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Old 11-27-2018, 06:15 PM   #1
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Trying to increase horsepower a decent amount what are some of the best things I can do at the engine or part of the transmission to increase horsepower and torque. Something not to expensive thank you!
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You cant buy cheap parts and except the car to be fast especially on a GT. If its cheap its because its a crap part and will break quick or not fit right. The best two things to do to a GT is a tune and PMAS intake. The best tuners for a GT are AED,Lund, VMP and MPT. MPT will be the cheapest of all tuners and is good but AED and Lund will get the most power and fastest shifts with the GT. Stay away from American Muscle aka Bama Tuner as they suck for a tuner. Once you get a tune you will start having traction problems especially if you have the crappy *** Pirelli tires. Basic suspension upgrades to improve traction is lower control arms, adjustable upper control arm, lowering springs. Better tires and springs will help the most. The best tires for all season are Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS, Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+, Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 and BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S. You want the widest tire the rim will allow for the rear. 275s or 285s will work for a good rear tire size.
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Power mods - Longtubes/midpipe/catback and then a good tune which has already been talked about. That's it. CAI will do nothing, no other gimmick **** will do anything.

Then, suspension suspension suspension. Again, already mentioned. BMR makes good stuff. Invest in some real good rims and tires too. 4.10 gears for the stick shift, leave the stock 3.15 gears in there if you are automatic.

If you are a stick shift, MGW Race Spec shifter. If you are auto, call Circle D and talk to them about what converter is best for you.

That's it besides cosmetics until you get into a power adder. If you need to. A GT with exhaust/tune/suspension and a good driver is an 11 second car. Do you need faster than this?

And define "not too expensive". Because you don't get to spend a few $hundred on these cars and get any results. The cheaper decent exhausts for these cars, full longtube exhaust is going to be $1000 for everything if you do the installation. If all you have is a few $hundred... well save up for a Lund/AED/VMP tune and go with that for now. But if you want the car to be legit fast you're going to need about $3k-$4k doing all the work yourself. Which is actually real cheap for what you wind up getting.
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Power mods - Longtubes/midpipe/catback and then a good tune which has already been talked about. That's it. CAI will do nothing, no other gimmick **** will do anything.

Then, suspension suspension suspension. Again, already mentioned. BMR makes good stuff. Invest in some real good rims and tires too. 4.10 gears for the stick shift, leave the stock 3.15 gears in there if you are automatic.

If you are a stick shift, MGW Race Spec shifter. If you are auto, call Circle D and talk to them about what converter is best for you.

That's it besides cosmetics until you get into a power adder. If you need to. A GT with exhaust/tune/suspension and a good driver is an 11 second car. Do you need faster than this?

And define "not too expensive". Because you don't get to spend a few $hundred on these cars and get any results. The cheaper decent exhausts for these cars, full longtube exhaust is going to be $1000 for everything if you do the installation. If all you have is a few $hundred... well save up for a Lund/AED/VMP tune and go with that for now. But if you want the car to be legit fast you're going to need about $3k-$4k doing all the work yourself. Which is actually real cheap for what you wind up getting.
Try to find used parts mentioned in ^here^
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Yup, what Scotty and ab said. 2011-14 have been out long enough there are lots of used parts...especially exhaust. I wouldn’t buy a used handheld tuner, buy that thru whoever you choose to
tune the car but get the exhaust parts first, otherwise you’ll have to buy the tune twice if you don’t buy the parts (in this case exhaust) thru the tuner.
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Trying to increase horsepower a decent amount what are some of the best things I can do at the engine or part of the transmission to increase horsepower and torque. Something not to expensive thank you!
I think all of the ideas were good although you need to define "decent amount of HP increase. Also give us an idea of what you mean by, "not too expensive". Just tell us how much you want to spend $$$$.
If this is a DD then I'd go a different route vs., something only drive on weekends.
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I will add to this list the 18 GT intake manifold. I picked up a new takeoff for $234 shipped. It and headers are my winter project.
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Yeah you mentioned in the other thread to call a dealer that sells the factory supercharger upgrades for a take-off new 2018+ intake. What dealer did you wind up calling? Lebanon?
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is the 2018 intake a direct bolt on ? fuel rails etc from old intake swap right over ?
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Yes the 2018 intake manifold is a direct bolt on to the 11-14 GT with just 1 small modification. You have to modify 1 or 2 of the vacuum hoses i think they have to be made longer. Its on a youtube video but the rest basically bolts all up.
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I think all of the ideas were good although you need to define "decent amount of HP increase. Also give us an idea of what you mean by, "not too expensive". Just tell us how much you want to spend $$$$.
If this is a DD then I'd go a different route vs., something only drive on weekends.
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What is "Decent Amount" and whats your budget?
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You guys do realize the original poster hasn't been back since starting this thread?
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The best tires for all season are Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS
Funny you mention these tires. I had a thread on another board about tires and after my research (reading various reviews & opinions), these are the tires I selected and had installed a few days ago. They are replacing MPSS that lasted only 15K miles and were noisy as hell.

I’ve also had the MPS A/S +3’s and the Pirelli Summer tires. The Pirelli tires and the Michelin tires got really noisy before replacing.

So far I’m impressed with these Bridgestone tires. I kind of wish I had went with a wider selection for the rear, but I thing a square setup is better for my driving case.

Anyway, just glad to hear they made the cut for your recommendations. I’ve never had Bridgestone tires before.
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You guys do realize the original poster hasn't been back since starting this thread?
Yeah, he does seem to have been a hit and run poster
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Hey guys I’m in similar situation as OP, but I will pay for quality. I have a ‘12 GT that I want to rebuild the motor. What are your all thoughts on rebuilding with upgraded cams and everything else. I’m still learning but I want to do it the right way.
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Replied in your other thread. Low mileage pullout from a Gen2 Coyote. Drop it in and go. You don't need cams you don't need any craziness. Gen2 engines are good for 800+ with a power adder.
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