The SEMA Show is like no other car show on the planet. Though supposedly just for those working in the industry, enthusiasts have little challenge landing credentials to the four-day Vegas event. For 2009, the show resurfaced from a gloomy 2008 with a slew of Mustangs front and center as the leader for hot new products and crazy high-budget customs.
This year I joined the team from AmericanMuscle.com to head west to Sin City for a look at the latest Mustang mods to hit the market. From matte black super stealths, to ready to race and in-your-face road masters, clearly Mustangs are the perfect choice to make virtually any show, street, or track performer.
Here are just a few of our favorites:
The Mustang Corral was invite only, and very impressive.
Four weeks. Four SCT Tuners. Four winners. Not too bad, if you ask me.
As we said from the start, your odds of winning an SCT Power Flash Tuner with us were better than winning the lottery (at least $10k), getting struck by lightning, becoming President (of the United States), finding out you are actually a superhero, or getting lucky with Britney Spears.
If anyone reading this actually won the lottery, became President, or any of the others during our giveaway, and did not win an SCT tuner, please tell us about your good fortune. We love good fiction. In the meantime, we’d like to congratulate our four lucky winners, and everyone who entered.
Week 1: Jake Stahlecker, 2008 GT Coupe
Week 2: Nick Thompson, 2003 Mach 1
Week 3: James Carr, 2008 GT/CS Coupe
Week 4: Dean Casanova, 1998 V6 Coupe
Stay tuned for more great contests coming soon on our blog and AmericanMuscle.com.
Karl A asked: “I just purchased a 2006 GT convertible. I really want to put a lot of time and money into my new car, not only to make it look good, but powerful too. The first thing I want to do is upgrade my exhaust. I’d like a strong old school muscle car rumble and growl but I don’t exactly know where to start. I have been told to get Flowmaster axel back mufflers with cross pipes. I have been told H pipes are good, and many other options. My goal would be for extra power, and of course, a loud, muscular sound. I would appreciate any advice here. I want to put work into my new car and do it right!”
An aftermarket exhaust is a great place to start when modding any car. A complete system can add an extra 40 hp at the rear wheels with a tune. Our tech article on understanding exhaust systems is a must-read for any first-time modder. Before I get into the nitty-gritty of exhaust systems, here are some important points everyone should know about aftermarket exhausts:
- Purchase your headers and mid-pipe from the same manufacturer – some manufacturers sell products that only bolt up to their own, or OEM, exhaust components.
- Long tube headers sometimes require oxygen sensor extensions, but always require a new mid-pipe (shorty mid-pipe).
- If you choose to run an exhaust with no catalytic converters you will need to re-tune the computer to get rid of the check engine light.
Secret Santa Winners!
Congratulations to our fellow Mustang Fans for finding St. Nick in the AmericanMuscle Blog. Here’s the list of winners:
$100 Gift Cards: 1st two to find all 12 Santas
Ismael Ramos 2009 GT/CS
Ulises Adame 2005 Coupe
$50 Gift Card Winners
Ernesto Rodriguez 1998 GT Vert
Nathan Sell 2007 V6
Rebecca Bauman 2006 V6 Pony Package
Ryan Schwartz 2003 Mach 1
Jon Olson 2004 GT
Matt Newlon 2000 V6 Coupe
Houston Ludwig 2006 V6 Pony Package
Jason Winsett 2006 V6
3 Santas are hiding in our blog.
Find one for a chance to win 1 of 8 $50 AmericanMuscle.com Gift Certificates. Find more Santas to better your odds of winning. There are 3 Santas hiding at one time, and 12 Santas in all.
$100 gift certificates to AmericanMuscle.com will be awarded to the first 2 people to find all 12 Santas.
Contest ends December 20.
- Find Santas hiding in the pages of our blog and write down their secret messages.
- Return to this page to enter up to 3 secret Santa messages.
- Santas will change periodically. There are 12 Santas in all.
- The first 2 people to find all 12 will win $100 gift cards instantly.
- Contest ends December 20. Winners will be announced here on December 22.
Many of our best Mustang parts are now on sale at seriously discounted prices. Get your loved ones, or yourself, just what you want this season without breaking the bank. Whether you’re in search of speed, style or both, our Holiday Sale has everything on your wish list, for less.