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Old 06-05-2013, 01:59 PM   #1
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Just bought a 2014 mustang!

I bought my mustang about 3 weeks ago and it's my first mustang. Im also new to forums and was just wondering what everyones opinions were for what I should buy first/what their first mod was. Im thinking about a CAI but just wanted to hear some other options
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Cai and tune combo from Americanmuscle
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Check the beginners bolt on guide.

I like suggesting full exhaust first.
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Hi and welcome! I would do an exhaust first
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Open up the exhaust then CAI and tune.
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Welcome aboard! Glad to have you here. One thing to keep in mind is your factory warranty. Always work with your local dealership to make sure that any mods you do will not void any warranty claims that you may have in the future. Most CAI and axle back mods will not void any warratys other than the exhaust or intake respectively.

A tuner is the dark cloud; many have reported that their local dealership would not honor any engine/drive train claims if a tune was detected. And yes, the new engine management boxes Ford uses can detect if a tune was installed, even if you flash the stock tune back before visiting the dealership.

So, best rule to follow is to ask the service advisor of your delaership you plan to use for warranty work (if it's needed) and see if they will honor your warranty before you do any mods.
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Any dealership will honor a warranty if you walk into the service center with confidence and you look like you know what your talking about. Don't be like "hey, I have some mods, will this void my warranty?" They will most likely say yes. Just do the mods, then don't even mention in to your dealer when you bring it in for service, you can mention that you don't want them to mess with this part or to not flash the tuner. Act like it's no problem, and that you know they will work around it, and your dealer shouldn't give you any problems in return.

It's illegal for them to void your warranty just based on you having mods, but a lot will try to work around warranty work by making stuff up or claiming that they can't do the work due to a mod. Just be confident at the dealership and you'll be fine.
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Any dealership will honor a warranty if you walk into the service center with confidence and you look like you know what your talking about. Don't be like "hey, I have some mods, will this void my warranty?" They will most likely say yes. Just do the mods, then don't even mention in to your dealer when you bring it in for service, you can mention that you don't want them to mess with this part or to not flash the tuner. Act like it's no problem, and that you know they will work around it, and your dealer shouldn't give you any problems in return.

It's illegal for them to void your warranty just based on you having mods, but a lot will try to work around warranty work by making stuff up or claiming that they can't do the work due to a mod. Just be confident at the dealership and you'll be fine.
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It all depends on your budget at the time and also your wish list...
This is the order i have taken so far.
-Drop in K&N(broke after taxes)
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-wheels (rtr rims/zero tires)
-tail light tint/hood spears/rtr spoiler
-plasti-dipped my deck lid panel
and recently got 3.73 gears installed

I plan on a CIA, and exhaust next I wanted to get some of the more expensive things out of the way.
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It all depends on your budget at the time and also your wish list...
This is the order i have taken so far.
-Drop in K&N(broke after taxes)
-Tuner
-wheels (rtr rims/zero tires)
-tail light tint/hood spears/rtr spoiler
-plasti-dipped my deck lid panel
and recently got 3.73 gears installed

I plan on a CIA, and exhaust next I wanted to get some of the more expensive things out of the way.
He doesn't need new wheels or gears if he got the Performance package.
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He doesn't need new wheels or gears if he got the Performance package.
Lol I'm a girl, but I already have wheels, spoiler, and louvers. I'm looking more for performance
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Lol I'm a girl, but I already have wheels, spoiler, and louvers. I'm looking more for performance
Exhaust, cai, tune.
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Lol I'm a girl, but I already have wheels, spoiler, and louvers. I'm looking more for performance
Lol. Sry. Which kind of wheels? Some wheels are only rated to certain speeds, so you need to be careful if you plan on pushing it.
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welcome to the forum tune and cai for American muscle
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Welcome!! Post some pics! For my 1st mods I went with CAI/Tune. Exhaust is also a good place to start either way u can go wrong!
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Go with CAI first, then axle back. Unless you're willing to make the tuner jump, don't bother with the rest of the exhaust, especially headers. You'll probably just end up making things worse by not being able to adjust the engine. All a question of how far you want to take it.
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Lol. Sry. Which kind of wheels? Some wheels are only rated to certain speeds, so you need to be careful if you plan on pushing it.
Lol it's ok. They're just 18" black painted aluminum wheels, they came with an appearance package when I bought it
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Welcome!! Post some pics! For my 1st mods I went with CAI/Tune. Exhaust is also a good place to start either way u can go wrong!
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Looks good!!! Nice color choice..I'm biased though! Haha. I like those wheels they look good!!
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I went with CAI/Tune combo first, on cars I have had in the past a CAI alone did very little. It wasn't until I combined it with the tune that I really noticed a difference.

If your worried about the tune and all the warranty questions, I would go with a exhaust first.
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That's a nice pony. Congrats and I would go with a Cai/tuner combo
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I went with 3M Xpel clear paint protection for the first mod on my Sterling Grey '14. Mind you where I live all the sand and gravel they use in the winter doesn't get fully cleaned off the streets so our cars can take a real beating year round.

I think my next mod will be exhaust but I do like the look of the louvers you put on... After that it's saving for winter tires and rims
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What kind a wheels are those?
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What kind a wheels are those?
I dont know the exact name for them, they just came with the appearance package with the car lol sorry. Online they just say they're 18" black painted aluminum wheels
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I dont know the exact name for them, they just came with the appearance package with the car lol sorry. Online they just say they're 18" black painted aluminum wheels
If you plan on taking the governor off with a tune, and you plan on going 120+ at any time, on any road, you'll need new tires before you can do that. I do not believe that the appearance package includes z-rated tires. I think it's only the performance package.
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If or when the dealership visually discovers you installed some mods, and if you go with a tuner, be sure to have the phone number and/or credit card numbers from the folks here that said your dealership is illegal for revolking your warranty. They have the right of refusal to revolke the warranty on any area of your car that you installed a mod on. Ask the service manager.

Most dealerships will work with you, so it's not all bad. But some members here have indeed been told that portions of their warranty are void if they modify parts of the engine. A tuner is the most likey reason for a full off denial of the engine. If it were me, and I'm making the payments, then I'd want to know by first hand knowledge that any mod I add will not affect my entire drivetrain. The dealers have the first right of refusal, and I may not have enough money to fight them.

Of course its your Mustang, and you make the decisions.
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Tune as a first mod?
No worries about the limiter and the driveshaft in 2014?
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I've been running the Bama race tune since about 18-20k I'm at 39.9k now no problems and I've had warranty work done in that time
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I've been running the Bama race tune since about 18-20k I'm at 39.9k now no problems and I've had warranty work done in that time
What did you have done and where?
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Under the black lines on that dealers slip, I just says PIMP anyways!

---------- Post added at 06:30 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:28 PM ----------

She needs to just talk to her local dealership. I woudnt install the tune until I did. If they say go, then go! If they say no, then don't unless u can pay for what breaks or just do what 95% of the rest of us did. Wait until the warranty is gone and go nuts!
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If or when the dealership visually discovers you installed some mods, and if you go with a tuner, be sure to have the phone number and/or credit card numbers from the folks here that said your dealership is illegal for revolking your warranty. They have the right of refusal to revolke the warranty on any area of your car that you installed a mod on. Ask the service manager.

Most dealerships will work with you, so it's not all bad. But some members here have indeed been told that portions of their warranty are void if they modify parts of the engine. A tuner is the most likey reason for a full off denial of the engine. If it were me, and I'm making the payments, then I'd want to know by first hand knowledge that any mod I add will not affect my entire drivetrain. The dealers have the first right of refusal, and I may not have enough money to fight them.

Of course its your Mustang, and you make the decisions.
That is 100% false. A dealer can not revoke your warranty just because of a mod, and you don't need my phone number to call me and have me tell you what I just told you. Just look it up. People argue that i'll void your warranty. I have yet to see one person who says that go and research the law. All they say is "my dealership told me it would". Yeah, of course they will tell you that, they don't want to do the work, it costs them money.
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Thank you. This confirms what I have been saying.
An aftermarket mod will not void your warranty. If the mod causes damage, then yes, that will void you warranty. In this article, Ford is simply warning that a tune that increases performance may result in damage due to the vehicle not being designed to handle that performance, which would void your warranty. The tune itself or mod itself does not void it in it's own. It's only when damage occurs that the mod becomes an issue, and again, Ford must prove that the damage was caused by the aftermarket part or the tune to void the warranty.
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