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A Radar Dectector should be your first choice. It doesn't matter how obedient a driver you are, or how young or old you are, they profile sports cars for speeding tickets. If you are going to jack up the HP, it's worth it.

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The cop who gave my ticket on day 10 told me without blinking that they look for Mustangs, Camaros, Corvettes etc. Get a Valentine One. Rest take your time and get to know the car. There are countless mods out there...one doesn't need or use them all!
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The cop who gave my ticket on day 10 told me without blinking that they look for Mustangs, Camaros, Corvettes etc. Get a Valentine One. Rest take your time and get to know the car. There are countless mods out there...one doesn't need or use them all!
Congrats on the car

I neglected to include the radar detector on my list because I consider that a given, as in required equipment! My bad, should have been the first thing on the list!


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Dewracer: How do you like the Nitto NT05s? I want to upgrade to a wider tire once th P-Zeros are toast. What is the diff between NT05s and NT555s? I have 18inch wheels.
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Yes a new CAI and tune will have a return for you investment for HP, the gains that are published by the tuner are UP TOO, don’t plan on getting more then 25 percent of the published value, it is a canned tune, as far as exhaust, unless you go with headers and high flow cats, axel backs will give you a minuet amount of HP gain, the best return from axel backs is sound.
But I still stand on a soap box and say this, the best mod you can do to these cars are sticky wide tires for traction… this might not fit you if you think spinning the tires is quicker, wrong… spinning the tires on launch is nothing more then wasted HP and torque, HP and torque that gets you there quicker and that is the whole point of making modifications to factory configuration of this car IMO.

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Dewracer: How do you like the Nitto NT05s? I want to upgrade to a wider tire once th P-Zeros are toast. What is the diff between NT05s and NT555s? I have 18inch wheels.
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The NT05's are the latest design, great for everyday dry performance. The NT555's are the older version of a daily driver that are better in the wet.

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Psynr your welcome, anytime. As for tuning, Id reccomend you wait until your warranty is up as many other people do. If you tune your car and it is done incorrectly and your engine block gets messed up, have fun paying 4k+ for a new engine... cause your warranty is void if they know you tuned it first. I mean you CAN tune it by all means, but just know the risks if your new to cars. As for the exhaust if you crave more aggressive sound like me and many other users in the forums its a must. If you crave power you gotta get a total pipe system.

EDIT: And yes, a radar detector is a must. I got a great deal on a good cobra online, their 400 dollar model was only 180 on amazon one day (great find), but if you want total COMPLETE peace of mind go with a passport 9500x, they are about 500, but are worth it.. I just got the cobra cause I knew it was theyr expensive model and I didnt have the extra hundred bucks at the time... And in my town where the cops are both jerks but lazy enough to leave theyr radars on banging away at nothing, I pick them up VERY far down the road with my detector... a few false alarms but not enough to cause a negative impact.

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I currently have 18's on my car. If I were to buy a set of 19" oem wheels without TPMS, can I use the ones from my current wheels? Stupid question, but thought I'd check.

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Psynr your welcome, anytime. As for tuning, Id reccomend you wait until your warranty is up as many other people do. If you tune your car and it is done incorrectly and your engine block gets messed up, have fun paying 4k+ for a new engine... cause your warranty is void if they know you tuned it first. I mean you CAN tune it by all means, but just know the risks if your new to cars. As for the exhaust if you crave more aggressive sound like me and many other users in the forums its a must. If you crave power you gotta get a total pipe system.
I have to respectfully disagree. The reason people wait for a tune is because they're afraid that the dealer will find out. They're afraid of things they don't know about. It's human nature.

Blowing up an engine with a custom tune actually isn't even easy to do. Especially a naturally aspirated modular Mustang motor. You can run these things insanely lean and you'll burn plugs up before you "melt a piston" or experience some kind of crazy catastrophic engine failure. Only when you start adding forced induction does the tolerance for detonation and clearances, etc. start to make it easier to hur something. Fact is... there are literally thousands of people each month who choose to tune their car (and I'm just talking about our sales numbers, who knows how many more are sold throughout the rest of the Mustang market). It's alot easier of a decision when you realize that you can return to stock at any time and the dealership will not find out. It's even easier when you factor in the amount of people successfully running custom tunes without a problem. We have customers hitting 150,000 miles with custom tunes and no problems.

Again, the amount of people who have had engine failure from a custom tune compared to the amount of people who haven't is in our favor... by a lot.

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I don't intend to change the stock intake or exhaust, as the horsepower increase is not worth the cost to me. A tune will void the engine/drivetrain warranty, which is not acceptable to me at this time. I modded the ride height, suspension, brakes and wheels and tires. For now, that is it. Eventually I expect to do a Kenne Bell supercharger when the warranty is up...
I think a tune is the #1 must have mod.

This has been discussed countless times but when flashed back to stock before servicing how would a tune void the engine/drivetrain warranty if the dealer doesn't know about it? :hihi:


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I have to respectfully disagree. The reason people wait for a tune is because they're afraid that the dealer will find out. They're afraid of things they don't know about. It's human nature.

It's alot easier of a decision when you realize that you can return to stock at any time and the dealership will not find out.
You say the dealer won't know a non-factory tune was ever installed after the factory one was restored. Other people say the computer keeps an unalterable count of how many tunes have been loaded. Still others say Ford or the dealer can't tell the difference between a code reset and a tune load. How do you KNOW the computer does not store some record or count of tune loads? And what would AM or SCT do for a customer that has warranty denied due to Ford having proof a non-factory tune had been loaded?

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Again, the amount of people who have had engine failure from a custom tune compared to the amount of people who haven't is in our favor... by a lot.
That choice of words sort of implies there have been engine failures from a custom tune, otherwise why not just say we aren't aware of ANY failures caused by a tune. Can you elaborate or clarify?

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True Chris, that makes sense, Im totally new to this stuff and I was going off what I heard, my bad.. I talked to a few people about it and your def spot on

EDIT: Hoosier Daddy has a point there I just saw his post... what would they do god forbid something happened to someones horsie?

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I bought a shift knob, GT500 mufflers and the factory strut brace. The brace is more cosmetic and it seemed to be "missing" every time I opened the hood.

Radar detector: yes.
Next I want a CAI & tune
Then either the RTR wheels (it's killing me now that they're on sale on LMR) or the adjustable factory suspension.

There's so much aftermarket stuff and it's growing it's amazing, go crazy if you have the cash.
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Good inputs, all. This has given me a good bit to research on already. Looking through the posts as a whole so far, here's the top 3 (by count):

Cold Air Intake + Tune
Exhaust: GT500
Radar Detector

Others mentioned multiple times include: Catbacks, Suspension, Cash for Fuel , K&N Drop in filter, and Barton Shifter.

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I don't intend to change the stock intake or exhaust, as the horsepower increase is not worth the cost to me. A tune will void the engine/drivetrain warranty, which is not acceptable to me at this time. I modded the ride height, suspension, brakes and wheels and tires. For now, that is it. Eventually I expect to do a Kenne Bell supercharger when the warranty is up...
90% of people don't change their exhaust for the horsepower increase...


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