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Old 12-15-2009, 08:25 PM   #1
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looking to start getting some power in a 1998 mustang v6 (on a budget)

I'm 16 and have reasonable knowledge about my mustang. but i'm not sure where to start on getting better power out of it. If someone could help point me in the right direction.i plan to keep my car N/A for a while.what should i do first for the best power increase? your thoughts are appreciated.
1.cai
2.exhaust(shorty headers,x-pipe,flomaster 40 catbacks)
3.short throw shifter
4.new rear gears. (preferred 3.73.)

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In a v6 the biggest felt improvement would be gears, Unless you've done gears before I would recommend going to a reputable shop for this install because it has to be perfect! CAI from American Muscle are inexpensive and will help a little. Short throw shifters are great but not a necessity unless you keep missing 3rd...lol By the way is it a auto or manual? SCT tuner with a custom tune may be something to think about.
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it is a stick. Do u know by chance how much a posi rearend with 3.73 gears would cost, and be installed
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You are definitely on the right track with mods. Bolt ons are the best way to go for some mild performance. Full bolt ons are a good base if you do decide to go forced induction or build you engine. You can start with a CAI, exhaust, and then go for the rearend, it's up to you.

Gears and a tlok generally run about $300-350. I would only buy new gears/tlok, not used ones. The wear patterns on used ones could do harm in your differential, and you don't really know how long it will last. Ford Racing are your best bet, though lately, Motives are the only ones I've seen available for the 7.5" (apparently they're made by Ford), so they can't be too bad.

Install prices are usually based on your area. I'd say anyhwere from $300-800+. Unless you have a really good mechanic that you're 150% confident in, I would have a Ford dealership install the gears/tlok. This way it will be covered by a warranty.

Depending on the mileage of your car (60 or 70K+), you may want to consider a bearing rebuild kit as well. Friction Modifier (gear oil) is also necessary for the install.

Since your car is a pre 99, a speed calibrator is necessary to adjust your speedometer after the gear ratio changes. I don't know if that's something the dealership could do or not.

It is a considerable project, and is probably the most expensive "bolt on" mod, but well worth it. You will definitely feel the difference after the gears and tlok are installed.
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Cai,tune and some FRPP 410's.
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Best thing you can do is a split port swap (the 99+ intakes/heads). Decide what your long term goals are for the car, go from there.
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i say do a motor swap. put a v8 in it.
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98 v6 is pretty weak bro so you might wanna swap to a v6 with split port heads like a 99-03 or go with the 04 3.9 v6! theres a world of difference between your v6 and 99-04 v6! but you come swap them out, you can find one for the low with only like 50 or 60 thousand mile for around $500-$800, chech craigslist! good luck bro, v6s are fun when done right, im sure your goal right now is the same of every sixer when they first start with bolt ons......you wanna beat a GT LOL, and its possible with gears and a tune with ofcouse your other bolt ons to work together with it, your car stock come with 160HP.....what your HP GOAL?
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gears will give zero power but will make the car faster per buck spent
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98 v6 is pretty weak bro so you might wanna swap to a v6 with split port heads like a 99-03 or go with the 04 3.9 v6! theres a world of difference between your v6 and 99-04 v6! but you come swap them out, you can find one for the low with only like 50 or 60 thousand mile for around $500-$800, chech craigslist! good luck bro, v6s are fun when done right, im sure your goal right now is the same of every sixer when they first start with bolt ons......you wanna beat a GT LOL, and its possible with gears and a tune with ofcouse your other bolt ons to work together with it, your car stock come with 160HP.....what your HP GOAL?
i'm hoping to maybe get 300 HP but what ever i get is better than stock. and yes i wanna keep up with the GTs maybe even beat them. couldn't i just get the split port heads off a donor 99-03 v6? or is there more to it?
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just as a side note. when you start getting some power, and you become sick of shifting that soft sloppy stock shifter, invest in an MGW short shifter. easy install, feels AMAZING. make sure you get the special boot with it. its only and extra $8
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i'm hoping to maybe get 300 HP but what ever i get is better than stock. and yes i wanna keep up with the GTs maybe even beat them. couldn't i just get the split port heads off a donor 99-03 v6? or is there more to it?
I've been around my v6 for a while and have done most of what every one here has suggested, I would do the split port swap then the list that you have with 4.10 gears and t-lok. then do the tune. I am now swapping my 232 for a 351W, but don't let that discourage you from building your six. You could also do a Super Coupe swap. Let me know and I can get you a link for the split port swap.

Edit- If you do get to your HP goal you will need to upgrade to a 8.8 because you may break it. I did break my 7.5, and I had to spend extra $ that I wouldn't have had to if I had upgraded the first time.
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you wont hit 300 hp without an engine build (and then only at the flywheel not at the rear wheels) naturally aspirated, it will take a power adder.
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Re: looking to start getting some power in a 1998 mustang v6 (on a budget)

funny... im 16 and have the same exact car as you... im stock too right now besides exhaust and here a few of my upgrade plans

1. underdrive pulleys ($100 bbk)
2. CAI
3. throttle body (250$ roughly bbk)
4. go with the locking differential and rear end gears
5. headers
6. handheld tuner
7. exhaust (i prefer x-pipes) ur gonna have no choice but a cat-back
8.and when you get the money bore out your engine and raise the leiter

hope this helps...
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you wont hit 300 hp without an engine build (and then only at the flywheel not at the rear wheels) naturally aspirated, it will take a power adder.
300rwhp is possible, its just not cost effective. Do a split port swap and boost the car and you'll be happy. My friends 300hp vortech v6 is holidng up to his ford racing t-lok and 3.73s fine and has been for almost 3 years now.[this is an M5 car, that gets abused 4 days a week] Swapping engines is an option depending on how much its gonna cost, you can go forged for about 3k, and turbo for 3.5k and make 400rwhp+ easy.
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I'm not trying to be a dick and i like what your trying to do but 300 hp is just not gonna happen unless you drop about 5k in there.
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I've been around my v6 for a while and have done most of what every one here has suggested, I would do the split port swap then the list that you have with 4.10 gears and t-lok. then do the tune. I am now swapping my 232 for a 351W, but don't let that discourage you from building your six. You could also do a Super Coupe swap. Let me know and I can get you a link for the split port swap.

Edit- If you do get to your HP goal you will need to upgrade to a 8.8 because you may break it. I did break my 7.5, and I had to spend extra $ that I wouldn't have had to if I had upgraded the first time.
yes please send me the link for the swap. and the only reason i'm not going with 4.10 gears is because it's my daily driver. and it would start killin on gas milage.
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yes please send me the link for the swap. and the only reason i'm not going with 4.10 gears is because it's my daily driver. and it would start killin on gas milage.
Its a long read but it has alot of good info. Sixpackstang's Official Split Port Swap Post - 3.8 Mustang Message Board Let me know if you need anything else.
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perhaps they have made some big improvements then, not to long ago 250rwhp is about the limit rwhp for a stroked 4.2l v6~ well either way its expensive.
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Important: When modding a car from the start: (order of mods list for best results!!!)
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i'm hoping to maybe get 300 HP but what ever i get is better than stock. and yes i wanna keep up with the GTs maybe even beat them. couldn't i just get the split port heads off a donor 99-03 v6? or is there more to it?
if you plan to push 300hp then your gonna need to get an 8.8 rearend swap..then the gears etc to fit. make sure you dont buy gears to fit 7.5 then plan to buy a supercharger later and have to get the new end and new gears
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