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Old 07-17-2015, 09:40 AM   #1
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Headers vs Drive Shaft

Got a little money to spend and want to see were everyone would lean. Me personally it's a toss up. Both install I would do myself, so factor out that added cost. Okay boys and girls the polls are officially open lol


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What are your future plans? Are you going supercharger or turbo? What type of headers are you looking at?
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Yeah theses are both very different. If you plan on doing gears and adding some power a 1piece DS is great. If youre stock Id say do all the go fast stuff first then add the DS.
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Personally.....................I wouldn't do either although since I don't know much about the V6's and how much HP can be gained by putting headers on. I assume you already have a tune...............if not that would be my first mod since you already have an CAI............when you put headers on you will have to get another tune anyway.
I'd lower the car and make some suspension upgrades like lowering springs and struts along with an adjustable panhard bar. If you have any money left over I'd put LCA's.
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Because I don't have the money to do both at the same time lol

Current setup: Steeda CAI, 93R tune, 3.55 gears, Borla S-Type AB. Not sure what the future holds beside trying to get a 2012 Boss if I can find one in a few years. Also I'm thinking Shorties since I have yearly emissions testing and long tubes will make that a hassle


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I would say Shorties if you don't track. They will make the ABs a tad throatier and will give you some better low end grunt when paired with the CAI and tune. Drive shaft if you plan on tracking and going over 100 mph consistently.
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Lowering is not an option. I barely can make it in and out of my driveway now on stock springs without banging my undercarriage on the curb. It would be nice to have though


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The roi on the driveshaft is 0 if you don't track or super/turbo. It does nothing for MPGs or Performance. Ask me how I know. lol

It is only a safety measure if you put out alot of power and/or track (go over 100).
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Yeah if you went LT headers you would have to switch out the midpipe.
Do the headers first in my opinion.
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Lowering is not an option. I barely can make it in and out of my driveway now on stock springs without banging my undercarriage on the curb. It would be nice to have though


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The roi on the driveshaft is 0 if you don't track or super/turbo. It does nothing for MPGs or Performance. Ask me how I know. lol

It is only a safety measure if you put out alot of power and/or track (go over 100).

Just a note, depending on gear ratio selection the critical speed of the driveshaft becomes lower and IIRC even just 95-100 mph pushes it's limits with 3.73's.
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I have a set of MAC lt headers on mine, and let me tell you, it does indeed make a difference. I am going to go with 3.73 gears next I think, then maybe a DS.
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He has 3.55s so it isn't that bad. Even with 3.31s I went to 100-110 safely. I didn't feel any vibration under the car where the driveshaft was until 120+. So as long as he is under 100-105 he should be fine without the driveshaft. But to get there he would have to be tracking....I HOPE he would be tracking and not on a populated street.

I was able to test my car off the track because where my wife's uncle lives, there is a huge area where semi drivers used to park and sleep but no one does any more. So since it is a level ground with no pot holes or anything....
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DS. Who here hasn't driven over 100 mph after tuning their car?


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I HOPE he would be tracking and not on a populated street.
I live in Chattanooga. Got killer crazies riding around in mustangs shooting at police and marines. I won't even do one mile over the speed limit now LOL
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I live in Chattanooga. Got killer crazies riding around in mustangs shooting at police and marines. I won't even do one mile over the speed limit now LOL
oh dang. well guard the mustang with your life! Lol
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Well also on the flip side. If you have the $700 to spend right now, I would be at a crossroads also. Because the headers are cheaper. You can always afford that later without breaking the bank like with the driveshaft. So maybe get the driveshaft knocked out.
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I live in Chattanooga. Got killer crazies riding around in mustangs shooting at police and marines. I won't even do one mile over the speed limit now LOL
Sure you wont.... we believe you
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All the bad stories about the stock driveshaft made me paranoid, so that was like my 3rd mod or so
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No brainer

Get the Drive Shaft, When you take out the stock one and see what it looks like, You will sure be happy you did. I will never ever figure out why Ford put something like this heavy - ugly - cheap made looking piece of crap on a Mustang.
Although, very slight I did notice a little better pic-up with my Automatic. The big things I like was "NO" more vibration at all,(NONE) When I now let off the gas my car actually slows down and not keep going.
I wish I did this when I very first bought the car. I have the one from the AXLE EXCHANGE and like it a lot.
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Just met a guy that fabricates aluminum drive shafts. Said he will fab. me one for $200. Sounds like I'm going with that over headers
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Just met a guy that fabricates aluminum drive shafts. Said he will fab. me one for $200. Sounds like I'm going with that over headers
$200 for a driveshaft .... no. I wouldn't touch it. No way it would be properly made, let alone balanced. Just no.
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Yea that does seem a little too good to be true, unless you found somebody, who is just willing to give you an amazing deal.
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Got a buddy that owns a restoration shop. It's his guy that does the fabs for him. So basically I would get it at cost, not at value


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The drive shaft is next one my list, yeah it wont change the car noticeably, but at least you don't have to worry about it exploding if your going too fast. Especially if you have your governor turned off.

The headers would be nice, but id stick to making it bullet proof first
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Got a buddy that owns a restoration shop. It's his guy that does the fabs for him. So basically I would get it at cost, not at value


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Just make sure when you have this guy make you a 1 piece drive shaft you put in a driveshaft loop in front............BMR and other make them and they aren't very expensive......................you may be needing it.
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Mods added by order: exhaust cai exterior mods interior mods shorty tuned headers and now in the process alum ds and supercharger ... Get shorties prior to ds if u want power


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How the hell do you fabricate a driveshaft?
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Same way the people that make them do...
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Start by getting aluminum tubing...
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I would do drive shaft first. it takes load off the transmission and engine. Headers are only appreciated when jumping on it. I believe the benefits of a driveshaft are immediate and continuous.
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If your going with the aluminum driveshaft and doing 120+, would it be nessary to get speed rated tire?

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If you are driving a newer Mustang you already have a speed rated tire. Check the sidewalls for Speed Designation.
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