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Old 11-12-2013, 09:03 AM   #1
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Appearance VS Performance?

I am planning on buying a CAI/ Bama tuner combo, side louvers, hood and side scoops, tail light tint, and powder coating my rims black. As you may know this is a lot of money, would it be wise to go for the appearance first and then buy the tuner/CAI with my money I get from Christmas?
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:30 AM   #2
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Since I value my warranty, I chose to take on the appearance mods first. I'll start on performance mods this spring.
That's just the way I decided to tackle it.
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I am planning on buying a CAI/ Bama tuner combo, side louvers, hood and side scoops, tail light tint, and powder coating my rims black. As you may know this is a lot of money, would it be wise to go for the appearance first and then buy the tuner/CAI with my money I get from Christmas?
It sounds like you definitely have a great build list and I'm really excited to see the finished project! The order you do these mods in is completely up to you, I honestly don't think you can go wrong.

If it were me, I would go with the performance first and then the exterior mods. I definitely have a need for speed and it sounds like you do to! However, if you're more into taking your Mustangs to shows and would like to do the louvers, side scoops etc.. first, that's also really cool!

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Thumbs up Do a combination of both!

Do whatever performance mods that won't kill your warranty and any appearance mods you like now. After the warranty expires, go for all the rest. That'll give ya time to save up for the expensive performance mods for latter, but still let you have fun with the other "warranty safe" performance mods now and plenty of the appearance mods. Gotta save a little for later. No mater what, go for what makes YOU happy. Anyway, that's my plan and my 2 cents
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I'm a performance first kind of guy.

I'd rather be fast than just look fast.
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I'm a performance first kind of guy.

I'd rather be fast than just look fast.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:23 PM   #8
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Just depends on what model you have now. I.e., I have a GT Premium. Leather interior, premium dash, HID's, 19" wheels, etc.. So the looks are (for the most part) already there. My first mod was a set of axle-backs (Borla!) two days after I bought my GT, then Bama TFL, and next I plan on getting a CAI. Of course eventually I'll get back to the exterior dept. to make my GT stand out. If you're completely base, do one engine, one exterior, etc..

My $0.02.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:46 PM   #9
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I like to know what things can do. My wife can make it pretty...but me, how does it go. I love sleepers. Simple and look plain on the outside, but are anything but that.
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A suspension upgrade is both a performance and appearance upgrade.
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I am also in your situation, so what I would do is go to a couple dealerships in the area and straight up ask them what their point of view is on performance mods like a CAI and a tune. Some are okay with it while others are not. Remember in order to void warranty they have to prove your modification was the cause, if you get a tune and your window button stops working they can't void your warranty because of the tune. Talking to your dealership(s) and get a feel for their point of view on mods. I plan on doing a CAI and tune in the spring, but before I do I will talk to a couple dealerships in the area. If I can't find one that's cool with it I will most likely go with appearance mods first.

Personally, I prefer to look stock and perform better than look amazing and perform the same as stock.
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I like both. I started with the "looks", as I had an idea in my head as to how I wanted the Mustang to look. I felt as if I started with a blank slate, and molded it to what I was looking for. Growing up, a guy accross the street had a red 70 Mustang Mach 1. On weekends I'd walk over, and help him wash it. I vowed some day to own one. My 2011 Red coupe is close (no shaker hood scoop), but many of its exterior features are modeled after that early Mustang.

When the full warranty lapsed, I started with the performance mods. I have the GT500 axle backs, the MRT 93 octane tune, a modified airbox (those that "know" me understand this part), and some suspension upgrades.

Am I done? Nope. I tell my wife that, but she just grins and shakes her head.

There's no right or wrong way to mod...do it the way you want, and in the order you want. Unless folks are lining up to assist you in making the monthly payment, their opinion is just that; an opinion.
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Once again, I agree with Mr. Bucko. I too had an idea or mental image in my head of what I wanted my last Mustang to look like, 1.5 yrs later, I had it in my carport. It's a great feeling. With my new GT, I am budding heads with my factory warranty and trying to stay away from engine mods so once again I'm touching up things here and there with exterior styling or what have you, etc..
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...a modified airbox (those that "know" me understand this part), and some suspension upgrades.
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I removed the air tube that connects the air cleaner box to the throttle body. Then used my dremmel tool to cut off the muffler on its side. I used fiberglass and fiberglass mat to seal the hole, sanded, and repainted it. It remains stock, with the exception of the muffler, and gets plenty of sealed cold air, plus it makes the same noise when you get on it as the aftermarket CAI's do.
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