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Old 07-20-2014, 10:56 PM   #1
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I just got my new v6 convertible. Has anybody got any ideas for affordable ways to customize my car? Thanks for the help!

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Performance wise, a set of straight pipes - Pypes Bombs is what I run - would be a very cheap, quality, and significant change to your car. It's as simple as removing your stock muffler and can be done yourself. These will run about $300 if you install yourself.

Another thing that can increase your cars engine cleanliness is a JBL oil separator found on American Muscle's website. This prevents any oil from going into your intake manifold. This will run about $120 and literally anyone can install it themselves.

I've also thought a spoiler makes the tail end of the mustang loose that "bald" or "naked" look. So maybe one of those. This would probably be about a $400 deal. Not to sure.

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Get the Barton shifter bracket from AM it wasn't the first thing I did to my car but definitely should have been. Best 60 dollars I've spend on my car. As of right now I'm looking at getting the airaid replacement intake tube and a drop in filter. Should run about $150 and you get the sound of a cai and that's all I really want.


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The cheap things I've done...if it's a base swap out the speakers. Look for a used CAI and exhaust you can find them for 1/2 price.

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Coyote: the pype bomb exhaust does seem to be a good price.


Brandneutral: if I get the intake do I need a tune also or will it run fine without it?

Strange mud: it is base what speakers do you recommend?

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No you don't need a tune because you won't change the factory air box just the tube that connects it to the throttle body


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I just got my new v6 convertible. Has anybody got any ideas for affordable ways to customize my car? Thanks for the help!

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Blue Cyclone 3.7

Kenwood or Infinity speakers for the rear was my 1st mod on my 12 3.7, my new 14 got an Airaid tube 1st.
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Get the Barton shifter bracket from AM it wasn't the first thing I did to my car but definitely should have been. Best 60 dollars I've spend on my car. As of right now I'm looking at getting the airaid replacement intake tube and a drop in filter. Should run about $150 and you get the sound of a cai and that's all I really want.


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Those brackets arent "cheap" perse. There a replacement bushing for the stock bracket thats only $15. Ive been thinkin about dropping my sr bracket to try one of these bushings
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Those brackets arent "cheap" perse. There a replacement bushing for the stock bracket thats only $15. Ive been thinkin about dropping my sr bracket to try one of these bushings
What is your opinion on the 15$ bushing? Where have you seen it? I might be interested because my Barton does produce quite a bit of NVH.

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What is your opinion on the 15$ bushing? Where have you seen it? I might be interested because my Barton does produce quite a bit of NVH.

2013 3.7 Manual Candy apple red metallic,
GT 500 stripes, painted side mirror covers, GT 500 spoiler, 2010 GT premium wheels with Pirelli P-zero tires, upper and lower front billet grille, Barton shifter bracket, Airaid Cold air intake, S.R lowering springs, J&M adjustable panhard bar, Boss 302 strut tower brace, 3.73 ford racing gears, Bama tuned, BBK shorty headers, Roush Axel backs.

http://www.energysuspensionparts.com...4.1134#reviews

Thats it there. Got really good reviews (better reviews than aftermarket brackets IMO). Looks quality too.

My bracket has a ton of nvh too, wouldnt be so bad if most of it wasnt clunks lol
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http://www.energysuspensionparts.com...4.1134#reviews

Thats it there. Got really good reviews (better reviews than aftermarket brackets IMO). Looks quality too.

My bracket has a ton of nvh too, wouldnt be so bad if most of it wasnt clunks lol
Thanks for the link. It does look like much better quality then the stock bushing. Now if I can find my factory bracket I'm going to give this a try. Thumbs for the suggestion!

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GT 500 stripes, painted side mirror covers, GT 500 spoiler, 2010 GT premium wheels with Pirelli P-zero tires, upper and lower front billet grille, Barton shifter bracket, Airaid Cold air intake, S.R lowering springs, J&M adjustable panhard bar, Boss 302 strut tower brace, 3.73 ford racing gears, Bama tuned, BBK shorty headers, Roush Axel backs.
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Yeah get a spoiler
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Thanks for the link. It does look like much better quality then the stock bushing. Now if I can find my factory bracket I'm going to give this a try. Thumbs for the suggestion!

2013 3.7 Manual Candy apple red metallic,
GT 500 stripes, painted side mirror covers, GT 500 spoiler, 2010 GT premium wheels with Pirelli P-zero tires, upper and lower front billet grille, Barton shifter bracket, Airaid Cold air intake, S.R lowering springs, J&M adjustable panhard bar, Boss 302 strut tower brace, 3.73 ford racing gears, Bama tuned, BBK shorty headers, Roush Axel backs.

No prob. Those were my thoughts too haha "now where did i put that damn thing?"
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If I had known that was available I would have bought it. Live and learn I guess


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Coyote: the pype bomb exhaust does seem to be a good price.


Brandneutral: if I get the intake do I need a tune also or will it run fine without it?

Strange mud: it is base what speakers do you recommend?

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No you don't need a tune because you won't change the factory air box just the tube that connects it to the throttle body


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What dictates if an intake needs a tune or not is if it maintains the same MAF diameter as the factory intake. your MAF sensor (mass air flow) is calibrated for a certain diameter, changing that to a larger diameter without adjusting it in the tune will cause you to run lean, and vice versa, changing it to smaller (for the sake of example) would cause you to run rich. The intakes typically tell you if a tune is required or not, but i think Steeda is the only V6 intake that requires a tune.

By the way, this platform has been out for a few years now, i suggest you search this forum and all of your potential questions have likely already been answered. You're lucky people took the time to spoon feed you in this thread...
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Just read that last comment and my anger from searching for radio shack was released so if you read this before the edit I'm sorry


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Yes, you're right, it wont need a tune because it maintains the stock airbox. However, that is not the only deciding factor if an intake does or does not need a tune. I was merely elaborating.
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I would go with an AB exhaust, spoiler, Strut tower brace, tune, and CAI. The tune + CAI will give you some great gains, and I would highly recommend the CAI over the Airaid intake tube and drop in filter.
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No problem my questions probably have answers other places I'm new to this.


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I put in Focals. I trust Crutchfield for stereos good price (not the best) great service/support. Google Crutchfield coupon code for xtra savings.

Read about pro/con of tune before deciding on getting one. Cliff notes: yep extra power but you MAY loose your wtty.
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I would go with an AB exhaust, spoiler, Strut tower brace, tune, and CAI. The tune + CAI will give you some great gains, and I would highly recommend the CAI over the Airaid intake tube and drop in filter.

The convertible comes stock with a pretty beefy strut tower brace. But the AB exhaust does sound good.

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The convertible comes stock with a pretty beefy strut tower brace. But the AB exhaust does sound good.

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Getting yourself a nice-sounding AB will make your car sound amazing. I recommend Borla's if you have the $ or Pypes if you want loud and on a budget but still sounding good. I love my pypes but it is time to sell them for Borla's for me. Listen to clips of ones on youtube or even better in person if you can.
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The AB will sound good but to get any better performance wouldn't I need a whole system?


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You really won't get anything out of a catback system. For $900+ for a good catback system your money is much well spent in other places. You will maybe get a few HP out of it, and it won't sound as good (IMO). It is much more cost effective to get AB's and a new mid-pipe for less money than the catback. The mid-pipe (especially offroad) is where you will see the most power gains from your exhaust. A good power booster is also headers, whether shorty or longtube. I prefer shorty for the better sound and low-end power, plus much easier install.
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The AB will sound good but to get any better performance wouldn't I need a whole system?


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Just remember, opinions are like ********, everybody has one. Some things recommended in this thread don't make sense, because being a convertible, your car already already has those parts, like a strut tower brace. You also have a 2014, so you really need to decide if you feel comfortable jumping into a tune on a warrantied car. That is a very grey area with many dealers when you go for work, I'm guessing even more than 50 shades. There are quite a few of us out here that have decided not to run the risk, no matter what verbal beating the others may give us. It's all a personal choice. Read what others have to say, then do your research to find out if it makes sense and is right for you to minimize your regrets later. Start slow and think things through, it minimizes regrets and doing things multiple times. There are numerous people out here who are on their second or third sets of axlebacks because they weren't satisfied with what they started with. That can get quite expensive.


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You really won't get anything out of a catback system. For $900+ for a good catback system your money is much well spent in other places. You will maybe get a few HP out of it, and it won't sound as good (IMO). It is much more cost effective to get AB's and a new mid-pipe for less money than the catback. The mid-pipe (especially offroad) is where you will see the most power gains from your exhaust. A good power booster is also headers, whether shorty or longtube. I prefer shorty for the better sound and low-end power, plus much easier install.

I paid $600 for a custom catback + install from a nearby shop. My dealer told me mines the best sounding 3.7 that comes in.
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I paid $600 for a custom catback + install from a nearby shop. My dealer told me mines the best sounding 3.7 that comes in.
I'm sure yours sounds really good! I should have worded it that any non-custom cat back**, and a good catback system such as* Borla*. Like I said, them sounding as good is IMO, everyone's will be different. I was speaking from the gains in power standpoint, that an AB/OR x-pipe/header combo will be MUCH better performance wise than a catback.
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I paid $600 for a custom catback + install from a nearby shop. My dealer told me mines the best sounding 3.7 that comes in.


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There is a precut tinting kit you can get for every light on your stang that will only cost you about $30. It's very easy to apply and gives the car a nice look without sacrificing the light output.

Vinyl stripes are another inexpensive mod, and also easy to do yourself.

Finally, American Muscle has an upper and lower retro billet grille kit on sale this month for $154 that looks really nice. If you add the triple bar pony for $30, you get the $350 California Special Grille for half the price.


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I paid $600 for a custom catback + install from a nearby shop. My dealer told me mines the best sounding 3.7 that comes in.
well, that's faint praise...best sounding V6

I couldn't resist either.
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Has anyone had experience with using a drop in K&N air filter and using heat shield tape on the air box? This would save a lot of money over a CAI.


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Airaid also makes a CAI that doesn't require a tune.
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If you haven't already window tint is always a great cheap mod that gives you a more clean look


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