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Old 06-26-2013, 11:07 PM   #1
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Arrow Horsepower!!

Looking to add anything else to my build to add some semi-easy horsepower and not to break the wallet.

1996 Mustang GT 4.6l 5-Speed

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Recently re-did the whole clutch system, motor mounts, waterpump/thermo, radiator and hoses, plugs and wires.
Sitting on Nitto street radials

*I plan on buying BBK Shorty headers within the next few weeks*

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Old 06-27-2013, 03:59 AM   #2
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Gears, gears, gears!

3.73 or 4.10

Don't even bother putting shorty headers before this.
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You should look into doing a pi swap and a tune
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:28 AM   #4
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Tune, tune, tune -- the mods you have done will add very little without a decent tune, optimised for the highest octane fuel you can get...
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Your honestly just throwing money away untill u get rid of those heads, your under 200rwhp right now
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Your honestly just throwing money away untill u get rid of those heads, your under 200rwhp right now

Ub beat me to it...
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:31 AM   #7
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Thank-You guys for the awesome responses! Defs plan on getting the headers for sure (for not only the performance, but the sound).

Like i said, it has been tuned before but a while back and it was only tuned to 87Octane.
Will also look into getting a tuner, as the previous owner had done the tune..

I actually ran across a couple posts about the PI swap, What benefiets does that bring? These year's have problems with them as i have heard?

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Old 06-27-2013, 10:01 AM   #8
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They said heads, not headers. Our 96-98 "non-pi" engines suck for performance. The heads are terrible thats why you see the pi swap posts because it involves using heads from 99-04 GTs as well as the intake and cams. I'm not worried about HP as much with my current car thats why I've not done it to mine and I'm probably going to start saving up for a '13-'14 GT once I finish up with these last few payments on my truck. Definitely look at getting some 3.73s in that thing at least then plan on a pi or motor swap if you want to make some decent power.

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To put it as simple as possible u can add performance or horsepower if you have th stock 96-98 gt heads, there total garbage.
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PI swap. If you can get the better heads 99-01 on the cheap, that'll add more than just the IM. Long headers and tune.

Then do the gears.
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so the heads on my 98 are crap ? what heads are you talking about swapping them to
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99-04 gt heads and intake manifold, performanced improved heads aka PI heads
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Gears, gears, gears!

3.73 or 4.10

Don't even bother putting shorty headers before this.
change the axle, you'll get more benefits and it's probably cheaper on a 1996 gt
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99-04 gt heads and intake manifold, performanced improved heads aka PI heads
ok thx man.. this is my 1st car above 74 that im making a street car out of lots to learn with this thing
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change the axle, you'll get more benefits and it's probably cheaper on a 1996 gt
All the mustangs gts from 79 to present have an 8.8 and pinion so price should be the same.
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99-04 gt heads and intake manifold, performanced improved heads aka PI heads
That would be the way to go for the top end for sure. I've heard somewhere that the IM and the heads just as bolt-ons are a good 25-40hp boost, not sure if this was ever verified or not though.
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That would be the way to go for the top end for sure. I've heard somewhere that the IM and the heads just as bolt-ons are a good 25-40hp boost, not sure if this was ever verified or not though.
Ive seen non pi headed 2vs with full bolt ons including long tubes and they only put down 190rwhp not sure what they put down bone stock but long tubes and bolt ons get expensive, first step would be put that money towards the headswap in my opinion.
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^^^ True. If you're going to spend the money, might as well go heads. Can always get the long tubes stuff later.
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I did a PI swap on a stock and I mean bone stock 98 gt, after a tune it put down like 265 RWHP or so. So not to beat a dead horse but do the head swap, then bolt ons.
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Do use shorty headers. Stay stock or go long tubes.
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