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Old 04-29-2013, 02:00 AM   #1
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Mod ideas for a 2013 GT

Just got my new 2013 mustang gt need some first mod ideas! Where should I start first?
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Performance or cosmetics?
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Both I already know that I want to get the quad exhaust!
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Then yes get exhaust and suspension, then some nice wheels.
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Was thinking about the gt500 wheels Staggerd!
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I was about to say exhaust is best place to start. Free up and smooth out air flow from restrictive manifolds and stock cats
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So I heard if you remove cats you can go upto 475 hp but lose some torque any of this true?

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Hahah yup
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[QUOTE="jj4life24;1629265"]So I heard if you remove cats you can go upto 475 hp but lose some torque any of this true?

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Lol 475 hp by removing cats? Who have you heard that from
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With high flow cats forgot to put that in
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With high flow cats forgot to put that in
High flow cats on the 5.0 won't net you any gains but 2-3HP. Removing the cats will get you 15-20HP.
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Lol 475 hp by removing cats? Who have you heard that from
Maybe if you remove the cats and tune. But I still don't think so.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:33 AM   #13
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Welcome to the club.

Most guys like to start out with a tuner (go check out AmericanMuscle.com) sometimes in combination with a cold air intake. Others like to start with short throw shifters, like a Barton or MGW. Most like doing some sort of exhaust work, either an axleback system like the Roush or etc (I rock the Flowmaster Outlaws), or going off-road xpipe, headers, etc.

Keep in mind, your best gains will be with a tune - and you're going to need a tune if you swap out your intake (for the most part) or do anything more serious to your exhaust than a set of axlebacks.

Tires also aren't a terrible place to start, maybe some rims as well. Some guys go straight for the lowering kits (I think about a 1 to 1.5 inch drop all around is hot).

Really, the beauty of the mustang community is the way you can personalize your car. You'll get to love AmericanMuscle.com, it's where most of us find our parts and stuff.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:40 PM   #14
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Probably not for everyone, but this is usually how I start my mods out first (try to go a little bit of both cosmetic and performance)

-aftermarket alarm
-exhaust
-tint
-intake
-tune
-Shift knob
-rims
-springs/pan-hard bar

Most of my mods from here on out will likely be cosmetic (I spend my time inside the car, so I want to make it as much to my liking in the cockpit as possible:

- Sound (amp/1 sub/speakers)
- Navi+DVD+Multipurpose Unit/Schosche Kit
- Exterior Trim (Roush Side Skirts, front lip)
- Gas Lid
- Custom Engine paint
- Floor mats
- Other interior/exterior trim as I see fit....

Just realized, I need to update my avatar now that I got new rims/springs installed.
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Rims tires and suspension first.

I learned my lesson. These cars have plenty of power it just doesn't seem like it at times because the stock setup has so much trouble keeping it planted.
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I would do axlebacks and a better shifter.
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I was about to say exhaust is best place to start. Free up and smooth out air flow from restrictive manifolds and stock cats
The 2013 GT manifolds and exhaust are pretty good at flowing air as is. These arent like the older GTs or V6. You can get great sound out of just swapping out to the GT500 stock axle backs (I have them installed), Borla stingers are nice as well, but very pricey.

If you are going for full out performance, then go for long tubes and new cat backs. Personally I wouldnt touch exhaust beyond a good axle back unless you mod the crap out of it overall.
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Welcome to the club.

Most guys like to start out with a tuner (go check out AmericanMuscle.com) sometimes in combination with a cold air intake. Others like to start with short throw shifters, like a Barton or MGW. Most like doing some sort of exhaust work, either an axleback system like the Roush or etc (I rock the Flowmaster Outlaws), or going off-road xpipe, headers, etc.

Keep in mind, your best gains will be with a tune - and you're going to need a tune if you swap out your intake (for the most part) or do anything more serious to your exhaust than a set of axlebacks.

Tires also aren't a terrible place to start, maybe some rims as well. Some guys go straight for the lowering kits (I think about a 1 to 1.5 inch drop all around is hot).

Really, the beauty of the mustang community is the way you can personalize your car. You'll get to love AmericanMuscle.com, it's where most of us find our parts and stuff.
<hits the nail on the head!>

I agree 100%, for a 2013...a tune should be your first mod. Better yet, buy the tuner / CAI combo since you will end up with both anyways (trust me on that). Heres what I have and it gets me 0-60 under 4 secs (not to mention a blast to drive). In order of benefit (IMO):

1. Tuner - Wont get into whos best, cant go wrong with the top names
2. CAI - I prefer one that doesnt require a tune, but with the removal of a limiter tube it becomes a tunable enhancement.
3. LCA's and better tires- keep that power planted!
4. 1 piece drive shaft (great if you track occasionally)
5. Axle Backs (more of a sound mod)

STOP...see if thats enough.

The newer GTs already pull VERY hard in 1st and 2nd gear, exhaust pretty good as is and a tune will get you max performance. Dont be like some of these guys who buys a new car and starts pulling off every part out to mod just "cause you can". You introduce needless problems, void the majority of your warantee and spend a fortune for diminishing returns. Never been a big fan of tossing big $$$'s to have my car lowered an inch (more future issues). If you wanted a drifter car, its time to trade in the stang

Stick to minimal mods (go nuts on cosmetic!) When your warantee expires and you still need more power, just save up your money and SC/turbo it. If you modded a bunch of crap prior, some of it becomes useless later.

If your -initial- goal is to HEAVILY mod a GT and supercharge it as well, why didnt you just buy a GT500 in the first place? A modded GT will never keep up with a stock GT500 even with the worst tune! I wanted to stay happily married...so GT it is!
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