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I want to know what the best, easiest and cheapest way is to raise the HP in a 1997 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0 L V8, and to do it yourself. Is that possible?

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Cheapest way is to take the heads off and have them skimmed to increase the compression ratio ,then use 98 unleaded ,unless you take the cats off and knock them through then keep a set of cats for the emmision test ,better still run each bank of exhaust manifold down its own pipe with just a silencer at the end .then get yourself a peugeot partner or a ford courier diesel van for work and just use this at the weekends and think of the golf oil spill

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