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This may be a little long winded so please bear with me. I have only a small amount of car knowledge so if I say something wrong or way off base please correct me. I'm here to learn.

I have owned crappy cars as long as I have been driving. I have always loved to drive even though I have never owned a nice, performance friendly car. I have never thought about upgrading any of my previous cars because they were all old and crummy.

I just bought a Red 2002 V6 Coupe (manual transmission). Now that I have a car that is (possibly) worth upgrading I have been looking into which mods to get. There is a lot of information available online, but none of the info really tells me what I want to know.

Before I spend a penny on a CAI, a drive pulley, a differential upgrade (rear end), or an exhaust system, I would like to know where all that will really get me.

My goal is to have a fast car, or at least a car that feels fast to me, and a car that handles well. I don't want a super-duper monster drag racer. I want to go to the track a few times a month and run my car for the fun of it. Not really for competition or to prove anything. Just for my driving enjoyment.

I'm not rich, but I'm not poor either. Cost is definitely a factor but I am not afraid to spend some money if it will get me where I want to go.

What's the point you ask? Here it is. I refuse to waste $800-$1500 on upgrades that won't increase my performance that much. If upgrading to a CAI, drive pulley, new rear end, new exhaust, etc. only gets me 215HP and both rear wheels spinning, I am not sure it's worth it. HOWEVER, if you say these mods in addition to a few others (new cam, other engine mods, lowering springs) will get me a strong, well performing car (NOTICIBLY stronger than stock), I would be willing to spend $2000-$2500 (total over a few years) if I knew I would have what I wanted at the end. If you say a Super/Turbocharger (or a new engine) is REQUIRED for good performance then I will save my money and get another car in a few years.

I would like to start upgrading this week. I have been itching to learn about cars for years now. But I definitely don't want to upgrade this car at all if I can't get where I want at a reasonable cost. If I have to wait and get a GT in a few years, I'll do it.

Thanks for reading this. I would appreciate any comments or suggestions. If any of you live in the Nashville area and know of a shop or club that talks Mustangs please let me know.

Jason
 

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akira01 said:
What's the point you ask? Here it is. I refuse to waste $800-$1500 on upgrades that won't increase my performance that much. If upgrading to a CAI, drive pulley, new rear end, new exhaust, etc. only gets me 215HP and both rear wheels spinning, I am not sure it's worth it. HOWEVER, if you say these mods in addition to a few others (new cam, other engine mods, lowering springs) will get me a strong, well performing car (NOTICIBLY stronger than stock), I would be willing to spend $2000-$2500 (total over a few years) if I knew I would have what I wanted at the end. If you say a Super/Turbocharger (or a new engine) is REQUIRED for good performance then I will save my money and get another car in a few years.


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Well Jason I can say with just CAI exhaust and UDP and rear end you wont be at 215 but your car will feel faster due to the Rear end gears. All mods start there though. With heads, Cam intakes and all the bolt ons 220-250RWHP is obtainable. Engine HP from the factory are BHP (taken at the flywheel) In the performance world everything is rated in Rear Wheel HP.

You might have 193 Bhp but you only have 160-170 RWHP which with engine mods and bolt ons you can have like I said 220- 250 RWHP and that is N/A Naturally aspirated, without nitrous or Supercharger.
 

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Sounds like you've done a good bit of research, which is a good thing. It all depends on what you want out of your car. I personally love my Mustang, but I do not plan on modding it performance wise. I figure I will wait until I have a better/faster Mustang to start out with. I can't stand to lose :)
 

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Thanks DD for your reply.

I think the stock performance is not all that great. Will an upgrade to 220-250RWHP really be noticeable? Even if it is, are you saying the only option I have after that is a super/turbo charger?

One last question... Where would all these upgrades get a GT? If I wait and get a GT in 2-3 years and then do all of this will I have a hell of a car then?

Thanks again,

Jason

P.S. I might wait too WhiteStang. It dees not make sense to drop a lot of money on a V6 when I should just try to enjoy what I have and get a GT down the road.
 

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personally if I were you and you wanted the best bang for your dollars, i would do these 5 mods.
- First get dual exhaust $200+
- Second get an underdrive pulley $175
- Third get a CAI $155
- Fourth change your camshaft. (207/215 seems to work well) ~ $200
- Fifth change your rear-end and/or gears ~ $300
- Finally get a chip to tie everything together $325
- I would HIGHLY recommend an SCT chip for this. Go to Americanmotorsport.com for it. Alberto will hook you up with a good tune.

Go extremeeffect.com for everything else!!
 

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Those upgrades worth 220-250 would actually be over what a stock GT makes . I have seen Auto 99+ GT's dyno around 220 RWHP. If you modded a GT the same way you would be in the 300 HP area easy. Just depends on what you want
 

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Thanks for all the info guys.

It looks like you are saying I would have about the RWHP of a stock GT once I added everything except a Super/Turbocharger. Thats a hefty investment just to get to around the performance of a GT.

I'll just have to think it over and decide if I can wait.

I do have a few other questions:

1. If I go to my local muffler shop and have them upgrade my exhaust system, is it going to come close to sounding like a V8?

2. I my shifter does not go easily into second or third gear. I have to muscle it in unless I drive slowly. As soon as I get on it, I have trouble getting the shifter to go into 2nd and 3rd gear.
Is this transmission damage (I did buy it used and it's a 2002 with 41000 miles) or should I just upgrade my shifter?

Thanks again,

Jason
 

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remember though gt insurance will not be as cheap as a v6, that is why many people in the v6world purchased the v6 in the first place. Sure you might spend more money on modifications to get your car fast but you'll have that power for the smaller insurance rate.
 

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It will sound like a V8 at idle but as soon as you get above 2000 rpm the 2 missing cylinders will be noticeable. It will sound good just higher pitched than a V8

You should get one of the numerous replacement shifters available for manuals. the stock Ford shifter leaves a lot to be desired.
 

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That's a good point Falcon. I forgot about that.

I think I found a decent place around here that does installs and mods (http://www.delkperformance.com). I'm gonna head down there this weekend and ask them what they charge.

I probably will get another shifter. I looked into what that involves and I am pretty sure I can do that myself. It will be worth the $200 if it puts less wear on my transmission.

Thanks again guys.

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When you have trouble shifting, that most likely is tranny damage. It could also be slack in the clutch cable. A short throw shifter is also a good mod because it shortens the amount of time you spens shifting, and in racing every milli-second counts. Also one thing I forgot to add to my list of stuff is a chip, once you get gears you'll need a chip for you car to correct the speedo and remove the governor. I'll fix it above.
 

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You mention tranny damage... Even though I got the car used I did get a warranty (2 years) on it that covers most things. Do you think I should have it looked at? Even though it is drivable, I don't want to have any problems down the road.

While I have the experts here I might as well ask this too. Are there any materials (online or elsewhere) that can teach me the ins-and-outs of my Mustang? I'm talking books, CDs, websites, anything. I have never worked on cars before, but I am good with my hands (I build and fly RC helicopters and other RC vehicles) so I am sure I am capable of doing at least some installs and regular maintenance myself.

Hopefully one day I'll know enough to be able to help a newby out myself. Until then I appreciate your help.

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akira01 said:
You mention tranny damage... Even though I got the car used I did get a warranty (2 years) on it that covers most things. Do you think I should have it looked at? Even though it is drivable, I don't want to have any problems down the road.

While I have the experts here I might as well ask this too. Are there any materials (online or elsewhere) that can teach me the ins-and-outs of my Mustang? I'm talking books, CDs, websites, anything. I have never worked on cars before, but I am good with my hands (I build and fly RC helicopters and other RC vehicles) so I am sure I am capable of doing at least some installs and regular maintenance myself.

Hopefully one day I'll know enough to be able to help a newby out myself. Until then I appreciate your help.

Jason
Well it could be damage, but it could also be slack in the clutch cable. When you sit in your car. Lightly press on the clutch pedal and if you can move it without really putting any force on it with your foot, you have a little slack. This can be removed by pressing on your clutch pedal with your hands. If you look under the dash while doing this, you'll notice a huge pie looking thing called the clutch quadrant. It should be white and plastic if it's stock. With the pedal held down with one hand, hold the quadrant with the other hand and don't let it move. Now pull up on the clutch pedal and you'll hear it start clicking. Go slow. I would go one click at a time and check for slack. If you still feel slack in the cable redo the previous steps. If you think you've gone to much, release the pedal and quadrant and pull up on the clutch pedal, it will reset itself back to the stock location and you can start over. When you think you've removed all the slack, drive it around and see how it shifts, if it shifts fine, then you've fixed the problem. If it still has trouble shifting then you've got tranny damge.
 

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New Shifter

One of my first upgrades will be a new shifter. If I install a good aftermarket shifter and still have trouble I will take it in and have it looked at.

I'm really glad I got a warranty. The last thing I want to worry about now is tranny damage. I want to be spending my money on upgrades, not repairs.

Thanks,

Jason

BTW, is there some reason why I can't get to the Member's Rides section? It says my user account doe not have permission to access that page.
 

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go drive a 99 up gt mustang with a 5 speed that is bone stock if you like that level of performance you can do that with 2-3 thousand invested, if you like the way a 94-98 gt 5 speed mustang feels you can do that even cheaper, probably just a few little bolt ons.
 

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2-3 thousand does not sound too bad. Over time I could see myself spending that much. It would certainly be cheaper that way than buying a GT, and my insurance will still think I "only" have a V6. I'm pretty sure I would be happy with the performance level too.
 
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