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Old 12-27-2005, 12:09 PM   #1
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can you guys help?

ok... so my parents went out and bought me a regular 2001 v6 mustang. i want to get better performance out of it! can anyone please tell me what I should do first? I would like to work from the inside out! i figured i would try to start with the basics, you know, spark plugs, wires, fuel filter, air filter.... I just odn't know the brands to get! please help!!
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Re: can you guys help?

well, the things you mentioned are just a basic tune up. it'll help your car operate at peak stock performance, but it won't give you any gains

for performance gains, the place to start is dual exhaust. stock exhaust is like a huge bottleneck. getting rid of the bottleneck will let your engine breathe, which = more power. so find yourself a gt takeoff exhaust. shouldn't cost more than $400 for parts and labor, just find a good shop
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Those things you listed are more maintenance than they are performance items but they are still good things to get for a car you just bought.

Just got to autozone and pick up motorcraft spark plugs. I would not get spark plug wires since your car is new.

Autozone or any autoparts store will carry the fuel filter you need as well just tell them your car year. As far as air filter you can get a K&N filter if you want a little more performance or you can opt for a complete cold air intake.

After you get those items it depends on your budget. Dual exhaust is a popular start.

Is you car a 5-speed or Automatic?
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is it an auto or man? but deff find some gt take offs, i got mine off of ebay for 180, gettting it put on today, also CAI
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its a automatic. i want the dual exhaust but i don't want anything thats gonna aound like crap! since it is a auto, i know that i cant get that real beefy sound. which is what i want. but i don't want to sound like a loud bumble bee ridin' down the road!!!
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flowmaster 40s. with a TRUE dual exhaust kit, sounds good from what i have heard, grab CAI.....you in for some help in this area, i hav ea 2000 5 speed, and I was sitting where you were, how can i make it quicker..there is so much really. you got the gear, t-lok...tons of stuff... there are plenty of people to help peoplelike us out.
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its a automatic. i want the dual exhaust but i don't want anything thats gonna aound like crap! since it is a auto, i know that i cant get that real beefy sound. which is what i want. but i don't want to sound like a loud bumble bee ridin' down the road!!!
I would buy some GT take offs from ebay or a mustang classifieds area and just have them welded on with the stock mufflers. See if you like that or you want it louder and if you want it louder you can buy seperate mufflers after you get it on
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yeah it just sucks that I really don't know much about mustangs!! but someone told me that the 40 flowmaster was really loud and didn't sound that great. would i have to have them customized to fit on my car?
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Re: can you guys help?

^well, gt takeoffs are taken from mustang gts (hence the name) so they won't sound horrible... magnaflows also sound very decent on a stock v6, but they're a bit more expensive. i personally wouldn't get flowmasters though, but that's my personal taste. i don't like the raspy/drone sound they have

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yeah it just sucks that I really don't know much about mustangs!! but someone told me that the 40 flowmaster was really loud and didn't sound that great. would i have to have them customized to fit on my car?
What you do when you buy GT take offs is take the take offs to a muffler shop and they will weld them up to your car.
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what about the magnaflows? they have a 3.8L v6 Dual Exit System but the tubing is 2.5, but on my car it is a 2.25. will that make a huge difference?
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what about the magnaflows? they have a 3.8L v6 Dual Exit System but the tubing is 2.5, but on my car it is a 2.25. will that make a huge difference?
It will still work and it wont make a huge difference. Is it a true dual kit or does it attach to your y pipe
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not sure i will check though!!!
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what do you consider a true dual kit?
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what do you consider a true dual kit?
Gets rid of the stock y pipe
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Gets rid of the stock y pipe
what would you do?
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Things like that GT take offs are true duals. One pipe comes off the driver header and goes back to one muffler. One pipe comes off the passenger header and goes back to another header.

As it is right now you have one pipe off driver, one off passenger, but they combine into one pipe and go into one muffler.

True duals make two seperate pipes
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I'd read this http://www.mustangevolution.com/foru...rder-mods.html
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I had a shop cut, bent and weld pipes up so i can do the exhaust my self for 40 bucks. not a bad deal i would say... but ill put some sound clips of a v6 stang with gt take offs after i am done putting them one which will be in like an hour or so...
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Re: can you guys help?

for my exhaust, i called all the muffler shops in the phone book and asked what they had and what their prices were. I found that the mom-and-pop places had way better pricing than maxi or a chain like that. Also, the guy i went with had a better selection imo. I got the mufflers, all the custom piping, tips, and install for $240..and i love their sound too :thumbs2:
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i could of got custom piping, flowmaster muffs, and tips for 180 and thats with install, but ialready got my gt take offs and they sound ok for now until i can save up for some spintechs or something else. but i will have the sounds up tomorrow, didnt get it finished had to run around town and stuff. but doesnt sound as good as i wanted it to.. and found out the my alternator is going....haven't had the car 4 months yet, so someones getting a call.
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I have Magnaflow mufflers. They were like $60 each.
They are a straight through design so good performance.
In my opinion they sound pretty good too.
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Gears would probably give the most noticable improvement. Go ahead and get a T-Lock while you're at it. It's expensive but it will give more than things like CAI, pullies, and all that stuff. I'd definately do the exhaust anyway. You won't feel a diference like you will with the gears, but at least it'll sound better.
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Hey, you asked a question about the magnaflow system. I have the same one and it just bolts up to the Y pipe. Honeslty, I love it! The sound I get from the exhaust is wonderful. WHen it's idleing it's nice and queit, but it really wkes up when ya hit the gas. Anyway, it's reall y all about personal taste when you're deciding on a muffler and exhaust for your car. Just find a bunch of people with different set ups and see what you like.

As for other mods, after the exhaust go with a CAI, under drive pullies, new rear end gears (4.10's with an automatic) and a posi lok(t-lok), tune the car and you'lll be all set! not sure what you'll be looking at for HP, but you'll love it!
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thanks guys for all the advice i really appreciate it!!!
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