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Old 07-10-2014, 11:15 PM   #1
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Want to mod my 2000 v6, what upgrades are there?

So i have a 2000 v6 mustang, this was my first car when i turned 16 and i have had it ever since. It has been very reliable, it has about 139,000 miles, its a 5-speed. I have had it for about 2 1/2 years now and want to start doing some preformance mods to it. It has a few things done to it, nothing major:
-Cold air intake, b&m short throw shifter, msg coil pack, straight flowmaster dual exhaust. Thats about it.
Im trying to get a little advice on what mods i can throw on there to build more horse power. I've seen aftermarket throttle bodies and a couple other things but thats about it.
Does anybody have experience with modding these 3.8s? I would just like to know what a good starting place would be.
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Your car will never be the fast. But that shouldn't stop you from making it an awesome drivers car! I would recommend building the suspension first and do it rite. Get gears and a tune and have fun with the car. Your 18 the car will be fun for a few years and then you can look at upgrading to a better platform.
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throttle body's. cold air intakes there not going to make the power gain you would hope for but if you can get your car to handle great and get some gears you can have some real fun
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I'm 19, and still driving the 95 i got I when I was 16.
I swapped in a 4.2L(torque is noticeable) a CAI, a 8.8 rear from a 01 GT, and I'm currently scrounging around for a extra split-port head and 99-03 windstar intake and fuel rail. Easiest Split port conversion and I like the look of 99-03 intakes better.
Those will probably be the last mods I do to it, maybe a cam. I'll get my dual flowmaster 40's welded on eventually.
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93 octane race tune from bama and 3.73/ 4.10 gears would make a massive difference. Everything else is really as noticeable
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I know its not going to be as fast as a GT but i still want to have fun with it. It already has adjustable steeda lowering springs which makes it handle great. And yeah i have heard that 3.73s make a huge difference so thats a definate. My dad is getting a tuner for his GT that is suppose to work with the v6 too so it looks like im at a decent start. Any thoughts on porting and polishing my heads?
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How much does a swap like that cost?
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I also want to know what you guys thought about putting posi- trac in there.
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Yes if u put gears in you have to put a posi in there. You have 2 choices with that. You can either buy a posi made for the 7.5 rear end, either from online brand new, used, or from a junkyard. Or u can pull a 8.8 rear end from a gt and bolt it on your car. Depending on your area one of the ways or the other would be more or less expensive. You just gotta look around. I got lucky last week and found a posi on ebay for 81 dollars and bought it. I have 4.10s now and im installing them on tuesday.
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Also dont disregard your car and say it cant be fast. Im always very confused at the way people act like GTs are like godly fast. Only the manuals are quick if you're an amazing shifter. The automatics stock have a mid to high 6 0-60. I have a 93 octane race tune, cold air intake, and dual flowmaster 44 exhaust and I hit a high 6 0-60....what does that tell you lol
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Actually I read somewhere that ford developed a 4.5L Indy engine from the 3.8 That was capable of 750 hp. Not sure how accurate that is but i thought it was pretty interesting
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Its more than capable, these mustangs are the most customizable cars in the world. Be creative and put your heart into one and itll turn out amazing. Im 18 years old and this is my first car. After 1.5 years of modding it im finishing soon. [ATTACH]161213[/Click image for larger version

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Just to give you an idea of how far you can go.... The interiors of these cars are basically asking to be painted and customized, its easy. The exterior you can have a lot of fun with. The engine as well. Leme know if you ever need any help with anything, questions, or ideas.
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beautiful car, thanks man. i really appreciate it
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If you are going to do performance mods. The best mods. are gears , tuner, short shifter, and Windstar intake. The rest of the mods are not worth doing unless you start moding inside the engine. Exhaust is more for sound.
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new engine,1.7 rocker arms,Pipes exhaust, shorty cats , shorty headers,under drive and overdrive pulleys,4.2 upper plenum, throttle body spacer, cold air intake, stage one clutch, shorty shifter, and tune. 8.8 in storage
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you just answered my next question about intakes. thanks lol
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do you get any extra hp from the windstar intake or is it just for looks?
What does that come out of, i thought a windstar was a minivan lol
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4.2 swaps can be dirt cheap depending on what you do. I rebuilt mine and spent around $800 for the whole swap. I didn't rebuild my head's and I used the 4.2 cam.
I've heard people have done it for close to $300. By just dropping the engine in, no tear down or rebuild. Just use your upper and lower intake, heads are the same so just leave them on the block.
A Windstar intake does offer more flow, it does give about 10hp. It would help if you were building a high HP NA engine. If boosted though I don't think it would matter.

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