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Old 01-22-2010, 11:08 AM   #1
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well, in my newbie thread i mentioned doing an engine swap in my V6.. but i did my homework and i don't see that happening anytime soon for sure. Plus there is a possibility that i will be selling my Dakota to get a GT, but i still want to keep my V6 with it being my first Mustang ever.

I already have the CAI and plenty of cosmetics, but I'm ready for some more power. Its the 3.9L with auto tranny. Also, I'm at about 92k miles on everything. Only thing that has ever gone out on me is the brake master cylinder. I did get in wreck in March 09 that caused me to have to replace my passenger side rear axle shaft. I was just curious about the life expectancy of these cars also, so that i don't spend a bunch of money on making it go fast and then the car start breaking on me. and of course, nothing is guaranteed, and anything can go wrong at anytime, i understand that much, but just out of experience, how many miles are people getting out of these cars?

So, with ALLLL that being said, my big question is, what next??? I read up on the 4.10 gears, but i'm not sure if i want to go that route yet. I'm thinking a couple of bolt on engine mods first?? what do you guys think?
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oh and i also have the exhaust mentioned in my sig.
cat-back true duals with Flowmasters and turndowns. sounds pretty decent if i do say so myself =)
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The best bang for the buck is going to be the gears and a tune. You can pick up a few horses from basic bolt ons, but you're not going to pick up all that much.

As for longevity of these cars, it all boils down to maintenance. If you've been diligent and kept up with the upkeep with oil changes, tranny flushes, etc...then it will last you a long time.

But as far as making the car go fast or adding big chunks of power, you're really not going to do that with any kind of bolt ons. You'll need to start looking at head swaps, intake work, and a power adder which I'm sure you've looked into.

However, you can make the car quick for sure. One that will surprise certain unsuspecting V8s. An old member on here Kyle just had CAI, underdrive pulley, and a custom tune. He was pretty quick and did shock a few V8s out there...but if you were to add gears, that would help as well and really wake the car up.
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yea i see what you're saying. guess i'll start looking into some gears =)

i was also thinking about throwing a bigger throttle body on it.. how much improvement would i be looking at and what size should i go for?
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I can't quote you on numbers to expect because I've never really had the need to investigate v6 mods....I can only comment on stuff friends around here have done. None have done the TB swap...so I can't say.

I can ballpark it at around 5 hp at the wheels for the most part....but that might be high. I'm not sure.
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oh and a buddy of mine had a question for me but i wasn't sure how to answer him. he put a K&N filter in his factory air setup and he was wondering how much HP difference there was between doing a full CAI and just putting a high performance filter with original intake parts. anyone know a close approximate for the answer to this question?
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The big percent of power gains from most CAI kits is from replacing the stock filter with the higher flowing filter.

If this is a mustang we are talking about, 99-04 and maybe even the 96-98's as well...replacing the piping is only going to get you a few more ponies.

Now, if this kit moves the intake into the fender, it might net you a few more horses over my previous statement due to the cooler air it is pulling in from the fender.
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so is he better off just keeping the high flow filter and not replacing the piping? and its an 01 stang with the 3.8
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If it were me, I would just keep the filter. For the cost of the piping, gaining 2-3 hp just isn't worth it. Then, down the road, if he did add some sort of power adder, the piping would be useless anyhow and all be replaced...so I would just keep the filter.

Another local here tigerfan did what your friend is thinking about doing. Felt zero improvement and was pretty dejected about it....again because most of the gain is from the filter, not the piping itself.
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thats good to know!

i looked around at AM and found the Motive Performance Plus 4.10 gears for 7.5in rear for about $170. Sound good? I don't want to get something that won't last, especially talking about gears! i have a family member that rebuilds rear ends for a living so the installation would be free for me [and i'd get to get my hands in it =)]
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Those are going to be your best bet as I believe ford stopping making gear sets for the 7.5" rear ends. Also, many have said motive sucks, but when I saw that strange engineering used motive in their rear end kits, I pretty much dismissed those claims.
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great! thx a bunch!
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are you getting traction lok with gears? if your planning on getting a GT i would mod that badboy out, not your v6. my mods i put on below cost a **** ton and there wasnt a HUGE difference. a difference yes.. but not enough for the money. but im not planning on getting a GT anytime soon =D
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I'd also consider a tlok or "posi" unit with the gears. You can have it installed at the same time as the gears and it will help with launches, acceleration, traction and allow you to do 2 wheel burnouts

Just make sure you get a unit that's for the 7.5" rear end...the 8.8" units, both gears and limited slip differentials, won't fit a 7.5" rear.
I'd suggest an 8.8" rearend from a GT since you were considering a v8 swap, but if you might not do the swap, you might as well get the 7.5" parts since labor costs aren't a problem. Expect to pay 150-180 for the gears, and 160 to 200 for the tlok, depending on where you buy it. American Muscle is always a safe bet.
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Def get the 4.10's. The 3.73's will help some but not like the 4.10's. I would also get a drop in filter. I bought my cai from american muscle for $50.00. I actually swapped out mine today for a drop in K&N. The only difference is the intake sound.
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Def get the 4.10's. The 3.73's will help some but not like the 4.10's. I would also get a drop in filter. I bought my cai from american muscle for $50.00. I actually swapped out mine today for a drop in K&N. The only difference is the intake sound.
my k&n has a good hiss when i go 1/2throttle, sounds real nice.
4.10's would be a better choice and 3.73s...i have 3.73s and every once in a while i kinda wish i had the 4.10s.
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thx for all the input guys! won't be doing much anytime soon. my project truck is taking most of it at the moment. finally did an engine swap on it only to have bigger problems. shoulda just rebuilt the engine i had...
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