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Old 02-05-2011, 10:53 AM   #1
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I've got an 04' GT and no clue where I wanna start. Its an every day driver and everything on it is basically stock..been thinking about the Ford Racing SVO intake manifold and 4.10 gears...just wondering how that is gonna do to my gas mileage bc I drive it every day. I searched and only thing I can find is CAI and exhaust to start with...looking for better ways to spend 3K to start with. I'll worry about bolt ons later on lol. Any advice will be GREATLY appreciated!
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Re: $3k..ish to spend. WHERE TO START?

Automatic or 5-speed?

If you are looking for best bang for your buck performance you want to do gears first. CAI doesn't do a whole lot performance wise. Its mainly just nice to look at when you pop the hood open.

I would recommend 3.73 gears for a 5 speed and 4.10 for automatic.
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its a 5 speed, even floated the possibility of the T56 trany but wasn't sure how the GT would run with a 6 speed.
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For $3k get yourself a full exhaust and some gears. 4.10s are amazing but they are a personal preference and most will tell you 3.73s so you won't waste gas but they are not a huge difference IMO.
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For $3k get yourself a full exhaust and some gears. 4.10s are amazing but they are a personal preference and most will tell you 3.73s so you won't waste gas but they are not a huge difference IMO.
how much will gears run me? and whats prob the best performance exhaust? I love the sound of magnaflows but I know sound isn't everything. And by full exhaust...I spend a lot of time with motorcycles..full exhaust includes headers, midpipe and muffler. Same thing when people talk about full exhaust on cars as well? Most exhaust packages I find only include midpipe and muffler. Sorry tons of questions!! Just excited to treat her right! lol
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UPR CAI...it was on it when I bought it. Other than that its stock. It has the H pipe which I figure is the stock one with exhillerater exhaust..which could have been stock as well. It was the GT premium package stock. not exactly sure.
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Borla sounds AMAZING. I love my Borla exhaust. I have an off road xpipe as well.
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Borla sounds AMAZING. I love my Borla exhaust. I have an off road xpipe as well.
Where would I find something like that? Any sound clips? lol. I def am doing the o/r xpipe...not worried about emission standards lol...good thing about my godsons dad being certified! lol.
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Check YouTube for exhaust vids but some are hard to tell by the videos.

I would say stick with the magnaflows and get yourself some headers,kooks,jba or some Macs,then do the Off road x like you talked about.As far as the gears go I would do the frpp 4.10s,they will get you to that powerband faster and give you a real seat of the pants feel unlike the 3.73s.

I've had 4.10s in my 99 cobra and my 07 GT and now have 3.73s in the 5.0 I am seriously thinking of doing 4.10s again because the 3.73s just dont have that feel of the 4.10s. The gas mileage deal is blown way out of proportion in my opinion,its not that big of a difference and if you are worried about mileage then go get a smart car,lol.
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lol good point about the gas mileage. What would you suggest is a good header/xpipe/exhaust combo?
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Kooks is one of the best but on the high end in price.Ive heard good things about JBA and they are priced good so I would look into those.Try American muscle for a exhaust combo.
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I'll give it a look lol. Can you do the gears yourself? or is it pretty difficult? they're having a sale on american muscle on the 4.10's right now...figure I could do it myself if its not too much of a hassle
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Gears are tricky from what I've heard.Its alot of in and out to get them right.Plus you don't want to have a whine in there.
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I would spend the 700-900 to do the x pipe and back, I did a magnaflow x w the magna packs full exhaust system it would have only cost about 899. Next spend about 400 an accufab plenum w a wider intake! Gears will cost ya about 150, take em to the auto hobby shop and they will prob help ya install em! Finally upgrade your breaks, the non anniversary cobras on the front work well! You can do the back ones too, bu they are a pain in the a**! I ddnt do the rears, instead I spent it on a Mach 1 suspension, loved it! I had this all on my 03GT.
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I've got an 04' GT and no clue where I wanna start. Its an every day driver and everything on it is basically stock..been thinking about the Ford Racing SVO intake manifold and 4.10 gears...just wondering how that is gonna do to my gas mileage bc I drive it every day. I searched and only thing I can find is CAI and exhaust to start with...looking for better ways to spend 3K to start with. I'll worry about bolt ons later on lol. Any advice will be GREATLY appreciated!
I always start on exhaust, and then through in some gears. 3.73 is what I would go with too btw.

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410's all of the way. I don't get the whole miles per gallon thing. If someone is worried about fuel consumption, you should be driving a hybrid. IMHO
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Re: $3k..ish to spend. WHERE TO START?

My dad's car has borla's on it and they are definitely the best sounding exhaust I've heard IMO.
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Old 02-06-2011, 04:55 AM   #19
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Ok so here's my shopping list so far...not all are exactly the best but I'm trying to budget over all so I can keep my price pretty decent...Def gonna end up spending well over the $3k I was talking about lol.

[[[[Magnaflow Tru X off road X-pipe, Magnaflow Magnapac exhaust, FRPP 3.73 gears, FRPP suspension package (same as the 01 bullitt I believe) These are def buy soon]]]]


now...really debating on getting a supercharger kit...I've heard good things about the ProCharger and rpm outlet has a kit for around $4,175.95 shipped that includes:
*10PSI
*P-1SC Head Unit
*2-Core Intercooler
*SCT Big Air mass air flow
*44lb Injectors
*255lph Fuel Pump
*8x NGK TR6 plugs
Is this worth the price? what else would I need to upgrade if I wanted a supercharger?

Also, I know some people and they offered to tune it for me. Can you tune it with the stock ECU or does it need to be chipped?


Shifter will come next...more than likely before the supercharger
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correction, I get an 8% military discount from them so its more around 3,841.88
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If you are gonna buy a blower look at tork teck. They are amazing
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If you are gonna buy a blower look at tork teck. They are amazing
but what about cost? and does it come with everything I would need? and this is a daily driver as well so not looking for anything super huge lol. plus I wont have to drill any holes for oil. its made for the bullitt basically
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Sorry, look like a complete @$$...for some reason I thought you could get an OEM ProCharger on the Bullitt...guess I was misinformed lol. But that procharger kit is a do-it-yourself-in the driveway kit lol
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Sorry, look like a complete @$$...for some reason I thought you could get an OEM ProCharger on the Bullitt...guess I was misinformed lol. But that procharger kit is a do-it-yourself-in the driveway kit lol
So is tork tech. They have a 2v special. They provide boost lower in the rpm range and are similarly priced and need less plumbing. It's the same blower found on a terminator cobra
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googling as we speak lol
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If your worried about MPG then I'd start out with suspension upgrades, gears (3.73), exhaust and then a tune. If not worried about MPG procharge it!!!
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I would also suggest 3.73 gears...personally the 4.10's are a little much for a full street only car. That's being said it's only an opinion. Maybe talk to someone who has gears and see how their car runs and if you like it or not. Shop will charge anywhere from $500-800.
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5.4 swap. 5.4 swap. 5.4 swap. That is the first thing I would even consider doing if I had a 4.6 car.
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I would also suggest 3.73 gears...personally the 4.10's are a little much for a full street only car. That's being said it's only an opinion. Maybe talk to someone who has gears and see how their car runs and if you like it or not. Shop will charge anywhere from $500-800.
OUCH!!! I'm getting my whole rearend rebuilt for $200 this weekend and that includes welding up the axle tubes. Not a bad deal and yes he is a good mechanic and friend. Lucky me
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3.73 gears seem to be the more sensible way to go since it is my DD. Ordering them as we speak...when I get back I can just install them myself. We've got a hobby shop on post and I've got some really good friends who are excellent mechanics that are gonna help out with all of the installs on everything. Thanks for all of your input!
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Borla sounds AMAZING. I love my Borla exhaust. I have an off road xpipe as well.
YES, I have Borla! Unreal sound. It is very impressive, not to mention the cat-less Bassani X pipe! hehe
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My dad's car has borla's on it and they are definitely the best sounding exhaust I've heard IMO.
BORLA Rules! Get Bassani X pipe! thats what I have! BAD ***!
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BORLA Rules! Get Bassani X pipe! thats what I have! BAD ***!
His has an H-pipe on it. And it sounds perfect for us so he don't want to change it
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On my 2000 I went to long tubes no cats pro chamber mac system all the way back(k-member tubular),cold air kit and purchased a Sniper tuner program all under $3000 and made a huge diiference. Money well spent i think!
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