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Old 11-04-2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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So I just got my first mustang, an 08 gt/cs Vista blue, w/ a 5 speed. It has a cold air intake, lowered 2 inches on eibach springs. Mods so far i've done is a Short antenna, and a new shift ****. Im looking for more good mods to start with. Im am fairly experienced with tools and can figure most things out. Had to do Balljoints/trackbar/End links/Axle seals/Breaks on my ram before I sold it. Worst mistake I ever made was buying it in the first place haha. But what are some more easy, cheap power increasing mods? Thanks guys.
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:20 PM   #2
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the best thing you can do is leave it stock and bolt a turbo on it
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:06 PM   #3
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So I just got my first mustang, an 08 gt/cs Vista blue, w/ a 5 speed. It has a cold air intake, lowered 2 inches on eibach springs. Mods so far i've done is a Short antenna, and a new shift ****. Im looking for more good mods to start with. Im am fairly experienced with tools and can figure most things out. Had to do Balljoints/trackbar/End links/Axle seals/Breaks on my ram before I sold it. Worst mistake I ever made was buying it in the first place haha. But what are some more easy, cheap power increasing mods? Thanks guys.
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Old 11-04-2013, 05:58 PM   #4
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You could do a full exhaust. Do headers and some cams for about an extra 30 hp. Or just slap a blower on it and be done with it. Gears will get you some if you go the route of cams and exhaust. If you have the money to do a forced induction then that's the way you should go. Also cut some weight from your car
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:06 PM   #5
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First mods will be based on what your goals are? Are you going to super or turbo charge it eventually?
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:03 PM   #6
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Well I forgot to mention it's under warranty so I can't get away with an x-pipe. And im from Arizona (The valley) So unfortnately I can't really get away without cat's for emissions. Maybe one of these Arizona guys will chime in and see how they go about it. Essentially all my goals are right now, are Just have a very good, very good clean looking car. I want to have some fun though, I want to have a stupidly loud exhaust, which I dunno how to go about getting that in Arizona unless I just go strait pipes and get rid of my ****ty MBRP axle back now. But my goals are just have a clean, fun, reliable car that looks badass and sounds the part. Also want good drive-ability.

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Old 11-05-2013, 12:40 AM   #7
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first thing first is cold air intake and tune either from american muscle or brenspeed. (my preference) the bolt on mods are endless on these cars! Besides engine mods the most important thing is lowering it a tad, i think these mustangs look like monster trucks if there not, the wheel gap its hideous imo. I live in north phx area so I know what you mean about emissions. I have cat back x pipe with no problems at all, Im not sure which aftermarket muffler is the loudest but i like the ford racing stingers as far as sound goes! I have every bolt on possible besides cams which are coming soon (and will help with the sound your looking for) and i think the S197's sound great, hearing one drive away sounds mean. the CAI will also make a good sound when getting into it, hope this helps
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:40 AM   #8
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Drew sky actually didn't read OP's originally post. If you have the Sportline springs it's a 1.6" drop front, 2" rear. What cold air intake do you have. Longtube headers do give you gains throughout nearly the entire rpm range. Additionally, with or without cams, gears are a great addition. I have 4.10's and while there are plenty of more powerful cars out there, I surprise a lot of them when I destroy them off the line. They're great for everyday driving and highway where I still manage 25-26mpg.
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The OP states he has a CAI but he doesn't mention a tune, nor did anyone else. A CAI with the stock tune is near worthless; maybe 3-5 RWHP on the 4.6L. Throw a custom tune on and you're looking at 15-25 RWHP gain, real-world plus improved drivability including throttle response.

But then, the OP also stated that he doesn't want to void his warranty (on an '08?) so perhaps he should just look at it and not drive it.
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Honestly i'm Trying not to void the warranty, but can I get away with Tuning it, then if it needs to go to ford, just set it back to stock?
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What's a warranty... Seriously u should not worry about your warranty for a handheld tuner. Oh and if u set it back to stock the dealer will know bc of your inboard computer. I can assure you most here mod right away especially an 08. Just go through brenspeed to AM and u will be in good hands
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Honestly i'm Trying not to void the warranty, but can I get away with Tuning it, then if it needs to go to ford, just set it back to stock?
What type of CAI do you have?

If the CAI is (non tune required), before going to Ford dealership, you can change the custom tune back to stock tune.
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With the 2005-2010, you can tune it and return to stock when going to the dealer and they can't tell anything other than a recent reset which looks no different to them than disconnecting the battery.
How much warranty do you have? I can understand wanting to keep the warranty for a bit after buying a used car for peace of mind, but the mods still beckon.
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I have warranty Until 105k miles or 5 years. Any motor train, until then is covered.
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I have warranty Until 105k miles or 5 years. Any motor train, until then is covered.
It's covered as long as the mod didn't play a part in the failure. Warranty coverage is for the car that Ford built, not for the car that you built after.

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Do exhaust first. Start with axlebacks since it's cheapest (depending what you get) and easy. For clean and mildly loud sound I recommend Flowmaster Hushpowers. I had them with my LT headers and it was great. I swapped those out yesterday though for Corsa Xtremes, which are very loud and have a raspy tone after 3300rpms about.

Then get an extra hand and drop in LT headers with a matching shorty midpipe.
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