Originally Posted by cheese_man
hp is different from torque
you need torque to off road
high hp is for street / strip
Originally Posted by reader585
Ok so this is going to sound really stupid.... How do i create more torque. I assumed as one goes up so would the other.
Torque gets you started, that is why it is low end and HP keeps you going that is why it is higher up on the rpm range. IMHO… if you want to feel it in the seat of the pants and not build a drag machine, go for more torque.
How to increase Torque in a 5.0L… ? First off you are dealing with a small block, short stroke engine where everything is against you in the torque department.
To get some more out of it try buying a cam with a short duration and a lot of lift, ( I am runner a 268 Duration Cam with a 510 intake lift and a 513 Exhaust lift on a 112 degree separation ), more lift will mean more low end torque and a little more on the top end if you were to crank it up some.
Another way would be to replace your rocker arms with a higher ratio version and put in a lower lift Camshaft as suggested above.
OEM Rocker Arm Ratio for Ford is 1.6 to 1, buy some new Roller Rocker Arms with a 1.7 Ratio, make sure the pistons have enough clearance for either method of higher lift; cam or rocker arms and that the Push Rods are the correct length for the application.
Another more drastic method, if you really want to add a little more torque and you have the engine stripped completely and need to replace parts you might try replacing the Connecting Rods with longer versions, approx-max at 0.495 longer rod will make a big difference and that will require new pistons also. This is not a stroker kit, the displacement of the engine will remain the same just the characteristics will change some.
There are stroker kits, 317, 331, 347 cubic inches, they increase torque too but added expense.
Some replacement aftermarket heads will add to the increased power both torque and HP.
The Kits mentioned are working packages, designed to add to each other, so no matter what kit you buy, talk to the Manufacturers about what you need and how it will work for you; do not depend on talk on the web and what he said vs I said
Your move decide what you need, how much you want to spend and get’r done !
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