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Old 10-23-2011, 02:58 AM   #1
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Hey im new to the whole forums and what not but i got a couple questions.
So i just bought a 1997 Mustang GT with 116,000 on the motor...i installed a CAI already which helped really well, and i did a muffler delete and got 2.5 inch pipes from catback and 3 inch tips...thats all ive done so far. It is a 5 speed and the car runs beautiful. Now i just want to know what can i do next in terms of modification in order to do it right and get the most power gains, any advice will be helpful. I was thinking longtube headers and off road x pipe. Let me know what mods i can do next. I also just sanded and primered down the car myself and am taking it into paint soon and just bought some bullitts for it (deep dish on rears ) also in opinions, should i rock the no spoiler look or saleen spoiler? Thanks!
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Hey im new to the whole forums and what not but i got a couple questions.
So i just bought a 1997 Mustang GT with 116,000 on the motor...i installed a CAI already which helped really well, and i did a muffler delete and got 2.5 inch pipes from catback and 3 inch tips...thats all ive done so far. It is a 5 speed and the car runs beautiful. Now i just want to know what can i do next in terms of modification in order to do it right and get the most power gains, any advice will be helpful. I was thinking longtube headers and off road x pipe. Let me know what mods i can do next. I also just sanded and primered down the car myself and am taking it into paint soon and just bought some bullitts for it (deep dish on rears ) also in opinions, should i rock the no spoiler look or saleen spoiler? Thanks!
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Put mufflers back on the car and take the cats off..
Where I live cats w/ no mufflers is chevy pick up thing and sounds like ***.. Car should run better w/o cats, and w/ mufflers..
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Put mufflers back on the car and take the cats off..
Where I live cats w/ no mufflers is chevy pick up thing and sounds like ***.. Car should run better w/o cats, and w/ mufflers..
You could put the muffs back on and hollow them out too. It creates a awesome tone that will have you loving to rev over 3k lol if you really want to creat performance the easiest......wait for it............. Get a tuner from American muscle. It's the most purchased item for a reason. It combined with rear gears will have you ripping from light to light faster then you've even been and having you love your car more and more. Pi swaps are nice but for your current level I'd worry about a few things before doing some major mods like that.
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You could put the muffs back on and hollow them out too. It creates a awesome tone that will have you loving to rev over 3k lol if you really want to creat performance the easiest......wait for it............. Get a tuner from American muscle. It's the most purchased item for a reason. It combined with rear gears will have you ripping from light to light faster then you've even been and having you love your car more and more. Pi swaps are nice but for your current level I'd worry about a few things before doing some major mods like that.
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:30 PM   #7
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Get a KandN air induction u won't believe the difference it can make
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:35 PM   #8
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Hers ppl say the plastic on the K&N's crack. That being the case I'd go with an aluminum or stainless steel one. Have had two Mac brand ones with no complaints with fit, upkeep or durability.
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I've never heard of the k&n cracking. Plus you don't want a metal intake cause it heats up your cold air as in travels down the heated metal tubing thus meaning its not a cold air intake anymore
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Umm.. Do some searching.. Several ppl in this forum have had that issue. Anything under the hood will get hot, anything.

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Besides the fact that every other major brand uses some kind of metal.
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Just because several brand use metal doesn't mean it the right thing to do. I guess you could heat wrap it but that's another expense.
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Umm.. Do some searching.. Several ppl in this forum have had that issue. Anything under the hood will get hot, anything.

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Besides the fact that every other major brand uses some kind of metal.
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Yes underwood heat will heat up everything, but metal retains the heat and keeps getting hotter until it reaches the same heat as the heating source. The plastic ones don't do that. That's why plastic ones tend to be more expensive. They do a better job of what they are supposed to do.

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I would get a tuner next. Its the mod that you can really build off of, and get the most out of your other mods.
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JLT cold air kit, tuner, throttle body, upper plenum, pulleys, and a good MAF. You will make some good power there until you are ready to do a good set of heads and cams.
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I've never heard of the k&n cracking. Plus you don't want a metal intake cause it heats up your cold air as in travels down the heated metal tubing thus meaning its not a cold air intake anymore
As deadsp0t said anything under the hood will get warm. but a metal intake will not bake the air in the tube because there is constant air flow. That constant cold air flow keeps the pipe cool during operation.
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Shifter, throttle body/plenum, tune, H or X pipe, headers (but your gonna want some mufflers on it for sure... or your gonna rattle your house apart when you start it...) Definitely the shifter tho. And the tuner from American Muscle is a great buy with their free tunes for life. The PI swap is a great idea if you have the money for it and find a good deal. Good gains to be had there.
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