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Old 08-13-2019, 09:50 AM   #171
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I would NOT buy the Dorman intake---the OEM is a bit more but in the end far, far better quality and durability. Additionally it doesn't take the same gaskets, the fuel rails and COP bolts are nothing more than screws threaded for plastic. I'd much prefer those devices be attached to the intake by the metal threaded inserts Ford installs, proper bolts used instead of screws.

While swapping out my own 5.4 that had come to me with a Dorman intake I decided to go OEM if only to CMA on the warranty end should that ever be an issue.

You're making good progress---glad to see it coming along.

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Old 08-13-2019, 01:18 PM   #172
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I would go with the factory intake too! Dorman is good but I have a 5.4 in my pickup and it had an aftermarket that gave me trouble so I had a factory put in. I did a timing cover on a 351w with no issues but others have had leaks.

If you need any help when it comes to stabbing it back in let me know I can come by and help with?

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Old 08-13-2019, 08:23 PM   #173
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Well I can always send the Dorman back. The Motorcraft one is $100 more. Available at the dealer I ordered the engine through. Not much money in the grand scheme of things.

Thanks for the offer Vanimal, but I stuck the new engine back in the van last night. As soon as I figure out my intake I can move forward with reassembly.

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