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To OP.... Man not picking on you , but you would be better off doing a lot of reading on the boards and use search engines for a lot of tech questions or just things you wanna know as you start to pick up things and learning and growing. Less post till then will help you come along. Of course if you need some help on something legit post but selective post
 

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I know where you are coming from OP, when I got my Mustang I just turned 18 3 days prior and after I got it I quickly started into the modding scheme and was power hungry. I was flooring it everywhere I went and did crazy stuff through corners. A few spin outs later I realized that if I didn't control myself I could kill myself easily...

Now I drive easy most of the time. Usually driving at or just under the speed limit also. No point in wasting the gas and being that hard on the car. It went from me having to control myself to not speed to it coming naturally now.

Now I'm not saying it don't get on it. There is a reason I bought a Mustang, but there is a time and place for everything....

Oh, and it hasn't even been that long, I turned 18 in February, so I've had the car for 7 months.

Oh, and on a side note.... Your car has 250 more horsepower than mine, I'm sure it's a lot easier to kill yourself in yours than mine... I would recommend learning that sooner rather than later...

Not criticizing you, just explaining my experience and hoping you learn from it.
 

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I know where you are coming from OP, when I got my Mustang I just turned 18 3 days prior and after I got it I quickly started into the modding scheme and was power hungry. I was flooring it everywhere I went and did crazy stuff through corners. A few spin outs later I realized that if I didn't control myself I could kill myself easily...

Now I drive easy most of the time. Usually driving at or just under the speed limit also. No point in wasting the gas and being that hard on the car. It went from me having to control myself to not speed to it coming naturally now.

Now I'm not saying it don't get on it. There is a reason I bought a Mustang, but there is a time and place for everything....

Oh, and it hasn't even been that long, I turned 18 in February, so I've had the car for 7 months.

Oh, and on a side note.... Your car has 250 more horsepower than mine, I'm sure it's a lot easier to kill yourself in yours than mine... I would recommend learning that sooner rather than later...

Not criticizing you, just explaining my experience and hoping you learn from it.
I know, I will only be going traffic speed(60-75 on highways) now. I've learned alot in the past few hours
 

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This is going to sound a little harsh but I would give this same advice to my little brother or cousin so read it through, think about it, read it again, and understand that I am writing this because it matters and maybe not just to you.

MustangZ, it sounds like you are a relatively inexperienced driver with a world class sports car. The second part of that is a good thing and welcome to the mustang family. The first part of that statement isn't quite so good for either you or other people on the road with you. You need to learn how to drive in a number of different conditions and situations and you need to take it seriously. As far as mods go, DON'T. Trust me, you don't need your car to be faster and there are VERY few people who can drive a stock GT to it's full potential. Under normal daily driving conditions you should NEVER have to. So what should you do?

Other people have mentioned tracks and drag strips, but probably closer to you and a better learning experience would be to find an SCCA club close to you and start running autocross. You don't have the training, experience, licensing or car for wheel to wheel to racing and while fun, a drag strip won't make you a better driver.

Bring your parents out, ask questions, talk to a safety steward, go for ride alongs find a Mustang guy and ask more questions, go for a ride along. If you can't find a Mustang guy talk to a Corvette guy, there should be plenty of them and the basics between the cars are similar enough. Then get on the track and by track I mean a parking lot full of big orange cones. Leave your ego at the door. You will get smoked by 40 year old ladies in all kinds of cars, many of which are a lot slower than yours. Don't worry about being competitive, you won't be. Instead focus on fundamentals. Ask good drivers to ride along with you and critique you. Repeat the process for about 5 years and you should have a pretty good idea about the limits and capabilities of yourself and your car. Don't believe me? Try it. Along the way you will learn to be a much better driver than you can currently imagine and it will give you an outlet to prevent stupidity on public roads.


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That is an EXCELLENT piece of advice Static... :thumb:

I highly recommended everyone giving it a try. :)
It is good advice. If my parents will allow it, I will. But I'd have a better chance convincing them to let me track, or drag strip race
 

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It's slightly tongue in cheek straybullitt but the new GTs are on a par with the BMW M3 which is one of the most reviewed and loved sports cars in the world. How much of a stretch is it to call the Mustang GT world class?

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just remember you have a car few your age would be allowed to drive. so be careful and always remember at your age a screw up well be felt for years since your insurance drop isn't till 25.
 

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It is good advice. If my parents will allow it, I will. But I'd have a better chance convincing them to let me track, or drag strip race
Autocross is by far the least dangerous of the three. Take them to one and I guarantee they will allow it. Once they see the people and the cars that are running, hell, they'll probably tell you, "Move over Junior... My turn".:lol:
It really is a good time and a great way to improve your car handling skills.

AND... You get to drive around in your car while wearing a helmet, and not look like a total doofus...:)
 

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just remember you have a car few your age would be allowed to drive. so be careful and always remember at your age a screw up well be felt for years since your insurance drop isn't till 25.
My dad is the driver under insurance for it, to the insurance, I'm the primary driver for our 2005 F-150.

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Autocross is by far the least dangerous of the three. Take them to one and I guarantee they will allow it. Once they see the people and the cars that are running, hell, they'll probably tell you, "Move over Junior... My turn".:lol:
It really is a good time and a great way to improve your car handling skills.

AND... You get to drive around in your car while wearing a helmet, and not look like a total doofus...:)
What is autocross, so I can tell them about it.
 

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It is good advice. If my parents will allow it, I will. But I'd have a better chance convincing them to let me track, or drag strip race
Take them out to an SCCA event one weekend and tell them that you want to learn to be a better driver. Meet some people and talk to them. I can guarantee that solo autocross will be a MUCH easier sell to your parents than drags or wheel to wheel.

In solo autocross there is VERY little chance of accident or damage to your car. On most courses there is NOTHING to hit but orange cones. As far as motorsports go it is difficult to find anything safer.

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What is autocross?
 

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Solo Autocross is a timed racing format usually done in a large parking lot or old airport.
A challenging course is set up using cones and all you have to do is drive around the course as fast as you can. Cars are started about half a lap apart so you are really out there alone. Check out the official website for more info on the racing format.
The Sports Car Club of America - Solo

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It is good advice. If my parents will allow it, I will. But I'd have a better chance convincing them to let me track, or drag strip race
My parents like it when I go to the track, because then they know I'm keeping it off the street. My dad even went with me the first time I went to the drag strip and rode along with me. ---------- Post added at 05:28 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:26 PM ----------
just remember you have a car few your age would be allowed to drive. so be careful and always remember at your age a screw up well be felt for years since your insurance drop isn't till 25.
+1 the fastest car I've driven is out corvette. And that only has an LS1 (350hp; 390tq)... And I never even opened it up at all. ---------- Post added at 05:30 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:28 PM ----------
What is autocross?
As Static stated, it's racing around cones in a big open area, no possible way to hurt yourself or wreck. After only 3 runs at autocross I learned more about how my car handles than most people will in their life. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life so far.
 
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