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Old 02-12-2011, 07:00 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I'm a U.S. Marine that's getting deployed in May to Afghanistan and I had a few questions about my 2000 Mustang both when I'm away and when I come back.
1) What are some ways that I can preserve the car and make sure it stays in as best a condition as possible while I'm away. (It's a 1 year deployment)

2) When I come back, what are some good starter upgrades to increase it's HP and such (It's a V6 with only 48K and everything is stock).

I'd appreciate any help I can get. Thanks a lot.
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Welcome! thanks for doing what you do, man.

And you can keep it in a storage unit while you're away. You'll just have to pay for it monthly. I'm not sure about cost because they come in different sizes.

Also, for first mods on a V6... hmm... you could get a CAI (Cold air intake) even though it doesn't do a whole lot for hp, it's a popular first mod.

If you want to do gears and a tune that would give you a little more push for sure. Lowering the suspension would also give it much better handling.

Hope I was some help!
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Awesome, thanks a lot for the advice =]. Now when you say gears and a tune, what does that mean specifically? I'm a bit new when it comes to upgrades and I don't really know the 'terms' lol. I've been looking at Cold Air Intakes for a while and wasn't sure about which brand names are better either.
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They do come in different sizes......
Seriously though, if you don't have a garage to store it in, a storage unit is a good idea. I'm storing my car for the winter, and except for restoring a few things, I don't really touch it. No weekly starts, nothing like that. Just change the oil before you put it away, throw a car cover on it and leave it alone. If you are worried about flat spots on the tires, jack it up and put some carpet scraps under them. Other than that, a sheet of plastic under the car helps keep moisture away. I've also heard that mothballs in the interior is a good idea as well! Hope that helps!
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Awesome, thanks a lot for the advice =]. Now when you say gears and a tune, what does that mean specifically? I'm a bit new when it comes to upgrades and I don't really know the 'terms' lol. I've been looking at Cold Air Intakes for a while and wasn't sure about which brand names are better either.
I have a K&N Cold Air Intake and I like it.

Also, you can get gears in different sizes that will help build the rear end of your car. I would look at 4.10's or 3.73's for your V6. I would look at AmericanMuscle.com or CJPony Parts. We have some great sponsors. A tune is a great mod (even though I don't have one yet but want to!) You can take it to someone to get a tune or get a handheld. I would take it to someone and let them do it unless you really want to learn to do things yourself. SCT has courses I think on how to use the handhelds. It increases throttle response and gives you more torque and horsepower.
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Awesome, thanks a lot for the advice =]. Now when you say gears and a tune, what does that mean specifically? I'm a bit new when it comes to upgrades and I don't really know the 'terms' lol. I've been looking at Cold Air Intakes for a while and wasn't sure about which brand names are better either.
Rear gears will wake the car up greatly, the general rule for good gears is 3.73 for a manual trans, and 4.10 for an automatic.
Pick yourself up an SCT tuner. It plugs into your obdII port and lets you change the way your car is programmed. There are a lot of things you can do with one of those, and a good bang for the buck performance wise!
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It's only a year, just make sure some one starts it every other day or 3rd day. I was in the marines also, but I had a 1990 mustang gt. My father started it twice a week for me and it was fine when I got back. If your going to try to sup it up just get a GT. Then sup it up!!
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My cars an automatic so I think I'll got for the 4.10
Also, I heard that getting the motor stroked to a 4.2 V6 is a good idea. Any thoughts on that?
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The only reason I disagree with starting it, is that it creates more wear for the engine. After several hours, the oil drains to the bottom of the oil pan, so the more you start it the more "dry" starts you put it through. That and I'm very anal about my car!
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Stabuilt in the gas tank is a must if your car sits for any length of time.
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Stabuilt in the gas tank is a must if your car sits for any length of time.
Good point, and a full tank of fuel as well.
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EFI University – Learning the Science Behind Tuning - StangTV.com

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Really cool info lalayla. Thanks for the link
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Really cool info lalayla. Thanks for the link
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First, Thank you to you and the servicemen and women that are going overseas. You are in my heart and will pray for a safe return.

Well I am in agreeance with everyone here. A stabalizer in the fuel is a great idea. Storage unit top notch. 93cobra is correct dry starts can cuase excess wear and tear on the engine.

As for mods I would consider the Cold Air Induction, Tune, and Gears those would be first mild but effective. Underdrive pullies are another great investment.
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Thank you very much, all of the information from you guys was very helpful =].
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