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Old 11-26-2007, 05:17 PM   #1
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I just bought a 1996 3.8 V6 and it is stock, because of which it has terrible pick-up. What can I do that's moderatly cost efficent to increase my acceleration?
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

Ring and pinion? Do you know the stock rear-gear ratio?
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

Sell it
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Ring and pinion? Do you know the stock rear-gear ratio?
Whatever the factory is.
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

My comment was a joke btw...

But, the best way to improve your pickup would be with a set of gears.

If you have an auto I'd recommend 4.10's and 3.73's if you have a manual. That and a traction lock and you'll be set for a while.
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

sell the v6 buy a v8. thats what im doin come spring
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Old 11-27-2007, 12:21 AM   #7
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

if you decide to sell it, getting a 99 v-6 will improve speed quite a bit... though a '96 GT will have roughly similar speed to the 99 v-6 (of course the GT is still faster, especially the manual), but the '99 GT would be hands above all others I mentioned. enjoy
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

He just bought the car, I doubt he wants to sell it quite yet...

There is alot you can do to the car, just depends on your budget. Look to spend 500-600 dollars total to change the gears in your rear end but this will be your best mod for the money. Exhaust will make it more enjoyable to drive because of the sound but not really make it any faster.

If you've got a little money ready to invest in the car, changing from a single port setup to a split port setup will really help wake the car up. This one costs quite a bit but is worth it for a pre-99 IMO
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Whatever the factory is.
I don't have a clue. That's why I was asking.
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

I think it's like a 2.73
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

Yep, regretfully.
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

2.73 -> 3.73 will be a night and day difference. You're not going to go out and dust the doors of any GTs, or anything, but the car will at least be able to get out of its own way.
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

Don't fear the gear, 4.10 ftw
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

ok sounds like a good plan. You guys have any preferred brand of gears I should look at?
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If you've got a little money ready to invest in the car, changing from a single port setup to a split port setup will really help wake the car up. This one costs quite a bit but is worth it for a pre-99 IMO
What is this and where could I find one? Also is the a gear ratio between 2.73 and 3.73? for the mustang of course.
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

99+ v6's come with 3.27's. they also make 3.08 and 3.55 for a 8.8 rear end which come in the gt.
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

As far as recommending gears, get FRPP gears, these are ford racing gears and are nomally better spec'd.

And by split port what I'm talking bout is 99 + v6 mustangs have a split port intake setup and different heads that flow much better and make better power. You basically have to tear down the top half of the engine and replace it all.
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

Good to know. Thank you. Now about the split port intake. what is it where can I see one?
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

Sorry about that prev post. So the 99 v6 manifod wont fit on the 94 heads I need to get full top end of 99 v6?
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

I only read some of this, saw people telling you about gears.

I was told, and I'm not sure if it was posted above, only read a few posts.. that if I should also get rear posi if I were going to get gears.

So look into that aswell.

Or just hope you bump into n00bs when you're driving like the 350Z I came across last night missing gears and ****.. lawl.
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Old 12-03-2007, 10:46 AM   #21
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

well a cheap way to get positive traction just weld the solenoids togehter. i tought everyone knew that.
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:37 PM   #22
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

with me it's not a problem of traction it's acceleration. I know traction can help but it's not the big problem here.
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

Well I recomend gears to you because They have been recomended for me as well. While we are on the topic. My goal today was to find a rear end for my 94 6er. I picked up the phone at 11 am and got the phone book and started calling around. After about 2 hours and probably 50 phone calls, I came up with 3 rear ends for $300 (ea) all with 89-96,000 mi on them, and the sellers would pull for me. I found many others but they were too far away and way over priced. This one guy tried to sell me a rear end from a 95 GT with 140,000 miles on it for 1200 and I had to pull it myself!!

If you really want a rear end for cheap, be willing to spend 1-2 hrs calling around. I think it was well worth it.
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that was a great story.
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How do you weld solenoids?
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How do you weld solenoids?
I think he meant weld the axles to the carrier...not real smart imo.
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Sorry about that prev post. So the 99 v6 manifod wont fit on the 94 heads I need to get full top end of 99 v6?
It does take some work to make the split port swap work. But, the '94-'98 has a better cam profile so you may make some more power than a '99-'04 V6. Plus, we already have "exhaust headers" instead of the '99-'04 V6 exhaust manifolds. The best place to get the swap parts at is Super Six Motorsports. If you go to there website and check out the garage sale, they offer all the parts you need to do the swap including the modified fuel rail.

http://www.supersixmotorsports.com/p...GarageSale.pdf
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Re: Slow Pick-Up

auto - 4.10
manual - 3.73

plus chip plus tune
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auto - 4.10
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plus chip plus tune
I second that myself.
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