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Old 05-25-2010, 04:33 PM   #1
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Alright so i just got my 2003 Mustang gt the other day and starting thinkin of some mods. Of course an exhaust lol then CAI and tuner, BUT after reading on here some it seems like bolt ons dont do alot for this generation of mustang. So my question is what are 2 or 3 good mods other than exhaust that aren't gonna kill me money wise. I'm just lookin for a lil more kick, not a drag car. Any help is appreciated guys. THANKS!
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4:10 gears really make a HUGE difference. Some will tell you that it will kill your gas mileage, but it won't. I have then and get 17mpg.
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Ah i kinda want to stay away from the gears lol
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How about Long Tube Headers, more aggressive cams, if you have an automatic you could get a torque converter, lighter drive shaft. You could port and polish your heads and intake as well. But what are you willing to spend is the real question?
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Old 05-25-2010, 07:24 PM   #5
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not alot, i mean the car is an 03 with 110k miles. And its really just my toy/cruiser. Just want a lil extra get up and go lol
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If you want you could rebuild the engine for an N/A setup since you have 110K miles on that bad boy.
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Depending on the exhaust you can gain 10+ hp and get great sound (2v's sound great with aftermarket exhaust components).

A CAI will show minimal gains but isn't a horrible thing to do...you can pick one up at American Muscle for $85 and you'll get a couple hp's and some better throttle response.

I'd also consider an intake manifold for your 2v...decent power gains, better looks, and not a bad idea since your car has 110k miles, your stock plastic one may be counting its days.

Gears are one of the "best bang for the buck" mods, I know you said you wanted to stay away from them but I'd look into them...they will definitely improve performance/feel of your GT.

Underdrive pullies are another bolt on that may be good for you. Dyno runs have shown gains after installing them. If you don't plan on supercharging the engine, udp's should be considered.


Usually people with 2v's saying that the bolt ons didn't do much to their car are looking for large hp/tq gains. If you only want some gains or a noticeable improvement from stock, then bolt ons are a good choice. If you want huge power then keep bolt ons to a minimal and look into larger mods ~ engine internals, power adders, etc.
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Yeah im not one of those ppl lookin for huge numbers lol just a lil more hp and torque. I think as far as the exhaust goes what im gonna do for now is just cut out the cats for a temporary better sound but hopefully in the near futur i will be putting either an x or h pipe with some better mufflers
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go for the borla stingers man ...trust me i had them ...awsome sound and gets alot of attention ...if you want really the best bang for the buck go for nos after an intake manifold because like sonic said your car does have 110k miles and the plastic one may be counting its days.
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would a 06 gt motor bolt up in my 03?
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I'm sure it would with some modifications, but if you're looking into motor swaps, I'd consider a 4v DOHC engine from either a (01, 03-04) cobra or a Mach 1. They'd be easier to drop in your GT and are decent platforms for making hp.

Or you could build up your current engine...replacing the internals would basically make it a new engine...only issue is that you can't reset your odometer.
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well my family owns a car lot and we have an 06 gt motor with 16xxx miles on it. I thought about making it a lil project and keepin the motor i have now stock and just start modifying it for the future but idk lol
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well my family owns a car lot and we have an 06 gt motor with 16xxx miles on it. I thought about making it a lil project and keepin the motor i have now stock and just start modifying it for the future but idk lol
I don't know the details but I would imagine with the proper wiring, ECU, support components it could work...hell even if didn't, if you have a 3v 4.6 lying around, I'd keep it, lol.
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I don't know the details but I would imagine with the proper wiring, ECU, support components it could work...hell even if didn't, if you have a 3v 4.6 lying around, I'd keep it, lol.
Ford Racing sells a complete ECU and wiring for the 3V SOHC. So that takes away the majority of the headache.
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