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First mod, WWYD? Suspension, CAI+tune or 3.73+tune

I bought my 2012 GT a few months back. Being that it was used, my first order of business was to go over everything meticulously, update all fluids etc.
Now that that is out of the way, I am ready to get started with the fun stuff. Other than a JLT oil separator and HIDs, this will be the first mod I have done to the car and I am having a hell of a time making up my mind.

Budget, $700- $850 (parts only).

1. Suspension - Koni STR.Ts, SR performance springs (possibly FRPP Ks, haven't decided), Panhard bar, GT500 mounts, eibach camber bolts

2. Steeda intake + BAMA 91 tune (California)

3. 3.73 gears (Ford racing) + BAMA 91 tune


I eventually plan on getting all of these with much more in the future.

Car is a DD, but will see a few track days.


What would you do??

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Suspension. Skip the camber bolts and just spin the GT500 mounts 180 degrees. Put me at -1.2 camber with a 1.5" drop, perfect for a street car IMO.
Lower control arms and relocation brackets are also highly recommended for a lowered car, they will help tremendously with wheel hop and traction.

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Thanks. I was kind of starting to lean that direction.. do you have any major clearance/height issues at 1.5" all around (something that would be hard to deal with driving on a DD)?
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Are you A6 or M6? A6, go with a converter (then suspension). M6, go with suspension. Then find a cheap set of used rims and get some MT DR's.

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Are you A6 or M6? A6, go with a converter (then suspension). M6, go with suspension. Then find a cheap set of used rims and get some MT DR's.
M6. Forgot to mention that the car came with some 19" Foose wheels and some brand new radials. I haven't bothered checking the brand, I always forget. But all I know is I'm pleasantly surprised with how they hook up. Unless I'm going from an absolute stop, they'll stay connected all the way through 1st with a slight chirp into 2nd. Even my little 2000 GT spun half way through 2nd lol (horrendous tires)..
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No wheel/tire clearance issues, but these springs are a bit on the stiff side so that probably helps.
I have scraped my exhaust pipes (my "cats" are a bit lower than the rest of the pipe) on a couple of poorly designed driveways and speed bumps, but that's about it.
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Mike,

I've recently done the suspension on my V6. Do the suspension if you enjoy going through the twisties. It made a huge improvement and this is from a v6 guy...power would be a bigger improvement for mine but doing the susp was huge

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I know Koni's are on sale right now, but I have a full set of Steeda shocks/struts for sale. They are 05-10 so the GT500 mount would still be needed. They have 5,000 miles on them and look new. $300 plus shipping.
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