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I have a 1996 GT convertible that I have owned for more than ten years. I have enjoyed the car but would like to make some minor modifications to it, and would appreciate any guidance other forum members may have regarding the following.
1. Mufflers. I put a set of Flowmasters on the car several years ago, and that was a huge mistake. I am planning to go back to the stock mufflers as the drone from the Flowmasters at any speed faster than 60 is deafening. Any suggestions for other mufflers I should consider?
2. Brakes. The car has seemed badly under braked the entire time I have owned it. I am considering replacing the rotors with something larger, and would appreciate suggestions.
3. Ride height. From a purely asthetic perspective, there is too much room between the tires and the fenders. I would like to lower the car by an inch or so to close that gap, but don't want to hurt the ride quality.
4. Power. The car sounds good and runs good, but is totally stock and could use more power. I would consider mild modifications but don't not want to undertake a major mechanical projects that would take lots of time and money and possibly affect reliability (i.e., no cams or headers).
Thanks for your help.
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1. Everybody has their own ideas about mufflers, and truth is there are just way too many flavors to choose from. This also depends on the exhaust set up as a whole, not to mention gearing. If you want quiet, then by al means go ahead and get a stock replacement muffler. If I'm not mistaken, flowmaster, magnaflow and the like all make stock replacement sounding mufflers as well as the performance mufflers.
3. A lot of people (myself included) agree about the aesthetics of the suspension set up. No matter what you do however, there will be a trade-off for some ride quality on some level. There are however some mild lowering springs that will not make too much of an impact on ride quality. Don't go more than 1.5 inches, or it will be noticeable for sure, plus C/C plates would then be a must for alignment. Although they aren't a bad idea on a stock ride height car either.
4. Any mild modification will net you nearly nothing on these engines. Your best bet would be a PI upgrade, but that means upgrading the heads, cams and intake to the 99-04 versions. Consider upgrading the gears. This will be your best "seat of the pants" upgrade. You will feel it for sure, but it leaves your engine alone. There are lots of different ratios available. Take a look at Americanmuscle.com. TONS of options there, plus you get a 6 percent discount for being a forum member here! Hope this helps, and Welcome to the MF!
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