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Old 05-18-2008, 07:49 PM   #1
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I have been reading the forums and alot of people have been talking about t-lok and i was wondering if this is the right one? gefracing.com: 3.8 L
I was also wondering what else you would sagest i could do?
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First of all, have you noticed yourself having traction issues with one tire gripping and going while the other spins where you need to buy a rear dif?
As far as other mods, tells us what you want out of your car: better handling around corners, bad *** looks, more horses under the hood.
One thing I will always suggest as a starter is a cold air intake. You will get about 6-8 more HP out of your V6 and your fuel efficiency should get a lil bump in the right direction.
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im looking for some cheap easy to do horse power. im not that good with cars at the moment.
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the tlok is the oem ford unit that they put in the 8.8 and 7.5 inch rear ends (that are of course equipped with them as some are open diffs aka one wheel peal)

those work fine for street driving but at the track they are weaker and will eventually break (spider gears are the weak link) you can get an auburn diff and its stronger~ for just normal dd driving and street duty a tlok is fine.
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So where can i get the 4.10 gears?
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Check the sponsor section .Just be ready for the install charge depending on the shop could cost you some big $$$$
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Here is what I got man! I don't think it will fit your car because mine is 2001, but try the same sources, they are ones of the most reliable!

4.10 Gears for 7.5 Rear end at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!

Rear End Installation Kit at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!

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Just so you know, 4.10's will hurt your highway fuel efficiency. Not sure how much that affects you but just letting you know.
Just start with a cold air like everyone else. It will be cheap. It will be easy. And it will make you feel good that you could do it yourself.
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Just so you know, 4.10's will hurt your highway fuel efficiency. Not sure how much that affects you but just letting you know.
Just start with a cold air like everyone else. It will be cheap. It will be easy. And it will make you feel good that you could do it yourself.
Oh yeah definetly, but you could replace your spark plugs and get some new wires. That will increase your mpg, not a lot tho but still!
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Just so you know, 4.10's will hurt your highway fuel efficiency. Not sure how much that affects you but just letting you know.
Just start with a cold air like everyone else. It will be cheap. It will be easy. And it will make you feel good that you could do it yourself.
Can you be more specific about the cold air intake? I just bought a 2002 V6 Mustang and it has a K&N air filter. I know that this is an upgrade over the stock air cleaner but what else would you recommend as an upgrade to this system?

The idea of inexpensive yet practical definitely peeks my interest.

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I always consider labor costs to be a huge huge factor in which parts to get. Do you do work yourself or know a buddy that can help you so you don't have to pay someone? (Hell, midnight, I'll graduate the academy in mid June and be back in MD late June to help you with mods if you needed).
If you don't mind paying almost double for your motor oil, switch over to fully synthetic and that can free up power and help engine life. What is an extra $15 every 3000K miles?
If you already have a cold air then adding a freee flowing exhaust is the next basic mod. More are in so help get more air out. You can pick up cat-back exhausts for your car for about $300.
A flash tuner will do a little good on a near stock car and you can choose which octane level you want to run at. Costs slightly under $400
Underdrive pulleys change the size ratios of your alternator and crank pulleys so there is less of a parasitic load on the engine and more power goes to the wheels as opposed to auxiliaries. Costs about $80 + price of new belt.

Those are the cheapest basics
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hey red devil

any links to some quality under drive pullys?

ive heard alot of talk abt udp's but never really knew what they were for or how they helped.
sounds nice tho
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Re: Upgrades

These will work on Chaotic's '96 V6 but what do you have?

I couldn't find anything after a quick look on Atomic Performance but these are good too
BBK Aluminum 3.8L Underdrive Crankshaft Pulley Kit (94-98 V6)

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I always consider labor costs to be a huge huge factor in which parts to get. Do you do work yourself or know a buddy that can help you so you don't have to pay someone? (Hell, midnight, I'll graduate the academy in mid June and be back in MD late June to help you with mods if you needed).
If you don't mind paying almost double for your motor oil, switch over to fully synthetic and that can free up power and help engine life. What is an extra $15 every 3000K miles?
If you already have a cold air then adding a freee flowing exhaust is the next basic mod. More are in so help get more air out. You can pick up cat-back exhausts for your car for about $300.
A flash tuner will do a little good on a near stock car and you can choose which octane level you want to run at. Costs slightly under $400
Underdrive pulleys change the size ratios of your alternator and crank pulleys so there is less of a parasitic load on the engine and more power goes to the wheels as opposed to auxiliaries. Costs about $80 + price of new belt.

Those are the cheapest basics




Thanks for the information Red Devil. Since my car, a 2002 V6, Automatic, is a daily driver and economy is very important, I'd like to stay with easy modifications.

I'll be looking into the cat-back dual exhaust systems as a way of freeing up more power without impacting my fuel economy. I drive close to 100 miles a day average in my work as a sales rep.

I change my oil every 3000 miles and add Lucas Oil Stabilizer every 3rd oil change to reduce friction and protect the engine.

I recently joined the Maryland Mustang Club in order to meet other Mustang enthusiasts. Let me know when you will be coming back to Maryland so that we can share some ideas. I'm in the process of detailing this car back to a new condition.

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I'll be home this weekend for my girlfriend's graduation from Towson on Friday and then doing a cruise on Saturday. It is from Security Square mall by exit 16 of I-695 to CJ Pony Parts in Harrisburg, PA. (About a 2 hr drive starting at 1100). The place has competative prices and we are kind of expecting a discount in person but we'll see. Other than that, I'll be around intermittently from now until late June.
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look at my name silly haha

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dont see any for a v6 on there? :/
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First of all, have you noticed yourself having traction issues with one tire gripping and going while the other spins where you need to buy a rear dif?
As far as other mods, tells us what you want out of your car: better handling around corners, bad *** looks, more horses under the hood.
One thing I will always suggest as a starter is a cold air intake. You will get about 6-8 more HP out of your V6 and your fuel efficiency should get a lil bump in the right direction.
You would be lucky to get 3rwhp out of a 99-04 v6 with a cold air intake.
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thats why u guys need to find me some udpullies for v6 auto 04! lol.
i already have my k&n picked out and my exhaust....and my tuner for that matter lol.
not that i have the money for all this right now but literally as soon as i do this **** is 2 clicks away from bein on its way lol
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I'll be home this weekend for my girlfriend's graduation from Towson on Friday and then doing a cruise on Saturday. It is from Security Square mall by exit 16 of I-695 to CJ Pony Parts in Harrisburg, PA. (About a 2 hr drive starting at 1100). The place has competative prices and we are kind of expecting a discount in person but we'll see. Other than that, I'll be around intermittently from now until late June.

One of my client's sons is also graduating from Towson this week.

I'm staying close to home this weekend as I plan to do some detail work on my car. I'm going to "clay bar" the car and than polish it. I also want to detail the engine compartment a bit.

I'm coming back from surgery to remove my thyroid gland last month and need to pace myself. My wife doesn't want me overdoing things too much too soon.

She also reminded me that we have other projects to work on this long weekend!

I'm planning on having a set of dual exhaust installed sometime this summer.

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does anyone know how to remove the governor? or where to go to i dont top off at 5 rpms?
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does anyone know how to remove the gorvernor off a v6 1999 mustang? or where i can go or a website that will help me? THANKSSS!!!!!!!!!
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For the '05+, it has to be done by a shop and I had Brenspeed make sure they removed the top speed limiter, boosted my redline and my idle rpm for my SCT XCal.
I'll check to see if it is the same for your model. Do you already have a tuner?
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99-04: Get a tuner I know sct can do it.
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its a 1999 Ford Mustang and i dont have a tuner.
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hmm so what would you guys suggest for exhaust systems?
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Just so you know, exhaust has the worst power to cost ratio out of any performance mod.
It is merely popular because it makes you sound so so badass and it is just fun to have.
I would go with the Mac dual exhaust catback for you so you get the sexy look of two exhaust tips.
Also, if you have jack stands, you can do this yourself and have fun doing it.
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hmm so what would you guys suggest for exhaust systems?
I've been looking at a number of dual exhaust system possibilities and would like to know what others have done that may be applicable to my situation.

While I would like to create a V8 sound, I do not want the mufflers to be so overpowering that I cannot carry on a conversation or listen to music while driving.

I'm also looking for a slight increase in usable power and economy as the exhaust system would become less restrictive.

Finally, has anyone had any experience in working with a muffler shop like Midas or Meineke? I will not be able to do the installation myself and would require a professional shop to do the work.

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yeah it probably does but it will make me sound faster than stock...and is there any cutting to get the old exhaust off?
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like stated above, a flash tuner will cost you less than gears/install and will net you better gains etc across the board.
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