Right now, holding the phone to my ear, hands sweaty, mind racing, what will my Mustang feel like with an all new crate motor this spring? It’s exciting and anxiety induscing trying to pick the perfect crate motor, I know, I’ve been there. But don’t let the potential for unlimited horsepower and a shiny new heart for your baby blind you from the truth. The truth is that most cars are not ready for a new power plant, that souped up crate motor may just break more than the bank.
Consider the following, your car can only perform as good as it’s weakest link. For example, having 500 horsepower under your foot doesn’t do any good if you have bicycle tires. And, having a great intake system will not get it’s greatest benefit if you have restrictive exhaust. The same goes for your motor, when buying a crate motor it’s important to make sure your weakest link is replaced first.
If you have a worn out stock motor, then you probably have a worn out stock transmission system. By just swapping out a new crate motor, with bigger horsepower numbers, you are now applying more stress on that tired transmission. Probably just a matter of time before old faithful takes a dump on you, making that shiny new crate motor an expensive paper weight.
I would recommend making sure the following components are beefed up before going with a higher horsepower crate motor.
- Beefed Up Transmission – Nothing spells disaster for an old transmission than a big horsepower crate motor.
- Proper Suspension – Having the proper suspension setup can be more important than horsepower. The suspension in your car, if tuned properly, will have a big impact on power transfer. The goal is to get the power to the ground, not just at the flywheel.
- The Right Motor Mounts – If the place you are buying your crate motor from offers a mount kit, buy it, don’t go flimsy chensy on this new investment. A powerful motor can twist itself right out of the engine bay, the same goes for the rear end.
- Professional Installation – Sure it looks easy in all the car magazines, but actually installing a crate motor can be a big undertaking. This can be especially true if this is the first time you’ve ever seen an engine not located snugly under a hood.
So, those are my tips on buying a crate motor, or what to prepare for when buying a new crate motor. Consider this a checklist for buying a crate motor, to help save you money, and hardache down the road. After all, we want the performance in our minds to reflect directly into the first time we plant the throttle on the road.
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