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Old 01-27-2011, 10:30 AM   #1
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How to pull more power from your pony

Ok guys this is a common desire for everyone
Let's say for instance you have a mustang gt that's starting to get up there in mileage odds are you are losing HP somewhere.
Its a sad fact but the older the car usually the more power it's lost
If your like me you have probably put in an exhaust or intake or new sparkplugs basically something affordable to make up for this loss

Now here is the question
Let's give it a budget of 500$ not much I know but the economy blows lol

How would you get the best out of your pony?
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Re: How to pull more power from your pony

I would start off with a little tune up, nothing crazy.

spark plugs are cheap, replace them (use ford brand gaped right no need to spend tons of money on Iridium etc just get the OEM ones that came in the car)

run sea foam in the car to clean out carbon deposits

change fuel filter (easy and cheap)

clean maf sensor with electronic no residue on contact cleaner

change rear diff fluid if around 100k or so and put in fully synth fluid of correct weight and with correct additives

if manual change the trans fluid its cheap and easy, use OEM spec fluid if auto it will be a little harder so may want to wait on this.

Change air filter, or install a CAI

All the above will probably cost 100-250 bucks if you do it yourself and what type of CAI you go with

For the rest (250-300~) maybe mufflers and an under drive pulley~ a tune would be nice but will cost more with the handheld.
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I would start off with a little tune up, nothing crazy.

spark plugs are cheap, replace them (use ford brand gaped right no need to spend tons of money on Iridium etc just get the OEM ones that came in the car)

run sea foam in the car to clean out carbon deposits

change fuel filter (easy and cheap)

clean maf sensor with electronic no residue on contact cleaner

change rear diff fluid if around 100k or so and put in fully synth fluid of correct weight and with correct additives

if manual change the trans fluid its cheap and easy, use OEM spec fluid if auto it will be a little harder so may want to wait on this.

Change air filter, or install a CAI

All the above will probably cost 100-250 bucks if you do it yourself and what type of CAI you go with

For the rest (250-300~) maybe mufflers and an under drive pulley~ a tune would be nice but will cost more with the handheld.
Great information Spector. I was wondering the same thing for my pony. I noticed about a week ago for the first that my clutch caught I had let fully off of it and the clutch slowly let go, letting the rpms shoot up. Can you suggest any thing for a manual v6 tune up that wasn't already mentioned.
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Re: How to pull more power from your pony

if your rpms are rising and you have your clutch out (in gear fully) it could be the clutch is going lol you may need to look into replacing it its not to expensive but you should replace all bearings and inspect input shaft tolerance for spec and all that good stuff.
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Re: How to pull more power from your pony

4.10 gears will make you feel like you gained 100hp
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run sea foam in the car to clean out carbon deposits


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What is sea foam?
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if your rpms are rising and you have your clutch out (in gear fully) it could be the clutch is going lol you may need to look into replacing it its not to expensive but you should replace all bearings and inspect input shaft tolerance for spec and all that good stuff.
I was hoping this wouldn't be the answer. Ive read that you've had a few 3.8s. Do you have certain clutch to recommend.
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I would start off with a little tune up, nothing crazy.

spark plugs are cheap, replace them (use ford brand gaped right no need to spend tons of money on Iridium etc just get the OEM ones that came in the car)

run sea foam in the car to clean out carbon deposits

change fuel filter (easy and cheap)

clean maf sensor with electronic no residue on contact cleaner

change rear diff fluid if around 100k or so and put in fully synth fluid of correct weight and with correct additives

if manual change the trans fluid its cheap and easy, use OEM spec fluid if auto it will be a little harder so may want to wait on this.

Change air filter, or install a CAI

All the above will probably cost 100-250 bucks if you do it yourself and what type of CAI you go with

For the rest (250-300~) maybe mufflers and an under drive pulley~ a tune would be nice but will cost more with the handheld.
I've heard bad things about the underdrive pulleys, doesn't it throw everything else off?
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