To Mod, Or Not To Mod, That Is The Question

Posted by on June 17, 2015 - more

Hello there this is Rstang with a question to pose to you Mustang enthusiasts. To mod, or not to mod, that is my question. Let me start by saying that I accept the hypocrisy of this question coming from me knowing that I own and drive one of the leading production Mustangs ever built. I am approached by folks that asked when I am going to mod the intake, exhaust, or install a tune on my car.  They share their plans to mod their Mustang. Here are my points of thought on this.

I had as my first Mustang a 2004 V6 car. I loved that car. Yes it would sometimes leave me wanting more. I could have spent lots of time and money to make it faster and perform better. The price is more than what you pay or the hard work that you put in. There comes a point that you exceed the designed limits of the platform and you need to consider taking the step to the next platform that is designed to meet your higher expectations. The State has made it very difficult to, or impossible to change powertrains of our Mustangs. Let me state now if you are willing to make changes and then put it back to stock to pass smog, please do. That is too much trouble and effort for me. Mods that are made poorly cause problems and drivability issues that impact the overall experience. The idea of being able to go out and get in my Mustang and drive it anywhere is the way I want it to be. If these thoughts have offended any of my readers, please forgive me. These thoughts are mine. The truly great thing about this county is that you can think any way you like.

So you have decided to mod your Stang and you start to plan the mods please consider this.

First, is it legal? Are you willing to accept the consequences of your mods, can they be easily reversed? Are your mods safe? If they are not, please don’t. This is a much better world with you in it. If the specific mod is not safe, find or buy one that will be.

Second, will your mod really benefit you or the car? Are you going to be able to use it legally and safely? Why spend the time and money for a mod that cannot be used? If the mod is meant to improve the track ability of your Mustang will you be able to live with it on the streets when used as a daily driver?

Lastly, will your mod make it easier or more difficult to move on to your next Mustang, will it increase the value? After you have made you selections, be sure to install them correctly or have someone help you. If you choose to, have it done by a qualified shop.

All of these thoughts have been focused on the engine; however the same thoughts can be applied to suspension, exhaust, and other elements of your Mustang. Please remember one important thing. If it will make your Mustang better for your needs and driving experiences do it. Your Mustang is, and should be an expression of you. It should reflect you and the things you like. Please be safe with your selections.

The motivation of this piece is to help you be able to enjoy and get the most of your Mustang experience. I want you to be able to know the joy I feel when I sit behind the wheel of my Mustang and blip the throttle to hear the awesome exhaust note. When driving my Mustang up one of your many local roads to feel the sensations transmitting through the wheel and the seat of the car. Please know the smile on my face that I have when a lesser car pulls alongside and knowing without racing that your Mustang is cool. There is a Mustang out there for anyone’s budget or driving knowledge. Buy one that will meet our expectations. I was forty years old before I was able to own my first Mustang. My love for the car came early looking at the sweet shapes of the 68-70 fastbacks. The first driving experiences in the rented fox body 5.0 engine cars. Then finally my first Mustang’s seen here.

That 2004 V6 car served me well for ten years and was a source of great pride and fond memories. It was the car that I joined The Golden Empire Mustangs with that took me on numerous adventures and events. She was my Mustang first love.IMAG0471

With life there is change and here is the new love of my life.

I have had this 2015 GT since October of 2014 and have racked up over 10,000 miles of fun and adventure.  She is the first 2015 Mustang sold in Kern County.  As you can see I choose to “not to mod”. She is a thrill to drive!


In closing I would like to state to all those that read this, if you are wanting more, choose your mods and act wisely.










  1. Bill Gone says:

    I bought my ’15 50th Anniversary GT Premium in June of ’15 and it handles so well and runs so well that I had really planned to leave it mostly stock. I traded in an ’06 GT with 4.10’s and some other mods and really enjoy the factory upgrades to the ’15. Initially I added a JLT oil separator, then had a clear bra installed then a front K-member brace, Ford Motorsports strut-tower brace and Ford Motorsports by Borla touring catback system. The car’s so impressive that I nearly stopped at that point. After researching the GT350 I searched all over the country for one but couldn’t find one that wasn’t WAY over sticker price, which I refuse to pay. I then read about a smallish Ford dealer that was taking base GT’s and adding the Roush blower (good for 670 HP or so) and selling them for $39,995. After talking to that dealer, I spoke to a dealer here in town who has extensive experience installing Roush blowers and had him add one to mine. The original 435 or so ponies ran really well but when you add another 235 or so above that it’s an entirely different animal. The only thing that I really regret is losing my warranty. Hopefully that won’t come back to bite me. It runs fantastic, whether I’m driving normal or stomping it. I had a ’91 LX 5.0 that I left stock and drove for 174,000 miles. Twenty-Five years later and I guess this is my midlife crisis car because I absolutely love it. It’s a bullet when you want and when you take it easy it’s very smooth and composed. I really have no complaints, other than the fact that I had to remove the strut tower brace to keep my stock hood, as there’s no way to make it clear that blower. It’s kind of a sleeper since I left it bone stock outside. I love the Ruby Red paint. This car doesn’t have the PP, but the stock 15-inch front rotors stop this car so well that I can’t imagine needing the Brembos. I am considering adding the rear K-member braces, just because of the added power. If you’re really asking whether or not to mod, I say go for it. You only live once.

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