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Old 01-31-2005
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4.0L SOHC = N/A V8 Lightning

My sister's boyfriend, also my friend, has a Gen 1 SVT Lightning, this truck is built (supercharger, aftercooler, exhaust with offroad x pipe, one if not more gutted cats, suspension, the works) and its LOUD! (just ask Larson, r0ng5).

Anyways, he had his supercharger off over the weekend because he was rebuilding it (new bearings, smaller pulley, etc.) and we wanted to race each other to see how my V6 would hold up to his n/a V8. So we go out late, to this abandoned airfield and we both punched it from about a 35mph roll...and to my amazement we hung dead even the whole time (we did this three times)...our front bumpers stayed within 3 inches of each other the entire time. I was proud of my sohc, hanging dead even with a V8 that was designed for speed. And the good news is that i was only running my 87 octane program on my Bamachip! He agreed that with the 91 octane program i could probably pull on him slowly.

After that we went back to his house and re-installed his supercharger.
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Yeah.. they were next to me.. (Kim and I were gonna go get Pho) and i had my windows down. They drove by HARD (off the line) and kim was like.. "oOOOOWWWWW!!, don't ever get a truck like that"... haha.. anyways, it's loud.

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wow, that is amazing. gen 1's are the early 90's ones right?
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yea, like 94 and 95 lightning..

I believe thier 351's and not supercharged..Supercharged must be a monster..

Being as i wax new hemi's and silverado's , i believe it.. Good job..
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yah...

they probably had 302's in them....which really doesnt put out all that much hp...i think Truckin magazine dyno'd a stock 350 chevy truck and got maybe 223? hp...somethin like that...and they weigh more

u're truck with the right programming and mods will pull a stock v8 easily....

but then they bring in the strokers and heads and cams and intake manifolds and NOS, and blowers.....thas when we head home...
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Gen1 lightnings had a 351W with a mild cam and GT40-style heads and intakes. They were rated at 240hp and (I believe) 285lb/ft torque. Fast, but not insanely so. The real innovation was that they handled EXTREMELY well given the weight and style of suspension they used.
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ah...i stand corrected....
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leo, how do u race people? in that i mean, how do u get peopl inthose trucks to race u? when i rev it at them...they just look at me like "u idiot...read the badge...HEMI...no contest" and i just wanna see how i'd do...

so then i settle for revvin it at imports...haha...and even them look at me like "u idiot redneck...i'm not racing u in that big *** truck...my fart pipe will TOTALLY demolish you"

so they never race or anything....
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They usually race me, or its friends with the trucks, my cousin has a 04 Silverado with the 5.3, and one of my friends, has the bumble bee reg cab yellow dodge hemi..

Thier people i know..

Ill be getting a decal on my back window, to taunt the hemi's...lol Maybe they will start charging me up...lol
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oh, i want one!!!!

whats it look like?
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oh, i want one!!!!

whats it look like?

Look under my username..lol
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haha, they wont notice that!
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fullsize that with a little work...they'd see it better...haha
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Gen1 lightnings had a 351W with a mild cam and GT40-style heads and intakes. They were rated at 240hp and (I believe) 285lb/ft torque. Fast, but not insanely so. The real innovation was that they handled EXTREMELY well given the weight and style of suspension they used.
100% correct. The gen 1's have a 351. And YES, for a truck, or anthing that isnt all wheel drive, it handles like a dream! he will hit corners and i will just start thinking to myself, "oh **** were gonna spin out and wrap around a poll." But it never does...tires dont even howl, its impressive. Hes done his own custom suspension work in adding to the stock suspension (long link traction bars, fabricated his own pan hard, added springs, and more).
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I believe a ranger would take a V8 like that. I saw a supercharged lightning at the Nopi show at Steele, AL last year and just was like like -raises a eyebrow- that was slow. Then again it was completely stock, but still.

GJ man....I want a 4.0 now, but then again I want a lot of choices so 302 has my eye right now...think both can be SC. Not going turbo on the truck...I will on my Sentra years down the road.
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Wowak thanx for clearing that up, it irks me when people spit out information they arent sure on.

BTW, those Gen 1 Ls (1993-1995) ran an average 1/4 in the low 15s which isnt fast but remember its a basic 351W. the handling on them is supurb and will **** on a Gen 2 L if they both had a blower and same boost.
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BELIEVE THIS OR NOT.... a local compnay is CRAZY enough to throw a 351 cleve. in my friends 93 ranger... now... power to wieght ratio :D... SRT-10's Watch out (we still would have no chance)... this guys it totally nuts, and this will be their second 351 swap into a ranger, the owner has a s-10 with a 350 in it... nice too.. along with his other 6 trucks.

They will make a new driveshaft, front suspension, ecu, exhaust, everything, which lowers cost since they do everything.


And isn't the Lightning coming back in '07 since the cobra will be back? From what i heard they had that concept ready for production then the SRT-10 came out.. so they went back to the drawing board so they can kill dodge with the Lightning.. ahhh the horsepower wars are back. THANK YOU GOD!!!
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The lightning is dead, they are coming out with a new truck called the Hurricane or something or so the recent rumors say...and its due out 08 the earliest.
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Dont say that you scare me.. .why get rid of the lightning theme? then Tsumani (no pun intended) ranger would have to come about.
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SRT-10...

The basics:
Officially announced; these specs confirmed 11/03 (published 2/03!)
0-60 in 5.2 seconds
13.8 second quarter mile
.92 g skid-pad
World's speed record set February 2, 2004

http://www.allpar.com/model/ram/ram-srt-10.html

13.8 on slicks with The man above pushing the tailgate. I've whooped up on 1 and a second one running around here backed down from a honda civic ( my money was actually on the civic till that mopar owner split ) .

http://www.newcars.com/style.php?style_id=100401305
http://www.newcars.com/style.php?sty...05&att_type=30

Most intresting fact -- > " Hp to weight 10.2 "

It's not a truck, its a bloody sow. If they put all 2.25 tons of its weight ( IE: Fat *** ) over the rear wheels, it might actually catch traction and go places.

For 45grand, You could go a LOT faster then 13.something and haul a lot more ( Can we say F250 turbo diesel with a banks kit? ).

How is it a Lightning has 380 HP which gives it a 12.3 HP/Weight ratio and it still pulls down times lower then something that has more torque? Physics into play on that grip/suspension? Methinks Dodge has some terrible folks doing their testing ( maybe its the folks from their rice plants at mitsubishi that are building all their junk these days ? ).

Gimme a REAL hemi, not this new-wave yuppie rubbish.
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the lightning is dead, and apparently now so is the hurricane engine, shelved indefinately.

and the 351C is a good engine to swap in, but hard to find performance parts. in fact, in my torino, i had to have a machine shop make a lot of my performance mods. but its got somewhere in the neighborhood of 450hp pulling around my 3000 lb 4 door sedan
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when did they shelve the hurricane engine???

oh and me thinks why the SRT-10 is putting up such slow times for the power, wheel spin and the manny tranny...ford has an auto=better launches and easier to launch.
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but the srt 10 looks badass if nothing else

the hemi is overhyped...it sucks gas and doesnt even go fast...they pay for the status of having a "hemi" which isnt even a real hemi..if u'll remember the topic on gen edge....

i wish i could race one...noone around here will do it though...
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a friend of a friend read about the hurricane being shelved, i think it was int he blue oval news or something
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Man I didn't know Ford was suffering like that. I thought that lightning was slow because of the driver. Still may be a factor to the driver, and the track(our 1/4 mile track sucks).
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