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Old 12-25-2010, 10:02 PM   #1
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what to get?

so i have about $500 to spend on mods...i could go a little over, but i would rather not. anybody have ideas?

btw- the only mod i have so far is a tune.
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Subframe connectors, strut tower brace ( firewall type), colder plugs, high flow filter, plug wires and platinum plugs
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Old 12-25-2010, 10:13 PM   #3
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Re: what to get?

haha..not sure what any of that is or does...not familiar with too many mods, just very basic bolt-ons and such
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Budget : ~$500

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1. Single Axleback Exhaust and a CAI, then get a new tune with those mods included.
2. Buy gears/tlok and save up for install ~300-600 based on shop/dealership
3. Aftermarket shifter (manual) and a new shifter knob

Suspension

1. Lowering Springs and Caster Camber Plates (install yourself)
2. 2 of the 3 : strut tower brace, subframe connectors (weld in's), or rear sway bar

You could buy some appearance mods for the exterior, interior or both!

Or you could save the $500 if you have something on your mind that's more expensive.
Quite a few options, let us know what you decide
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Re: what to get?

ok i have a few questions...
1. iv heard a lot about shift kits for autos, but the only thing i kno of is the tci shifter...is that what ur talking about?
2. what are caster camber plates and what do they do
3. if i did go with lowering springs and caster camber plates, are they an easy install? ...i dont have any experience working on cars, but i would love to do as much work on my stang as i can.
4. what do strut tower braces, subframe connectors,and rear sway bars do?
sorry if these are noob questions...
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ok i have a few questions...
1. iv heard a lot about shift kits for autos, but the only thing i kno of is the tci shifter...is that what ur talking about?
2. what are caster camber plates and what do they do
3. if i did go with lowering springs and caster camber plates, are they an easy install? ...i dont have any experience working on cars, but i would love to do as much work on my stang as i can.
4. what do strut tower braces, subframe connectors,and rear sway bars do?
sorry if these are noob questions...
Not noob questions at all...we all have to learn about this stuff at one point

1. I haven't heard too much about the TCI shifters, I'd guess they are similar to the B&M Hammer shifters for autos. I personally would skip a shifter like that and just have your transmission tuned. You can have the shift points altered, firmed up and made crisper by having a custom tune made and uploaded into your car's ECU. I know many auto mustang owners do this and are extremely happy with the results, it's like a night and day difference.

2. Caster Camber Plates mount on your strut towers in the engine bay. The strut on each side of your front wheels mount to them and allows you to adjust for camber and caster angle. When lowering your car more than 1.5" you should install CC plates to return your car to spec to prevent uneven tire wear.

3. I would say installing lowering springs and CC plates isn't overly difficult. The pre 05 mustangs have a 4 link suspension, while the +05's have a 3 link panhard system. The springs are mounted over the struts in the front of the car as to where they were separate on the pre 05's.

We do have a great writeup here on ME for installing lowering springs/CC plates, but it's for 99-04 cars. Take a look at it, you'll get a general idea of what you'd have to do.

Installing Mustang Lowering Springs

I'd post a question in the 05+ section of the forum regarding spring installs, someone that owns an 05+ can probably give you better advice than I.

4. All of those braces, bars and connectors are for suspension purposes. They'll help stiffen up the car which improves handling and gets power to the ground as well as keep it there.

Strut tower braces help stiffen up the chassis by basically connecting the 2 strut towers. In tighter turns your car will flex quite a bit hurting performance. A strut tower brace will fix that. It will eliminate flex and stress created by twisting and turning.

Subframe Connectors will connect the front and rear subframe. In stock form, it is only connected by the floor pan, which isn't much in strengthening terms. Subframe connectors will conect the frame rails and elminate unwanted flex during tight cornering and hard launches.

Sway bars will help keep body roll in check while cornering. Too much roll will cause an uneven shift in weight...too much weight transfer to one side can cause oversteer.
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ok...thanks for the info
i think im gonna go with the exhaust and intake though. iv been considering that for quite a while, i just didnt know if there was anything better to get. gears and a tlock will probably happen next summer when i get a job.

another question-i already have a tune for my car...i run the race tune from my sct tuner because it gets the most power. i dont like the shift points though...it seems to shift into 3rd much too early and i lose all the power. is there something wrong with the tune? or is that how its supposed to be?
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Re: what to get?

If it's a "canned" tune or pre-loaded tune that came on the tuner than it is probably normal. The race tune is most likely set to be pretty aggressive, demanding a higher octane fuel and much more aggressive shift parameters.

If you get exhaust and a CAI I'd certainly consider re-tuning. Not only will your newly added mods benefit way more, but you'll keep your car's a/f ratio in check. Slight changes in a/f can cause your car to run lean. The +05's are more sensitve than the cars before them.
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yeah i was planning on getting a new tune...i just didnt know if there was a way to get it fixed or something. i really dont know how tuning works or how it could be changed if its even possible...
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Re: what to get?

Where did you get the tuner?
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Yah then you should be able to get new tunes from them. I'm sure they would look at your race tune to make sure it's correct as well as send you new tunes once you get your exhaust/CAI installed.
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ok thanks
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Buy a used nitrous set up and HOLD ON. I am spraying 75 driving the street and 125-150 on the strip and buddy that is the best bang for buck unless you can afford a turbo
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doesnt nitrous screw up ur engine?
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Only if it is not installed or used correctly
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so i have about $500 to spend on mods...i could go a little over, but i would rather not. anybody have ideas?

btw- the only mod i have so far is a tune.
If you want power go with a CAI, it also can be tuned. And throttle body. You want looks go with headlight and taillight covers and hood. You can get nice hoods from Cruzin concepts
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Only if it is not installed or use correctly
I've used nitrous on a few of my cars, never had any problems. Most extreme case: 1988 Honda Accord 278k with a 75 shot on it. Never blew it up!! Had to have run at least 10 to 12 bottles through it. This was about 9 years ago with a NX wet kit!! It was pretty ridiculous!
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:18 PM   #19
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If you want power go with a CAI, it also can be tuned. And throttle body. You want looks go with headlight and taillight covers and hood. You can get nice hoods from Cruzin concepts
i like the idea of a new hood...if i did that i might get a different color of stripes. how easy is it to install a new hood?
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Re: what to get?

i say keep saving and get some new rims. thats what completes a mustangs look IMO
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Installing isn't to hard just hard to balance holding it, but getting it sanded, fitted primed And painted could cost about 400 but well worth it in the end
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I have a stock 2010 v6 convertible, it has 20000 miles on it, should the seat bracket, headers, and steering column plate have rust on them already?
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I should have mentioned, I live in central Cali on the coast. I bought the car 2 weeks ago
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i say keep saving and get some new rims. thats what completes a mustangs look IMO
Yes they do
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ok, so my cd player went out...so i guess im getting a new one :/ ...any good ones? i have the shaker 500 system right now...
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ok...thanks for the info
i think im gonna go with the exhaust and intake though. iv been considering that for quite a while, i just didnt know if there was anything better to get. gears and a tlock will probably happen next summer when i get a job.

another question-i already have a tune for my car...i run the race tune from my sct tuner because it gets the most power. i dont like the shift points though...it seems to shift into 3rd much too early and i lose all the power. is there something wrong with the tune? or is that how its supposed to be?
You can adjust the shift points with your tuner at wot and just regular driving. When you go to load your tune it asks ya which tune then you can select and adjust the parameters that you want. Shift points are at the bottom of the list of adjustables
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You can adjust the shift points with your tuner at wot and just regular driving. When you go to load your tune it asks ya which tune then you can select and adjust the parameters that you want. Shift points are at the bottom of the list of adjustables
i heard u can really mess your car up if you mess with the tuner and you dont know what you're doing...is it easy enough that i could do it myself?
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i heard u can really mess your car up if you mess with the tuner and you dont know what you're doing...is it easy enough that i could do it myself?
I had the same question. I had 4:10 in my last mustang and 3rd gear shifted really early.
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doesnt nitrous screw up ur engine?
Nope. Not if used properly. If you go crazy and spray a 250 shot on stock internals well you are just asking for it but we can safely spray 125/150 hp in a stock motor
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I had the same question. I had 4:10 in my last mustang and 3rd gear shifted really early.
Then don't do it. If you are modifying your car I suggest you learn how it's systems work the make the necessary adjustments. I am gonna assume you are about 16 and are inexperienced. A cai does nothing,pull off your silencer and you got a free cai...
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yeah im 17 and quite inexperienced, but im trying to learn as much as possible...
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As long as you don't touch the timing adjustments you will be fine,just adjust your shift points. Don't waste your money on a cai just pull that rubber snorkel off the airbox and you just got it for free. If you already have a tuner your best bet as far as performance goes is gears. If you have an auto which I am gonna assume then you want 4.10s for best acceleration but if you don't feel comfy running such a tall gear 3.73s will give you some pep off the line. Glad to have a young un taking up this awesome hobby. Whatever you choose to do get er done so you can be out enjoying your car. Happy new year
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As long as you don't touch the timing adjustments you will be fine,just adjust your shift points. Don't waste your money on a cai just pull that rubber snorkel off the airbox and you just got it for free. If you already have a tuner your best bet as far as performance goes is gears. If you have an auto which I am gonna assume then you want 4.10s for best acceleration but if you don't feel comfy running such a tall gear 3.73s will give you some pep off the line. Glad to have a young un taking up this awesome hobby. Whatever you choose to do get er done so you can be out enjoying your car. Happy new year
Won't that mess your engine up taking the snorkel off? Now you have nothing filtering the air to your car
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The snorkel not the air filter. Omg. K undo the bolt that holds your air box in place. It is a dome shaped unit with a snorkel going into to fender. Just take off the snorkel and it opens up half the air filter. Done deal. Go out there and look so you know what I am talking about instead of asking when you haven't checked. You will answer your own questions and save me some typing
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Hey hey just relax, there is no harm asking questions. i mean isn't that why most of us join this type of thing, to ask and learn. there are so many slang names for parts on cars a snorkel could be anything. thanks very much for the help, i appreciate it.
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