Hot Rod Forum banner

1 - 20 of 23 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I am trying to find out which company makes a better carburetor. I am hearing holley has not been spending much on R&D and has less new products..is this true? Should I avoid Holley carbs? I would appreciate any insight.

Mike
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
36 Posts
I've had good luck with both. I'm presently using an edelbrock on my street rod and I like it. I use Holley double pumpers on my race cars.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,072 Posts
Personally, I think Edelbrocks quality has gone bad on there carbs,while Holley seems to have gotten better.
10 years ago I would have said I prefer Edelbrock carbs, not anymore.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
Carbs

Is there any price difference for comparable products from each company?

I also heard that Holley is not bringing their trailers to as many events as they once did and advertising has been lees than a year ago....does anyone know if that could be true or anyone I could talk to that may know.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,072 Posts
I would think you could look up the products & compare prices easily enough your self. Holley was at the 2 NHRA national events I went to this year, so I dont know what your getting at.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
I was under the impression Holley was a better brand so I assumed it would be priced higher for a similar product.
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
18,430 Posts
One of the oldest arguments on the board....................

For racing....Holley

Driveability.............Edelbrock (Carter)
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,519 Posts
i haven't had good luck with edelbrocks. I've owned plenty of them and really never been satisfied with a single one. They're ok carbs if you tune them in right, I just don't think they offer the tunability and performance of a holley carb, especailly for a motor that's built pretty strong, like mine.

K
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
127 Posts
I've had my edelbrock, works great when it's tuned, but i found if you mess with it once it's tuned your screwed, i still don't have it tuned back just right but i tinker with it everyonce and a while!!!
 

·
Tazz
Joined
·
2,048 Posts
I agree with the Edelbrock for the street and the Holley for the track. If you want to play with or LIKE playing with your carb go for the Holley but if you want to bolt it on and go then go with the Edelbrock. I have no problems with my Edelbrock...I even have a set of them on a highrise for my stroker. Once I set a carb I don't want to go back and play with it. That is not to say I dont run Holleys, I have a Holley setup for my race car too.


Tazz


Rat Rods Rule!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
96 Posts
OK, here we go, again.

First, I will say if you understand your carburetor (and it ain't rocket science) that most will serve you well if PROPERLY tuned. That means Holley, Edelbrock/Carter, Thermoquad, Quadrajet, etc.
If you don't take the time to learn how to tune it none will give you optimum performance.

That said, I prefer a Holley any day. Mainly because I understand them pretty well. And a Holley or any of it's derivatives such as Demon, has a pump shot that is much more tuneable, which when dialed in correctly will give better performance out of the hole. It just so happens that this is where most of us judge street performance.

I do believe an Edelbrock/Carter is more likely to run right out of the box. Please don't crucify me for this last statement because it is based on my personal experience and is not necessarily fact.

I also believe the Edelbrock or Carter (and I think Carter AFB is much better built than Edelbrock) is easier for a novice to tune. Again, just my opinion.

Now, for drag racing, I think Holley or a carb based on Holley design is the only way to go. No need to argue. Simply look at the top finishers that do not use power adders at your local drag strip to see what is on top of their intakes. It will be Holley most of the time, and normally one with mechanical secondaries.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,519 Posts
newchevyman said:
OK, here we go, again.

First, I will say if you understand your carburetor (and it ain't rocket science) that most will serve you well if PROPERLY tuned. That means Holley, Edelbrock/Carter, Thermoquad, Quadrajet, etc.
If you don't take the time to learn how to tune it none will give you optimum performance.

That said, I prefer a Holley any day. Mainly because I understand them pretty well. And a Holley or any of it's derivatives such as Demon, has a pump shot that is much more tuneable, which when dialed in correctly will give better performance out of the hole. It just so happens that this is where most of us judge street performance.

I do believe an Edelbrock/Carter is more likely to run right out of the box. Please don't crucify me for this last statement because it is based on my personal experience and is not necessarily fact.

I also believe the Edelbrock or Carter (and I think Carter AFB is much better built than Edelbrock) is easier for a novice to tune. Again, just my opinion.

Now, for drag racing, I think Holley or a carb based on Holley design is the only way to go. No need to argue. Simply look at the top finishers that do not use power adders at your local drag strip to see what is on top of their intakes. It will be Holley most of the time, and normally one with mechanical secondaries.
Can I get a Amen?

Amen.

K
 

·
current hot rod: CTS-V
Joined
·
1,821 Posts
Amen, but I haven't used both.

You left out Q-Jets. They sound the best.

I bought one of the new 650cfm Thunder Series Carb, seemed like an improvement over the regular edelbrocks. I wasn't happy that I had to file out a hole in the base of the carb so it would drop down on the studs in the manifold. Hopefully thats the only problem it gives me.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,519 Posts
Ghetto Jet said:
Amen, but I haven't used both.

You left out Q-Jets. They sound the best.

I bought one of the new 650cfm Thunder Series Carb, seemed like an improvement over the regular edelbrocks. I wasn't happy that I had to file out a hole in the base of the carb so it would drop down on the studs in the manifold. Hopefully thats the only problem it gives me.
Isn't that an off-road carb?!

K :confused:
 
1 - 20 of 23 Posts
Top