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Stock 06 GT. Performance upgrades?

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Old 05-12-2012, 11:55 AM   #1
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Default Stock 06 GT. Performance upgrades?

Hey guys I just purchased my first mustang. Black, 06, Gt, 30,000 miles. I want to upgrade the engine but I want to keep it all clean and classy. Any suggestions. Cai? Exhaust? Chip? Whats going to be the most reliable in the long run? Any foreseeable problems. All knowledge will help. Thanks!
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Old 05-12-2012, 12:28 PM   #2
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For first mods, can't go wrong with CAI and tune.

Here's a good place to start, check out the "Tuner Combo Kits"...

http://www.americanmuscle.com/05-07-...ps-tuners.html
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There is a sticky with a list of mods but in order, I would do:

CAI/tune
Gears
headers/full exhaust
Cams
CMDPs
Underdtive pulleys
Intake manifold
Throttle body


That is, of course, if you plan on staying naturally aspirated. The order and number of mods would change if you wanted forced induction.
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Chips are for eating. We retune our PCM's.

CAI and good custom tunes (check out American Muscle and Brenspeed websites) will net you 20-35 RWHP. Cams and LT headers will net about the same. After that, it's 3 RWHP here, 5 RWHP there. If you want MAJOR HP gains, then go FI. A stand-alone CAI is near-useless and may throw a code for running lean.

Any exhaust work after the OE H-pipe won't gain anything other than exhaust note.
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Thanks guys this really helps alot!! Does anyone have opinions on BAMA Tunes? Seems to be a popular option at a decent price. Any problems?
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There is a sticky with a list of mods but in order, I would do:

CAI/tune
Gears
headers/full exhaust
Cams
CMDPs
Underdtive pulleys
Intake manifold
Throttle body


That is, of course, if you plan on staying naturally aspirated. The order and number of mods would change if you wanted forced induction.
For a S197 most def the way to go!
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Chips are for eating. We retune our PCM's.

CAI and good custom tunes (check out American Muscle and Brenspeed websites) will net you 20-35 RWHP. Cams and LT headers will net about the same. After that, it's 3 RWHP here, 5 RWHP there. If you want MAJOR HP gains, then go FI. A stand-alone CAI is near-useless and may throw a code for running lean.

Any exhaust work after the OE H-pipe won't gain anything other than exhaust note.
Right or wrong i have heard and seen a few videos where the muffler delete picks up 3-5hp. Here's a vid of a 2010 camaro picking up 6..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUd4fHCjY9A
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Thanks guys this really helps alot!! Does anyone have opinions on BAMA Tunes? Seems to be a popular option at a decent price. Any problems?
I haven't used any other tuners so I can't compare but I like bama a lot. Extremely quick turn around too.
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Steeda has a great CAI/Tune combo that will yield upto 38HP and 30ft lbs of torque.

http://www.steeda.com/store/steeda-2...ir-intake.html

Our tuners are some of the best in the business and that same goes with our tunes. You will not be disappointed in this combination. Very popular combo among Mustang owners.

PM for forum pricing and we can discuss what your budget is and your ultimate goal for your Mustang. The CAI is one of the best 1st mods to do in combination with an exhaust.

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Old 05-13-2012, 11:36 PM   #10
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And the Lord said, "Let there be Whipple."
And the people saw that it was good.
And there was much rejoicing.
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And the Lord said, "Let there be Whipple."
And the people saw that it was good.
And there was much rejoicing.
Amen.
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:01 AM   #12
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And the Lord said, "Let there be Whipple."
And the people saw that it was good.
And there was much rejoicing.
hahahaha^

I would go with intake and full exhaust and a tune (headers,pipe, cat or axle back) to start then I would add cams (but watch out they change your gas mileage) and see if there are any SCT certified tuners with dynos in your area, that will be the best tune you can get. After that you can do manifold and throttle body and don't forget tires, wheels and suspension work
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I've had the jlt series 3 CAI and bama tune for while and it makes me all warm inside.

After that put in some exhaust work and save up for FI

Just gut pypes mid-muffler catback and my 2 adjacent neighbors moved. Totally unrelated.
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Hey guys I just purchased my first mustang. Black, 06, Gt, 30,000 miles. I want to upgrade the engine but I want to keep it all clean and classy. Any suggestions. Cai? Exhaust? Chip? Whats going to be the most reliable in the long run? Any foreseeable problems. All knowledge will help. Thanks!
I have an '06 GT and I work for UPR so I've been adding the UPR parts a little at a time.

Our CAI/Tuner package added a very noticeable amount of power. This was an easy and effective mod.
http://www.uprproducts.com/mustang-b...sct-tuner.html

I also added UPR's off-road x-pipe and GT500 mufflers. It added power, it sounds nice, and it doesn't drone.
http://www.uprproducts.com/mustang-o...x-pipe-05.html

I hated the sloppy feeling stock shifter, so I bolted ours on and it's much tighter.
http://www.uprproducts.com/mustang-b...-05-trick.html

I added the full UPR Pro Street suspension and this has been the best mod so far. It hooks very will in a straight line and in the corners. It makes the car very fun to drive! (except for when I get stuck behind slow cars on my favorite corners)
http://www.uprproducts.com/05-09-mus...uspension.html

I noticed my car puffing a little oil smoke every now and then and it was FREAKING ME OUT, but I researched the problem on the boards and discovered that an oil catch can might solve the problem. Sure enough, it did!
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I also added a few billet goodies here and there. My plastic factory seat release tabs on the seatbacks were broken, so I added our billet tabs. Also added a billet shorty antenna because I can't stand the huge factory antennas.
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Also added GT500 wheels and tires which made an incredible improvement in looks and performance.

Overall, my '06 GT has been a fun ride, and I don't owe much for it at all. It's a pretty affordable ride. I've thought about buying a 2013, but I'm having too much fun with my '06.


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bama tunes are all i have run, but i really like them. don't think you'll go wrong with them.
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I too have a 2006 GT ('vert). I haven't done a lot of mods, but what I like best are, Corsa catback exhaust, MGW shifter & Brenspeed tunes. My latest improvment, a set of Koni STR.T struts & shocks and a set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. She's not the fastest Mustang in town, but one of the sweetest to drive.
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I have the BBK CAI and used Brenspeed tunes for a few years. This year I tried American Muscle's tunes and am much happier with them in regards to shift points and not being over-responsive.

Regarding the BBK, it seems to be well made, but I am not happy with the way that the breather hose clips onto the CAI...it's too far away for the the cars hardened, stock tube to be able to reach without stretching and bending the tube beyond it's pre-formed shape.
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Definitely can't go wrong with Bama tunes, and you can't beat the free tunes for life.
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