Now with the current cars, I think the engine is pretty damn awesome in stock condition.
That's what I said until I saw how mine is with the Ford Racing Performance Tune; you should try to test one that has it if you can; what a difference! It's like the car is finally awake, it's just right, really. Notice that I wrote "Ford Racing", I wouldn't go with any other brand. Obviously Ford Racing know what they're doing.
But Ford made a judgement call to throw on the ultra-quiet mufflers on the GT cars. Bad move! I don't know what the motivation was for that, but what we ended up with, IMO, is preventing the car from being all it could be. Of course, some could take the position that any muffler is preventing the car from being all it could be. But for me, it simply means, I get to hear why I spent all that money on a GT. I don't need everyone around me and 4 blocks away to hear it however. So the GT500s are an amazing item in my experience.
Exactly, and the GT500 mufflers are Ford Racing parts once again... I had these for 2 months after I got my Mustang, you should hear the ones I have now also from Ford Racing; really amazing, even better! FORD RACING EXHAUST - YouTube
Then there's the suspension. The more I drive my car, the more I hate it. It's so damn bouncy--like a fraking ox cart. Is that because of the SRA, the damper/spring calibrations, or both? It's probably a little of both, but it's also clear that Ford wanted to avoid giving the mustang a hard ride and felt that bouncy was a better compromise. Wrong move, Ford. Wrong move. No one wants to jiggle their way to work in the morning. So this is another area that will need to be addressed in order to address some poor decision that was made internally.
Here again: Ford Racing Handling Pack and your Mustang becomes so right in the handling. A 412HP car bouncy? No...
Mine is on rails now, the handling match the power it has. Power doesn't mean anything if your car cannot handle it.
Once again using Ford Racing parts, you're not really modding your Mustang to me, you're just using Ford best parts to make it better. And no, I do not have any actions with Ford Racing, but this, from their website should make sense to anyone: "We are confident that as a potential customer you will agree that no one knows your car or truck better than the Ford engineers who designed it in the first place. Our kits offer the best blend of performance, durability, and drivability that exist on the market today."
But really, that's it. And that's most of what I plan on doing. I suppose their is a small element of personalization on my car. A lot of the base model trim elements are pretty, well, base looking. So those need to get changed. And the front end is a bit weak, IMO. Who ever was in charge of designing the front bumper didn't look at the rest of the car. The CDC chin spoiler really completes the look of the car--it's not got an even looking black line going under the entire length of the car which matches the black plastic rocker panel covers and the stock rear valence.
Totally agree, except the CS/BOSS lower fascia, I think the base GT one is missing something, and maybe that's why many have changed theirs for the CS/BOSS one... Then the BOSS front splitter is a great addition to it, and you'll be amazed to see what the Roush side splitters with the RTR rear splitters do to the lines of your Mustang; it just complete the overall look all around, it looks so right that it doesn't even look like an aftermarket body kit, as you keep all the original parts, it just enhance the overall look. But by now, you have done some mods... So it's not stock anymore. Modding your car is nothing negative if it's well done, with taste. Very often it will make your car look and perform its best. Look at Shelby with the Supersnake version of the GT500; it's Shelby, but it's still mods, done by Shelby... Everyone will agree that the Supersnake is better than a stock GT500.
Everyone see Shelby different because he has worked side by side with Ford, but otherwise he would have just been another aftermarket tuner like many. What made him so great, and valuable is it's great work of course, but also his tight collaboration with Ford, that gave him another dimension, let's not forget that.
IMO, it's always best to go with the ones that know your Mustang best, either Ford themselves or close aftermarket tuners like Shelby, Roush, Saleen, and more recently Vaughn Gittin Jr and it's RTR, made out very often with some Ford Racing Parts by the way (for Shelby and the RTR)...
Anyway, this was my .02 cents of the morning, like we always say; to each his own, I just gave my point of view. Thanks for reading, hope you didn't fall asleep! :nogrinner