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Old 12-13-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
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where to start?!

I've got an '02 GT with an after market air filter ( I don't know the type, it was with the car when I bought it) and I want to start increasing my performance, but have no idea where to start. i'm still learning all this engine talk and what not so forgive me if I have no idea what you're talking about.

a friend of mine suggested starting with cams and headers to increase my power output and make it sound meaner.

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I want to make my '02 mustang GT as bad *** as I can, so were do I start?
Where do I go from there?


thanks guys!
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get a tune, exhaust, gears, lower it if the roads in your area are nice.thatd be a start. then forge the engine and go FI.
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what kind of tune? I live in Colorado so I don't think i can really lower that much till I get a winter car.

could you go into a littler more detail on those?

Also, whats FI?
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oh and a bigger throttle body, a spacer, under drive pulleys.
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you dont need a dyno tune. just a basic tune from Bama, Steeda, ect. buy a tuner from American muscle and youll get free tunes for life. you'll be set until you go FI.

FI is Forced Induction. Superchargers/Turbo Chargers.

exhaust, get a new axleback (just a different muffler essentially)

gears, replacing them with higher ones will do wonders. 4.10 is about as high as you want to go for daily driving. 3.55s without sacrificing a few mpg.

bigger Throttle body and spacer just means you can get more air into the intake manifold(you could get a new manifold as well). more air=more fuel=more power

and under drive pulleys i THINK they just reduce the amount of power required to run accessories like water pump, A/C, and stuff. im not for sure though.

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and forging the engine, you get forged pistons and crank. maybe a few other things.im not positive on this either.
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Do a tune up first
New spark plugs
Clean TB/Plenum
New fuel filter
Change fluids
Clean Mass air flow sensor

Easy and cheap bolt-ons to start with

Off Road X Pipe
Catback exhaust
70mm Throttle Body
Cold air intake
Plenum
Handheld SCT Tuner
Short shifter

Pricier Bolt ons

Rear Gears
Longtube headers
Trick flow top end kit
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^this is your guy right here, op. he'll get ya going in the right direction.

good luck with your build. im off to drill. gotta make up for the October gov shutdown
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thanks torch, i appreciate all your input!

Slow, is that in order of how i should do it? also, if i decide to get a newer body style, are these things still what i would want to do? like say an '05-'09 body?
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Start at the top of this forum with the Beginner's guide to bolting-on power gains sticky...
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If you went to the 05-09 GTs you would be getting slower
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What do you mean by that?
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Exactly what I wrote
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I've got an '02 GT with an after market air filter ( I don't know the type, it was with the car when I bought it) and I want to start increasing my performance, but have no idea where to start. i'm still learning all this engine talk and what not so forgive me if I have no idea what you're talking about.

a friend of mine suggested starting with cams and headers to increase my power output and make it sound meaner.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

I want to make my '02 mustang GT as bad *** as I can, so were do I start?
Where do I go from there?

thanks guys!
Welcome from another Coloradan! What city are you in?

CliffyK's write-up is an excellent starting point for performance mods. I always recommend lowering the car and putting new wheels on.
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Slow- what cause it to be slower? Is the engine just not right for mods? Or what?

JD- I live in Broomfield, and forgive my ignorance, but what does lowering it increase? I always thought it was a cosmetic thing and depended on preference?
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Slow- what cause it to be slower? Is the engine just not right for mods? Or what?

JD- I live in Broomfield, and forgive my ignorance, but what does lowering it increase? I always thought it was a cosmetic thing and depended on preference?
He says that because the 05-09 only make 30 more horsepower, and around 20 more torque than us, but they weigh a lot more. A few simple mods to a 99-04 GT, and a gear swap and the 05-09 are not any problem anymore........ Unless they are modded also.
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Well the only reason I was considering it was cause the I kind of like the body and the luxury features. I don't know of very many body kits for my year, and definitely don't wanna do a complete interior change. So if I modded an 05-09 gt where does that put me?
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Slow- what cause it to be slower? Is the engine just not right for mods? Or what?

JD- I live in Broomfield, and forgive my ignorance, but what does lowering it increase? I always thought it was a cosmetic thing and depended on preference?
Nice! I'm in Thornton myself.

Lowering is 90% for the looks, however you will see an increase in handling with a lower car and the correct spring rates
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Without getting into the expensive mods you won't make much more hp. I have a 02 gt convertible. Bbk cold air intake, Bbk 78mm throttle body/ plenum combo (because I'm going forced induction) Mac prochamber mid pipe, Mac cat back exhaust and 93 bama race tune. I'm putting down 260-70 hp/300 torque to the rear. Lowering it if done properly provides lower center of gravity for better handling. Remember, you can have 2000 hp and get beat by a stock civic if you can't put that power to the ground. So suspension and handling is just as important as power. I also have a MGW short throw shifter (highly recommended if your manual) 03 anniversary cobra rims staggered fitment. And a few other visual mods.Click image for larger version

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Oh I didn't know that, cool JD

260hp is stock, are you sure thats right?
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Oh I didn't know that, cool JD

260hp is stock, are you sure thats right?
The stock horsepower is 260bhp, after drivetrain loss it should put down 230whp stock. 2002VertGT is talking 260whp which puts it around 300bhp
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Ookay I get it now
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My 2001 GT would spank every 05-09GT I'd race , Besides Power adder ones

They are heavy, have crappy engines, are ugly IMO , and interior falls apart..

Save your money and build yours
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thanks for all the advice guys, only one final question... wheres the best place to buy all these mods and parts? im a college student on a budget!
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thanks for all the advice guys, only one final question... wheres the best place to buy all these mods and parts? im a college student on a budget!

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I have basic power mods. #1 in my book would be exhaust. I have Borla catback Stingers. #2 figure out what CAI you have. #3 gears I have 3.73s, 4.10s would be great as well. #4 get an SCT tuner (BAMA) and have them tie all that stuff together. You will def. notice the difference.
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Oh I didn't know that, cool JD 260hp is stock, are you sure thats right?
260 is stock to the flywheel, not the wheels....more like 230 to the wheels
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thanks for all the advice guys, only one final question... wheres the best place to buy all these mods and parts? im a college student on a budget!

I'd suggest Americanmuscle or Latemodel Resto, if you're a member here for awhile, you'll eventually earn discount codes for both sites. Perfect for someone on a budget.
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I'd suggest Americanmuscle or Latemodel Resto, if you're a member here for awhile, you'll eventually earn discount codes for both sites. Perfect for someone on a budget.
A member of this forum? I've been here a little while, probably a few months
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A member of this forum? I've been here a little while, probably a few months

Yep, as a member here, if you reach 50 posts, you can PM one of the reps from AM, and they will send you a private code for 6% off anything on the site. I'm not sure if theres a post requirement for LMR.
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A member of this forum? I've been here a little while, probably a few months
You need to get 50 posts and then PM on of the AM reps for a discount code
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Oh very cool! Where do you find the reps?
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If you go to the support our sponsors section you should see one of their posts in there. Look for AMDanBailer, AMShaneLesky, or AMChrisRose
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I don't know why more people aren't saying short throw shifter. That made a night and day difference in the way I drove my car and made it so much more of a joy to handle.

My favorite mod however would be 4.10s. Best bang for your buck mod you can do to our cars. I have a '02 GT too.
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