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Old 03-13-2013, 01:24 PM   #1
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Ideas?

I have a 96 mustang v6( trust me i wish it was a v8 too so i dont need to hear how i should get one, id rather build up the v6 since its lighter and better on gas. Anyways i manage a machine and repair shop so i have unlimited resorces, and a of now besides rims my car is stock i was wondering what would be the cheapest/easiest mods to gain a little power without getting into it too deep, any ideas would be appreciated since i have no idea what i should do first, besides intake and exhaust.. Thanks
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:56 PM   #2
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Gears and a tune will be the best bang for the buck. a single port v6 calls for more money than most wish to spend. I would just add an exhaust then decide what you really want from the car
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Im leaning toward gears my friend has a 3.73 and its got unbelieveable torque but would a full exhaust with long tube headers, borla exhaust, and removed cats produce noticable power or torque gain?
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If i recall all thats good for a realistic 10-12 rwhp from another guys dyno run on here with those mods
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Check your emissions controls though, you will most likley fail without cats.
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Gears and a tune will be the best bang for the buck. a single port v6 calls for more money than most wish to spend. I would just add an exhaust then decide what you really want from the car
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Fortunately i live in detroit michigan so we dont have emissions testings, here you can run your car with no exhaust at all if you wanted to!
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Fortunately i live in detroit michigan so we dont have emissions testings, here you can run your car with no exhaust at all if you wanted to!
which wouldn't be the brightest idea lol. people do that here in Texas.
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:39 PM   #9
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which wouldn't be the brightest idea lol. people do that here in Texas.
Its a horibble idea but hey whatever floats your boat! Hahaha
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:22 PM   #10
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Fortunately i live in detroit michigan so we dont have emissions testings, here you can run your car with no exhaust at all if you wanted to!
I wish I didn't have to put up with emissions testing all my cars would be strait pipes lol. Where I live we have that new plug and play emissions testing which sucks, people are getting busted for having things done to their cars and problems that they don't know about yet that don't even have to do with emissions in these tests.
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Yeah i heard its a pain, i like living in a state where we can do anything we want to our cars, thats how it should be
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Yeap exactly ^ I live in Cali do anything you do is illegal lol. As for modding the 6 it's preety hard to gain tons of power without dropping some serious dough
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Well like i said i manage a auto parts store, machine shop, and repair center so i can get parts cheaper than most and dont have to pay for labor or tools its just a matter of what( within reason, cant afford a 4.6dohc or supercharger, turbo etc,) i should do that will gain some power at a decent price

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Yeap exactly ^ I live in Cali do anything you do is illegal lol. As for modding the 6 it's preety hard to gain tons of power without dropping some serious dough
And my sis live in cali she put about 10000 into her monte carlo here nice as **** and then she got to cali and had to sell it because it failed emissions tests.. Its sad how the government can tell you what you can and cant do to your own car
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Well if you manage a machine shop you can take your heads and intake and port and polish them, you should get some gains from that. Or get a set of heads and intake from the wreckers do those and the valves and swap them in after.
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Well if you manage a machine shop you can take your heads and intake and port and polish them, you should get some gains from that. Or get a set of heads and intake from the wreckers do those and the valves and swap them in after.
+1...hell I wish I was able to use some of the lathes, milles, burnishers etc at my shop for my car. I'd have a lot more done if I only had to pay for materials and not labor.

You have a few options...

1) exhaust, intake, pullies, tune - basic bolt ons...add port and polish for a few more hp
2) split port swap to be around ~99-04 3.8 specs (probably biggest bang for your buck)
3) m90 and forged crank out of a thunderbird supercoupe
4) honestly for the price of exhaust and these other bolt ons for your v6, you could probably pick up a decent 5.0 or 4.6 SOHC and drop it in.

3 and 4 require more devotion and time off the road, so not sure how far you want to go with it.

You do have the shop and it's tools at your disposal, as well as a line on parts if you need them...and really parts aren't the expensive part of a motor swap, it's the labor/knowledge to do it.
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Thats what i been thinkin about doin i was lookimg into a 4.6dohc if i could find one
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