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Old 08-06-2014, 09:02 AM   #1
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Not enough power?

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So, I just recently got my hands on a 1999 V6, which I love a lot. However, the person that had it before me didn't keep up with maintenance too well, and I've had to do a little bit of work with it. I replaced the rear wheel bearings, a tie rod end, changed oil, so on. Ever since I got the car, I've been treating it very gently, or at least I could be sure that it was in solid enough condition to have fun with.
Well, yesterday I decided that while I was out driving, it had finally come together enough to have a bit of fun. So as I take it onto the highway, I put the gas to the floor.
Now, I've had a 95' V6 in the past (that died; RIP), and with no performance mods, it could still get up and go if I wanted it to at 145hp, if not even a little less. That being said, the 99 V6 made around 190hp, which is quite a bit more. So it should put on a much better show, right? Well, I stand on the gas going onto the high way AND
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The engine rev'd very nicely, the exhaust made a beautiful little note, and eh. It just didn't have the kick that I know this car should have. And I know I know, it's just a V6. But still, it was kinda lame.

Anyway, my question is how can I make this older car drive like it did when it drove off the lot? No, I don't want a CAI (although I plan on getting one in the future), I don't want new exhaust, and I don't want thirteen turbos on a new V12 engine. I just want to find a way to shake off the dust and make my car quick like it was new, is all. Any kind of treatments out there that I can tune up my car like that?
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If u haven't gotten these things already, I at least start with a tune up and American muscle sells a nice coilpack that should improve a lil better than how it drives now, off course gears and a tune but those things are expensive and u don't wanna go that direction.


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Hello jay
I also just picked up a 99 mustang 3.8 what I have done so far to give it a little more power start with a tune up change air intake and throttle body also get a computer tuner or chip that's 25 to 30 increases just from doing that. I also just installed a short throw shifter also start with that stuff. Click image for larger version

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Well, first off welcome back to the 94-04 family.

I've got a 2000 v6, and I'm not sure what minor differences there are between the two, but I've had mine for 7 years, and it sat in a barn for the first 3 of those.

First, I'd seafoam the **** out of it. Everywhere you can out seafoam, do it. (You a find seafoam at autozone, and a tutorial for how to use on YouTube)
In case you don't know what seafoam is (it seems most don't) it's a hardcore de-greaser that cleans the living piss out of the inside of your engine and fuel lines, as well as other places. Plus you get some badass exhaust smoke for a bit!

Next, oil change, tune up, replace the coil pack (which I still haven't done haha) and absolutely slap on a CAI. My cold air intake was $60 on eBay and my car's performance and sound definitely got better. Not much, like gears or exhaust, but for the price you can't beat it. Anyway, here's my Decepticon.
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Awesome cars, guys. And thanks so much for the tips! Regarding seafoam, how do you use it in the vacuum lines in these cars? I tried to put it into the air intake, but it just dripped out.


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Awesome cars, guys. And thanks so much for the tips! Regarding seafoam, how do you use it in the vacuum lines in these cars? I tried to put it into the air intake, but it just dripped out.


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Don't so too much too fast.. You can ruin your motor like that. Be careful with it. Some swear by it, some hate it. Personally I think it's ok when used conservatively. I've seen threads of roasted engines due to it.


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Gears and a tune are everything. Nothing else you can do that would get the same benefits as those 2 mods
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Don't so too much too fast.. You can ruin your motor like that. Be careful with it. Some swear by it, some hate it. Personally I think it's ok when used conservatively. I've seen threads of roasted engines due to it.


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I've done it before on my old Grand Am, so I know how to do it, but in my other car the vacuum sucked the seafoam in. In the mustang, I put it into my air intake and it just dripped back out of the intake. The engine stayed on and running, but the seafoam just didn't go it. Is there a trick to doing it?


And I was thinking about a new set if gears, but I've also heard that that would put an extra strain on the engine. If it was my track car I wouldn't mind, but I don't know if I'd want to do that to my every day. Does it put strain on the engine?

Also, I noticed that my gas pedal seems like its lower to the floor than it should be. Like, I can lift the pedal up. How do I adjust my throttle cable to get my full range of rev?


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Well, I adjusted my throttle cable yesterday and HOLY HELL does that wake up a car. I don't know why I didn't check this on all of my cars. It's so simple but gives you so much better throttle response!


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Hey how did you adjust the throttle cable? I think that would help me out a lot
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If it's a high mileage motor and has never been sea foamed don't do it. It will destroy your catalytic converters.
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I am also curious as to how to adjust the throttle cable?

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Old 08-12-2014, 11:33 AM   #14
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Haha well I'd rather rip up my cats than have an unhealthy engine, you know?

And as far as throttle cable adjustment goes, this is the short and sweet version of how to do it:
A little warming for those looking to do it:
DON'T OVER TIGHTEN. If you tighten your cable too much, it will increase your idle revs and decrease mpg and wear on your engine faster! Past that, have fun boys.


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Haha well I'd rather rip up my cats than have an unhealthy engine, you know?

And as far as throttle cable adjustment goes, this is the short and sweet version of how to do it:
A little warming for those looking to do it:
DON'T OVER TIGHTEN. If you tighten your cable too much, it will increase your idle revs and decrease mpg and wear on your engine faster! Past that, have fun boys.


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How many zip ties did you use?
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Put a tune,gears, cold air intake, and exhaust on the car. Should transform it to a completely different car
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Haha well I'd rather rip up my cats than have an unhealthy engine, you know?

And as far as throttle cable adjustment goes, this is the short and sweet version of how to do it:
A little warming for those looking to do it:
DON'T OVER TIGHTEN. If you tighten your cable too much, it will increase your idle revs and decrease mpg and wear on your engine faster! Past that, have fun boys.


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It won't simply "rip up your cats", it will clog them with carbon particles and also coat the pre o2 sensors before the cat In soot, I have heard many exhaust related sea foam horror stories.
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Well, as far as zip ties goes, I used about 7, because my pedal was really rather loose. But you kind of have to base it on your cable tightness, so it could be more or less.
Regarding the cats being ruined, here's the way that I see it. I'm planning on putting in a new exhaust system sometime in the near future, so I could care less about my cats. I don't, however, plan on doing an engine transplant at any point with this car. And I'd like to keep it that way. Catch my drift? In any manner, I understand what you're saying, and thank you for the heads up. It's just not my biggest worry, you know?


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Well, as far as zip ties goes, I used about 7, because my pedal was really rather loose. But you kind of have to base it on your cable tightness, so it could be more or less.
Regarding the cats being ruined, here's the way that I see it. I'm planning on putting in a new exhaust system sometime in the near future, so I could care less about my cats. I don't, however, plan on doing an engine transplant at any point with this car. And I'd like to keep it that way. Catch my drift? In any manner, I understand what you're saying, and thank you for the heads up. It's just not my biggest worry, you know?


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Did u leave any slack in the gas pedal at all? I left a bit just to be safe
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My cable seemed pretty stretched on my 2000. Went home and did this and used about 5 standard sized zip ties. I left about a zip tie worth of slack just to be safe. Car definitely gets up MUCH quicker. Acceleration+!!
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Might do a little video showing the "after" of this mod
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Oooh yeah! Definitely leave a bit of slack on the pedal. That way during the winter, it will have room to shrink when it gets cold.


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How do you tighten the throttle cable on the 1999 v6


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Well, as far as zip ties goes, I used about 7, because my pedal was really rather loose. But you kind of have to base it on your cable tightness, so it could be more or less.
Regarding the cats being ruined, here's the way that I see it. I'm planning on putting in a new exhaust system sometime in the near future, so I could care less about my cats. I don't, however, plan on doing an engine transplant at any point with this car. And I'd like to keep it that way. Catch my drift? In any manner, I understand what you're saying, and thank you for the heads up. It's just not my biggest worry, you know?


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Check out the link, man. It's kind of the cheating way, but it worked great for me.


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Okay thanks that's how I did I used a pen cut it to the size and put zip ties around it and use it as a spacer


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Gears make a big difference, I have a 1995 4.2 mustang, singleport heads, cai and a straight pipe. It ran mid to high 16's with 2.73 gears in a open diff 7.5 rear.

I swapped in a stock 2001 GT rear with 3.27's. I went down a whole second in the quarter mile.
I have to pay for time slips only picked up one. Ran a 15.6, I think I could of gone a bit faster. Atleast squeezing into the 15.5's.
I usually ran 16.70's with the old 7.5 with 2.73's.
I don't know if its the added traction or different gears, probably both.

8.8 rear is easy swap, $200-$300 for a whole rear-end it'll bolt up to the same holes. No mods needed.


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Gears make a big difference, I have a 1995 4.2 mustang, singleport heads, cai and a straight pipe. It ran mid to high 16's with 2.73 gears in a open diff 7.5 rear.

I swapped in a stock 2001 GT rear with 3.27's. I went down a whole second in the quarter mile.
I have to pay for time slips only picked up one. Ran a 15.6, I think I could of gone a bit faster. Atleast squeezing into the 15.5's.
I usually ran 16.70's with the old 7.5 with 2.73's.
I don't know if its the added traction or different gears, probably both.

8.8 rear is easy swap, $200-$300 for a whole rear-end it'll bolt up to the same holes. No mods needed.


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I wish I knew enough to do the 8.8 swap. I don't know where to get them, or even what they look like. I'm mechanically retarded.


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I wish I knew enough to do the 8.8 swap. I don't know where to get them, or even what they look like. I'm mechanically retarded.


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You dont need to do an 8.8 swap, unless u plan on blowing your car your 7.5 with added gears and a t lok is better. Its about 80 pounds lighter I believe so you would be better off saving weight and adding gears/ t lok to your 7.5. But if you wanna run with slicks and higher hp safely, an 8.8 is needed to insure you don't snap your rear end. However, 7.5s can handle about 300hp.
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Ooooh crap. :/ that sucks.


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A bit off topic but makky amazon sells these in red also... Some say it's ricey but I love how they glow at night head turner for sure though "Like it or Love it" is my motto lol



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I've actually got those "watched" on eBay, but I've never seen more than that. I was hesitant to buy because it's from a dealer in china and they usually send me junk. Haha


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