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Old 12-14-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
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performance vs appearance

Explain what your cars got (or your plan) and why your not doing the other.
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:30 PM   #2
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Well with my last mustang I went for appearance and sound (Roush stage 1 plus tune) and now I'm looking to focus on performance but haven't started yet since I don't even have 2k miles. Last time I'd really wished I had more "bite" to go with my "bark"!
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:04 PM   #3
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Car has the Q350 build package. ie build sheet in pics
4.10s
UD pulleys
Intake
Tune
Exhaust
Short throw
G-trac suspension

It already have appearance mods. And what's on it now, is as far as I'm going with it. I think it's tweaked enough.
But....within the next few upcoming weeks, I will be dropping a supercharger in, upgrading transmission, 1 piece drive shaft.
Looking for 450rwhp
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I've got some of both

off road x pipe
boss intake
cai
93 octane tune

lowering springs
koni strt dampers
lcas and uca
adjustable panhard rod
steeda STB

wheels
gt500 spoiler
tint
gt/cs fascia
saleen grille
grabber blue coil covers

thats just the main stuff I can think of off the top of my head
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I've got some of both

off road x pipe
boss intake
cai
93 octane tune

lowering springs
koni strt dampers
lcas and uca
adjustable panhard rod
steeda STB

wheels
gt500 spoiler
tint
gt/cs fascia
saleen grille
grabber blue coil covers

thats just the main stuff I can think of off the top of my head
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I won't start a convo on this thread as I know it's a tech thread
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:44 PM   #6
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thank you sir, I've got a little more coming for christmas too... I'm not supposed to know though lol
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:20 PM   #7
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most of my performance mods can't even be seen since they are for attacking corners so i guess visuals lol is the only thing people would notice on mine
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:57 PM   #8
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So far Mine is mainly performance. But I would love some rims and put darker tint on.

I've got bolt on's that include exhaust, chassis stiffening (subframe, strut tower), KYB shocks, CAI, shifter..

Oh, and I want gears..
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Very little done so far & I'll stick with some appearance & stereo stuff at first. After I get a few months of autocrosses & track days under my belt, I'll have a better feel for the car & a better plan for which parts to throw at it first--I know I'll be starting with suspension.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:50 AM   #10
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Explain what your cars got (or your plan) and why your not doing the other.
I've done a little bit of both!.. All depends on what the next set of mods are and how much they are!..
Appearance mods are, rocker panel stripes, black Bullitt style rims, Mach1 chin spoiler and grill delete, and some other decals!.. For the interior I have a CF dash trim with some billitt trim pieces, and diamond plate floor mats!..

Performance mods are, CAI, 75mm TB w/upper plenum, UD Pullies, Tune, MSD coils, O/R X-pipe and cat back exhaust!.. Front and rear strut tower bars, end links, 4 point K member brace, and SWARR bar!..
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:56 AM   #11
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I started off with appearance mods...blacked out decklid/valence, mach1 grille delete, dyed vert top from tan to black, plasti dipped wheels (real wheels coming soon), painting calipers this weekend than all done with exterior appearance. Now started to work on performance mods, just upgraded to SLP LM1 catback exhaust yesterday, now mgw shifter soon, plenty more to come .
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:12 AM   #12
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Intake
Tune
Midpipe
Catback
Shifter
Rear control arms

I'm not a fan of serious body alterations. I like some of the roush/saleen/cervani full kits but rarely little pieces.
My list of appearance mods.
Removed antenna.
Sequential tail lights.
Headlights stock with clear corners instead of yellow.
Set of widened blacked out 03 cobra rims.
Tint on rear 3 windows.

I do play with plastidip for fun but that's about it. I spray directly over the stock vinyl and then dip the Badges. All for fun and I change it up every few months and nothing is permanent.

My future plans are all performance (seats>suspension>drivetrain>engine internals>blower) with the exception of a hood strut kit and maybe some smoked lights.
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:20 AM   #13
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Already put in:

Duel exhaust
2 12' subs and 1600watt amp
New head unit
Painted the calipers


I'm wanting as of now to get:
CAI
Center caps for rims
Throttle body
Springs
DIN Dash Kit

That's about it for now and once I get those ill move into harder to install mods :p
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:45 PM   #14
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Not very much has been done on mine. I go for appearance, but at the same time, I make sure such appearances don't do anything to hamper the performance. On the one hand, I bought my black Forgestars because I thought they looked sexy. They're 19s all around. (Anything lower looks too small for me, and yet 20s and up look too big.) On the other hand, they also weigh a lot less than the stocks, 7 pounds less per wheel. Shedding almost 30 lbs is really the only performance-related thing I've ever done to my car. Of course, I did get the Brembo Brake package as well. Other than that, I got a cleaner grille, and will eventually tint the windows.
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:13 AM   #15
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mine has a little bit of both.

boss/CS front lower valance
boss front splitter
flat stripes on the hood
25% tint
ford racing k springs
koni adjustable struts
roush axle back
JBA o/r H
adjustable panhard bar
barton short throw
smoked lights
JLT cai
93 tune

~~coming soon~~
OE style 10in wheels for rear and painting all black
UCA
LCA
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:27 PM   #16
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I have done all my looks first now i am getting into suspension and FI.
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:23 PM   #17
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Here's mine.
Its a 98' 3.8. May look somewhat quick taking a quick glance at it but its 100% bone stock. Can't tell you how many times I've been asked if its a GT lol. With it being a V6 im going more for appearance then performance as you can tell
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I always like to dabble in both. My car, though new, has a couple exterior mods, but also a performance one. I like to keep things balanced like that.

My Grand Prix went balls to the wall performance first, then made her look better. She started off as a plain jane SE with a 3100. I got a junkyard engine/trans from a GTP, stripped it down to the block, put cam, valve springs, retainers in her, ported the blower and intake, headers, threw it all back together and dropped the pulley down 3.75", got tuning software to custom tune it myself, and a fuel pump rewire kit. Also, threw in some lowering springs with new control arms and struts/mounts all around and a 3" exhaust.

After I slapped that in her, I went with GT bumpers, SLP GTX spoiler, factory hi-po rims, and I still have side skirts laying around that need painting and installed. She also has black projector headlights and LED tail lights. I also wired in the digital DIC that the GTPs had, including a boost gauge. I hoped to put a HUD in her too, but I don't know if that will ever pan out.
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I always like to dabble in both. My car, though new, has a couple exterior mods, but also a performance one. I like to keep things balanced like that.

My Grand Prix went balls to the wall performance first, then made her look better. She started off as a plain jane SE with a 3100. I got a junkyard engine/trans from a GTP, stripped it down to the block, put cam, valve springs, retainers in her, ported the blower and intake, headers, threw it all back together and dropped the pulley down 3.75", got tuning software to custom tune it myself, and a fuel pump rewire kit. Also, threw in some lowering springs with new control arms and struts/mounts all around and a 3" exhaust.

After I slapped that in her, I went with GT bumpers, SLP GTX spoiler, factory hi-po rims, and I still have side skirts laying around that need painting and installed. She also has black projector headlights and LED tail lights. I also wired in the digital DIC that the GTPs had, including a boost gauge. I hoped to put a HUD in her too, but I don't know if that will ever pan out.
What year Grand Prix do you have?.. And what sites do you recommend for some GoFast goodies?.. My wife has a 2005 Grand Prix with the 3800 in it, and I'm looking for some ways to get a few extra HP out of it.
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It's the 2000 in my signature. Most of my stuff came from ZZPerformance. Mine is a build I did 5 years ago mostly. There are some things Id get off ebay to save money, such as headers.
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It's the 2000 in my signature. Most of my stuff came from ZZPerformance. Mine is a build I did 5 years ago mostly. There are some things Id get off ebay to save money, such as headers.
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It's the 2000 in my signature. Most of my stuff came from ZZPerformance. Mine is a build I did 5 years ago mostly. There are some things Id get off ebay to save money, such as headers.
How much power does it put down?
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I've got

Performance
Steeda CAI
Bama 93 hybrid tune
Ford racing LCA
Boss 302 strut tower brace
Flowmaster mufflers (dont even think these count :p)
And I'm still looking around for an o/r x or h pipe

Appearance
Reverse c stripes
Gt/cs spoiler
Hood spears
Painted wheels
20%tint
All my lights are tinted, minus headlights
Tomorrow I'm painting my decklid
Interior dash kit
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How much power does it put down?
It should be darn close to 300whp, but have tons of torque. Considering those cars start life with 240hp at the crank, it's not bad. If I ever decided to dump $1k into it and add an intercooler setup, I could drop pullies and be damn close or over 350whp. Problem is, I'd need larger injectors and rails to let them work over the intercooler, LS1/N* throttle body, and I'd be replacing the transmission next. These transmissions are very fragile. People snap input and output shafts and drive chains a lot. It's just not worth the money pit of adding more horsepower and why I chose a RWD platform as my next car.
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