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Hello all, After my civic engine let go for the third time, i got a '00 gt 5 speed with 45k miles on it. The tuner in me won't let me keep the car stock. I was wonder what mods i should do to my new car to get to around 290-300rwhp while keeping it relitively reliable and all motor. I would like to have it reliable enough for street driving and the ocasional romping. I was thinking of some long tubes, H-pipe w/o any cats, plenum, intake, cams and either a 3.73 or 3.90 but I have no idea what that would put to the ground. I am really new to the world of mustangs but i do have plenty of experience with modding cars...the only problem was that they are both hondas (one was my 244whp turbo civic and the other is a supercharged crx).
 

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hmmm you do know these things are factory stoick 220-230 horsepower don't you. You can easily pump it up to 300rwhp, it's been done many times, and there are plenty of fine examples on this board.


As biased as this sounds, the LS1 F-bodies push around 280rwhp stock and in 2001-2002 over 300 stock, quite easily. If you have strong feelings about the Mustang, or just think it's too early to re-sale and get a new car I'd say get a lid, LT headers, and 3 inch x pipe. Those are the first mods I'd do to any car. See where it puts you. You should gain a bit. Then you can either run a small shot of nitrous, or get some more bolts ons. If you get all bolt ons possilbe that should put you pretty close to your goal I'd think, maybe even better.
 

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No set of 'bolt-ons' will wake up your car like either a good set of ported heads/cams or a supercharger. Sit down for a minute and add up the prices on all the bolt-ons you were thinking of - adds up fast. A stock PI 5-spd GT w/decent exhaust but stock exhaust manifolds & Vortech V2 SQ1 (no charge cooling) should make around 340hp at the rear. Same car but N/A w/ported heads & cams/springs probably around 280-300rwhp. Once either the porting & cams, or s/charging is done, the car would then respond significantly better to basic bolt-ons: TB/Plenum, longtubes, CAI or Powerpipe, tuning, etc. As mentioned above, some spray tends to equalize things pretty quickly as well. Takes a little work, and some money, but 281 cubic inches can rock!
 

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the right combo will easily make 300 rwhp to the ground, or damn near it. CAI, TB, plenum, o/r h or x pipe, catback, cams, tune and gears will have you rocketing down the road and you won't have much more than $2000 in mods if you do the work yourself.
 

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hmmm you do know these things are factory stoick 220-230 horsepower don't you. You can easily pump it up to 300rwhp, it's been done many times, and there are plenty of fine examples on this board.


As biased as this sounds, the LS1 F-bodies push around 280rwhp stock and in 2001-2002 over 300 stock, quite easily. If you have strong feelings about the Mustang, or just think it's too early to re-sale and get a new car I'd say get a lid, LT headers, and 3 inch x pipe. Those are the first mods I'd do to any car. See where it puts you. You should gain a bit. Then you can either run a small shot of nitrous, or get some more bolts ons. If you get all bolt ons possilbe that should put you pretty close to your goal I'd think, maybe even better.
Yes it is biased but some am I:), but he can acheive what he wants with that Mustang. The LS1 isn't unbeatable and has it's own problems too. They can be beaten by bolt on GT's and he just got the car.

As for the GT, I would go with a ported head and intake job(steen or Fox lake comes to mind), with some VT stage 2 cams, Long tubes w/ full o/r exhaust, U/D pulleys, bigger TB, K&N FIPK, and a SCT Tune.

Stay away from strokers as they are not reliable. If you have a good amount of funds for this car, get an aluminum cobra block(some can be had for 225) and have it bored and turn the motor into a big bore kit. It will have more power, and more reliable than a stroker.

Gears, I would go with 4.10's as they put you into the powerband faster than the 3.73's(which personally I think are a joke on a NA modulat mustang)
 

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Yes you definitely need to get you a K&N FIPK, you just simply have to have one. And I know exactly where you can get a used one that was on the car less than a month :thumbup Not only that but if you were wanted an O/R x-pipe, I know where you can get one of those too, but it would be for shorties or stock exhaust manifolds :thumbup ANd if you wanted a tuner I know where you can also score a Diablosport Predator also if you wanted one :thumbup PM me if you want the parts
 

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I would stay away from the Diablo Predator. SCT is a much better tuner and the Predator has flaws with the tuning, program and the company itself.
 
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