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Old 02-11-2014, 09:20 AM   #1
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What are the best bolt on mods for a 2013 v6 mustang.

Sorry I am very new to the forum and would love some advice, and in what order should the mods be done. All feedback is appreciated.

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Welcome aboard. Your best bet would be to grab a beverage of choice, type in the word "mods" in the search box, then read the hundreds of posts about this.

They end up being (but not in any order): CAI's exhaust, and tuners in the way of engine mods. Most seem to install an axle back exhaust first, as this gets the most attention. A tuner might be next, as this will gain you the most bang for the buck, but if warranty is an issue, it's been suggested many times in many threads, check with your local dealership as to what they consider a warranty breaker in the way of mods. There are CAI's that requre a tuner to produce significant HP/TQ gains over the stock air box, and then there are CAI's that do not require a tuner. I'd avoid these, as the stock air box flows quite well, so unless you plan to tweak every last bit of numbers out of your engine, save on the CAI purchase.

As far as apperance, this is your taste, and I'd suggest you design the outside as you like. No one here lines up to make anyones car payment (that I know of), so your taste counts the most.
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I did QA1 upper and BMR lower rear control arms because I race the car and wheel hop was ridiculous. Street traction and dragstrip traction is night and day.
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Tune
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bucko covered the most popular bolt-on mods for you! I agree with him, too. The best bang for your buck performance bolt-on, is a customer tune. There's a lot to be had in the factory tune with no other additional mods. Especially if your Mustang is an automatic!

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Old 02-11-2014, 11:08 AM   #6
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Thanks bucko, awesome info

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I didn't even think about control arms thanks black saving up for handling packs.

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Thank you shane will be looking for a tuner soon, bama is the best.

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Thanks, Sunnytan does changing the gear really make that much of a difference?

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The actual performance won't have any change. It just help pushing the car forward. It does help a lot if you have enough traction.
Of course. Better tires is always helpful

Do u have an manual or auto?
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Auto, wish I could switch it out.

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I think a tune will really help for automatic cars
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I think a tune will really help for automatic cars
It does. Be prepared for firmer shifts though, as the tune will change the shift points (RPM range), and the firmness of the shift. While it may not make sense to you initially, the firm shift is better for the transmission from a wear standpoint, as it eliminates the slipping required to obtain a smooth shift.
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It does. Be prepared for firmer shifts though, as the tune will change the shift points (RPM range), and the firmness of the shift. While it may not make sense to you initially, the firm shift is better for the transmission from a wear standpoint, as it eliminates the slipping required to obtain a smooth shift.
I did not know that, I thought it'd be the other way around (the firmer shifts would wear more etc.). Thanks for the info and you nailed it with your first post in this thread.
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Intake and tune first, then x pipe, then gears. It will be ridiculous with those mods.
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That's awesome info,gonna look into a tuner and some gears asap.

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Thanks for the sweet info, I would love some firmer shifts points. I didnt know those would make such a difference.

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The factory 2011+ H/X hybrid pipe is fine for better sound than an x-pipe makes at street rpms. An x-pipe wont do anything with stock manifolds unless you are getting rid of cats, and then your off road only. An x-pipe is for super high end RPM. Unless you are drag racing with 4.10 gears you don't need that.

This is different in the 2011+ than in the 2010 V6.

Most folks on the street need better low end grunt and driveability with our 3.7

3.55-3.73 gears with the factory h/x hybrid pipe is fine until you get into other mods with header choices.
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The factory 2011+ H/X hybrid pipe is fine for better sound than an x-pipe makes at street rpms. An x-pipe wont do anything with stock manifolds unless you are getting rid of cats, and then your off road only. An x-pipe is for super high end RPM. Unless you are drag racing with 4.10 gears you don't need that. This is different in the 2011+ than in the 2010 V6. Most folks on the street need better low end grunt and driveability with our 3.7 3.55-3.73 gears with the factory h/x hybrid pipe is fine until you get into other mods with header choices.
I'm curious as to which ends up with a lower overall gear ratio the manual or automatic. Given equal rear end ratios.
If I make any sense.
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I'm curious as to which ends up with a lower overall gear ratio the manual or automatic. Given equal rear end ratios.
If I make any sense.
That makes perfect sense, just look at the ratio of the last gear in each transmission.
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If you don't mind me asking what's the difference between 3.73 and 3.55 which is a better choice.

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If you don't mind me asking what's the difference between 3.73 and 3.55 which is a better choice.

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Do you stay in town all the time? Or do you like to tour the countryside and or take weekend getaways? [do you have someone you plan to be in the shot gun seat that wants you to take her places?]

Driving at 70-75 on many freeways on weekend getaways will get tired on your motor, RPMs, gas tank, and general drone on higher numbers. Heck average traffic speed on some highways for hours on end can be as high as 77-82mph traveling cross country.

If you never plan to drive highways much and so dont need to care about the high rpm wear and tear and MPG, 3.73 will be funner acceleration.

I tour the contrysides and love travel in the Mustang, so I use 3.55s. Some stay as low as 3.31 for such travel but I chose 3.55 for a middle ground between good acceleration and easy travel both.

Guys will now jump in here and talk about what MPG they get on 3.73s & even 4.10s; but I challenge them on how many 700 mile+ trips they take at 72-82mph average traffic speed.

Next thing is will you ever sell the car? If you do, will you be putting the original gear back in place for another high price of 5 hours labor? 3.31 to 3.55 gears can still be sold to most regular car buyers without much trouble. Once you go 3.73 and higher, your car now will never sell to most normal folks/buyers. Your market for resale will be to folks that will reduce your price because you hot-rodded the car. You never get back most mods you put in a car unless your like Richard Rawlings or can channel the same.
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The deal with firmer shift is the same as with manual transmission. People tend to ease into the next gear to be more comfortable. This means a smooth shift will not get fully engaged longer, thus adding wear to the clutch packs. Pre-computerized shifting, it was a common to change the springs in the transmission hydraulic control module to firm up the shift. Some even had the ability to dial in the level of firmness for the application. If I remember right, the old C4 Ford tranny, all that was needed was to pull one spring out, and it would firm the shift points.

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I am on the highways a lot, I live in miami florida, so I don't have much countryside but I do like the idea of 3.55 for best of both worlds.

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That PAT motto is cool, its gonna come in handy.

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That makes perfect sense, just look at the ratio of the last gear in each transmission.
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Thanks Bucko, that might be the Manual Stats, with .065 overdrive gear in 6th?
I saw a list of auto trans ratios last year I will try and dig one up and compare, I know with the 3.55s I do about 2256rpm at 75mph on my Auto.
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Just found this, looks like in the end gear very close between man/auto; but different than the chart Bucko has. "Just confirmed Bucko's chart is for a GT's MT82."

2011 automatic 6R60 ratio's for 3.7LV6
1st 4.17
2nd 2.34
3rd 1.52
4th 1.14
5th 0.87
6th 0.69

2011 Manual MT82 3.7L V6

1st 4.24
2nd 2.54
3rd 1.67
4th 1.24
5th 1.00
6th .70


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Does that mean that auto is a little better?

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Looks to me to be like only about ~0.1 sec in a 0-60 time with the manual being slightly faster.
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That's good to know.

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Looks to me to be like only about ~0.1 sec in a 0-60 time with the manual being slightly faster.
Thanks Art. I assume that 0-60 time depends on how well one can shift the manual. I can also assume then too that my 3:31 rear end auto is faster than a 2:73 manual given equal driver performance. And my 3:31 should leave my buddies 2:73 auto Vert in the dust. lol
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Awesome, you bet I will when I do.

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Thanks Art. I assume that 0-60 time depends on how well one can shift the manual. I can also assume then too that my 3:31 rear end auto is faster than a 2:73 manual given equal driver performance. And my 3:31 should leave my buddies 2:73 auto Vert in the dust. lol
yes, on the above. Unless you got an experienced gear jammer, the tuned Auto with firm shift points will win a 1/4 mile, 0-60 etc.
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