Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
July 1, 2004
Photos By: Chuck James

All we can say is, it's about time. Even though Editor Turner is the only 5.0&SF staff member with a mod-motor Mustang (we won't count Johnson's Roadkill project until the Cobra engine is in the car), it has always been frustrating for us to tell modular owners all they can do is bolt on a blower, slap on some CNC-ported PI heads with cams, or build a 5.0 modular stroker to make power. While there's nothing wrong with these actions, there's probably a fair share of our readership working paycheck to paycheck-like us-or living at home with their mom and dad. For modular owners who fall into these categories, the $139 Trick Flow 4.6 Upper Intake Elbow is perfect.

Made from cast aluminum and machined to accept all stock sensors and hardware, the Trick Flow elbow is probably one of the easiest upgrades for a modular engine. The part actually makes power and will help with future upgrades as well. Simply remove a few hoses and wiring connections, remove four bolts to yank the stocker off, bolt down the Trick Flow elbow, swap over the sensors and throttle body, and you're done. You don't even have to pull the inlet hose off the throttle body if you don't want to!

As we said, it's about time, and we look forward to more power-making budget parts for the 4.6 owners out there. Bring it on!

On the Dyno

BaselineTrick Flow
RPMPWRTRQPWRTRQ
2,250 97.9228.5100.8 235.2
2,500112.7236.7111.7234.6
2,750117.9225.3117.2223.8
3,000135.0236.3133.7234.1
3,250161.0260.3159.6257.9
3,500185.4278.2184.4276.7
3,750221.3309.9220.1308.2
4,000247.0324.4247.2324.6
4,250262.2324.0264.1326.4
4,500277.9324.3280.0326.8
4,750295.6326.9298.0329.5
5,000307.5323.0311.3327.0
5,250313.4313.5317.7317.9
5,500318.5304.2323.9309.3
5,750322.8294.8330.0301.5
6,000323.9283.6331.2289.9
6,250321.1269.8328.8276.3
6,500311.6251.8320.5258.9
6,750301.8234.8308.7240.2

Testing guru Rick Anderson at Anderson Ford Motorsport [(888) 715-6487; www.andersonfordmotorsport. com] had a Trick Flow elbow shipped to him, and he shared his results with us. Normally, we don't have room for dyno numbers in Tech Inspection, but we dropped a picture or two so we could share Rick's results with you. These numbers come from his newest testbed, his black '00 GT. The Trick Flow elbow provided peak gains of 7.3 hp and 2.6 lb-ft of torque.

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