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  1. #16
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    Certificate? .......... I want one Who's car are we boosting

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    Hi Ambitious: Thanks for the links. Going to use that right now. The cooling mod you speak of is linking both heads at the back?
    Last edited by Lencac1; 04-24-2021 at 06:54 AM.

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    Hi Mebot: Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune .............. either way Vana is pretty cute too. But Bob had some hotties on there as well.
    But no, I haven't seen the clip....... but I want to

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    Hi z man: Does the engine have to come out to do the headers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lencac1 View Post
    Hi z man: Does the engine have to come out to do the headers?
    When I installed my Kooks headers, I did not have to pull the engine.
    It IS a PITA though.

    BTW:
    4.10s and a Mo tune is the best 'bang for the buck' first mod.
    It's all big modding $$$$$ after that first mod.


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    Last edited by Joe Walsh; 04-24-2021 at 09:12 AM.
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    SOLD : 2003 Mercury Marauder FI. 4 speed Auto
    w/Crower Cams & Springs, +1mm SS valves, mild port job on the cylinder heads.
    Extrude honed intake w/PHP spacer.
    Kooks Headers w/2.5" High Flow Cats & X-Pipe, Magnaflow mufflers, OEM tailpipes w/Megs Tips
    B&M Trans cooler w/fan, Level 10 Shift Kit, Art Carr Hughes Deep Sump Trans Pan,
    SVO Rearend Girdle, Redline Gear lube; OEM 3.55s
    'Real Gauges' + matching Trans Temp, Oil Temp, Water Temp, Fuel Pressure, Vacuum/Boost Gauge
    Built: 10/15/02 Bought: 12/16/02 Sold: 10/15/18

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lencac1 View Post
    Hi z man: Does the engine have to come out to do the headers?
    Installed at MO’s... but no, engine did not have to come out. All the Marauder historians will correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe Kooks came first and are a little more challenging to install. Stainless Works came later, are true longtubes, and are easier to install. BTW, Marty is also a SW dealer and can get you the best price, shipped to your door. They aren’t cheap, but by all accounts (including mine) a great product.
    2004 Black
    Eaton Swapped by MO’s
    Stainless Works long tubes
    4.10 gears
    Lowered ~1.25 inches
    420/425 rear wheel hp/tq

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    https://youtu.be/6flRtNaLFJA

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    Quote Originally Posted by z man View Post
    Installed at MO’s... but no, engine did not have to come out. All the Marauder historians will correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe Kooks came first and are a little more challenging to install. Stainless Works came later, are true longtubes, and are easier to install. BTW, Marty is also a SW dealer and can get you the best price, shipped to your door. They aren’t cheap, but by all accounts (including mine) a great product.
    Yep.....^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ THIS ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Kooks are more like mid-length headers....not quite full length headers.
    I bought mine and they were very nice, fit without hitting the steering shaft.
    I special ordered them with the OEM like 'ball and socket' collector.
    (SW headers were not available back when I installed the Kooks.)



    The passenger's side header comes down at a slight angle and is not parallel to the floorboards like the driver's side.

    Last edited by Joe Walsh; 04-24-2021 at 09:08 AM.
    2020 Ford Ranger STX DFI Turbo 2.3L 10 speed Auto
    2017 Ford Fusion Sport DFI Twin Turbo 2.7L V6 6 speed Auto (14.000 ET bone stock in 82 degree heat)
    1985 Mustang GT 5.0 Hatchback 4bbl 5 speed manual (525 HP 363 Dart block/AFR heads with Magnum 6 speed in the works)
    1984 Mustang GT 2.3 Turbo Convertible FI. 5 speed manual
    1966 427 Cobra (ERA) 468 all Aluminum FE 2x4bbl 5 speed manual
    1999 Ranger 3.sl0w DD/Beater

    SOLD : 2003 Mercury Marauder FI. 4 speed Auto
    w/Crower Cams & Springs, +1mm SS valves, mild port job on the cylinder heads.
    Extrude honed intake w/PHP spacer.
    Kooks Headers w/2.5" High Flow Cats & X-Pipe, Magnaflow mufflers, OEM tailpipes w/Megs Tips
    B&M Trans cooler w/fan, Level 10 Shift Kit, Art Carr Hughes Deep Sump Trans Pan,
    SVO Rearend Girdle, Redline Gear lube; OEM 3.55s
    'Real Gauges' + matching Trans Temp, Oil Temp, Water Temp, Fuel Pressure, Vacuum/Boost Gauge
    Built: 10/15/02 Bought: 12/16/02 Sold: 10/15/18

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lencac1 View Post
    Hi Ambitious: Thanks for the links. Going to use that right now. The cooling mod you speak of is linking both heads at the back?
    Here are a couple of links with pictures to give you more detailed information. It's one of the most important mods and will help the rear cylinders stay cooler.

    https://www.mercurymarauder.net/foru...86-Cooling-Mod

    https://www.mercurymarauder.net/foru...he-cooling-mod

    Marty O also knows this mod in great detail and can help you as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lencac1 View Post
    Hi z man: Does the engine have to come out to do the headers?
    You're going to want to use Stainless Works headers.

    Pull the inner fenders = easy peezy job. 3 screws and a nut = left one on the ground, 3 screws and right one on the ground. They reinstall just as easy.

    You have to unbolt motor mount and lift engine and put a 2" spacer (socket or something) in to hold it up.

    I had a lot of fun doing mine.

    https://www.mercurymarauder.net/foru...ust&highlight=
    https://www.mercurymarauder.net/foru...ust&highlight=

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    Ok guys, no fair ganging up on me. Long and short, gears and tunes, sways and headers .... it's all so mind bogellating
    Nevertheless, I very much appreciate y'all helping me spend my money. At least now I have an understanding of just how deep I want to dig this pit.
    Thanks

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    Hi: Does anybody put all that together in a kit?

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    Mo's for headers and tune, ADTR.net for rest
    2004 SB Ported Trilogy 48
    Has supporting mods and stuff
    Thanks to Marty O for his help in updating this car.

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    Welcome!!!

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    My biggest recommendation is to change the rear axles first. The 2003 model had soft rear axles and there was a fleet recall. My 2003 went bad so fast the right rear axle snapped near the wheel luckily it rolled to a stop since it did not have power going to it anymore. When they rolled it off the flatbed the tire and wheel fell off so I knew what happened. Luckily I found the recall repair kit which had both axles and all the parts needed to fix it for about the cost of one axle. I also agree that the first thing is a tune from Marty then decide if you want the 4:10's. Enjoy the new ride!
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    Damn Gryp that is an absolute horror story
    I have coming from Marty's a programmer and a cooling system mod. Plus I have an appt. to do the axle on the 12th of next month. So that will give me some time to do the cooling mod and try the programmer before I commit to having the axle done. It is nice to be crusin at relatively low rpm. Then some SW headers. I think this road eatin machine should be able to do a high 13 sec. pass @ 1100 ft/alt with just those things done. What say you?

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