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Old 10-03-2013, 06:38 AM   #1
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Hi everyone. I'm new to the forum and I picked up a super clean 01 GT a few months ago. 5 speed, 50k miles, one owner. I want to do some performance mods but I'm not sure where to start.. Its about to be winter in a few months so I was thinking about starting with suspension mods first so that I have my car primed for power upgrades next spring. What would be the first thing I would need to do? FYI I'm not mechanically inclined but I'm a fast learner. Just did my first brake job a few weeks ago lol.
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welcome, post pics ! some exhaust work would also be a nice mod to go with
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welcome, post pics ! some exhaust work would also be a nice mod to go with
I'm 22 and have wanted a Mustang since I was 13.. I'm already in love with this car. I was thinking about doing the full exhaust system in the spring. I read around a lot and heard quite a few times that suspension upgrades optimize performance mods for power so I figured I would make my ride more enjoyable (and safer as well).
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I'm 22 and have wanted a Mustang since I was 13.. I'm already in love with this car. I was thinking about doing the full exhaust system in the spring. I read around a lot and heard quite a few times that suspension upgrades optimize performance mods for power so I figured I would make my ride more enjoyable (and safer as well).
that's a good way to start! nice stang
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I'm 22 and have wanted a Mustang since I was 13.. I'm already in love with this car. I was thinking about doing the full exhaust system in the spring. I read around a lot and heard quite a few times that suspension upgrades optimize performance mods for power so I figured I would make my ride more enjoyable (and safer as well).
Nice ride

Lowering springs
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Hi, welcome nice ride !!!!
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Nice ride

Lowering springs
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Engine bolt ons
SCT tuner
Suspension-wise, it that something I should
do all at once? If not what should I do first? I could save up a few grand and knock it all out but I would like to start incrementally first if possible..
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Welcome! The car looks great! Those are just all the things he would recommend doing. What sort of feel are you looking for out of your ride? Various springs have different rates and will feel different depending on the springs you pick. Are you looking to just firm up the handling a little bit in the turns? Or do you just want a lower ride height?
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I'm not planning on drag or street racing, I just want firmer, more responsive handling that could handle if I wanted to take a hard curve and handle more power effectively
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Nice ride

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He hit it right on the nail
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Suspension-wise, it that something I should do all at once? If not what should I do first? I could save up a few grand and knock it all out but I would like to start incrementally first if possible..
Take your time , enjoy your ride , do as you can afford , step by step

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I'm not planning on drag or street racing, I just want firmer, more responsive handling that could handle if I wanted to take a hard curve and handle more power effectively
No one really plans on racing on the street but, when your rival comes up messing with you.. Sometimes temptation takes over lol to be honest
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Thanks for all the input guys! Anyone on here near the DC area?
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Welcome also would like to know about sub frame connects should I go with bolt on
or weld on?
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Welcome also would like to know about sub frame connects should I go with bolt on
or weld on?
Weld in are definitely recommended
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Look at the bolt on stickies to start so you can get an idea what each bolt on does
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Yep...near annapolis md. Get gears and a tuner.....great mod
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Put a bar in it make the conv. Look way better
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Yeah I'm definitely getting one when I work on exterior mods. Also thinking about a Cobra style heat extractor hood.
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Love that look. Makes me wish mine was a convertible.
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Put a bar in it make the conv. Look way better
Nice vert man, dark green satin ftw
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When I bought mine the owner before me installed a fully adjustable Hotchkis suspension and dropped the rear 2". This thing sticks to the road and corners like nothing I have ever driven!!!! Research it.
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