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GT Performance modifications, what is the best bang for your buck?

Hi, I have an '01 GT, completely stock. I have about $2000 that I want to use to make her a faster. What are the best proven mods that $2000 can afford me? I haved searched and done lots of reading, it looks to me like saving for forced induction may be the way to go, but I know that won't happen for $2000.

Please tell me about your mods, and what you route you think I should go. I'm looking for best bang for my buck.

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Well with 2 grand, you could continue saving just a little more and get some sort of forced induction.

Or you can take that 2 grand and get a bunch of other things.

Check out this thread for a list of good starter mods.
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bama power programer exhaust coldiar intake that wont help power that mutch but it will help throtle response biger throtle body 4:10 gear,s intake manifold port and polished . that should give u 55 to 90 hp. and make it a totaly new car. andd fast as hell
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bama power programer exhaust coldiar intake that wont help power that mutch but it will help throtle response biger throtle body 4:10 gear,s intake manifold port and polished . that should give u 55 to 90 hp. and make it a totaly new car. andd fast as hell
00saleen9244, any idea what throttle body, and intake manifold combo would yeild those results? I imagine if you upgrade the throttle body you would need a larger diameter air intake tube and could no longer use the stock one.

Also with the bama power programer can you tune as you mod, or are there just a few programs in that one too?

One other question, how does the larger throttle body and different intake affect highway mileage?
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What do you guys think of a cam upgrade as a start for best bang for your buck? Like a comp cam XE262AH, better low and mid end TQ, or something of that nature.
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Whats the best bang for your buck.....

Gears and exhaust my friend,for the most noticable bang for your buck under $2000
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00saleen9244, any idea what throttle body, and intake manifold combo would yeild those results? I imagine if you upgrade the throttle body you would need a larger diameter air intake tube and could no longer use the stock one.

Also with the bama power programer can you tune as you mod, or are there just a few programs in that one too?

One other question, how does the larger throttle body and different intake affect highway mileage?


i would go with an accufab70mm throtle body and the intake tubeing and filter dosent realy mater u can pick up a spectra for less then 100$ . if u get the tuner frome american mucle every time u upgrade ur car u let them know and they will write a new tune for u for free. and the intake and throtlebody will give u 5 to 7 more mpg.
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for 2000 bucks get hitech stage 2 cams degreed installed and dyno tuned. my local speed shop charges around 1400 for cams installed degreed and dyno tuned(if you have a tuner or it will be more. price might run a little higher depending on your area.

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i would go with an accufab70mm throtle body and the intake tubeing and filter dosent realy mater u can pick up a spectra for less then 100$ . if u get the tuner frome american mucle every time u upgrade ur car u let them know and they will write a new tune for u for free. and the intake and throtlebody will give u 5 to 7 more mpg.
Since when does a tb and cai give your car better gas mileage? Especially 5-7, I dont think that information is correct.

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for 2000 bucks get hitech stage 2 cams degreed installed and dyno tuned. my local speed shop charges around 1400 for cams installed degreed and dyno tuned(if you have a tuner or it will be more. price might run a little higher depending on your area.
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and fyi you're getting fed some bad information. A pp intake manifold + tb + tuner won't give you anywhere near 55-90 hp. Canned tunes are good for automatics or gear swaps in stock sn95 GT's but performance wise for forced induction or internal NA work getting a dyno tune is the way to go.

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Since when does a tb and cai give your car better gas mileage? Especially 5-7, I dont think that information is correct.
intake makes u pull more air not fuel
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Ok, from some of the research I have done it sounds to me like any larger throttle body will just improve throttle response. Apparently these engines are not choked up like some others, and by putting a larger TB on, it just means that at 1/4 throttle you can feel the difference because the valve is essentially open larger than compared to stock. But at WOT it won't make any difference because the engine can only draw so much air/fuel mixture as is. Intakes can make a difference on stock engines but you may not be creating more power, just tuning what you have into a different range, ie. more horsepower but less TQ. Most often it always seems like that is the tradeoff.

I have been looking into comp cams Xtreme Energy™, XE262AH camshafts. They claim more low end TQ and HP, but after contacting them I found out they are not able to post dyno reserch results. Not too sure why.... bu there is a good build that was done at www.musclemustangfastfords.com just search "Comp Cams Ford Mustang Two-Valve Install - Mild-Too-Wild". These cams made impressive gains but they were also helped by bulding the motor to benifit from that type of cam profile.

I'm not going to touch the bottom end of my motor, or pull the heads for that matter (unless something fails), so I'm not too sure how much benifit I would see from a different cam on an otherwise stock motor. Anyone know?

I like where Hotshot and TUTS are going with this, exhaust and gears. Gears (3.73) for sure, and exhaust... well maybe. I'm sure the only benifit I'll see from exhaust would be headers. But I'm tired of messing around with leaky headers (experience from other vehicle type installs) and header bolts backing out. Also from what I have read is that shorties show not much benifit anyway vs stock manifolds.

Basically what it boils down to is that I would really like to put something together for this thread where one could see that yes, this mod worth this much will yeild this much power.



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for 2000 bucks get hitech stage 2 cams degreed installed and dyno tuned. my local speed shop charges around 1400 for cams installed degreed and dyno tuned(if you have a tuner or it will be more. price might run a little higher depending on your area.

What did your dyno result look like before and after the cams (or do you have them?) and what mods were done beforehand? The unfortunate part of all of this is that there is no dyno in my area so I would be looking at finding a pre-fabbed tune.
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