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Old 03-15-2010, 02:31 PM   #1
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I have a 1994 GT V8 5.0 and I'm looking for ways to enhance performance any way possible. I am a college student so don't have a lot of money but enough to do some work. Are there any inexpensive ways to accomplish this and make noticeable differences.
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What you wanting to spend that will give us an idea on what to tell you.
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I have around $1,500 to spend.
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rear end gears 3.73 manual 4.10 auto. Camshaft. Maybe some gt40 heads.
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Gears, midpipe H or X, A9L computer conversion, pullies, Advance timing 12-14 degrees, 180 t-stat, 87-93 upper intake, ford racing E-cam.
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Nice car. You have alot of different options to go with. One thing I always like to start off with when you consider performance are:

Should I go performance based on:

Engine?
Suspension?
Driveline?
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My knowledge of cars is very limited and basic therefore I don't know much about them. That's why I figured I'd come to a place where people do know things about them. I'm just looking for inexpensive ways to maybe make her faster and sound better...like a true mustang!
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Well inexpensive to one person is way expensive to another...

A 5.0 can be made very quick with relatively little $ (I've had 4 fox bodies now.. and I only just turned 26 this past weekend) but it's all relative to what you want to spend.. Let us know your budget and we'll chip in our opinions on what you can do at that level
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I think i'll probably be looking at a budget of around $1500. It's got an undermarket flowmaster but the sound just doesn't sound quite how I would like it.
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I think i'll probably be looking at a budget of around $1500. It's got an undermarket flowmaster but the sound just doesn't sound quite how I would like it.
Do a you tube search for 5.0 Exhaust :


Listen to quite a few to figure out what you want.

Some Ideas to hash:

1. Exhaust
a.) Mid-pipe -
Do you like the sound of Catalytic Converters or not? (No cats is known as Off-Road and is not legal) While choosing no Cats will be louder you will find it will reduce your bottom end ft lbs of torque while increasing you top end horsepower. Running cats will increase your bottom end torque and lower your top end horsepower. These differences are very slight.

Will you go with a X-style pipe or H-style Pipe. X-pipe tend to sound somewhat more exotic in the 5.0s. Most people find the H-pipe to be the pipe of choice. With a X or H you find slight variances in horsepower/torque ratings.

b.)Cat-Back
This is basically a decision on how loud would you like to go or what sound exactly do you like. Once again watch some sound clips and see what combination you like.

c.) Headers
Although not usually a first mod for some, headers do help with sound and power and are still fairly easy to replace on the SN95 5.0s when compared to the 4.6s. Your options are Long Tubes, Mid-Lengths, & Shorties. Most find that Long tubes and Mid-lengths make the most power increases when compared to shorties. Shorties will allow you to keep the same stock style mid-pipe setup while Long-tubes and Mid-lengths will require a matching mid pipe or custom mid-pipe. Long-tubes & Mid-lengths sometimes require modifications to the steering knuckles, starters, and a few others.

2.) Cold Air Induction/Ram Air Induction
Cold air induction (CAI) are the air filter and tube inlet that feed your intake air from inside the wheel-well. Ram air kits usually stop before going in to the fender-well. Debatable are the pros and cons of each.
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If you are in school then I assume you can not afford to have the car break down or be broken down for long periods of time right?

Lower the car with lowering springs (determine the amount you wish to go based on driving habits and how the roads are in your area, aim for 1 inch to 1.5 inches in drop depending on this) - 200-250 bucks (install 200~)

Caster/Camber plates - Needed for most lowered cars 200 bucks, if installed with springs not much extra~ maybe 25-50 extra

Wheels/Tires make a HUGE difference. You can get a set for rather cheap I would expect 500 for rims and 500 for tires.

Exhaust - Dual exhaust is a nice cheaper mod. Expect anywhere from 250-500 depending if you do a bolt in setup or have a true dual exhaust setup done. Either way make SURE you get two exhaust tips!
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Exhaust - Dual exhaust is a nice cheaper mod. Expect anywhere from 250-500 depending if you do a bolt in setup or have a true dual exhaust setup done. Either way make SURE you get two exhaust tips!
He has duals already...5.0 I understand though, with the number of V6 question this site pulls.
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oops you are right, I miss read and saw v6 for some reason.
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