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Old 01-20-2014, 07:28 PM   #1
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I have a 13' GTCS, got it stock with the 3.73 gears... added some window louvers and a hood stripe decal and window tent. I've enjoyed the car over the past year and a half, now I'm thinking about putting some money into her.

I'm torn between upgrading my looks first or going straight for performance.

On the esthetics side of things, I want to lower it and put some custom wheels on her.

On the performance side of things, i want to put the BOSS 302 manifold, headers w/ x-pipe, CAI w/ tune, 4.10 gears, and short-throw shifter.

For you MOD kings out there... if you could do it all over again... what order would you spend your money???
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Well we have different years so I can't with WHAT mods but..

My car got a couple of dings on the street within the first couple of months. So I said **** it and am doing only performance. Just deep cleans and washes


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Start with suspension. You get looks and performance gains. Lowering springs, shocks/struts, panhard bar, lcas, uca to start with. You will love the look of the drop, but will be able to hook and handle much better as well. Win win.

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Well we have different years so I can't with WHAT mods but..

My car got a couple of dings on the street within the first couple of months. So I said **** it and am doing only performance. Just deep cleans and washes


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Funny you mention that cause I had to replace my windshield like 4 months after I got it cause a rock hit it while on the toll road. I was so pissed. I also have several little nicks here and there... nothing to bad but enought to drive you crazy. Good point on the performance piece, thanks for your feedback.

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Start with suspension. You get looks and performance gains. Lowering springs, shocks/struts, panhard bar, lcas, uca to start with. You will love the look of the drop, but will be able to hook and handle much better as well. Win win.

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I have to admit the more I read into it the more I really want to start working on the suspension like you said. Thanks for the feedback.
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Start with suspension. You get looks and performance gains. Lowering springs, shocks/struts, panhard bar, lcas, uca to start with. You will love the look of the drop, but will be able to hook and handle much better as well. Win win.

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No problem man. Plus being a 13, if you start with suspension, you can keep that bumper to bumper warranty valid a while longer before you go diving into engine mods, tunes, and what not.

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I have a 13' GTCS, got it stock with the 3.73 gears... added some window louvers and a hood stripe decal and window tent. I've enjoyed the car over the past year and a half, now I'm thinking about putting some money into her.

I'm torn between upgrading my looks first or going straight for performance.

On the esthetics side of things, I want to lower it and put some custom wheels on her.

On the performance side of things, i want to put the BOSS 302 manifold, headers w/ x-pipe, CAI w/ tune, 4.10 gears, and short-throw shifter.

For you MOD kings out there... if you could do it all over again... what order would you spend your money???

I'm still in the process of modding the look of my car inside and out. The car is fast stock and I'm happy with it. As soon as I get the look the way I want it, then I will mod power for the look.
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I am torn by the same question. Doing a couple lower priced mods for looks the tackle the suspension.
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I am torn by the same question. Doing a couple lower priced mods for looks the tackle the suspension.

I know its crazy huh... I have a little cash set aside and I'm scared to spend it lol. I think I'm going to lower it and then get me some nicer wheels. I like the GTCS wheels I have but they are 19s and both 8.5in wide but I want to go up to 20s and get them staggard for the rear.

The wheels I'm looking at will cost me like $2100 with tires and rim mounted so hopefully in about 2 months I will be able to get them. I'm thinking about going ahead and lowering it since I should be able to get the springs for less than $500. Thing is, when I've saved up some cash its so hard to get me to pull the trigger and spend it cause this ish is expensive!!!
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I understand. Lol I would make sure and get at least a pan hard bar if you lower it. Geometry will be off.
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I understand. Lol I would make sure and get at least a pan hard bar if you lower it. Geometry will be off.

By about 3/8 to 1/2 to the driver side from stock with 1.5 to 2.0 drop.
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I'd say short throw then suspension, it seems that a short throw really helps out with shifts on the newer stangs. Then go suspension which will allow you to put the hp to the ground better. Springs, adjustable pan hard bar, etc.
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