Ford Mustang V6 and Mustang GT 1994-2014: Cheap Modifications

Is your Mustang in need of some flair? Read about cheap and simple modifications with the help of this article.

By Jerry Perez - October 2, 2015

This article applies to the Ford Mustang V6 and Mustang GT (1994-2014).

Are you looking to make your Mustang stand out from the rest and truly make it your own? If the answer is yes, then some modifications may be in your near future. Modifications can range from simple and inexpensive, all the way to full on engine swaps, which require expert mechanical knowledge as well as a large budget. This guide will show you some cheap and simple modifications that you can perform to your Mustang to make it feel more your own. Even though most of these are easy modifications, you should always seek professional advice if you aren't sure of how to complete a modification or have any questions about the process.

Cheap Modifications

For the 1994 to 2014 Ford Mustang V6 or GT, these are the most common simple modifications performed according to Mustang owners on various Ford Mustang forums and websites.

Figure 1. A modified Mustang.

Window Tint

DIY Cost – $25-$50

Professional Cost – $120-$250 per install job

Skill Level – Easy to Moderate; some specialty tools may be required, but no automotive repair knowledge is needed.

Window tinting is when you adhere a layer of darkened and laminated window film to your windows, therefore tinting the glass to make U.V. as well as light rays bounce off the window and not penetrate your cabin. Window tinting not only keeps your car cooler and protects your interior from sun rays, but it also adds a sportier look and even a classy touch of dark glass to your Mustang. Installing window tint can be simple depending on the window dimensions, and some of the tools required include a spray bottle, squeegee, razor blade, etc. There are many shops that perform window tinting for decent prices, but only the best will offer a warranty behind their tint product. Recommended for its ability to protect your interior from harmful sun rays.

(Related Article: Window Tinting Modifications - MustangForums.com)

Intake System

DIY Cost – $50-$250 for parts

Professional Cost – $50-$350 for parts and $35-$100 for labor


Skill Level – Easy; no specialty tools or automotive repair knowledge required.

Your Mustang's intake system is like our respiratory system: the more and cleaner air we breathe, the better our bodies will perform. Your Mustang comes with a rather simple but restrictive air filter and air intake from the factory. Upgrading to a high performance, washable air filter, or a cold air intake, is relatively simple and inexpensive. You can find various manufacturers online at many price ranges. Installing an air filter or air intake only requires a handful of tools like screwdrivers, and can be performed rather quickly. Recommended for its easy installation.

(Related Article: The Ultimate Air Intake Guide - MustangForums.com)

Racing Stripes

DIY Cost – $80-$120

Professional Cost – $150-$200 per install job

Skill Level – Easy; no specialty tools or automotive repair experience required.

Racing stripes are almost synonymous with the Ford Mustang. Whether it is a legendary Mustang Cobra or a simple Mustang GT-H, racing stripes can make or brake the attitude and overall look of a Mustang. Thousands of designs and colors of racing stripes can be found in mod shops as well as online shops across the globe, therefore giving you infinite options to customize your Mustang without breaking the bank. Installing stripes requires no tools, but it does require a lot of patience. Recommended for its variety in colors and manufacturers.

Plasti-Dip

DIY Cost – $15-$30 for parts

Professional Cost – N/A

Skill Level – Easy; no specialty tools or automotive repair knowledge required.

Plasti-Dip is a kind of spray paint that is more like a rubber coating than liquid paint. Plasti-Dip can be used to "paint" black pieces of chromed trim around your Mustang. Many enthusiasts choose to Plasti-Dip the Mustang logo or any other badge designations around the vehicle, the bezel or mid belt that surrounds the car, windows and even the wheels. This is a very cheap and easy way to add the blacked out look to your car without spiraling your mod cost into the triple digits. Recommended for its great looks without breaking the bank.

(Related Article: How to Plasti-Dip Rims - MustangForums.com)

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