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Old 06-18-2013, 01:35 PM   #1
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I'm looking for some performance upgrades this summer. I was thinking either:
1- Bama Tune and Airraid CAI
2- Borla ATAK Axle-Back
3- 3.55 Gear Ratios?
I need some more info on the gear ratios and what it does to the car. I'm not really familiar with it at all. Also any other ideas for performance upgrades!
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Tuner & CAI is the best 1st mod IMO.
Exhaust doesn't add HP but it's music to ur ears.
Gears are gonna need a tuner so u might wanna buy that 1st but from what I hear gears are an awesome mod.
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Tuner & CAI is the best 1st mod IMO.
Exhaust doesn't add HP but it's music to ur ears.
Gears are gonna need a tuner so u might wanna buy that 1st but from what I hear gears are an awesome mod.
Oh thanks! I heard the gear ratios does quite a bit for the car but I also heard it has a negative effect on the MPG? Not that it really matters, but I don't want to be burning gas like crazy! Any other ideas on mods?
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Oh thanks! I heard the gear ratios does quite a bit for the car but I also heard it has a negative effect on the MPG? Not that it really matters, but I don't want to be burning gas like crazy! Any other ideas on mods?
For stock I would do CAI + Tune u will see a huge difference. Yea gears hurt hwy mpgs. If u want exhaust u could do full exhaust (long tube headers with x pipe & axle backs) it would sound awesome & add performance.
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Tuner & CAI is the best 1st mod IMO.
Exhaust doesn't add HP but it's music to ur ears.
Gears are gonna need a tuner so u might wanna buy that 1st but from what I hear gears are an awesome mod.
^ what he said but with one correction. "Exhaust" can add HP. Axlebacks will not much if any HP, but a full exhaust will. Especially O/R midpipes
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Tune + coldair wont give you a "huge difference" you will fill more from a gear swap to 3.73 vs a tune/intake
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^ what he said but with one correction. "Exhaust" can add HP. Axlebacks will not much if any HP, but a full exhaust will. Especially O/R midpipes
What are some suggestions on tubes and headers then? Anything to add HP and sound great. Two birds with one stone!
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Tune first. Cai with it if you think it's worth it. Then go for the gears for your next mod. Got 3.55s installed just yesterday. Wanting to break them in just a little before I get on it again.
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Tune first. Cai with it if you think it's worth it. Then go for the gears for your next mod. Got 3.55s installed just yesterday. Wanting to break them in just a little before I get on it again.
Sweet. That's what I was going to do. Besides tuning, CAI, gear box, what else can I do?
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Sweet. That's what I was going to do. Besides tuning, CAI, gear box, what else can I do?
With our cars it's almost as if exhaust is more sound than it is in performance. Either that or suspension.
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With our cars it's almost as if exhaust is more sound than it is in performance. Either that or suspension.
Trust me, I have an O/R H-Pipe and it definitely adds a noticeable power increase.
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Trust me, I have an O/R H-Pipe and it definitely adds a noticeable power increase.
Is it a dramatic power increase though? How does it sound?
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Is it a dramatic power increase though? How does it sound?
Yes it is. I think its around 30 HP . if you just do the midpipe it sounds like crap, that's why I got PYPES Pype-Bombs. Look up 37blackonblack on YouTube that's my account name
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longtubes and off road mid pypes add a very noticable gain and sound is unreal, as for mpg's with gears, its not really the gears that cause the decrease in mpg's its drivers right foot, I went from 3.31's to 4.10's and mpg is no worse, but performance is amazing, not so sure that if you go from 3.31's to 3.55's is really going to satisfy you, these cars love to be in the higher rpm range, i would atleast go 3.73's but thats just my 2 cents
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longtubes and off road mid pypes add a very noticable gain and sound is unreal, as for mpg's with gears, its not really the gears that cause the decrease in mpg's its drivers right foot, I went from 3.31's to 4.10's and mpg is no worse, but performance is amazing, not so sure that if you go from 3.31's to 3.55's is really going to satisfy you, these cars love to be in the higher rpm range, i would atleast go 3.73's but thats just my 2 cents
Lower gear ratio (higher number) = higher driving rpm which = lower mpg
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Tune and CAI first, then exhaust. The exhaust will add noticeable gains with the tune, I am still trying to figure mine out. But it is defiantly a change for the better.
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Yes it is. I think its around 30 HP . if you just do the midpipe it sounds like crap, that's why I got PYPES Pype-Bombs. Look up 37blackonblack on YouTube that's my account name
I checked out your videos man and they are pretty sick. It sounds like in the videos there's a lot of rattling though, but it sounds beast. Maybe it's just the video resolution
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Lower gear ratio (higher number) = higher driving rpm which = lower mpg
only time it effects the mpg is if your on the highway with 4.10's and doing over 80 , street driving in town is not effected if u shift right and keep rpms down when not wanting to burn fuel.....my car is my dd and i get 22 on highway and in town i drive it like i stole it...i dont worry about mpg's
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I checked out your videos man and they are pretty sick. It sounds like in the videos there's a lot of rattling though, but it sounds beast. Maybe it's just the video resolution
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only time it effects the mpg is if your on the highway with 4.10's and doing over 80 , street driving in town is not effected if u shift right and keep rpms down when not wanting to burn fuel.....my car is my dd and i get 22 on highway and in town i drive it like i stole it...i dont worry about mpg's
I get 28-31 on highway
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I get 28-31 on highway
like i said only on hwy does it affect mpg's that 22 was driving from florida to vt doing 85 plus all the way, in town if i want too i never go over 2000rpms on the hwy if i wanted to drive the speed limit i could get 28 all day with 4.10's its all in the drivers right foot, just because on paper it says higher rpms doesnt mean you have too?? and off the line those 4.10s will eat up 331'or 355's all day long
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^ what he said but with one correction. "Exhaust" can add HP. Axlebacks will not much if any HP, but a full exhaust will. Especially O/R midpipes
Ooops that's what u meant! Haha.
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Sweet. That's what I was going to do. Besides tuning, CAI, gear box, what else can I do?
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I'm looking for some performance upgrades this summer. I was thinking either:
1- Bama Tune and Airraid CAI
2- Borla ATAK Axle-Back
3- 3.55 Gear Ratios?
I need some more info on the gear ratios and what it does to the car. I'm not really familiar with it at all. Also any other ideas for performance upgrades!
I would recommend starting with a Bama Custom tune and CAI. This will definitely deliver some awesome power gains, along with a ton of other improvements! Such as, Torque, acceleration, drive ability, gas mileage, throttle response, shift points (If Auto) Etc...

Exhaust will just be Music to your ears. You won't pick up any power from just an axle-back, but it sure will sound great! Gears is also a great modification. This is one of the most beneficial mods you can do for a Mustang!

Please let me know if you have any questions or need some assistance in the near future! Our Mustang Experts are here Monday-Friday from 9AM-9PM EST and Saturdays from 9AM-5:30PM EST. If you want to hit them up, their number is 866.727.1266. I can also have one of them call you directly.

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I would recommend starting with a Bama Custom tune and CAI. This will definitely deliver some awesome power gains, along with a ton of other improvements! Such as, Torque, acceleration, drive ability, gas mileage, throttle response, shift points (If Auto) Etc...

Exhaust will just be Music to your ears. You won't pick up any power from just an axle-back, but it sure will sound great! Gears is also a great modification. This is one of the most beneficial mods you can do for a Mustang!

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Shouldn't you get the gears first considering you have to tune it after that? It would only make sense to get the 4:10s and then the Bama tune and CAI right? Or does that not matter
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Shouldn't you get the gears first considering you have to tune it after that? It would only make sense to get the 4:10s and then the Bama tune and CAI right? Or does that not matter
I got the bama tune and cai first and then gears. I don't think it matters. your strongest gains will come from the tune and gears. the cai is jus eye candy and sound at least for me
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For a GT the CAI is also a power adder ... Our Steeda CAI on the dyno will typically see 9 to 12 horsepower over the stock airbox, mostly above 4,000rpm.

Add a tune ... depending on the year ... and you will see combined gains into the 30's for the 13-14 model and even higher in the pre 13 models (Ford Raised the HP numbers in 13 to 420HP)

On the V6 - Combined with the required custom tune using an SCT X3 Flash programming device we have achieved dramatic power increases of up to 20hp and 30ft/lbs of torque.

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I don't have STeeda but if I were to do it all again i would have gotten STeeda if your looking at what brand cai to get. I've heard nothing but good things bout them
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Shouldn't you get the gears first considering you have to tune it after that? It would only make sense to get the 4:10s and then the Bama tune and CAI right? Or does that not matter
If u get the tuner 1st u'll gain some performance & then when u add gears u ready have the tuner ready to go.
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For a GT the CAI is also a power adder ... Our Steeda CAI on the dyno will typically see 9 to 12 horsepower over the stock airbox, mostly above 4,000rpm.

Add a tune ... depending on the year ... and you will see combined gains into the 30's for the 13-14 model and even higher in the pre 13 models (Ford Raised the HP numbers in 13 to 420HP)

On the V6 - Combined with the required custom tune using an SCT X3 Flash programming device we have achieved dramatic power increases of up to 20hp and 30ft/lbs of torque.

Let me know if you have any questions?

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I don't have STeeda but if I were to do it all again i would have gotten STeeda if your looking at what brand cai to get. I've heard nothing but good things bout them
Agreed, I love my Steeda CAI
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Black on Black ... glad to hear it & we appreciate your support ... now if we could just get the others to listen, lol.

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Shouldn't you get the gears first considering you have to tune it after that? It would only make sense to get the 4:10s and then the Bama tune and CAI right? Or does that not matter
We recommend doing the Tuner and CAI before gears. We can adjust your speedo, for the added gear ratio! So if you don't tune your car for the gears, then the speedo will be off by X amount.

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