I rarely post but do vulture stalk quite a bit. I wanted to post this pseudo build thread and hopefully it is meaningful to anyone looking to do mods in case they search the forum database so I'll try to use as many "buzzwords" as I can. I own a Lava Red 2012 5.0. I rarely drive it. I bought it in March of 2011 and it currently has about 35K miles on it. BUT, this summer I decided to do some tasteful upgrades.
At first I was going to install everything myself and started... I was able to get all the suspension mods in, the gt500 BBK (big brake kit 6 pistons), konis, & springs...all in the driveway on jack stands. Installation of the rear gt500 rotors was the most involved because I had to bust the pumpkin and remove the axles but overall, it was tedious but not difficult. If I had it to do again I wouldn't, not because of the difficulty of the install but because the wheel options become limited once you install the bigger rear rotors (the calipers are the same). I'd say that nothing with smaller than a +45mm offset will now fit in the rear as a result (Ask me how I found that out the hard way :-/). Sidenote: I am not a great mechanic. I push paper in my day job. But I figure, at the end of the day it is just turning bolts on a mustang so it's can't be too hard, I was pretty much right.
I live in Tulsa. And well, it was a cool 100 degrees with anywhere between 30-60% humidity everyday around this time in the summer. So, I could really only dedicate about 1 to 1.5 hours in the evening to work on it. It was going to take me forever to get the full install done (headers, clutch, ford performance cobra jet intake) so at this point I decided to take it to a speed shop. This is where things went left. They just so happened to be having a supercharger special when I dropped my car off. They got me to bite. I ended up with the VMP stage one kit. I was already eyeing the VMP kit at the time but didn't plan on committing until maybe sometime down the road. I thought about it and well, you only live once and can't take it with you. So I took the plunge. The shop that built the car is Archangel Motorsports LLC here in Tulsa and you can find the dyno on their FB page. I won't link it because you can easily find it if you search. They have a public page and it is the video "Gen2 R TVS Base Kit making some power". That particular dyno was 598/542. It ended up at 617/547 to the tire. (DYNO
I am still breaking in the clutch so I haven't been able to stomp on it really but the tune so far is great. Drives like stock. The clutch (of all things) is taking some getting used to. It was VERY vague at first. BUT, as it has broken in, it has gotten really good and almost feels like the stock clutch, just a little stiffer. The MGW shifter is neat. To all those that haven't had the pleasure of feeling one, it takes away ALL the notchiness, at least mine did. That actually took some (additional) getting used to. The stock shifter is like clutch in, pull, clank, gear. This...The first time I put it in gear, I wasn't sure it was in really in gear because there wasn't the customary "notch/shuclank/thunk" into gear. Just smooth transition. The clutch, MGW, and one piece drive shaft that i got make the entire drivetrain a lot more enjoyable. MUCH easier to rev match. Seriously, I can't emphasize that rev match ease enough. NICE!
It is a great car so far. I plan on (probably after the winter season) rear upper and lower control arms, front LCA, and maybe coil overs instead of the koni/spring combo. That is pretty much it, if you have questions fire away. I'll answer whatever you have to the best I can. I'd have updated pics but its been raining here the last few days. As soon as it stops, I'll update with pics. :-)