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first time upgrades.

What up mustang people? I'm new but I just realized why people like me and yourselfs like mustands, they're just very and I mean very good cars. I just bought a 2001 Mustang GT and plan on doin all the upgrades and modifications very soon. But I literally don't have an idea where to start sad to say I'm a car type of guy when it comes to hobbies but just don't know where to start. I was a Honda guy before I bought the Gt but it was just a daily drive type of car not a project car like my Gt. It seemed more than obvious to me that if upgrades are gonna take place they need to start internally. (Internals). I'm not gonna buy a new engine, why when there's already one in there. So I'd appreciate if some of you guy's would lay out some recommendations on what parts will I need to purchase to upgrade the engine safely. Cause starting with cams superchargers and nos isn't gonna help It's just gonna mess up the engine itself. Please and thanks.
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1. Tuner and Gear Combo from American Muscle Ford Racing 4.10 Gears and SF3 Tuner Kit (96-04 V8) 21201||R8.8RMK||24002||M-4209-88410||38018||3015||38052||45003||01300 - Free Shipping!

2. Suspension... springs, shocks, sub frame connectors.
3. Exhaust
4. Cold air intake.
5. Then nos or forced induction. Most say supercharger but I am more of a turbo man.

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Thanks. Any other internal upgrade suggestions?
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A slim budget of 2k
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well it is not going to be turbo or supercharger...2k is a drop in th bucket but there is still a lot more you can do. my suggestions...
1.SR CAI and Bama Tuner (96-04 GT) = $529.99
2.3.73 or 4.10 gears from ford racing(also on americanmuscle.com) = $159
3.Flowmaster Super Flow 44 Series Offset Muffler - 2.5in (79-04 All, Excludes 99-04 Cobra) = $79.99
4.Accufab 70mm Throttle Body & Plenum Combo (96-04 GT) = $439.99

=1208.97....that is a pretty good start. feel free to substitute any brand you like.

Mustang in my Avatar is a good representation of what my car looks like right now. Soon it will be unique enough for me to take a picture and update with the real deal. 2002GT with Flow-master exhaust, K&N CAI, 3.73 gears. Roush Stage III Fascia in the garage and waiting for test fit:laughlitt

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well it is not going to be turbo or supercharger...2k is a drop in th bucket but there is still a lot more you can do. my suggestions...
1.SR CAI and Bama Tuner (96-04 GT) = $529.99
2.3.73 or 4.10 gears from ford racing(also on americanmuscle.com) = $159
3.Flowmaster Super Flow 44 Series Offset Muffler - 2.5in (79-04 All, Excludes 99-04 Cobra) = $79.99
4.Accufab 70mm Throttle Body & Plenum Combo (96-04 GT) = $439.99

=1208.97....that is a pretty good start. feel free to substitute any brand you like.
oh yeah...get it all from americanmuscle.com and pm dan, the rep after you have had 50 post for a discount code exclusive to allfordmustang members. Hope this helps

Mustang in my Avatar is a good representation of what my car looks like right now. Soon it will be unique enough for me to take a picture and update with the real deal. 2002GT with Flow-master exhaust, K&N CAI, 3.73 gears. Roush Stage III Fascia in the garage and waiting for test fit:laughlitt

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Thanks for your help and suggestions. Do these goodies listed above include pistons bolt on's and such?
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Thanks for your help and suggestions. Do these goodies listed above include pistons bolt on's and such?
These are simple bolt-on parts that can improve horse power and the tuner will make a noticeable change. The CAI helps with the Plenum Throttle body combo to deliver more cool air to the engine and the tuner "tunes it in" so that you make the most of the add ons. You are talking about internal engine components....then a lot more money is involved. not only parts but also the labor for someone to install. stick with the list for now untill you decide what route you want to go. regardless....the list above is a must.

Mustang in my Avatar is a good representation of what my car looks like right now. Soon it will be unique enough for me to take a picture and update with the real deal. 2002GT with Flow-master exhaust, K&N CAI, 3.73 gears. Roush Stage III Fascia in the garage and waiting for test fit:laughlitt

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i stopped parts at 1200 because you are going to want those gears....and someone is going to have to put those in. that is where labor will start coming into play.

Mustang in my Avatar is a good representation of what my car looks like right now. Soon it will be unique enough for me to take a picture and update with the real deal. 2002GT with Flow-master exhaust, K&N CAI, 3.73 gears. Roush Stage III Fascia in the garage and waiting for test fit:laughlitt

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I'm not insulting but seems to me no one here knows what internal upgrades are. Not one person here has mentioned rods, pistons, valves or anything internal. Cause honestly the intake, exhaust and the other visible goodies can wait. Gears are all I've heard that's close to internal. I was just in another forum and had better answers there. But respectfully I appreciate your suggestions. Labor is not a problem in my garage
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you said 2k....you are looking to rebuild that engine. you are going to be hard pressed to have someone bore it out and replace pistons and internals for that much. we say bolt-ons first because you are going to want to get those anyway and they are a lot cheaper to "start"

"But I literally don't have an idea where to start sad to say I'm a car type of guy when it comes to hobbies but just don't know where to start."

this is why you are getting the answers you are. we are trying to give you a start. when you start talking about rods and pistons you start talking about someone taking your motor out of your car breaking it down and it cost cash.

Mustang in my Avatar is a good representation of what my car looks like right now. Soon it will be unique enough for me to take a picture and update with the real deal. 2002GT with Flow-master exhaust, K&N CAI, 3.73 gears. Roush Stage III Fascia in the garage and waiting for test fit:laughlitt

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Typically no one worries about internals unless you're looking for serious power. The block can handle roughly 400rwh and 8-10 psi of forced induction is safe without internal upgrading. The rods are the weaklings in these motors. Most don't care to upgrade the insides unless they have huge plans that involve lots of time and money. Gears by far will give you the best feeling and vigor right short of forced induction. We don't have many looking to change the insides compared to just working with the stock block and beefing it up. You can make it plenty fast without the need for forged internals but it boils down to what you want and your goals.

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Also, without the right suspenion on these cars, the tires spin like crazy. I would move suspension to a priority if it fits your budget.

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I respect you and your suggestions but I asked what internal upgrades regardless of my cash budget cause that's where id like to start off at. N like I said I was a Honda guy, before I fell in love with mustangs. I didn't upgrade it or put a dime in that car cause there's no point in upgrading a 4 banger. But my point is I knew a couple of things about Honda but not about a v8. Now the things you've mentioned and listed have been taken note of which I will indeed get and purchase in the future. But I know one thing and its before modding the car its more than common sense to start internally to prevent engine damage. It's my project car so it'll sit in my garage for a roughly 30 days till I show boat the car. Labor is not a problem.
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please know everyone whos suggesting parts and knowledge its greatly appreciated
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