If you put on the boss intake manifold and get a tune you will have a very hard time getting the dealer to do any warranty work. The tune that comes with the boss intake raises your max rpm. If anything breaks you will surely take the blame and be paying out of pocket. Sent from AutoGuide.com Free App
Well, I am aware of the Magnusson-Moss Act. I know that doesn't stop dealers from getting balky sometimes but I've mostly read good things about dealers and the boss manifold.
Adjustable pan hard bar and contol arms would be my suggestion, adjustable ride height is cool but you still need to adjust the geometry, canned tunes are fine no sense throwing money to get baseline numbers IMO
Cool - thanks!
Congrats on your 2014 GT! Good to see you're already enjoying it bone stock. Just wait until you throw some more power at it. These cars really respond well to basic bolt-ons.
That being said, I'd stick with the factory intake manifold over the Boss. The only reason being is you plan to keep your factory catalytic converters. The Boss Intake needs a very free flowing exhaust to show its true potential. I usually recommend a catless mid-pipe at the least. Honestly they work even better with LT headers and a catless mid-pipe. If you're sticking with your stock catalytic converters, than you should stick with the factory intake manifold too. You'll see a much better power brand and throttle response this way.
I appreciate you saying so and not just trying to sell me stuff! Since I have to pass tailpipe emissions every year going catless is simply not an option. In that case, does it make sense to keep the factory H-pipe over an aftermarket X-pipe?
The SR short-throw shifter is a great upgrade! I'd make sure you order the kit that includes the SR shifter bracket
too. Upgrading the factory shifter bracket is a MUST if you want more confident shifts!
I've got the whole package on my Build List.
Next, the suspension mods listed look great, but you're going to need at least an adjustable panhard bar
. Without the adj panhard bar, your rear axle will stick out to the driver side when the ride height is lowered. I also recommend adjustable upper and lower control arms to retain the factory suspension geometry and improve traction all around.
That is good to know. I definitely want to maintain appropriate geometry. ETA: Would I need to do front and rear control arms? How hard is it to do the adjustments? I've reviewed the install instructions and they seem straightforward given that I'll already be in there for the coilovers but I'm not sure how the adjustment process would go.
Lastly, a Bama custom tune will certainly suit your needs for a powerful tune. Dyno tunes are unnecessary for Mustangs with bolt-on mods. A reputable custom tuner can easily dial in your Mustang via email with datalogs!
That's an awfully long list to have for someone who doesn't seem to have much time in the car. Personally, my approach has always been a lot more calculating. I drive the car a bit and start to recognize what I don't like about it. It's unclear what you're looking for and why you're changing all those things out. Have you been to the track or strip before? Aside from some safety upgrades (brake pads, high temp brake fluid, etc), I would take the car out on the track and enjoy all the stock goodness. If you've never tracked a car before, the last thing on your mind will be how to make the car faster. And if you have tracked a car before, you'll know exactly what items you will want to change up and why--or at least what characteristics of the car you don't like--after the first day at the track. It may take more time to do it this way (which to me is the fun part), but you will be less likely to throw money away.
So I don't have any issues with the items themselves, but I would advise a different, more specific approach to modding. And hey, you might end up with the same list of parts, but at least you'll know exactly why you chose the part and what it's going to do.
So here's my thoughts. A lot of things are just plain "look and feel" mods. I want a much more aggressive exhaust note, so I listened to a million clips and picked out one I liked. I love the look of a (properly) lowered car, and it was only a couple hundred dollars more to go "whole hog" and do coilovers vice just doing Koni yellows and shocks/struts. Plus, doing it this way the first time saves me from having to tear it all apart again later on (in theory, right?
). The CAI and tune are for a bit more go-fast, and the short shifter should help with the very blah stock shifter feel.
My goals are to get the car looking the way I want, and to add moderate performance over stock, while still maintaining streetability and reliability. I don't want a 1000rwhp monster that's tiring and uncomfortable to drive and that needs a rebuild or serious maintenance all the time. (I like wrenching, but within reason.) I have not tracked any car before, but I would like to open myself up to the possibility of doing so at some point in the future; however, it's not my primary focus.
Hopefully I don't come off as defensive here - I'm not at all! I just wanted to explain why I was thinking the things I was thinking.