Ok guys, heads up – I’ve broken this article down by exhaust component to cover as many of our common Mustang exhaust questions as possible. If there’s a question you have that isn’t answered here, then you know what to do! (If you’re scratching your head right now – the answer is call/email us!) You can also check out our tech article on Understanding Mustang Exhaust Systems if you need a refresher or some basic info.
How does an aftermarket exhaust improve my car’s performance?
I’m sure many of us are familiar with the “air pump” analogy – that is, an engine is essentially a big air pump, and the faster we move air into and out of the engine, the more power it will make. Therefore, replacing your factory exhaust with a larger, freer-flowing aftermarket exhaust can improve horsepower and torque.
What’s the difference between long-tube and shorty headers and how do they help my car?
Long-tube headers can also be called full-length headers, and require a shorty mid-pipe, oxygen sensor extensions, and a tune. Stock manifolds restrict airflow, especially on 2-valve engines. Tuning is required because long tube headers relocate the oxygen sensors further down-stream than factory, so a tune is necessary to compensate for the delay in response. For all you track-rats out there (or anybody who’s looking for a little extra kick from your pony) – long tubes are the way to go. Shorty headers are a direct replacement for your factory exhaust manifolds and do not require additional parts or tuning. Power gains differ between the two as well; long tubes will see the most gains in the mid-low to mid-high RPM range, while shorty headers will see their biggest gains in the mid-RPM range. Shorty headers are a great upgrade for your daily driver, but long tubes are best if you’re going for all-out performance, on the street or the strip. Another option for your Mustang headers is ceramic coating, which is more durable than chrome, and absorbs heat better.
The last few weeks behind the scenes here at AmericanMuscle have been 2011 Mustang chaos! Our Bama Custom Tuning team has been locked away, testing and refining calibrations for the new 5.0 platform. We’ve been experimenting with never-before-seen modifications from some of the aftermarket’s top brand names and we couldn’t hold back our secrets any longer. We’ll be unveiling all of these featured finds very shortly, starting with our brand new C&L Performance prototype cold air intake system! See the results after the jump!
As proud as we are to announce that Bama Custom tune files are now available for your 2011 5.0L Mustang through AmericanMuscle.com, we are even more excited to have become a trusted partner for many of the aftermarket test products that you will see. This means that our Bama calibration experts are first in line to develop precision custom tunes for many new products before they even hit the street! All tunes are not created equal, and we plan to show you how ours are superior!
Grand Prize Winner: Al’s orange 2004 Mustang GT.
Wheel Style & Size: Cragar S/S 18X9
Tire Brand & Size: Riken 275/35/18
Al’s 2004 GT sports a Kenne Bell 2.1 Supercharger, a Stack Racing 75 mm throttle body, and a BBK cold air intake. Though he hasn’t made any upgrades to the suspension yet, he has worked on the interior and the exterior. The orange GT sports a Roush body kit with a wing, and a Roush exhaust with enhanced sound. In the cabin, Al has added Pillar Equus boost, oil pressure, and temperature gauges, plus a short throw shifter.
The heat must have gotten to our sales department, because when they sent over the list of sale items for July, we were amazed. From appearance to performance, dozens of parts are on sale. No matter what you need, you’ll find a great deal this month. July is a month full of cruises, car shows, and barbecues with friends and family, so make sure your pony looks as polished as possible. And, whatever you do, don’t forget about performance! With our fast, free shipping and awesome monthly sales, summer is the perfect time to make performance upgrades to your Mustang.
We figured we’d get some pretty cool pictures when we announced our Mustangs at the Ballpark Photo Contest, but we had no idea how many awesome photos we’d receive. Narrowing the field down to three winners was a tough job, and there were a lot of great pictures we still wanted to share with everyone, so we decided that a FotoFix was in order. We’re showcasing eight of the coolest pictures that were submitted. Whether in a major, minor, or little league stadium, Mustangs always look great at the ballpark.
Chris’s Mustang shows off with a car-sized bright red Angels cap.
Daniel decided to take his Mustang to play at Isotopes Park. If we lived in Albuquerque, we would do the same.