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Old 05-23-2015, 04:57 PM   #1
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If I took $1000, how best would it be spent:
mufflers (glass packs?) and a K&N filter or
computer chip or
what else?
1k is about all I have for this now as I have other things in play so help me stay in budget but I want to freshen it up a bit. Other than that, I looks great inside and out as it has been babied and in the garage.

History:
'07 GT with 90K+ on it.
I just changed the oil/filter and spark plugs.
Going to have all the hoses/belt/fluids changed next week.
All other maintenance has been kept up.
Also,
Is the water pump the weak link, should I just replace it while the hoses/fluids are being changed?

Anything else I should look at replacing or keep an eye on?



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A quick and easy improvement is a CAI and tune. I noticed a big change when I put a C&L Racer CAI and 93 octane tune on my 07 GT. I put FRPP axle backs but that was more about how it sounds, it didn't add any performance improvement that I could feel. I think you would have to do an off road exhaust system to get a performance improvement via the exhaust.
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Question from a newbie on best way to improve old GT

Tune and gears, perfect starting point. As for things to look out for, it really depends on your driving habits. If you beat the crap out of it yes; if you cruise then no. They are very good cars, with low maintenance. There's actually a thread about what repair work people did to their 3Vs...
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Just to give you an idea what repairs have been performed on the cars. It's not much but better than nothing.

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If I took $1000, how best would it be spent:
mufflers (glass packs?) and a K&N filter or
computer chip or
what else?
1k is about all I have for this now as I have other things in play so help me stay in budget but I want to freshen it up a bit. Other than that, I looks great inside and out as it has been babied and in the garage.

History:
'07 GT with 90K+ on it.
I just changed the oil/filter and spark plugs.
Going to have all the hoses/belt/fluids changed next week.
All other maintenance has been kept up.
Also,
Is the water pump the weak link, should I just replace it while the hoses/fluids are being changed?

Anything else I should look at replacing or keep an eye on?



Thanks in advance all-

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thanks all.

It looked to me like I am about to dig a deep hole. Seems like one change leads to another to match air volume from intake to exhaust. I don't want to buy a CAI and then chase it to the tailpipe out of frustration.

And no, it isn't ridden hard, it hasn't seen 4k rpms but a few times.

I am going to finish changing out fluids/rubber then get the exterior back to like new. This is 3rd or 4th on my list but would like at least a little best sound for now. CAI might be a good start as you said. That and exhaust then meet in the middle at a later time.
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Old 05-24-2015, 08:31 AM   #6
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I went to american muscle and looked at several CAI/tuners. I saw claims to increase hp and better response but not one dyno test. Where can I find real data?
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Might check YouTube.


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Do you have an auto or manual?


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[QUOTE=boink;2233313]Do you have an auto or manual?


it's a manual.

thoughts?


I have read lots of stuff here and spent time on YouTube.
Going to fix the 2 dings in the paint and put on a silver stripe down the middle.
Going to replace all the rubber under the hood.

Want a little more growl and a little more HP but no decision on how to do it.

Later on:
Maybe going to upgrade the suspension, lower it an inch or two.
Maybe going to do the CAI and tuner.
Last would be to change out the wheels 1 or 2" bigger when the rubber is ready for new sneakers.
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Check out this YouTube, it includes dyno pulls before and after.
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If you want a little more growl and hp then get you some long tube headers and mid pipe. Long tubes will net you hp and made a significant difference in sound. They cost a bit but are worth it.


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CAI, tuner, and axlebacks are your standard add-on's... If you're looking for performance, this is a pretty good project build: http://www.brenspeed.com/highmilemustang.html
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thanks everyone. all good ideas.
Gonna do some more research.
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CAI, tuner, and axlebacks are your standard add-on's... If you're looking for performance, this is a pretty good project build: http://www.brenspeed.com/highmilemustang.html
^^^this, these three mods will give u a nice boost in performance and sound

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