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Old 03-08-2011, 01:05 PM   #1
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what are the first mods. I should do to a 2011 5.0.

I have a new 2011 5.0. I am not a racer but would like to build a cool street rod but not going overboard with extreme tuning. I use my car to go back and forth to work on enjoy the open road across country. Any ideas?
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doing much will require a tune, and a tune can void the warranty. Ford has some options and may also have a tune that will maintain warranty~ just something to consider.

Exhaust wouldnt be a bad starting place as it shouldnt void the warranty. Dont do an intake alone as the tune will be needed to make sure the car is safe.
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doing much will require a tune, and a tune can void the warranty. Ford has some options and may also have a tune that will maintain warranty~ just something to consider.

Exhaust wouldnt be a bad starting place as it shouldnt void the warranty. Dont do an intake alone as the tune will be needed to make sure the car is safe.
Is a tune a computer chip or several things make up a tune do I take it to ford for the tune. Thanks for the info
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in today's cars most dont use chips any more (old outdated tech generally). You can get a handheld tuner that just modifies the current settings.

ford might offer a tune for a "performance package" that would consist of intake/exhaust or so. If you want a better tune or want other mods (mods that require a retune that is) you may have to look elsewhere for a tune.

If ford doesnt know you tuned it (and doesnt check to see if you did) then it wont matter much so keep that in mind as well. You can always put the stock tune back in it at any time you want, the issue is ford may still know it at one time had a custom tune.
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in today's cars most dont use chips any more (old outdated tech generally). You can get a handheld tuner that just modifies the current settings.

ford might offer a tune for a "performance package" that would consist of intake/exhaust or so. If you want a better tune or want other mods (mods that require a retune that is) you may have to look elsewhere for a tune.

If ford doesnt know you tuned it (and doesnt check to see if you did) then it wont matter much so keep that in mind as well. You can always put the stock tune back in it at any time you want, the issue is ford may still know it at one time had a custom tune.
How does a hand held tuner work
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How does a hand held tuner work
You plug it into your obd port and follow the prompts

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A hand held tuner plugs into your service port. It will download the 'stock' configuration from the PCM into the hand-held, then it will flash the PCM with the custom tune stored in the hand-held. At this point, the tuner is married to the car (in other words it will only work with that car). If, in anytime in the future, you want to restore the car to 'stock', you can plug the tuner in again and the tuner will flash the PCM with the 'stock' tune (or you can load a new tune in).
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Leave it alone until the warranty is up in 3 years, you have a much faster car than most already.
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Leave it alone until the warranty is up in 3 years, you have a much faster car than most already.
No offense but hell no. Throttle lag in these cars blows. Throw on a cai and handheld tuner and you will feel like you have a different car.It is very easy to install and uninstall if you need to take it back to the dealer.But if you dont want to mess with that just get yourself a nice axelback exhaust.
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No offense but hell no. Throttle lag in these cars blows. Throw on a cai and handheld tuner and you will feel like you have a different car.It is very easy to install and uninstall if you need to take it back to the dealer.But if you dont want to mess with that just get yourself a nice axelback exhaust.
Do I need a tuner on any exhaust install. Sorry for all the dumb questions I have not been up to speed in years.
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Do I need a tuner on any exhaust install. Sorry for all the dumb questions I have not been up to speed in years.
You wont need a retune for a axelback exhaust and its so easy you can do it in the driveway.The 2011 axelback is super easy,you dont even need to unbolt the hangers.The 05-09s you had to unbolt the hangers completly.The new one just pop outta the rubber once lubricated.They are much easier to line up also.
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You wont need a retune for a axelback exhaust and its so easy you can do it in the driveway.The 2011 axelback is super easy,you dont even need to unbolt the hangers.The 05-09s you had to unbolt the hangers completly.The new one just pop outta the rubber once lubricated.They are much easier to line up also.
Well sounds like a good three level tuner with the cold air intake and a exhaust system with a few sick body add on's. I would have a pretty sick rod
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Well sounds like a good three level tuner with the cold air intake and a exhaust system with a few sick body add on's. I would have a pretty sick rod
Oh yeah. The new ones are awesome right from ford. Good call on the ride. Get some pics up

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Cai,tuner,exhaust and you will be at around 370+whp.
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Cai,tuner,exhaust and you will be at around 370+whp.
Thanks you guys all this is a big help. I now have I good idea what to look for.
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My 1st mod was my exhaust. I'm a FM guy myself. It sounds great, just thinking now could sound better! That's all I can prob afford til car's paid off.
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Ordering my wheels and tires tomorrow,should have them by next weekend!
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in today's cars most dont use chips any more (old outdated tech generally). You can get a handheld tuner that just modifies the current settings.

ford might offer a tune for a "performance package" that would consist of intake/exhaust or so. If you want a better tune or want other mods (mods that require a retune that is) you may have to look elsewhere for a tune.

If ford doesnt know you tuned it (and doesnt check to see if you did) then it wont matter much so keep that in mind as well. You can always put the stock tune back in it at any time you want, the issue is ford may still know it at one time had a custom tune.
K. I have spoken with Chris from American Muscle and he informed me in no uncertain terms that ford CANNOT tell if you ran a custom or canned tune. The trick is you gotta drive about 50 miles to fill the computers memory. When you re-flash the stick tune in it shows a dead spot in the memory. The same dead spot that if you unhooked your battery for any length of time. So if you cannot get enough miles on it to fill the short term memory your story is that you unhooked the battery because when ford hooks up their diagnostic they both show up the same

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Re: what are the first mods. I should do to a 2011 5.0.

Man, I like this thread!
I am also knew in this MUSTANG GT WORLD, here is what I did so far, and also what I am really looking forward to do:
My GT OEM:
2011 - 3.73 - BREMBO - HID - SECURITY - COMFORT - SADDLE LEATHER - CAMERA - SIDE AND HOOD STRIPES.
What I added:
-HOEN XENONMATCH 4000K HALLOGEN FOG LIGHT BULBS (Beautiful, matches the HIDs)
-FLOWMASTER HUSHPOWER AXLE-BACK (easy install - 30 minutes) sounds awesome.
What I want to do:
-BBK COLD AIR INTAKE (NO TUNE REQUIRED) FOR US 329.00? is it worth it? WILL IT VOID THE WARRANTY?
For now, this is really what I would like to add, but I am really not sure if I should, since I already have over 412+hp with the axle-back.
Appreciate your opinion on the CAI no tune.
Appreciate your opinion on the warranty with the CAI no tune.

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Not sure on the warranty. But ford has one that will not but don't really know if its any good. You have to be careful about the tune though. But I know there is ways around that as well. I too will get a cold air. I want the rear side lovers they make the 2011 look sick! I too would like to try the axle backs I heard they are cool and easy. I would like to try a street or performance tune. But I am a little nerves about the warranty
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Exhaust is usually the first thing everyone gets please I have sure it would make it sound much better than the stock set up.

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Man, I like this thread!
I am also knew in this MUSTANG GT WORLD, here is what I did so far, and also what I am really looking forward to do:
My GT OEM:
2011 - 3.73 - BREMBO - HID - SECURITY - COMFORT - SADDLE LEATHER - CAMERA - SIDE AND HOOD STRIPES.
What I added:
-HOEN XENONMATCH 4000K HALLOGEN FOG LIGHT BULBS (Beautiful, matches the HIDs)
-FLOWMASTER HUSHPOWER AXLE-BACK (easy install - 30 minutes) sounds awesome.
What I want to do:
-BBK COLD AIR INTAKE (NO TUNE REQUIRED) FOR US 329.00? is it worth it? WILL IT VOID THE WARRANTY?
For now, this is really what I would like to add, but I am really not sure if I should, since I already have over 412+hp with the axle-back.
Appreciate your opinion on the CAI no tune.
Appreciate your opinion on the warranty with the CAI no tune.
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K...great mod list. And as far as warrantee and tune issue that statement is fact not opinion

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K. I have spoken with Chris from American Muscle and he informed me in no uncertain terms that ford CANNOT tell if you ran a custom or canned tune. The trick is you gotta drive about 50 miles to fill the computers memory. When you re-flash the stick tune in it shows a dead spot in the memory. The same dead spot that if you unhooked your battery for any length of time. So if you cannot get enough miles on it to fill the short term memory your story is that you unhooked the battery because when ford hooks up their diagnostic they both show up the same

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What;s your story if you take to a Ford Dealership for servicing?
Also, how many miles does it take to fill up the on board computer after you reflash back to the stock tune?
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Hey guys,
this is getting interesting...
The more I research, the more I feel like spending some BUCKS and tuning my GT.

I heard that the STEEDA CAI + SCT SF3 tuning is really amazing, even though it is cost! (700 and change).
Anyone can be a witness of the steeda cold air intake + sct SF3 tuning?

Also I appreciate any inputs on what is best and what is the PROS and CONS on tuning a 2011 under warranty!

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Also, can you get a cai that does not need a tune and later get a tune and the cai still be ok for the new tune
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I was going nuts...just spent US 739 on a steeda CAI + TUNE...
Lets see, when arrives and after install I will post some pics and review it.
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I was going nuts...just spent US 739 on a steeda CAI + TUNE...
Lets see, when arrives and after install I will post some pics and review it.
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**** I found out that if you change out the cold air you wasting $$$ the 2011 already has cold air induction and you only need the drop in k&n high flow filter and not the whole system
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**** I found out that if you change out the cold air you wasting $$$ the 2011 already has cold air induction and you only need the drop in k&n high flow filter and not the whole system
I know it sounds crazy, but I went down to see a GT 2011 with STEEDA CAI + 93 Octane tune from SCT...

I could not believe what it does to the car...it is a different GT, it really increases power, torque and actually makes the car smother for some reason, I still did not get it why... Also make it sound better and stronger too.

In addition, according to the techs, it gets a better mileage due to the mixture being more stable with extra air coming in + the tuning that unleashes the extra power already there, but not available with factory programing.

Lets see on my GT when I install it, it was shipped yesterday, should be installing it sometime next week.

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Yes the drop in air filter increase torque and 16 hp. $50. The after market cia goes for more than $300 and has the same hp gain. They sell you the filter and the aluminium pipes. If you look you already have half the system. Ford has a tune for 200$ on ford racing.com. and your warranty is safe that way. They will try to sell you stuff you don't need make sure you do the research. I know a guy at ford that is a friend and if you engine light comes on because of your after market cia on tune you will be screwed. It happens all the time
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If you want a weak *** tune then drop in the paper filter and get a ford tune. Aftermarket parts are made for a reason.....to inhance what you have. A ford tune isnt even gonna compare to a Jon Lund,BBR or Bama tune.Do some research on stock intakes and CAI and make the decision based on comparison.Aftermarket CAIs and tuner make a huge difference.As far as screwing your warranty,you will be just fine.There are ways around that.
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K if you don't get 50 miles or so on after you re-flash the computer it shows a dead spot in the memory. The EXACT SAME dead spot shows if you unhooked your battery so that's your story. I UNHOOKED THE BATTERY. Done deal. If you get the necessary 50 or so miles in tho it shows nothing on the computer so no story necessary.

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About 50 or it shows a dead spot in the memory. See post above

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