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Old 02-05-2014, 12:41 PM   #1
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I have an 08 GT and it's all stock. I want more horsepower though and I want to make it louder. I have a functional scoop so I was told I don't need to change my air intake, is that true? I started looking into turbo's and superchargers but they're really expensive if I buy them new. So far the cheapest I found was $6k. I don't have that kind of money to put up front. Is there another way I can work on increasing my HP but in piece work? I hope that doesn't sound silly. Any help or advice would be appreciated!! Thanks!
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Start with a basic handheld tuner like SCT. If this is your first experience with a tuner I would go with American Muscle and a Bama race tune. I suggest this because its a email tune and their customer service is top notch. When you decide later down the line to add more high end parts you can switch to a different tuner or dyno tune.

You can add a H or X mid pipe for some extra HP or do a full exhaust with longtubes and mid pipe. On my 07 I did Longtubes,H pipe,High flow cats,CAI with 93 octane Bama race tune and 4.10 gears all at the same time. It was a completely different car after that and put me right at 300HP to the wheels which makes for a fun little toy.

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Full exhaust. Intake. Motion delete plates. And a set of hot rid cams to start.

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I would also question the functionality of the "functional scoop" relating to the air intake. Is it the replica Mach 1 shaker hood scoop that connects to the air intake box? If not, then its most likely just allowing some air into the engine area through the center, which is not helping the air intake by much at all.

The older muscle cars used to have a scoop (like the Mach 1 Mustangs) that had a shaker hood scoop directly over the carb/air cleaner. This is not the case today, unless you have one of those types of setups. There is a "shaker hood scoop" kit sold for some late model Mustangs.
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Full exhaust. Intake. Motion delete plates. And a set of hot rid cams to start.

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Good idea on the cams. LTs with the cams for more power.
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Shaundra, love her! Lol.

Thank you so much! I've been looking at American Muscle, they have a lot info and parts. Their videos help too. I'm going to attach a picture of my car with the scoop, I don't know if that helps determine it's functionality with the air intake... Should I take a picture of underneath the good too? Click image for larger version

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***underneath the hood too*** is what I meant to write. Sorry.
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That scoop will do nothing but release heat. Your air cleaner is up in right front corner pulling in the cooler air. Upgrade full exhaust is a great start it just get more fun and expensive from there ! Lol good luck with the build.
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Pop the hood and give us a pic at the engine. If there is a tube leading to where your intake is then it's functional.
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Yeah,that looks like a shaker kit. Post some under hood pics.
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Okay, I'll have to wait until morning since it's night and I don't have a strong enough light to illuminate it all.
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I tuned my 3v 4.6 two weeks ago and I still haven't gotten used to the 'newly awoken' power. Can't believe how much Ford left on the table. I was going to continue with bolt-ons and exhaust but now I'm thinking I need to tackle my suspension before I can put anymore power to the ground.
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I tuned my 3v 4.6 two weeks ago and I still haven't gotten used to the 'newly awoken' power. Can't believe how much Ford left on the table. I was going to continue with bolt-ons and exhaust but now I'm thinking I need to tackle my suspension before I can put anymore power to the ground.
You will be good on stock suspension with what you have now. You probably haven't even hit 300WHP with just that tune. Get some LTs and a O/R H.
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JBA LT's and catted h-pipe are next on the list. I've had two issues since I've tuned my GT; rear tires spinning out a lot more and the increased throttle response causing the rear end to squat excessively accelerating from a stop.

Maybe a new LCA and some new springs and struts at the very least would address those issues?
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Tires is all you really need for your power level

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Tires is all you really need for your power level

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I've got the factory Pirelli P Zero Neros on right now... Although I've heard summer tires like those just suck in the cold weather.
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Some good sticky tires really help. You will be able to feel the difference if you have never had a good set of stickies. Its a DD right?
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A really good daily tire is the Mickey Thompson sport comps. I run these for my every day tires. No offense but the p zeros suck.

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Street comps i mean. I run a 285/35/19. I make 440 to the tire on motor and they do a dam good job

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Some good sticky tires really help. You will be able to feel the difference if you have never had a good set of stickies.
I'll look into that. I have to keep in mind my GT is my DD.
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Now if you want a drag radial. NT05R is the way to go.

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Now if you want a drag radial. NT05R is the way to go.

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How much do those street comps go for? And NT05R's too?
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285/35/19 street comps i paid $560 mounted balances out the door at discount tiré. And for the NT05r's i paid $650 mounted balanced out the door they are 305/35/19

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285/35/19 street comps i paid $560 mounted balances out the door at discount tiré. And for the NT05r's i paid $650 mounted balanced out the door they are 305/35/19

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Huh... Cheaper than new Pirelli's. Found this thread about them... They do just suck in the winter

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I'm running the KDW2s (285/30/20 R) and couldn't be happier but I will look into the Street comps now that you brought them up. Mine isnt a DD though.
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I'm running the KDW2s (285/30/20 R) and couldn't be happier but I will look into the Street comps now that you brought them up. Mine isnt a DD though.
The KDW2s are dam good also. Only downside to the mickeys is the widest they come in for a 19 is a 285. U can get them for $250 à piece from AM B4 discount.

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How are those street comps as far as wear on a DD?
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How are those street comps as far as wear on a DD?
Really good actually. I light mine up daily also. Still nowhere near the wear indicator

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Well I've put less than 8k on my KDWs (and 5.0) in 3 years and they are nowhere close to being wore out. I got warned about wear before I bought them but so far so good.
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I put the street comps on when i did the built motor. So i have roughly 1,400 miles on them

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I checked and it says I have a Shaker in my car. What does that mean? Does that change anything??
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Intake,headers,throttle body,exhaust, and tie it all together with tube
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375 hp - FORD RACING 2005-2010 4.6L INTAKE/CAMS/THROTTLE BODY POWER PACKAGE -- M-FR5-S197

440 hp (all motor) - Ford Racing 2005-2010 Mustang GT 400HP+ Top End Power Package -- M-FR4-S197
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