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Old 12-22-2013, 07:50 AM   #1
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Hi there,

GT stored for the winter but I'm looking for my first performance modification that can provide some more HP and torque if its possible.
I already have GT Brembo Brake Racing Package and 3.73 axle with Torsen differential - ALL stock anyway.

Also, I was thinking (for looks) to add the hood scoop but I'm worried about making holes in that new piece of metal, any comments on the experience for those who did it?

Thank you in advance!

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Old 12-22-2013, 10:00 AM   #2
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Step one on the MT cars is improving the shifter, either through complete replacement or bandaids to the stocker like I did.

I have a Steeda bracket, a Whiteline trans bushing (drilled) and a Modern Billet aluminum knob. It's about perfect like that, in my book. I've put this setup down the 1/4 mile over 100 times without problems.

Power and torque increases will require a tune. There isn't much you can just bolt on for extra jump.

Ford's Procal II does what you seem to want relatively cheaply and with maximum warranty coverage.
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My advice would be to get the rear end done first, before doing any power mods. All the extra power won't do you any good, if you can't get it down to the ground.

Upper control arms, lower control arms, along with a mount and relocation brackets.
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Jean,

What are your plans for your car and what do you plan on doing, in regards to mods, down the road?

We can put a package together to meet your needs. If you are looking for power then the tune & CAI would be the most popular mod to start with. To Vik's point ... the more power you add ... the more you have to start beefing up the suspension.

Please shoot me an email at tim@steeda.com and lets see what we can figure out in terms of your budget/goals.

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My advice would be to get the rear end done first, before doing any power mods. All the extra power won't do you any good, if you can't get it down to the ground.

Upper control arms, lower control arms, along with a mount and relocation brackets.
This is spot on, I did a JLT intake + bama tunes before anything, and I still wish I had done more to plant the rear end before I added power. I'm also a trackpack (Brembos, .373, MT82)

Also, go buy an MGW shifter before adding power. No point in increasing HP unless you can control it and use it without wheelhop or missing shifts.

When the time comes for power, look into a catless x-pipe as one of the first things to get, along with a tuner. Most guys claim that ditching the cats will gain you the most power out of any single mod short of nitrous/forced induction.
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I also thought I'd go at this car completely back-asswards from my usual routine of modding the hell out of the powertrain first. This time, it was maximize the application of the power I had. pretty satisfying results from that, I have to say.
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Thanks I will do that. Not sure what I want down the road but my final goal is more power, so I don't mind to start at the beginning with the prep stuff first, I'm patient.

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Well ... one of the most popular power mods is the CAI/Tune:

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Someone wrote there is no sense in adding extra power if you can't "put it on the ground?" What does that mean exactly? Will suspension mods enable my GT to better handle power? Why?
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Will suspension mods enable my GT to better handle power? Why?
Usually talking about your rear suspension geometry. Your control arms on the rear of your car help "connect" your axle to the body of your car. When you put a load on your axle, it wants to twist or rotate upwards. If your control arms are doing their job properly, they will make the *** end of your car squat and "bite", if the geometry is wrong, they can actually lift the *** of your car causing loss of traction. If you lower your car, you want to "lower" the back of your lower control arm, so the geometry makes the axle "bite down"
The stock control arms are not performance driven as they are driver friendly. The stiffer your control arms are the more you will "feel" the road, trans, etc. Little harsher ride, but performs much better. You can go mid road with some lower control arms and good tires and you will get plenty of grip and an noticeable difference from the stock setup that can handle more HP. LCA's (lower control arms) are not that expensive and make a big difference in putting HP to good use.
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Great response...thank you. Can LCAs be a standalone mod?
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Old 12-29-2013, 04:26 PM   #12
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Easily.....
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