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Hi. My name is Mike and new to forums in general.. love advice about my mustang.. i believe that someone out there can keep me from making mistakes to my baby and would be stupid of me not to listen to their advice when they have probably been there and done that. My Mustang is currently in the body shop right now getting a new paint job (satin black) and stage 3 roush kit.. bought a k & n cai.. debating on what mods to do next.. short throw shifter mgw or steeda.. gears 3.73 or 4.10.. any advice again is well appreciated. Thanks in advance
 

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i have MGW short shifter and love it. dont have gears yet, but im going to go w/ 3.73. i've driven a car w/ them and like em. haven't driven a 4.10 though, so i can't really compare :-\ but yeah, i would also recommend full exhaust. catback midpipe, and maybe headers if you have the time and $ :) good luck to you and welcome!!

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hey joe.. thanks.. i got the full roush exhaust set-up w/ a shorty x-pipe.. so i hope that sounds pretty good (beastly).. i heard that headers would hit the ground when driving (any truth to that?) oh i guess i should add that my car is a convertible.. i need to post up some pics really soon
 

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ya that would awesome. if you are in the need of parts, www.americanmuscle.com has some good parts for cheap and give free shipping. most sites do. just a good site. love to see some pics. ur car really a roush or just kit and exhaust for it? everyone on here is never near me HA. most cali
 

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thanks for the site.. just roush body kit and exhaust.. should be out of the shop in about a week.. super excited to see the paint!
 

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wow, if thats ur car before, it looks tore up!! damn. can't wait to see new pics, sounds like it going to be awesome! love the side exhaust look. feel free to PM if u have questions, i know a little but everyone here knows a lot.
 

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Id get the MGW short throw.

As for gears id get 3.73's unless you hit the track a lot then go 4.10s
 

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as far as gears go if your car is a 5 speed i would go with 3;73s if its an auto get 4;10s i have 4;10s in my car and love them, gears by far are the best upgrade for the money it is a mod that you can really feel, i would do that next then maybe a set of underdriven pullies and a tuner post some pics when you get your car back from the paint shop and welcome to the site
 

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underdrive pullies are different crankshaft,waterpump and alternater pullies that take the load off the crank freeing up a few horses and making faster throttle response if you decide to go with a set get steeda pullies because they come wih a one piece crank pully and are better than the ones that use a piggyback style pully
 

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This is my $0.02, which is free. :D

Before you make the same mistake myself and tons of others have made, set a horsepower goal!

Free flowing exhaust with dual catted pipe if your state/county requires emissions testing/inspection.

Don't do the underdrive pulleys if you plan on putting a blower on later. (I made this mistake myself and had to pull them off later)

Don't replace the stock COP (Coil on Plug) spark plug coils with aftermarket parts since they are fine to over 10# of boost and add no increase.

Don't use the steeda or other type timing adjusters, they trick the computer and the computer can be adjusted to change timing.

Don't overtighten the spark plugs and always use antiseize when changing them, change them only when the engine is cold.

ALWAYS keep your engine oil level at the full mark! I know too many people who have ruined their engines by running them close to "Add" or below and running WOT and starving the crank bearings for oil. :nono:

If you are going with a power adder, choose the type you want. If going with a blower, chose centril or positive displacement. Centri has a slight lag and makes power up top, a twinscrew like mine makes instant boost and low to midrange tire frying torque. :bigthumbsup

My main point in all this is do your research and buy parts 1x, a good example would be:

Don't buy a $900 Mustang Bullitt intake and then turn around later and put a Kenne Bell blower on since the Kenne Bell has its own intake.
 

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wow.. thanks a lot.. again i appreciate all the advice you guys have to give.. please keep it coming.. what is a good hp goal.. i want my car to be quick/fast off the start.. not trying to go 130+.. thanks again.. i would like to keep up with my friends 2000 SS Camaro
 

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wow.. thanks a lot.. again i appreciate all the advice you guys have to give.. please keep it coming.. what is a good hp goal.. i want my car to be quick/fast off the start.. not trying to go 130+.. thanks again.. i would like to keep up with my friends 2000 SS Camaro
A good whp (wheel horse power) goal for a street car would be right around 400 whp, IMO. If you want street "useable" hp, I would suggest a twinscrew blower like mine for instant boost at low rpms. My setup puts down 360-380 whp depending on ambient temps.

If you plan on going over 400-450 whp, the stock bottom end (pistons and rods) become the limiting factor as well as the safety of the tune you get for the computer.

You will have to upgrade the suspension and tires to get the traction you need for the extra power.

I would suggest 373 gears if you plan on adding boost later.

My car is running 9# of boost, has almost 111,000 miles, 373 gears and I can still get around 25-25.5 mpg on the interstate using cruise. I am getting ready to take the car on a 12 hour drive this summer and hope to get close to 26-27 mpg on the interstate. :bigthumbsup


Even with boost, my car still has the following ORIGINAL parts...
Stock UNTOUCHED longblock with 110,5xx miles
Stock COP coils
Stock FUEL PUMP running a Kenne Bell Boost a Pump
Stock exhaust manifolds
Stock flywheel

My point is that some of the stock components are good for quite a bit of power before they need to be upgraded. Research all you can before buying any parts.
 
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