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the amount of work to convert it wont make it worth it. you already have a MAF.

what you will gain is possibly alittle better efficiency due to an extra upstream O2 sensor. easier to diagnose using a scanner. the 96 351 don't have the AIR system which very much simplifies the smog system.

but to convert your engine to a 96 would mean u need to get wiring harness, ECM, 96 only harmonic balancer that isn't sold anywhere, timing cover with spot for misfire sensor, ull have to drop the exhaust to add 2 O2 sensors and relocate one. change the downstream cat so it wont use AIR. do a a lot of custom wiring cap the AIR holes in the heads. and theres a lot of other work to be done
 

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My reasoning is a bit different, but I prefer the 96 OBD2.

I've got a 93 F150, and a 96 bronco. I plan to buy 2 more 96's as soon as I can find them. A 302, and a 351 truck I hope, also looking for a 96/97 351/460 F250 for parts. I plan to scrap the 93. I like OBD2.


Having real time diagnostic intel on my cell phone is sweet. I have one set up as an OBD/GPS tablet. Sets on my cluster and covers the tach a bit, but tells me what I want to know.
 

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Specifically is one easier to get smogged than the other? any thoughts or input is appreciated.
Yo SteelHorse,
The 96 Bronco 5.8 did not come or need the Secondary Air Injection System, smog pump, valves, TAB/TAD solenoids, check valve, etc.
see the 96 5.8's Vacuum Diagram @
http://www.revbase.com/BBBMotor/Wd/DownloadPdf?id=53197

Compare to
96 5.0 Diagram that needed the Secondary Air Injection System,
http://www.revbase.com/BBBMotor/Wd/DownloadPdf?id=53196

& Compare to;
Vacuum Line Routing Diagram in a 93 5.8
Source: by bronco5.8 (Sam) at http://broncozone.com/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_rel_module=post&attach_id=10584

Combined w/Smart Phone, and/or a Scan Gauge, etc. and the Ford Powertrain Control/Emissions Diagnosis Manual (PCED) , the 96 troubleshooting is thorough; exc. for when Pin-Point Tests require Break-Out Box u(BOB) use; I believe Jermil here has a BOB and has used it successfully. Without the BOB, one can use the CM connector pin diagram to test sensors and devices.


Note that the Ford 96 Bronco/F Series, and other truck PCED CD and probably DVD will run on 32 bit PCs, but not on 64 bit PCs
Ford's Document publisher, Helm $80.00
and e bay often see the printed version.
 

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Any ideas why the 5.0 came with all that stuff and the 5.8 did not?
yo Steelhorse,

Only Ford reference I could find in past years is in 1996 MY OBD System Operation
http://www.motorcraftservice.com/vdirs/diagnostics/pdf/obdsm963.pdf

Page 12;
"Currently, the 4.9L E and F-Series, 5.0L E and F-Series, and 7.5L F-Series incomplete vehicles utilize mechanical air system."

Others in past have said that the "5.8 is more efficient"; the catalysts are better", etc. but with no reference by Ford.
 
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