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Old 03-27-2012, 05:36 PM   #1
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Default My new 2012 v6 Coupe

This was a Christmas present to myself and my first new car bought from a dealership's lot. I got it last December '11 and paid $22,000 out the door for it.

Its a base V6 with manual 6 speed and has 2:73 rear end. I really wanted this one because honestly, it was more affordable and I would be able to customize it my way and I thought it looked sharp in race red. This is my 2nd stang the last was a '84 Gt turbo.

The only mod if you want to call it that, was to tint the windows but since Im into high speed cruising more than 1/4 mile times the first mod I would like to do is to change my front end and keep the air from getting under the chassis and to install a rear spoiler.

Im looking at the GT front bumper take off from Roush, http://www.roushperformance.com/part...2010-2012.html and then adding the Boss 302's grill and lower valiance/splitter. Other two options were to spend a few bucks more and go for the Roush front end http://www.roushperformance.com/part...2010-2012.html or maybe even the Saleen front end from A.M. http://www.americanmuscle.com/saleen...scia-1012.html they all look sharp but cost wise I think the GT's front end take off and adding the boss 302 lower valiance and splitter would be cheaper.

Then of course Im looking at the GT500 spoiler or the Roush spoiler.

I want the front end and rear spoiler to be more functional than just for looks. So far I'm leaning towards the Saleen front end.

Suspension mod's are also in the words, Im leaning towards Fords v6 suspension package and the GT500 wheels from A.M.


Tell me what you guys think, all opinions and ideas welcomed of course. So far Im really enjoying this car, ford did a great job with these new 3.7's!

I guess because Im a new guy it won't let me post pics here, however pics of the car are up on my profile if anyone wants to take a peek at it.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:33 PM   #2
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On a street car, doing the speed limit, those parts are merely cosmetic. In fact, you probably can't even get the V6 up to a speed that would require the parts to even be there, at least not on surface streets, and most certainly not legally.

In short, go with what you like the most visually.
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I just bought a base model V6 with no options. The first very obvious thing that needs improvement is the handling. If it were me, I'd pass on the expensive cosmetic stuff and look into suspension parts asap.
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I like race red. Congrats!
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:57 AM   #5
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I just bought a base model V6 with no options. The first very obvious thing that needs improvement is the handling. If it were me, I'd pass on the expensive cosmetic stuff and look into suspension parts asap.
That's pretty much what my thoughts were. I just ordered the Boss 302 front strut brace from A.M. I'm also considering the Stillen chin spoiler and GT500 spoiler over the summer.
I wouldn't be able to upgrade the suspension and wheels/tires until tax return time next year....
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Congrats on the purchase and enjoy!
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congrats enjoy the car have fun
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:39 AM   #8
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Ok so the guy that said the handling was noticeably bad and the v6 needs suspension upgrades has no clue what hes talking about. The 2012 v6 mustang pulls .95g on the skidpad with factory tires. Just a few years ago most sports cars dreamed of that number, let alone a v6 mustang. I do agree with another poster that the body changes will be visual, not functional. You would never notice another 50 pounds of down force at 90 mph, if you ever even got to that speed.
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Ok so the guy that said the handling was noticeably bad and the v6 needs suspension upgrades has no clue what hes talking about. The 2012 v6 mustang pulls .95g on the skidpad with factory tires. Just a few years ago most sports cars dreamed of that number, let alone a v6 mustang. I do agree with another poster that the body changes will be visual, not functional. You would never notice another 50 pounds of down force at 90 mph, if you ever even got to that speed.
I'm pretty sure by suspension parts he meant to get rid of the floating 'boat' feeling and lack of connection with the road. (A good set of wider sticky tires helps here too) Personally the lean in these things stock is crazy, and although it can be 'made' to handle decently stock - it's a far, far cry from stable and solid that an aftermarket suspension reducing body roll, height, and load shift, would provide. (Not to mention the reduction in rear lift from brakes that a tighter suspension also gives).

Albiet I'm picky, having had to work so hard to get this thing handling like I'm used to my cars handling.. IRS can't come soon enough.
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Guys I live in TEXAS, we're one of 7 states I believe that raised their speed limits from 75 to 80mph on most rural highways.
First thing Im doing is replacing my LCA with Ford racing GT500 style LCA's. Then Im going to replace the springs next to lower it.
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Guys I live in TEXAS, we're one of 7 states I believe that raised their speed limits from 75 to 80mph on most rural highways.
First thing Im doing is replacing my LCA with Ford racing GT500 style LCA's. Then Im going to replace the springs next to lower it.
You are correct about the rural speed limit being 80 mph. We drove back from Cal, and east of El Paso to around Midland, it was SMOOOTH sailing. We needed it at 80 too. What a long boring drive.

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Ok so the guy that said the handling was noticeably bad and the v6 needs suspension upgrades has no clue what hes talking about. The 2012 v6 mustang pulls .95g on the skidpad with factory tires. Just a few years ago most sports cars dreamed of that number, let alone a v6 mustang. I do agree with another poster that the body changes will be visual, not functional. You would never notice another 50 pounds of down force at 90 mph, if you ever even got to that speed.
I seriously doubt a base V6 does any of that. With the Performance Pack? Sure. But not the base.
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Replica,
Your statement "I seriously doubt" tells me that you dont know. Before trying to offer advice, do some research. Its readily available at many internet sites.
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From Car&Driver's website---> "But we can’t fault the big-league numbers: a 152-foot stop from 70 mph and a neck-straining 0.95 g around the skidpad, both of which slightly better the 2011 GT’s and approach those of far more expensive stuff. We also didn’t notice any fade from the stock brakes, which should hold up fairly well even if you plan to hit the track regularly. (Did we just suggest frequent track use of a V-6 Mustang? I think we did.)"
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That test car (and Im sure other reviewers had similar test vehicles) was with the Performance package V6, not the base however both have the same engine. I was planning on purchasing the Ford racing's V6 suspension pack soon along with some AMR 19"s from A.M. and I chose to order a set of 3.55's from A.M. they're on sale this month!

This car isnt my daily driver, its more a weekend cruiser and I do plan on occasion doing some autocrossing.

However not on this post but I have seen on others some people kinda look down on the V6 mustang, I find that ridiculous. This has to be one of the most high performance engines Ive seen in stock form from Ford and aside from the powerplant, there's little difference between a V6 coupe and a base GT. I bought a V6 mustang because I wanted a combination of performance and fuel economy. I also like going up and over the speed limits sometimes, and who hasnt at one time or another? Why? because I think its a rush and that's why I bought a Mustang, so I can make changes & add parts so i can accomplish that goal.
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From Car&Driver's website---> "But we can’t fault the big-league numbers: a 152-foot stop from 70 mph and a neck-straining 0.95 g around the skidpad, both of which slightly better the 2011 GT’s and approach those of far more expensive stuff. We also didn’t notice any fade from the stock brakes, which should hold up fairly well even if you plan to hit the track regularly. (Did we just suggest frequent track use of a V-6 Mustang? I think we did.)"
Pretty sure that's in reference to the PP V6.

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That test car (and Im sure other reviewers had similar test vehicles) was with the Performance package V6, not the base however both have the same engine. I was planning on purchasing the Ford racing's V6 suspension pack soon along with some AMR 19"s from A.M. and I chose to order a set of 3.55's from A.M. they're on sale this month!
I've been looking over that FRPP suspension kit frequently. Once I have a couple spare bucks, I think I'll probably buy it.
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HHmm...

I have a new 2012 V6, Auto as stock as could be. A little over 2,000 miles to date.

I just finished my first road trip and while I love the car, I came here looking for ideas to tighten up the suspension.

On a 100+ degree day, cruising at 80MPH+, I still averaged 28.1 miles per gallon for over 500 miles.

I've driven a lot of cars in my day, drag, sports and even an Indy car on the Indianapolis MSW.

My little pony car will chirp both tires on a flat, it'll whip a stock 2002 GT in the 1/4 mile (done it) and has been over 130 MPH.

The brakes are great, the handling is good at low speed, it's slow off the line, but more than makes up for it from a moving tromp!

The bad...it starts to raise and float noticeably at 120 and scares me off at 130.

While I hate rear spoilers, I think the high speed float will vastly improve with the rear springs and the front air dam/spoiler both lowered.

While I may change the rear gears, but it's hard to turn down the high gas mileage on the highway cruise.

Anyone successfully fixed this high speed float?
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HHmm...

I have a new 2012 V6, Auto as stock as could be. A little over 2,000 miles to date.

I just finished my first road trip and while I love the car, I came here looking for ideas to tighten up the suspension.

On a 100+ degree day, cruising at 80MPH+, I still averaged 28.1 miles per gallon for over 500 miles.

I've driven a lot of cars in my day, drag, sports and even an Indy car on the Indianapolis MSW.

My little pony car will chirp both tires on a flat, it'll whip a stock 2002 GT in the 1/4 mile (done it) and has been over 130 MPH.

The brakes are great, the handling is good at low speed, it's slow off the line, but more than makes up for it from a moving tromp!

The bad...it starts to raise and float noticeably at 120 and scares me off at 130.

While I hate rear spoilers, I think the high speed float will vastly improve with the rear springs and the front air dam/spoiler both lowered.

While I may change the rear gears, but it's hard to turn down the high gas mileage on the highway cruise.

Anyone successfully fixed this high speed float?
I lowered my car (V6/auto), and replaced the springs (Eibach Pro) and shocks (Koni STR-T). I still have the twitchiness at speed on crappy surface streets. Feels good on the freeway, though.

I haven't replaced any other suspension components - yet.

If you haven't already done it, change your steering to "Sport" mode (instructions for that are in your owner's manual). That will help a little.
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Do you still have the stock tires? I havent replaced my springs, instead, after some research I only replaced my front springs with BR3Z-5310-M from my local Ford dealer. Cost only $120 for the pair. The V6 PP uses those springs on the front and the rears are the same, as on most current mustangs. I bought a set of dampeners from Roush from a 2012 GT and installed those.
Next step I was going to replace the sway bars and rear LCA's. I still have the stock tires.
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