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Old 03-25-2012, 06:21 PM   #1
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Performance upgrades

hey, another newbie seeking out advice on some cheap performance upgrades I can do to my 2000 stang.
Any advice helps. I'm buying it with an air intake and exhaust.

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hey, another newbie seeking out advice on some cheap performance upgrades I can do to my 2000 stang.
Any advice helps. I'm buying it with an air intake and exhaust.

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Gears, tune should be your next step
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Okay. Thanks.

Any suggestions/places I should look?
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I personally searched Craigslist for gears, got absent of 373 for $50. Sct tuners can be found on there too but I just bought mine from americanmuscle.com

I would go with 3.73, 3.90, or 4.10

410 will be the most fun, 373 will be fun but not as much and not as much of a gas waste 390 will be middle of the road. Even though I said gas waste it's no more than 3 mpg....
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Okay thank you for your help. "D
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On and you forgot I tell us about your car. List everything you know. If its a manual get a MGW short throw shifter! Post pics too please
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Isn't the 410 for automatics?
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Isn't the 410 for automatics?
No they are universal as long as the differential size is the same. 410 will just make you shift out of first gear quick in a manual..

Great for burnouts though
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Yea I'll get right on the pics and specs I'm in the process of purchasing the vehicle.

But it is an automatic.. Wish it was a manual though. :$
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Yea I'll get right on the pics and specs I'm in the process of purchasing the vehicle.

But it is an automatic.. Wish it was a manual though. :$
Why not look for a manual then??
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Just settling. I'm getting it for 5200 with 110K miles.

Thought it was good enough till I can get a newer one.
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Just settling. I'm getting it for 5200 with 110K miles.

Thought it was good enough till I can get a newer one.
I never settle. Drove from southern Ohio to Cleveland to get my mustang, and u drove to Washington dc to get my truck. Never ever will I "settle" for another car
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Yea I know what you mean. In any other situation I wouldn't settle but I don't even haircare means of transportation right now.

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Did you do the gear swap on your stang?
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Did you do the gear swap on your stang?
Not yet, gear is sittin in the garage...gotta get the bearing and me an my buddy is gonna do the install soon.
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Let me know how it turns out. I heard it can be a bit of a pain. But that's coming from your casual wrench turner.
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Let me know how it turns out. I heard it can be a bit of a pain. But that's coming from your casual wrench turner.
I am a casual wrench turner as well, the guy helping me has had over 35 mustangs and is only 33....he has installed gears in almost every one...
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Ohh alright. Let me know how long the install takes ya.

I think I decided on the 3.90. btw.
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Ohh alright. Let me know how long the install takes ya.

I think I decided on the 3.90. btw.
Honestly, 4.10 in auto isn't bad...what type of area you live in?
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City. I only drive a mile to work. And everywhere else I take the hwy.
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If your car is going to be a DD then I would get 3.73s and not 4.10s!.. Being that yours is an auto I would definitely get a tuner!..
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Okay. I'm going to focus on the tuner after.

That's why I was settling for the 390. A nice happy median.
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If your car is going to be a DD then I would get 3.73s and not 4.10s!.. Being that yours is an auto I would definitely get a tuner!..
Et, just curious but for someone who lives in the city and drives a mile to work why 373??? I would understand you telling me that (manual, 58 mile commute a day). In a city 410 would actually help him save gas if he drove right....
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Et, just curious but for someone who lives in the city and drives a mile to work why 373??? I would understand you telling me that (manual, 58 mile commute a day). In a city 410 would actually help him save gas if he drove right....
4.10s you are going to be spinning higher rpms!.. Your not going to save gas that way!.. Plus he stated that he also drives some highway!..
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4.10s you are going to be spinning higher rpms!.. Your not going to save gas that way!.. Plus he stated that he also drives some highway!..
In stop and go traffic you will because you will get to speed quicker...if driven right. And some highway is not worth the fun loss...but anyway he decided on 3.90. OP if u have Any other questions just ask
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In stop and go traffic you will because you will get to speed quicker...if driven right. And some highway is not worth the fun loss...but anyway he decided on 3.90. OP if u have Any other questions just ask
You get up to speed faster because your getting your rpms up sooner!.. Aka your getting into your power band quicker!.. Plus for instance to maintain speed, say like 40mph, you will be spinning higher rpms with 4.10s then you would with stock gears!.. The more rpms your spinning the more gas your burning!..

And yes 3.90s are a happy medium!..

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Plus in stop and go traffic will be biting more fuel because of the stop and go!.. Hence the reason city mpg's are lower than highway mpg's!..
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You get up to speed faster because your getting your rpms up sooner!.. Aka your getting into your power band quicker!.. Plus for instance to maintain speed, say like 40mph, you will be spinning higher rpms with 4.10s then you would with stock gears!.. The more rpms your spinning the more gas your burning!..

And yes 3.90s are a happy medium!..

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Plus in stop and go traffic will be biting more fuel because of the stop and go!.. Hence the reason city mpg's are lower than highway mpg's!..
I feel that your thought process is close to right, but you're not understanding what he's saying about 4.10s saving gas in city driving.

OP, I hope everything goes well.
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I feel that your thought process is close to right, but you're not understanding what he's saying about 4.10s saving gas in city driving.

OP, I hope everything goes well.
Not trying to argue but how is spinning higher rpms going to save you on gas???....
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I had 410 on my 01bullitt , traffic mornings from work 27miles was almost 1/4 of gas, and freeway nigths to work same miles at 70mph also around 1/4 of gas sow didn last a week, went back to 326 still packing some punch ill try 375 , well that's me I use mine daily driver,work,and everything else, poor stang already got it to 111000 on it

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but you should try them but remember about the tuner to set your gears and shift points if automatic,
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Not trying to argue but how is spinning higher rpms going to save you on gas???....
It's not about spinning higher. It's that gears let the engine work much more efficiently toget the car moving from a stand still. In heavy traffic it makes the difference.

As for 27 miles taking you a 1/4 tank in traffic because of 4.10s.. I don't believe that. My '02 GT uses a little less than 1/4 to go roughly 80miles @70mph.

I can't fathom everyone's horror stories of 4.10s. My car and my experiences have not been the same as what most say. My MPGs barely changed. I was getting around 260miles per tank with my car stock. Now I get about 230-245 miles per tank. But I also burn out and floor it a lot more with 4.10s because it's so fun. I'm sure if I behaved myself the gas mileage would be minimally changed.
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It's not about spinning higher. It's that gears let the engine work much more efficiently toget the car moving from a stand still. In heavy traffic it makes the difference.

As for 27 miles taking you a 1/4 tank in traffic because of 4.10s.. I don't believe that. My '02 GT uses a little less than 1/4 to go roughly 80miles @70mph.

I can't fathom everyone's horror stories of 4.10s. My car and my experiences have not been the same as what most say. My MPGs barely changed. I was getting around 260miles per tank with my car stock. Now I get about 230-245 miles per tank. But I also burn out and floor it a lot more with 4.10s because it's so fun. I'm sure if I behaved myself the gas mileage would be minimally changed.
If you are looking for efficiency then you need to stick with stock gears!.. As they keep you at a much closer one to one ratio with your final drive gear from your tranny!...
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you said you don't belive it on 27miles 1/4 of gas in traffic ,well everyone has different setups and ways of driving, now you are not from cali then, 405 ,101,5 freeways are the worse went it comes to traffic jams
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I suppose so. Just wanted to aire more than just negative opinions on the 4.10 so readers can have a more balanced view of good and bad.
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yeah that's true, but since he said he just drives couple miles to work then it would be fine plus he won't be complaining about the gas like I was and whit california prices and premium! but yeah test those 410 you will like them
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yeah that's true, but since he said he just drives couple miles to work then it would be fine plus he won't be complaining about the gas like I was and whit california prices and premium! but yeah test those 410 you will like them
+1 steeper gears are mad fun. But gas prices are creeping up again.. $4.21 for 93 here in Baton Rouge. But I always measure my car in smiles per gallon. :p plus I didnt buy my car for efficiency. I bought it for acceleration, looks, and that awesome sound. Haha
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