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Old 02-15-2015, 08:21 PM   #1
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Hello! My name is Daniel and I currently have a 2001 mustang gt that has 4.10 gears and Flowmaster exhaust on it. Also, it would be smart to mention that I bought the car with both of these things already on the car and I am not mechanically inclined at all. Due to my lack of automotive knowledge and skill, what would be some good performance modifications for me to do to my car?
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Well start with the other basic bolt ons than go from there. Get a cold air intake, throttle body and intake plenum. If he had full exhaust and no headers installed get some headers. If he just got a catback and no x or h pipe complete the exhaust system out. Can't go wrong with a tune either or gears but that's more advanced. 3.73 is good choice for standard trans and 4.10s better for autos imo. If you still seek more power look into nitrous kits, turbo kits or supercharger kits. Depending on your power goals. You shouldn't have a problem being a newbie and putting on a cold air intake and maybe a throttle body, maybe even the intake plenum also. For headers though it gets a bit more tuff, still not hard in no way but could be for a newbie and depending if you can get the car on a hoist or off the ground or Not. This would be a good start. Good luck and enjoy your ride. Also depending on where you order from for example American muscle, say you ordered a cold air intake they would give you detailed directions on how to install it properly or give you a general idea of how to. And than of course if you had further questions feel free to ask on any of the forums guys will help out.
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I think a cold air intake is definitely in my near future. One thing I was wondering about when I was looking through CAI's in the past is that there are some for $80 and some for up to $300 dollars. Is there really any reason to justify spending the extra money for the more expensive CAI?
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A cold air intake won't do crap until you go forced induction.


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Like I said I'm not mechanically inclined AT ALL so I definitely would not be able to do something like that to my car. Also, I'm a full time student so I have very limited time.
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I think a cold air intake is definitely in my near future. One thing I was wondering about when I was looking through CAI's in the past is that there are some for $80 and some for up to $300 dollars. Is there really any reason to justify spending the extra money for the more expensive CAI?
It all depends some are just higher quality parts. For example better air filter better intake tubing. Sr performance intakes aren't to expensive and are pretty good quality from americanmuscle.com. I personally went with a jlt performance intake though. If you do get the Sr intake it May be a bit tricky to instal because it's a fenderwell intake. They say you need to Jack the car up or get it on a hoist but its not necessary. I installed one on my friends gt from just laying on the ground and popping a clip of the wheel well.
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Like I said I'm not mechanically inclined AT ALL so I definitely would not be able to do something like that to my car. Also, I'm a full time student so I have very limited time.
You could do a intake, takes 30 minutes for a newbie or 45 mins. I'm more advanced and work 60hrs a week At a lumber yard came home everyday for a week straight and did heads, cams and new timing chain set in a week's time. You can find the time lol.
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I think a cold air intake is definitely in my near future. One thing I was wondering about when I was looking through CAI's in the past is that there are some for $80 and some for up to $300 dollars. Is there really any reason to justify spending the extra money for the more expensive CAI?
Money can be spent elsewhere other then a cold air intake.
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Money can be spent elsewhere other then a cold air intake.

Exactly. Don't waste money on it.


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Money can be spent elsewhere other then a cold air intake.
I think an intake would be a decent thing to do to get familiar with working on your car coming from no knowledge.

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What would you suggest instead of a cold air intake?
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A cold air intake won't do crap until you go forced induction.


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You won't get super gains but it's better than the stock setup. The kid don't know what he's doing what do you have in mind for him other than what I've listed for a beginner to do?
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How much performance is he gaining? Honestly? None.


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Detroit and few others here, will surely like to prove you wrong.

Cai can give up to 70 hp.


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Definatly not that much. It will give you a slight hp gain with a tune. You guys are ridiculous. Shouldn't you be fixing your beamers blown turbos and caliboy should go work on his leak.
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To answer the original question... find cliffyk's original thread "beginner's guide to bolt on power gains" all the info is there for beefing up these motors

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And no gains are to be had with a CAI...lol

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And no gains are to be had with a CAI...lol

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Any noticeable gains anyway. Until you get into supercharged applications,,,, they're useless.


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Actually. Haha. I did the supercharger install by myself. So I mean u can keep coming at me with stuff?


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A fair test would be to give me both of your cars for a month to test out.

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Ask soccrluvr. His car has almost full suspension and could smoke my car in an autox track. I have over 600hp and he has like 300? He has his crap dialed in, it doesn't have to be all about horsepower. So maybe some people classify performance in different ways. I have the engine performance in my car, now im working on the rest of the suspension I have to fix.


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Videos. I don't have traction right now lol


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Turbo'do though right?


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Turbo'do though right?


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Correct. Twins.


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I gained 25hp with my CAI... Next supercharger upgrade! Along with many many other upgrades..


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I gained 25hp with my CAI... Next supercharger upgrade! Along with many many other upgrades..


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25 hp with a tune though. Putting on a cold air intake only will give you less than 10. My car literally gained one tenth faster on 0-60 after tune intake and exhaust.


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25 hp with a tune though. Putting on a cold air intake only will give you less than 10. My car literally gained one tenth faster on 0-60 after tune intake and exhaust.


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Intake and tune is where I started. I just wanted to get familiar

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25 hp with a tune though. Putting on a cold air intake only will give you less than 10. My car literally gained one tenth faster on 0-60 after tune intake and exhaust.


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My car is already supercharged... F/I cars will always have greater gains with a CAI than N/A. And yes it's tuned, but it will be getting a better supercharger soon.


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25 hp with a tune though. Putting on a cold air intake only will give you less than 10. My car literally gained one tenth faster on 0-60 after tune intake and exhaust.


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Cai alone with no tune and a NA car will give you close to nothing.


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My car is already supercharged... F/I cars will always have greater gains with a CAI than N/A. And yes it's tuned, but it will be getting a better supercharger soon.


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U should do the VMP upgrade. I hear it does well.


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Cai alone with no tune and a NA car will give you close to nothing.


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I know. It sucks that these companies are so misleading. Along with other people that believe they actually give you more hp u can feel


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U should do the VMP upgrade. I hear it does well.


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Appreciate the suggestion, but going with the Roush (haven't decided on the phase yet). Just keeping the Roush theme on the car. Later on forged internals, cams, ported heads, and many many other upgrades...


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My car is already supercharged... F/I cars will always have greater gains with a CAI than N/A. And yes it's tuned, but it will be getting a better supercharger soon.


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Mine is too. I have a 2.3 vmp with JLT intake and 82mm pulley. She whines a lot and screams😂 didn't pay a shop to do mine either. And even when people do pay to have it done, there isn't anything wrong with that.


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Haha sounds like Detroit. No you cannot feel it. You can barely feel 20-30 hp.


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I know. And it's not about peak numbers ether. It's about how the power comes on and how smooth it is. How much power you're gaining over the course of the powerband is where it's at too


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Appreciate the suggestion, but going with the Roush (haven't decided on the phase yet). Just keeping the Roush theme on the car. Later on forged internals, cams, ported heads, and many many other upgrades...


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Aren't the Roush and bmp pretty similar?

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Aren't the Roush and bmp pretty similar?

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Literally the same, they are both manufactured at the same factory... But I believe the VMP is the better of the two... VMPs is made slightly different, sorry...


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Fairly. There's some differences. The roush on the 5.0 won't whine like the vmp. The elbow for the blower is CNC port matched on the vmp. It also came with all plug and play harnesses. Only had to splice two wires in. Came standard with a JLT intake and choice of pulley size and injectors. Real nice kit. Plus they send custom tuning and datalogs unlike roush crap tune.


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But yea they're both basically the same blower just slight differences making vmp come out ahead. A lot of people don't know about them yet.


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