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Reply #15
Standard upgrade is a 255lph pump for a lot of the guys here. And an adjustable fuel pressure regulator

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Reply #16
Forged pistons are just stronger. If you are thinking about boost or nitrous is say its highly recommended.

The stock fuel pump in our cars is around 60 lph, the stock mustang fuel pump is around 90, most guys go to a 190lph or higher. I would definitely upgrade either way.

Stay away from parts store pumps, I've had no luck with them, some even dead out of the box.
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Reply #17
Forged pistons are just stronger. If you are thinking about boost or nitrous is say its highly recommended.

The stock fuel pump in our cars is around 60 lph, the stock mustang fuel pump is around 90, most guys go to a 190lph or higher. I would definitely upgrade either way.

Stay away from parts store pumps, I've had no luck with them, some even dead out of the box.

If not the part store then who? Ford Racing?, LMR?
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]88 Thunderbird Sport 302 ,flowmaster 50 series

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Reply #18
I have the BBK 255 in mine.

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Reply #19
The crank in an Explorer 302/5.0 is the same as any other 302/5.0 crank. The difference in length comes from the front pulley, balancer, and timing cover set up. Just swap the front cover, water pump, and balancer from a Fox onto the Explorer block and you're good to go.
88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, bunch of other stuff.

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Reply #20
https://www.americanmuscle.com/bbk-fuel-pump-255lph.html

This is the fuel pump I bought from American muscle years ago that I have a boost-a-pump hooked to and never had an issue with it. Probably overkill for what you're doing but looks like even the 110lph is only a few dollars cheaper. You won't need forged pistons unless you are planning to add a power adder in the future in that case I would do it now and head stud it unless you like doing head gaskets like me. But from what I can tell you aren't going that route.

Every time I put a new block in I check what I can see of the cylinder walls for scoring and address as needed. Then I take all the caps off the crank shaft and one at a time lift up on the crank and very cautiously roll the upper bearings out and roll new ones in without taking the pistons out and dealing with all that.  It gives me a little piece of mind takes a few minutes and the bearings are relatively inexpensive. Other than that I do all yhe normal stuff thats already been said here.

Haven't spent the money on forged pistons yet I run about 8-10 psi daily and 100-150 shot of nitrous off the line at the track. In the past two years I've replaced head gaskets twice and the block once, before that I was making stupid tuning and driving mistakes and blew up much more than that haha.

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Reply #21
I was wondering if I needed to have forged pistons or not for this application, I do want to stick a turbocharger on this build maybe sometime in the future though.  Does it make a difference or not to but new forged pistons or maybe look for some from the yard.
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]88 Thunderbird Sport 302 ,flowmaster 50 series

 

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Reply #22
I would say if you can find a block with forged pistons (I can't remember off the top of my head which ones had them) I would go with that and use the block they came in if you can, while you have it all apart now. I don't think you HAVE to by any means right now, but if it's an option its a good upgrade, may save you time in the future and anything to help with piece of mind I think is worth it. I can say this, if you do end up pulling the pistons out of any block replace the rings and do not go cheap on them. Made that mistake before.