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Old 04-06-2012, 03:02 AM   #1
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Cool what should be my next bolt on mod?

Hey I have a 99 v6 with a Cold Air Intake and I'm kinda iffy on what bolt on I should put next. These are the ones I'm debating over: dual exhaust( I want true duals but im not sure if it will pass smog), 4.10 gears(without t-loks I know what your thinking but thats an extra $400), or a strut tower brace. I want to install the 4.10 gears the most but it will mess up my computer's calibration and I would have to buy the tuner with it which is an extra 400. What do you think, strut tower(cheap), gears(cheap yet complicated to install myself), or exhaust. As far as performance gains which option would be the best bet?
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well i think exhaust is best as far as getting gains. and as long as your cats are there when you het true duals you should pass inspection easy.
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I would go exhaust route. Big difference in sound and helps in the power department a little. Then save for a tuner. From all the threads I read that seems to be the best way to get more out of your current mods.
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I would say a Windstar intake or tuner. Exhaust is sound and not much for power
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Tuner, tuner, tuner hands down.
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A rear sway bar is cheap and is helpful
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+1 true duals!!! It cost me 300 installed.. Or buy a used tuner for 100 bucks and call diablo sport for reprograming and paid 89usd.
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Re: what should be my next bolt on mod?

get the tuner, because it will be helpful for all the next steps you are planning, and it will also instantly make your car drive better, I recommend the AM sct tuner with free tunes for life, so as you upgrade you can revise the tunes on your car. dual exhaust is on my list too, but the gears and tlock should come before that imo. pretty much the same thoughts most of us v6 owners have! you are not alone!
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Re: what should be my next bolt on mod?

jegs sells the 7.5 t-lock for 205 dollars. its the same amount work to install t-loc with new gear as it is without it. the ring and pinion still have to come out regardless....

not to mention... it will totaly suck to have a "one tire fire" with a 4.10... i mean totaly piss u off when u drive it, cause it will never, ever hook up.

my point is... they shouldnt charge you more labor to install the t-lock on top of the labor to install the ring and pinion. if that's wut i understand you sayn....
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:19 AM   #10
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Tuner for sure. Then you can do things like gears without question
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I've done brakes, springs, struts, shocks, camber bolts, catless duals with hpipe and flow 40's, cai, wider tires, and the tuner. Tuner has made the biggest difference, and will complement any future upgrades.
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Re: what should be my next bolt on mod?

Most of you guys are saying either tuner or dual exhaust... this is a tough one. I guess I'm going to have to get the tuner sooner or later, I really really want the true duals but here in Vegas they cost about 500-600 to install, tuner would be i guess the cheapest...hmmm.
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Most of you guys are saying either tuner or dual exhaust... this is a tough one. I guess I'm going to have to get the tuner sooner or later, I really really want the true duals but here in Vegas they cost about 500-600 to install, tuner would be i guess the cheapest...hmmm.
Better gains too and good for future mods
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+infinity on the tuner!!!!
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Shop around I got mine for 225 including the parts
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Re: what should be my next bolt on mod?

Underdrive pulleys, exhaust, and gears before heading to the Mustang shop for dyno tunes.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:10 AM   #17
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Re: what should be my next bolt on mod?

I bought the tuner guys!! I got the BAMA SF3/X3 SCT flash tuner with custom tunes
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I bought the tuner guys!! I got the BAMA SF3/X3 SCT flash tuner with custom tunes
Nice. You will like it for sure!
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I bought the tuner guys!! I got the BAMA SF3/X3 SCT flash tuner with custom tunes
When you get it on let us know what's ur first thoughts of it can't wait to hear!
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Re: what should be my next bolt on mod?

That's the same tuner I have, and I love it!

After you install your first custom tune you are seriously going to wonder how you ever got by without it... I gained 4 mpg city and 4 mpg highway! Much smoother starting and throttle response makes driving considerably more enjoyable.

DO YOU TRAVEL??
Keep in mind that you can always request new tunes even though you have not made new modifications to your car. Tuner holds three, laptop holds as many as you can get!

Here is what I mean... so far I have a collection of tunes that go like this:

87S (home)
87P (mountains)
89P (home)
89R (mountains)
91P (home)
91R (mountains)
93R (home used with 95 octane E-30)

High elevations NEED lower octane fuel, so you can advance the timing further than you can at sea level. This allows you to use a more aggressive tune on 87 or higher octane fuel.

Octane is the ability of a fuel to resist knock, and high-compression engines tend to knock more. The obverse of that is that lower-compression engines can run on lower-octane gas. Air is thinner the higher above sea level you go.

Less air going into the cylinders means less pressure at top dead center when things go bang. It's a lot like lowering the compression ratio in the engine, reducing the need for high octane. Cars will run just fine on lower-octane fuel when they're well above sea level--and all of those states are. Hopefully, by the time you get back down to denser air, you've burned off most of the low-octane stuff, and can refill the tank with higher-grade fuel.

If you leave the mountains with an aggressive high elevation tune and forget to retune your car as you descend you WILL notice the difference.

Just trying to be helpful!
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:00 PM   #21
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Re: what should be my next bolt on mod?

Bad news guys the guys at Bama just sent me an email telling me they can't do the tune because I swapped my 99's v6 motor and transmission with a 2002 v6. They said the only way would be to get the car dyno tuned or to delete the IMRC's from the 2002 engine?? I have no idea what an IMRC is
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Re: what should be my next bolt on mod?

Intake Manifold Runner Control
-It controls intake air with a butterfly & effects performance and idle.
You need to find the best of the bunch Mustang shop in your area and give them a call. American Muscle will give you your refund and garages will charge you $500.00 for the handheld, the dyno pulls and the dyno tunes. That will benifit you the best anyway. Nothing is better than using dyno tunes anyway, especially if you have tweaked with another engine there.
I can't tell where you live. I take my car all the time to Excessive Motorsport in Manassas Virginia. That covers Va., Tenn., Fla., ect.. I see cars from all over the East Coast in there every day. Post your location and someone will offer up their shop!! It will be better in the end anyway, trust me ! Its all good!!
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