HorsePower Builds

Parts Used In This Episode

Airaid
AIRAID Intake System, Cool Air Dam System Type, Includes Intake Tube, PowerAid Throttle Body Spacer.
Comp Cams
Tri-Power Xtreme Hydraulic Roller Camshaft
Comp Cams
Xtreme Fuel Injected Camshaft
EBC Brakes
Ultimax BlackDash USR Slotted Rotors, EBC Yellowstuff Brake Pads
FAST
FAST EZ-EFI Self-Tuning Fuel Injection System
Flowmaster
5.7L Hemi, 2.50" Outlets, Super 40 Series Mufflers, Scavenger Crossover Assembly ("X-Pipe" Style), Incl. Resonators, 4.00" Logo Embossed Stainless Tips, Force II Dual Out, Rear Exit (DOR).
Hypertech
Max Energy Power Programmer
JBA Performance Exhaust Co.
Cat4ward Shorty headers, Stainless steel, Titanium Ceramic Coated
MSD Ignition
6 HEMI Ignition Controller
Patriot Performance Headers
CNC Ported Stage II Aluminum Cylinder Heads for 5.7 Hemi
Summit Racing
Cloyes Timing Chain Kit
Trick Flow Specialties
Trick Flow Track Max Cam Handle
B&R Auto Wrecking
Salvaged Complete 5.7L Hemi Engine Located Through The Locater
Indy Cylinder Head
The Mod Man Modular Manifold System

Episode Transcript

(ANNOUNCER)>> HORSEPOWER'S BUDGET HEMI'S BACK, THIS TIME FOR A TWO STAGE HOP UP IN A QUEST FOR MORE POWER. ALSO TODAY, THE ULTIMATE OUTRAGEOUS TEST OF A POWER PROGRAMMER WITH OF ALL THINGS, A TRACTOR PULL SLED!

(JOE)>> IF YOU HAVE A HEMI, HOW CAN YOU RESIST HOPPING IT UP? WELL WE CAN'T, AND THAT'S WHY WE DRAGGED OUR FIVE POINT SEVEN LITER OUT OF STORAGE. MONTHS AGO WE BOUGHT IT ON THE INTERNET FROM B&R. IT CAME OUT OF A DODGE TRUCK AFTER ONLY 50,000 MILES OF USE. AFTER TEARING IT DOWN, WE DUNKED THE HEADS AND A LOT OF OTHER COMPONENTS IN OUR ULTRASONIC CLEANER. THE ONLY THINGS NEW WE ADDED WERE MOLY PISTONS AND A MOD MAN INTAKE MANIFOLD. THEN USING A FAST EFI AND MSD CONTROLLER, THE ENGINE CRANKED OUT 400 HORSEPOWER, 55 OVER STOCK. TODAY WE'RE GONNA IMPROVE ON THAT WITH A CAM UPGRADE THAT YOU CAN HANDLE AT HOME IN YOUR HEMI IN THE VEHICLE. WE'RE UPGRADING TO THIS COMP CAMS TRIPOWER HYDRAULIC ROLLER THAT HAS A GROSS VALVE LIFT OF 4.83 INTAKE, 4.77 EXHAUST. DURATION AT 50 THOUSANDTHS LIFT IS 210 AND 218. A LOT OF NUMBERS BUT ONLY ONE MODIFICATION YOU NEED, A NEW TUNE FROM A HAND HELD PROGRAMMER.

(MIKE)>> WE HAVE TO REMOVE EVERYTHING UP FRONT INCLUDING THE BALANCER. THEN LOOSEN AND LOWER THE FRONT OF THE OIL PAN, REMOVE THE TIMING COVER, OIL PUMP, VALVE COVERS, AND THE ROCKER SHAFTS. NEXT WE NEED TO REMOVE THE SPARK PLUGS AND TURN THE ENGINE OVER SO THE TIMING MARKS ON THE GEARS ARE AT SIX O'CLOCK ON THE BOTTOM AND 12 O'CLOCK HIGH NOON ON TOP. THAT WAY WE KNOW THE TIMING SET'S GONNA GO BACK ON EXACTLY WHERE IT CAME OFF AND WE'RE ON TOP DEAD CENTER. NOW AFTER REMOVING THE CAM PLATE, I'M GONNA INSTALL THIS NEW TRICK FLOW TRACK MAX CAM HANDLE AND SPIN IT A FEW TIMES TO MAKE SURE THE LIFTERS ARE OUT OF THE WAY. NOW I CAN CAREFULLY PULL OUT THE STOCK CAM. NOW THE NEWER HEMI'S RESEMBLE LS'S IN A LOT OF RESPECT, LIKE THE WAY THE LIFTERS STAY IN THEIR BORES. AFTER WASHING THE FACTORY FILM OFF THE NEW CAM AND APPLYING LUBE, IT'S READY TO GO IN. WHILE IT'S A LITTLE MORE AGGRESSIVE THAN STOCK, THIS CAM IS DESIGNED TO MAKE POWER IN THE 1,200 TO 5,700 RPM RANGE. NOW THIS HANDLE FITS ALL TYPES OF CAM SHAFTS AND MAKES REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION A LOT EASIER.

(JOE)>> NOW FOR REASSEMBLY, AND EVERYTHING GOES BACK TOGETHER THE WAY IT CAME APART. AFTER THIS WE CAN CHANGE THE OIL, POURING FRESH ROYAL PURPLE RIGHT INTO THE HEADS. WELL LIKE BEFORE, WE'RE USING THIS MSD HEMI SIX IGNITION CONTROLLER. FIRST PLUGGING THE HARNESS INTO THE COIL PACKS, THEN THE CRANK AND MAP SENSORS.

(MIKE)>> WE'RE REUSING OUR FAST SELF TUNING EFI SYSTEM. NOW IT INCLUDES A THROTTLE BODY WE MOUNT TO THE MOD MAN INTAKE FROM INDY, AND A HARNESS WE INSTALL BEGINNING WITH THE TEMP COOLANT SENSOR AND THE NUMBER ONE AND TWO INJECTORS. NOW NEXT AN OTWO SENSOR THAT CONNECTS TO THE HARNESS ALONG WITH THE FAST ECU. NOW THE LAST THING IS THIS EASY EFI ECU. IT'S WHAT CONTROLS THE ENTIRE SYSTEM AND IT CAN BE MOUNTED INSIDE OR OUTSIDE THE CAR BECAUSE IT'S WEATHER TIGHT. NOW THAT WE'VE GOT POWER TO EVERYTHING, WE'RE READY TO ENTER ALL OF THE PARAMETERS FOR OUR HEMI INTO THE HAND HELD PROGRAMMER. NOW IT HAS A SETUP WIZARD AND ALL YOU DO IS FOLLOW THE PROMPTS. ENTER THE PARAMETERS FOR YOUR ENGINE AND PRETTY SOON YOU'LL BE READY TO GO. ALL WE NEED NOW IS A FUEL CELL FULL OF 93 OCTANE AND WE'RE GOOD TO FIRE IT UP. ALRIGHT, FIRING UP! ( engine starts )

(MIKE)>> NICE, EASY FIRE UP. ALRIGHT, JUST LET IT DO ITS THING.

(JOE)>> NOW JUST LIKE THE HIPPY DAYS WHEN THIS ENGINE WAS FIRST REALLY POPULAR, IT'S GOT TO FIND ITSELF.

IT TAKES A FEW MINUTES FOR THE FAST COMPUTER TO GATHER THE INFORMATION AND SET THE PARAMETERS.

(MIKE)>> YOU READY?

(JOE)>> YEP, I'M READY, 5,500 RIGHT?

(MIKE)>> YEAH, FOR THE FIRST PULL. ( engine revving )

(MIKE)>> ALL RIGHT, 395, 382 AT 55, THE THING'S CLIMBING PRETTY PROGRESSIVELY TOO. ALL RIGHT, HERE WE GO, 6,000 PULL, THAT'S WHERE WE MADE OUR POWER BEFORE.

(JOE)>> YEAH, IT'S GONNA LIKE THIS. ( engine revving )

(MIKE)>> WE'RE MAKING SOME POWER NOW. 428, 419, 28 HORSEPOWER OVER OUR BASE FROM PREVIOUS WITH THE FACTORY CAM IN IT.

(JOE)>> WE'RE GONNA BACK THAT UP WITH ONE MORE RUN. ( engine revving )

(MIKE)>> 431, 424, IT'S NICE TO SEE ALL THIS STUFF WORK WELL TOGETHER HUH? LETS SCALE IT, MAN, LOOK AT THAT POWER CURVE. JUST AS SMOOTH AS CAN BE.

(JOE)>> SO FOR A LITTLE LABOR WITHOUT REMOVING THE ENGINE AND $300 BUCKS FOR THE CAM, WE PICKED UP 31 HORSEPOWER. VERY NICE, OR AS THE HIPPIES WOULD SAY, OUT OF SIGHT MAN!

(JOE)>> AFTER A MODERATE CAM UPGRADE AND REPROGRAMMING THE COMPUTER, WE HIKED OUR HEMI'S HORSEPOWER 31 MORE FOR A PEAK OF 431. NO STOPPING NOW THOUGH, THE BEST SHOULD BE YET TO COME. THAT'S BECAUSE WE'RE STEPPING UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF MAKING POWER WITH A PRETTY SERIOUS HEAD SWAP. IN FACT THEIR STAGE TWO'S FROM PATRIOT PERFORMANCE. NOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THEM THOUGH, YEP, ANOTHER CAM SWAP. THIS TIME AN EXTREME HYDRAULIC ROLLER FROM COMP. NOW JUST FOR THE INSURANCE OF IT, WE'RE ALSO GONNA SWAP TIMING SETS. THIS IS A CLOYES FOUR PIECE UNIT.

(MIKE)>> THIS EXTREME HAS A BASIC OPERATING RANGE FROM 2,000 TO 6,200 RPM, AND IT'S GROUND FOR RAMP PROFILE THAT LIFTS THE VALVES TO 547 ON THE INTAKE, 550 ON THE EXHAUST. INTAKE DURATION AT 50 IS 224 AND 228. WE HAVEN'T RAN THIS ENGINE ENOUGH TO MANDATE A TIMING SET SWAP, BUT IT'S ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA ANY TIME YOU SWAP CAMS.

(JOE)>> HERE'S WHY, THIS STAGE TWO HEAD'S SUPERIOR TO THE ONE IT'S REPLACING. FIRST THE STOCK SPRINGS WERE FINE FOR A MILD UPGRADE, BUT THE STAGE TWO'S ARE NOT ONLY STIFFER, THEY CAN HANDLE UP TO SIX HUNDRED THOUSANDTHS OF LIFT FROM THE CAM. UNLIKE THE STOCK HEAD'S RUNNERS, THESE ARE CNC PORTED USING A CUSTOM PROGRAM. ON THE OTHER SIDE, PATRIOT'S VALVES ARE 202 INTAKE AND 157 EXHAUST, COMPARED TO THE OE TWO INCH AND 155. OF COURSE THE BOTTOM LINE, BETTER FLOW. HERE'S A FLOW BENCH INTAKE SIDE COMPARISON OF A STOCK HEMI HEAD IN GREEN AND ONE OF PATRIOT'S IN BLUE. NOTICE THERE'S NOT MUCH DIFFERENCE UNTIL ABOUT 500 INCH LIFT AND ABOVE. THAT EXTRA FLOW TRANSLATES TO MORE TOP END HORSEPOWER.

(MIKE)>> IN ADDITION TO NEW GASKETS, NEW HEADS ALWAYS REQUIRE NEW BOLTS TO ACHIEVE A PROPER TORQUE SPEC. WITH OIL IN THE THREAD, WE CAN CINCH THEM DOWN AND TORQUE THEM IN SEQUENCE OF 25 AND 40 FOOT POUNDS, FINISHING UP WITH A 90 DEGREE TORQUE YIELD. WITH THAT DONE, EVERYTHING ELSE GOES BACK IN PLACE FOR A SECOND TIME. ONCE THE FAST SOFTWARE HAS REPROGRAMMED ITSELF AND ELMORE RETURNED FROM HIS FLASHBACK, IT'S TIME TO ROCK ON! ( engine revving )

(JOE)>> WE'RE UP TO 443 HORSEPOWER, THAT'S 12 MORE THAN EARLIER WITH THE CAM UPGRADE. SURELY WE CAN BEAT THAT! ( engine revving )

(JOE)>> AND WE DID, A TOTAL OF 460 HORSEPOWER WITH NEW HEADS AND MORE CAM. OKAY, HERE'S WHAT OUR TWO STAGES OF UPGRADES GENERATED FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE BUDGETS OVER WHAT WE STARTED OUT WITH, PROVING THAT HEMI'S LOVE MAKING POWER AND THE COMPANIONSHIP OF POWER ADDERS.

(JOE)>> HORSEPOWER'S BACK, NOW AT THE OFFICIAL HEADQUARTERS OF THE TENNESSEE PIONEER POWER ASSOCIATION. BETWEEN TRACTOR PULL EVENTS HERE, MEMBERS CAN COME OUT FOR TESTING AND TUNING.

THAT'S A SLIGHTLY MODIFIED 1937 ALICE CHAMBERS PULLING 40,000 POUNDS. BUT WE'RE NOT HERE TO TEST ANTIQUE POWER, QUITE THE OPPOSITE. IN FACT WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT IS TO TEST THE PULLING PERFORMANCE OF THIS FORD F-150 BEFORE AND AFTER ONE OF BULLY DOG'S GT GAS TUNERS. (MIKE K.)>> I THINK WE'RE GONNA PULL THIS THING OUT OF THE PARK.

(JOE)>> THAT IS AFTER A COUPLE OF BASE LINE PULLS. FIRST A STOCK PULL IN TWO WHEEL DRIVE.

AND ALTHOUGH THE SLED'S GOT A COMPUTER TO MEASURE DISTANCE.

(CLINT)>> 202 FOOT.

(JOE)>> WE'LL USE A CONE FOR VISUAL REFERENCE. SO BACK TO SQUARE ONE FOR A SECOND BASE LINE RUN IN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE.

YEAH 241 FEET'S GONNA BE HARD TO BEAT.

(CLINT)>> 39 FEET FURTHER IN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE THAN YOU DID IN TWO. (MIKE K.)>> AWESOME, I THINK THAT THIS KIND OF MEASUREMENT IS REALLY FUN. PLUS IT GIVES A REAL CLEAR MEASUREMENT OF WHAT SOMETHING DOES. WE MADE IT SO ALL THE GAS VEHICLES ARE ONE TUNER AND ALL THE DIESELS ARE ONE TUNER. SO TWO PRODUCTS AND YOU COVER EVERYTHING, KINDA MAKES IT A LITTLE EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE THE PRODUCT ON THE SHELF AND READY WHEN THE CUSTOMER WALKS IN. IT'S ONE OF THE ONLY TUNERS IN THE GAS MARKET THAT HAS A GAUGE AS WELL AS BEING ABLE TO DOWNLOAD ALL IN ONE UNIT.

(JOE)>> NOW LOADED WITH THE BULLY DOG GT TUNE, WE GOT THE GREEN LIGHT FOR A FOLLOW UP PULL IN TWO WHEEL DRIVE.

12 MORE FEET! (MIKE K.)>> AWESOME, ALMOST GOT THAT 15.

(JOE)>> YOU GOING FOR 15? THAT'S PRETTY GOOD THOUGH. (MIKE K.)>> OH YEAH, THAT'S REALLY GOOD.

(JOE)>> NOW WE'RE GOING WITH FOUR WHEEL DRIVE NEXT RIGHT? (MIKE K.)>> FOUR WHEEL DRIVE!

(JOE)>> ALRIGHT, THE 150 WITH A TUNE RUNNING IN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE.

ARE YOU BELIEVING THIS, 33 MORE FEET. (MIKE K.)>> 33 FEET, OH MAN!

(JOE)>> CONGRATULATIONS! (MIKE K.)>> OH MAN, THAT'S WHAT I CALL AWESOME.

(JOE)>> I THOUGHT YOU WERE GONNA GO OFF THE TRACK. SO THE TRUCK GOES BACK TO THE ALEXANDER FORD DEALERSHIP IN FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE, AND WE'RE FINISHED RIGHT? APPARENTLY NOT, THESE GUYS FROM BULLY DOG ARE TOTALLY OFF THE HOOK.

(JACK)>> THIS IS GONNA BE A MAIDEN VOYAGE FOR ME.

(JAROD)>> SORRY MIKE, THAT'S THE OWNER OF THE CAR.

(JOE)>> YOU HEARD RIGHT. IN FACT IT'S A DODGE CHARGER WITH ONLY ONE MODIFICATION, A VORTEC SUPERCHARGER AND NOW THE SAME GT TUNER THAT WAS IN THE TRUCK. ANY PREDICTIONS FROM THE TRACTOR CLUB GUYS? ( )>> MASSIVE CARNAGE! ( )>> I JUST HOPE IT DON'T BREAK. ( )>> I'M INTERESTED TO SEE IF IT'LL EVEN MOVE IT.

(JOE)>> IF THAT WERE YOUR DODGE CHARGER, WOULD YOU BE DOING IT. ( )>> OH NO, NO! ( )>> SLOWLY GO INTO IT, PUT IT TO THE FLOOR WHEN YOU'RE GOING, AND THEN WHEN IT STOPS PULLING DON'T HIT THE BRAKES. IT'S COMING THROUGH THE CAR. ( engine revving )

(MIKE K.)>> NOT BAD MAN, NOT BAD.

(JOE)>> 141 FEET.

(JAROD)>> LETS DO IT AGAIN! ( )>> SURE DID IMPRESS ME. I DIDN'T THINK IT'D EVEN MOVE THE SLED. IT DONE A REAL GOOD JOB. ( )>> LOST A $20 DOLLAR BET. IT MOVED THE SLED, I WAS WRONG.

(JOE)>> WE COULD AND MAYBE SHOULD QUIT NOW AND DECLARE VICTORY. AH BUT THE FANS WANT MORE. SO ONE MORE PULL AND WITH A CLOUD OF DUST AND A HEARTY HIGH HO BULLY DOG, THIS TIME JAROD AND THE CHARGER GO AN EXTRA 14 FEET, 155 IN ALL. I THINK WE BETTER GIVE THIS THING A REST.

(JAROD)>> YEAH I THINK SO. (MIKE K.)>> I THINK IT WENT PRETTY WELL. THE CAR PULLED PRETTY GOOD, STAYED TOGETHER.

(JOE)>> WELL YOU DID IT, YOU GUYS DID IT. (MIKE K.)>> ALMOST LIFTED THE FRONT END ON THE WAY DOWN THE TRACK.

(JOE)>> CHANCES ARE YOU WON'T BE PULLING ANY TRACTOR SLEDS WITH YOUR TRUCK OR CAR, BUT WHO WOULDN'T ENJOY THE TUNER'S BENEFITS IN THE REAL WORLD? OUT ON THE ROAD, HAULING, PASSING, OR JUST PLAIN CRUISING.

(JOE)>> IT'S RARE HERE ON HORSEPOWER TO GET A FOLLOW UP VISIT FROM ONE OF OUR PAST PROJECT CARS, BUT TODAY WE'VE GOT A MOTIVE FOR BRINGING THIS CHARGER BACK INTO CUSTODY. MORE THAN A YEAR AGO WE RESPONDED TO A CALL FROM OUR LOCAL SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. THEY WANTED TO SEE IF WE COULD IMPROVE THE PERFORMANCE OF ONE OF THEIR DODGE CHARGER PATROL CARS. THE DRIVER, DEPUTY BRIAN WELCH, LIKED THE CAR BUT THOUGHT IT COULD STAND IMPROVEMENTS IN POWER, FUEL ECONOMY, AND BRAKING. WE FIRST LOADED THE FIVE POINT SEVEN HEMI WITH A BETTER FLOWING AIRAID INTAKE SYSTEM AND A POWER AID THROTTLE BODY SPACER. THEN TO GET RID OF THE USED UP AIR, A SET OF JBA SHORTY HEADERS BACKED BY A FLOWMASTER CAT BACK EXHAUST SYSTEM. TO OPTIMIZE ALL THAT IN AND OUT FLOW, WE GAVE THE COMPUTER A NEW TUNE WITH A HYPERTECH POWER PROGRAMMER. WE SAW HORSEPOWER GAINS OF UP TO 27 WITH ASSURANCE THAT BRIAN WOULD ALSO NOTICE SOME BETTER FUEL ECONOMY. BUT WE DIDN'T STOP THERE, SO TO SPEAK. BRAKING IS JUST AS VITAL AS ACCELERATION IN A COP CAR. SO FOR LONGER LIFE AND BETTER BRAKING WE INSTALLED SOME EBC SLOTTED ROTORS ALONG WITH THEIR YELLOW STUFF PADS. RIGHT AWAY 60 TO ZERO TESTS SHOWED IMPROVEMENTS, AND HOPEFULLY THEY WOULD LAST A LOT LONGER TOO.

(BRIAN)>> OVERALL THE CAR IS GREAT. I'VE AVERAGED PROBABLY FOUR MORE MILES PER GALLON, AND THE BRAKES, I'VE GOT OVER 50,000 MILES JUST ON ONE SET OF BRAKE PADS AND ROTORS THAT YOU PUT ON IT. NOT SQUEALING, THEY'RE NOT GETTING HOT, THEY'RE NOT GETTING MUSHY, ANYTHING LIKE THAT LIKE OUR OLD BRAKES USED TO.

(JOE)>> NORMALLY WE WOULD TURN THE ROTORS, WHICH ARE GOOD FOR MANY MORE MILES OF USE, BUT WE'VE GOT TO TAKE SPECIAL CARE OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT FRIENDS. SO WE'RE PUTTING ON NEW ONES. THESE YELLOW STUFF PADS HAVE A RED BREAK IN COATING THAT'S ADDED TO HELP THEM BED IN QUICKER. WE EVEN PUT BRIAN TO WORK TO FINISH THE OTHER BRAKES. HE MAY BE OFF DUTY FROM HIS REAL JOB, BUT NOT IN THIS PLACE. HEY, THIS GUY'S GOT POTENTIAL. ( air wrench spinning )

(JOE)>> SO WITH NEW PADS AND ROTORS ALL THE WAY AROUND, BRIAN'S DODGE IS READY TO GO BACK ON THE STREETS. WHO KNOWS, MAYBE WE'LL SEE HIM AGAIN AFTER ANOTHER 52,000 MILES!

(BRIAN)>> SEE YA LATER!

(JOE)>> PREFERABLY NOT IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR. ( siren )
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