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Fader 06-12-2013 10:00 PM

Aftermarket Authenticity
 
If this is a dumb question, please feel free to throw rocks and tomatoes.....

With my 05 GT, there are a few aftermarket appearance modifications I'd like to make, but I question whether other Mustang owners will judge me as a fake. For example, I LOVE the GT500 rally stripes. Silver stripes on Sonic Blue. Cheap addition with a great effect. But, I'd be concerned that other owners would think it's a stupid addition, or that I'm trying to fake a GT500.

Also, I like the look of the Foose Gauge Cluster Cover. Also a fairly easy addition, but obviously, my car isn't a Foose Mustang.

Does this stuff matter at all, or am I just being silly? Honest opinions, please!

Thanks,
Tim :icon_redface:

Lem-06 06-12-2013 10:11 PM

Being silly
You can put any body parts on you like.
As long as you don't try to re-badge it to a gt500 or something while it's a stock gt or v6 there's nothing in your list that is wrong. Stripes are stripes. Personally I like the super snake style and may do them some day

tbar 06-12-2013 10:22 PM

I think anything goes, do what you want. There's so many aftermarket parts for these cars because people buy them. You won't be judged as a fake unless you start badging the car as something it's not.

sbradle4 06-12-2013 10:25 PM

Yeah, as lonn as you aren't rebadging, you aren't gonna catch much flak from anyone here. People put the CS front ends on nonCS cars just because the like the style. Just don't badge your gt as a cobra or a saleen, lol.

Fader 06-12-2013 10:37 PM

Roger that! Thanks fellas! There won't be any badges going on. In fact, I may pull the GT badges off. Right now, there's a world of possibilities! :-)

Lem-06 06-12-2013 10:37 PM

Confirming I love my cs front end :)

Unless you meet a dbag that had that "exotic exclusive saleen" and hated those "fakers". But his saleen was a fake with no name plates and never saw him again lol

Fader 06-12-2013 10:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Lem-06 (Post 8230482)
Confirming I love my cs front end :)

Unless you meet a dbag that had that "exotic exclusive saleen" and hated those "fakers". But his saleen was a fake with no name plates and never saw him again lol

LOVE the blacked-out features on your GT. With the Mineral Gray, it just looks MEAN!

Lem-06 06-13-2013 12:19 AM

Actually it's tungsten grey. But thank you just the same. That was the plan removing as much chrome as I could and replace with black :)

05 Mustang 06-13-2013 02:20 PM

It's your car, do what you want, and like...don't worry about what others say. There's ALWAYS going to be someone who doesn't agree with someone else's choices.

2005Redfire6 06-13-2013 04:11 PM

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Originally Posted by 05 Mustang (Post 8230826)
It's your car, do what you want, and like...don't worry about what others say. There's ALWAYS going to be someone who doesn't agree with someone else's choices.

I agree, and I see why you say that :D. (05 GT)

AJSpags 06-13-2013 05:17 PM

Everyone already gave the advice I wanted to, just make sure you post up some pictures. I will add....make it a car that you have to look back at 3 or 4 times after parking it in a parking lot, I just love walking away and looking back at my car sitting there :)

Nuke 06-13-2013 05:58 PM

You mean nobody else wears ONLY their Ford underwear with their Ford pants and Ford shirt and Ford socks and Ford sunglasses when they drive their Ford AND get gas from a Ford dealership???

WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE???

Man, just mod away and have fun.

Fader 06-13-2013 06:36 PM

You said it better than I could! That is exactly what I'm going for!!

I will happily post pics, every step of the way.

krazykevin 06-14-2013 08:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Fader (Post 8230481)
Roger that! Thanks fellas! There won't be any badges going on. In fact, I may pull the GT badges off. Right now, there's a world of possibilities! :-)

Do whatever makes you happy, It is your car!

I'm pretty sure that the GT emblems on the side have locating pins, so if you debadge you will have little holes in your finder where they were. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

WildAzCat 06-14-2013 09:35 AM

I think sonic blue and silver stripes would be a sweet look. I'd prefer sonic blue over my vista blue any day.

4LiterSonic 06-17-2013 01:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Lem-06 (Post 8230507)
Actually it's tungsten grey. But thank you just the same. That was the plan removing as much chrome as I could and replace with black :)

I think it's funny how our cars look almost exactly the same, save for the color. Because I'm removing as much chrome as possible and replacing it with black too, lol.

kevinmalec 06-17-2013 09:40 AM

Changing/adding parts will make it your own unique Mustang and will stand out from the stock Mustangs. As others have stated, as long as there's no fake badging all is good!

I have Cobra R wheels, Roush (look a like) 1/4 panel window louvers, Saleen faded stripes and my car is neither (obviously). I replaced the cobra center caps with "M" flames and have no badging.

Go for it!

jsimmonstx 06-17-2013 11:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Fader (Post 8230456)
If this is a dumb question, please feel free to throw rocks and tomatoes.....

With my 05 GT, there are a few aftermarket appearance modifications I'd like to make, but I question whether other Mustang owners will judge me as a fake. For example, I LOVE the GT500 rally stripes. Silver stripes on Sonic Blue. Cheap addition with a great effect. But, I'd be concerned that other owners would think it's a stupid addition, or that I'm trying to fake a GT500.

Also, I like the look of the Foose Gauge Cluster Cover. Also a fairly easy addition, but obviously, my car isn't a Foose Mustang.

Does this stuff matter at all, or am I just being silly? Honest opinions, please!

Thanks,
Tim :icon_redface:

Don't be concerned. It's your name on the title, and your signature on the monthly payment checks - not theirs.

Personally, I think the GT500 front fascia looks a helluva lot better than the OEM GT one. You'll need a compatible hood as well. I doubt you'll be able to find a Shelby front clip for sale used, so Tousley Ford Parts is your next best option. Including an aftermarket hood, but not including paint, it'll run you about $2k.

IMHO, you can put whatever badging you want on it (for the same reasons I stated above - your money - your car). As long as you don't try to convince people you're actually talking to that it's not really what it might appear to be, in my eyes, you're good to go. I've always been quick to point out that my car is simply a tribute car.

The difference between mine and the "real thing" is I didn't buy it that way. I do as much of the work on it as I can (had to pay for a gear swap a couple of weeks ago, and paid to have the body kit and hood painted/installed), but everything else I did - headers, exhaust, suspension, stereo upgrade, (this coming weekend) brakes, and battery relocation. The following weekend, I'm replacing the front LCAs and installing a bump-steer kit.

When I get the money together, I plan on yanking the V6/auto and installing a 520+ HP 408 stroker push-rod motor with dual quads and a Tremec 6 speed. Am I insane? Well, yes. Yes I am.

Fader 06-17-2013 11:16 PM

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Originally Posted by jsimmonstx (Post 8232700)
Don't be concerned. It's your name on the title, and your signature on the monthly payment checks - not theirs.

Personally, I think the GT500 front fascia looks a helluva lot better than the OEM GT one. You'll need a compatible hood as well. I doubt you'll be able to find a Shelby front clip for sale used, so Tousley Ford Parts is your next best option. Including an aftermarket hood, but not including paint, it'll run you about $2k.

IMHO, you can put whatever badging you want on it (for the same reasons I stated above - your money - your car). As long as you don't try to convince people you're actually talking to that it's not really what it might appear to be, in my eyes, you're good to go. I've always been quick to point out that my car is simply a tribute car.

The difference between mine and the "real thing" is I didn't buy it that way. I do as much of the work on it as I can (had to pay for a gear swap a couple of weeks ago, and paid to have the body kit and hood painted/installed), but everything else I did - headers, exhaust, suspension, stereo upgrade, (this coming weekend) brakes, and battery relocation. The following weekend, I'm replacing the front LCAs and installing a bump-steer kit.

When I get the money together, I plan on yanking the V6/auto and installing a 520+ HP 408 stroker push-rod motor with dual quads and a Tremec 6 speed. Am I insane? Well, yes. Yes I am.

Thanks for the input. I want to make improvements, but I certainly don't want to pass my Pony off as anything it's not. But I agree, it's my car, and I'll do as I damn well please. :-) And she'll look like a million bucks!

Shelty 06-28-2013 08:00 PM

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Originally Posted by krazykevin (Post 8231202)
Do whatever makes you happy, It is your car!

I'm pretty sure that the GT emblems on the side have locating pins, so if you debadge you will have little holes in your finder where they were. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

you are correct. there will be holes in the fender.

you could pull the badges off, spray them flat black to make them more subdued....


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