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Old 10-02-2013, 02:35 PM   #1
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Looking for a little advice...got an 02 Gt yesterday completely stock. Obviously I want to put new exhaust on it but where should I really start doing upgrades on the car?
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I would recommend getting a feel for the car first, then whatever doesn't satisfy you upgrade that. So if you want it to sound more like a mustang do exhaust, if you don't feel like it handles that well do some suspension work. Or if you want it to look better do some visual mods.
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Welcome, post some pictures!! I would recommend looking at the Beginners Guide to Bolt-On Performance in the stickies section. I always recommend lowering and putting some new wheels on.
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Right... I know def don't like the sound of the stock exhaust and also think it will look better dropped about an inch and a half. It was older guy that owned it since it was new and he took immaculate care of it. Only has 65k miles on it and runs like a brand new car.
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I posted a few pics...I love the car just honestly not crazy about it being a convertible.
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Read the beginners guide in stickies...good stuff. Thanks
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Since it is a convertible, the FIRST modification I would do is Full Length Subframe connectors. The connectors themselves will run you a little over $100 depending on the brand (I recommend Maximum Motorsports) and they make a WORLD of a difference in the cars ride quality and handling.



Thats my convertible being jacked up by the rear jack point, and as you can see almost no body flex. If you put them on now, the frame will be a lot beefier and wont bend/twist over time.
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Did you put the connectors on yourself?
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Did you put the connectors on yourself?
I did with the help of my Dad. They are kind of a pain to install, you have to weld them in and welding upside down is hard to do. If you can find a shop that will weld them in for cheap that's probably what I'd do but it is definitely doable yourself if you know how to weld
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Lol yeah I'm not much of a welder so thinking having them welding at a shop would be the best bet. Was your suspension a lot stiffer after installing them?
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If you're gonna have a shop install subframe connectors then make sure they have a drive on lift. The suspension has to be supporting the weight of the car or else the frame will get welded in to the wrong position and the car will permanently have that twist in it.
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If you're gonna have a shop install subframe connectors then make sure they have a drive on lift. The suspension has to be supporting the weight of the car or else the frame will get welded in to the wrong position and the car will permanently have that twist in it.
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Good to know..thanks for that man. Is the subframe connectors something I really need to consider? Most of what I read says it a bigger issue on the foxbody's
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Welcome to the forum!

I think you should drive the car a little and see what you want to change after it grows on you. You may notice the suspension is too lose for your taste, or the exhaust is too quiet, or it could use more power, whichever you want to improve- there's a ton of options. In the meantime, enjoy the car and post up some pictures!

When you do want to look at some upgrades, feel free to hit me up. We can figure out what best fits your needs and budget!

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Good to know..thanks for that man. Is the subframe connectors something I really need to consider? Most of what I read says it a bigger issue on the foxbody's
And convertibles, since they have a little more chassi flex from there being less structural support (i.e Roof).
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Right I def need to drive it some and get a feel for it...this my first mustang and not sure what to expect honestly. I have always wanted one but it never seemed logical cuz I always needed a truck. I drove an 04 Lightning for years and was by far my fav auto that I've ever owned. The only thing I'm positive about now is the exhaust. I know for sure I want it to have a better sound.

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And convertibles, since they have a little more chassi flex from there being less structural support (i.e Roof).
Funny you said that...I just read an article about about much less support it has due to the comb top. Def seems like a smart and pretty cheap investment
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Right I def need to drive it some and get a feel for it...this my first mustang and not sure what to expect honestly. I have always wanted one but it never seemed logical cuz I always needed a truck. I drove an 04 Lightning for years and was by far my fav auto that I've ever owned. The only thing I'm positive about now is the exhaust. I know for sure I want it to have a better sound.

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Funny you said that...I just read an article about about much less support it has due to the comb top. Def seems like a smart and pretty cheap investment
Yup... And believe it or not, convertibles are heavier.
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I say exhaust first if it doesn't need work anywhere else first, even if it's just axle-backs.
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I say exhaust first if it doesn't need work anywhere else first, even if it's just axle-backs.
Axle backs? It's an 02. Pretty sure i have never seen axle backs. Cat back is what you are looking for. OP drive the car, save some money and at least get to your first oil change. Then mod it. I did exhaust first, but I hate driving a quiet car.
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Axle backs? It's an 02. Pretty sure i have never seen axle backs. Cat back is what you are looking for. OP drive the car, save some money and at least get to your first oil change. Then mod it. I did exhaust first, but I hate driving a quiet car.
I have been listening to several different exhausts on YouTube and really like the way the magnaflow magnapack catback sound....anyone have any thoughts on those?
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Video of what they sound like ---------- Post added at 08:38 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:36 PM ---------- http://youtu.be/Pq3RQQBLGcQ
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Do you have a budget on a exhaust system?
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Good budget.. I'd get an off road mid pipe and a catback. From the sound of that video he has more than a catback..but I've never hear magnapacks in person. Sounds decent. Anything you choose will make you happy.
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Ok stupid question but I've seen a lot about off-road...what exactly does that mean?
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That's what I assumed but it won't pass inspection will it?
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Love the Magnapacks, although the magnapacks will be really loud with an offroad midpipe. But anything Magnaflow is great, I went with an offroad H pipe and regular Magnaflows and I couldnt be happier.

Plus side of doing exhaust is you gain power too because the stock exhaust is so restrictive
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That's what I assumed but it won't pass inspection will it?
If you keep your stock mid pipe and switch it out it will.
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Yeah they sound pretty loud in that video already so I'm sure it would be ridiculous with no cats lol. They sound good and seem to be pretty reasonably priced. So you're saying keep my original mid and switch them before I get it inspected? What's the real advantage of no cats?
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Yeah they sound pretty loud in that video already so I'm sure it would be ridiculous with no cats lol. They sound good and seem to be pretty reasonably priced. So you're saying keep my original mid and switch them before I get it inspected? What's the real advantage of no cats?
Less restriction..and cheaper than a mid pipe with cats.
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Looking for a little advice...got an 02 Gt yesterday completely stock. Obviously I want to put new exhaust on it but where should I really start doing upgrades on the car?
Tint
Speakers / stereo
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