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Old 12-02-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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Fairly New to the Mustang World

Hey y'all,
I have owned my '03 Mustang GT 4.6L (Automatic) for a little over a year now and I am extremely interested in upgrading my baby. Problem is, I have little to no mechanic experience (you gotta start somewhere!). I was wondering if y'all could help a rising Mustang lover out and point in the right direction in the upgrade realm. Any help that can be provided is greatly appreciated and brand names are appreciated even more!!!

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Welcome. Check out the beginner to bolt ons thread
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Well first, Welcome to the Dark Side.

Now down to business. If you want the MOST bang for your buck, imo. Get a good Set of 4.10 gears, for your Auto. It'll run you a bit steep, for Gears plus Install, but you'll get a big rise in acceleration.

Now, If you want to get Acquainted with the car, and get your hands dirty, i would suggest your first mod being a Cold Air intake! It'll take about 30-45 minutes. And it gives a cool little whistle sound, and improved airflow. There are plenty of Name brands out there, ALL THE SAME. Just depends what look you like.
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Hiya!!

Best mods for our cars (in no particular order)

•4.10 gear ratio
•tuner with free tunes for life
•exhaust (midpipe/catback)
•cold air intake (some will say it's useless but most people get them anyway
•throttle body (70mm/75mm at the most)
•plenum
•lower control arms (reduce wheel spin)

I would give you brands but that depends on your budget. And researching the best setup for you is the best part! Lol
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Thank you all for your quick replies. I guess the only thing left to do is to get my research on lol. Thanks for making a fella feel welcome

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So, magnalow, flowmaster, or borla?

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Borla
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+1 borla!!!
+2 Borla
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Borla wins it... as I figured lol. Thanks
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Welcome man! This place had tons of info to help you along the way. As for mods everything listed before me is spot on for basic hp gains.

For exhaust your best bet is YouTube lol. Tons of combos sound great. I currently have Flowmaster 10s but if I had the money I would def get Borlas.
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What nobody mentioned lowering it??? That's the first thing I would do. Post up some pictures!!
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What nobody mentioned lowering it??? That's the first thing I would do. Post up some pictures!!
exactly... Lower that stang.... Face down a$$ up
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Oh yeah and get some new tail lights bro lol
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Yea, the people that know anything about cars are like, "Euros on a domestic? C'mon man!" Then I have to explain that they came with the car lol
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Don't trip lol it's not the worst I've seen that's for sure hahah
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Exhaust.. I love Bassani exhaust more than anything else. Quality and sound are unmistakable. Unfortunately so is the price. -.-

As far as from experience; I would definitely get gears done first. Manual cars usually go with a max of 4.10s(which is what I have and you can read more about my choice in the links in my signature) but due to the ratio of an auto tranny DD autos can get away with 4.30s. It'll give you the same "oomf" 4.10s give manuals.

Suspension, suspension, suspension. This would also be one of the first things I do as well. Lowering springs like my favorites H&R SS. Then a set of good shocks/struts. I went with Tokico d-spec adjustable. And it's a good idea to get quality camber/caster plates like what MM offers. Also it's recommended to go ahead and replace tie rods and if you can budget it to definitely get a Bumpsteer kit like steeda offers and maybe Steeda x2 balljoints which are pretty critical to maintaining proper suspension geometry in lowered cars. Plus they're tough as nails. Lower control arms are a good idea as well but the stock uppers are pretty decent. As far as suspension goes the sky and your wallet is the limit. I've seen pretty insane and awesome suspension setups. Mine is just basic as far as most suspension builds go. It's good for what I'll use it for; which is definitely not track purpose. I would definitely recommend saving money and buying at least the springs and shocks/struts at the same time. I bought springs first and my stock struts would bottom out and make a terrible banging sound on any sudden road bumps. Felt like my struts were gonna blow through the strut towers and fly out of the hood. Haha. Tokicos fixed that problem.

And then I would get some better rear tires. Fatter and stickier. So far I've only tried BFGoodrich GeForce in a 295/35/18 size and Nitto 555r in 305/45/18. I like the Nittos more but the GeForce is a better DD tire that still offers decent grip. Nitto is more of a DD tire that has a weekend warrior track side and are a handful in the rain.

And somewhere along the line I would get a shift kit and a tuner. Two very important things for autos. Not so sure about the shift kit because I've only done them in trucks I've had.. But it always made a huge difference in shift firmness and gear change speed. Also extends the life of the tranny typically.

As far as engine goes I won't touch on that because there's almost a limitless amount of things you can do. All I will say is you shouldn't ever go the cheap route. If a part is noticeably cheaper than other brands there is usually a reason why. I'm just finishing a pretty substantial engine build and I have had a ton of help mapping it out by the members of this forum. Everyone is pretty well informed usually. Just gotta be careful with some things you're told. Some people talk just to talk and have no experience with the topic. I'm guilty of that sometimes.. But who isn't!

Welcome to the forum and I hope we can help you with whatever you need! Good luck with your car!
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Thank you sir for all that. Brand names will really help with research and whatnot. And might I say, that cobra of yours is mean looking
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Thank you sir for all that. Brand names will really help with research and whatnot. And might I say, that cobra of yours is mean looking
It's a GT. But thanks! Haha
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Welcome. Good info already given. Good luck
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Yea, the people that know anything about cars are like, "Euros on a domestic? C'mon man!" Then I have to explain that they came with the car lol
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It's a GT. But thanks! Haha
So I thought that but I was looking at all the pics you got on there and saw what looked like a cobra. Lol my mistake, either way mean looking car.
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So when looking at gears, am I looking at the gears by themselves or do I need the entire kit?
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So when looking at gears, am I looking at the gears by themselves or do I need the entire kit?
I would at least get the bearing kit with the gears. Some guys will go so far as to get a differential rebuild kit as well
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I would at least get the bearing kit with the years. Some guys will go so far as to get a differential rebuild kit as well
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I would at least get the bearing kit with the gears. Some guys will go so far as to get a differential rebuild kit as well
The complete rebuild and bearing kit is too cheap to not get since you have to pull the whole diff apart. Cheap cheap insurance.
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Is this what y'all are talking about?

http://www.americanmuscle.com/410-ge...-kit-8609.html
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Is this what y'all are talking about? http://www.americanmuscle.com/410-ge...-kit-8609.html
yeah... By the way nice stang
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For cosmetics all you have to do is lower it and wheels. And then add an exhaust. That's all you have to do to look and sound badass
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yeah... By the way nice stang
alright sweet... and thanks
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