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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-02-2002, 08:39 PM
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Ok, so I need recomendations from the ford fans. Going to build the 351w for this 81 scrambler. Any thoughts on cam/roller rockers/heads for this thing ? It'll probably just end up being bored, slight cam, and maybe some head work to the stock heads, but I am looking for other suggestions from the ford crowd. TIA. Mike

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Let me tell you, You don't need much HP for a CJ. I have a 302 ford, slight cam, stock 57cc heads, stock intake manifold and a 500 Holly 2 barrel carb, I personally think it is more than enough for my CJ7. Good Luck:

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 01-03-2002, 09:41 AM
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I would agree with the above post. I've never really been a big horsepower guy, even when I was driving my Mustang a few years back. I loved the horsepower, but HUGE horsepower doesn't really go well with a daily driver. The CJ is a lightweight vehicle. And the aerodynamics are gonna kill your gas mileage right from the start. Basically go through your engine make sure it's solid. I'd go with a "towing" or "rv" cam. Maybe even a step taller, but I wouldn't recommend a HUGE amount of engine work. I LOVE the 351W engine. And in it's stock form it should be plenty power for you. I'm running a stock re-man 302, with a two barrel carb. I can run over just about anything out there. But I've always wanted a simple, functioning set up and I'm about as simple as you can get..... ha ha...

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 01-03-2002, 10:44 AM
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<font color=purple>Since you're going through the engine anyway, have you considered stroking it? 408" is pretty easy to attain [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img] with 427" the next step up. As for mild HP increases, I'd suggest Edelbrock Performer cam & intake (heads too if you feel like opening the wallet). Nicely matched setup with decent power, but still very liveable. Don't do Performer RPM though. Totally different animal. Now you're talking 1,100 RPM idle and peak power above 6 grand. That's the way I went (408" Chevy), but that's the kind of performance I was after [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img].</font color=purple>


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The most important performance upgrade, I believe you can make to any engine, being used for a Jeep application is EFI.
Your V* will already have enough HP for any application you can plan for it, shy of mud bogg racing. But the ability to keep it running on any angle, is the most critical aspect of an engine that will be put into "any angle" situations. In other words, who care how much HP it has, if it is sputtering and dying, when you need it most.

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ok...ok...ok... I wont make any ford jokes...
disregard this post..

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