but i want it to look better, what can i do to make it look good? And how much would it cost? (approx.)
I have like 100 other questions but i will spare you all as i am learning as i go.


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I also just hit 90,000 miles on my car (02 SVT) if anybody has any suggestions on things to do around this many miles.
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timing belt. you valves and wallet with thank you.

to make an orp youd need the flanges for header > orp and orp>flex. Do you have access to a tube bender? the orp > flex connection is up above the subframe which is a pita to get bolts loose if theyre pretty rusted.

heat wrap is the best thing to make it look better (and keep under hood temps down as well). think with the wrap, ties, and coating its like $50+ and the time to do it all.
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Ok, is the timing belt something easy to replace or is that going to be a pain?
What about the valves?
I have access to a garage that can lift my car up so getting under it won't be a problem. There are flanges between the header and orp? What exactly is a flange? (i apologize i know very little about cars so far) I do have access to a tube bender and pretty much every other tool known to man.
Also, what do you mean by ties and coating for the header?
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timing belt isnt bad but if you have little knowledge about cars, its something i'd recommend you pay to have done. if this belt breaks, it will more than likely bend several valves, and since the head is aluminum, could possibly damage the combustion chamber or valve seat beyond repair ($2000+ for a new casting of the head from ford)

the flange allows you to bolt the pieces of the exhaust together.

access to tools is awesome, but gotta have some knowledge of them and an understanding of their use and what your trying to do/fab up. Gonna have to weld the flangles on the pipe you bend as well....
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Yea i have a few friends and their dads who have been working on cars their entire lives but i have very little experience (I've changed my spark plugs and wires, changed brake pads and installed my CAI but thats all I've done). They also weld for a living so that isn't an issue.
So a flange is basically a spacer?
Do you recommend any specific suspension upgrade?
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new struts/shocks. or get the frpp dynamic kit for ~$400 from Steve at tousley ford or from hillbish ford.

poly bushings are nice in certain spots. really, there are TONS of answers if you search.
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I was looking at this kit, have you heard anything about it?

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For a timing belt, I think you should either gain a little more mechanical experience or do it alongside someone who has done a timing belt before.

You would be able to do it on your own if you had a good shop manual, patience, and care, though. If you mess up a timing belt, it can be bad news for the engine.
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