The long, humid swelter of August is here, and the best way to beat the heat is to grab your keys and hit the road. If you’ve got a convertible, this is the time to put your top down and enjoy the wind on your face. If you’ve got a coupe, roll the windows down or crank the air conditioning up. And while you’re speeding down the road, take a second to contemplate your mod list. Whether you’re thinking about some major engine work or some minor cosmetic changes, this is the perfect time to pick those parts up. Take advantage of the light and the warmth–and these great deals–so you can cruise in style when the weather cools off.
Congratulations go out to Rasiel Sabido, who won our Name That Part and Win contest! Rasiel’s name was drawn from a pool of everybody who guessed all six of the parts correctly, and he’ll get to choose one of the parts below as his prize. Not sure if your guesses were correct? Check our handy answer key below to find out! Click each picture to see what part it is.
Here at AmericanMuscle,
most a few of our employees have “less-than-perfect” driving records. This is probably because we’ve been on the lookout for the darkest, fastest, highest roads in the US; and sometimes this calls for a little bit of “spirited driving”! During our search, we stumbled upon these 5 roads that were just begging for us to lay down some fresh rubber:
Number 5. Florida’s State Road A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Highway
There’s no questioning that the southern Florida coast is one of the finest spots in the country for beach bodies! And by beach bodies we mean both classic/vintage and brand new Mustangs! For years, it has been a landmark “cruising” spot for all automotive enthusiasts–every car imaginable can be seen on this stretch of road from Key West through Jacksonville. Whether you’re cruising in 4th gear or burning the tires at every stop light, it’s hard to find a better road to drive on.
4.) Montana’s Beartooth Highway – The All American Road
11,000 feet above sea level and chiseled into mountain terrain, you’ll find a high performance enthusiast’s dream! This two hour scenic drive has plenty of potential for Mustang drift footage for those brave enough to try. Montana’s US Highway 212 has the most amazing twists and turns through what seems to be walls of snow and rock. Make sure to check with the ranger’s station before taking on this voyage, as it has been known to snow even in the summer.
Everybody loves a challenge, and we have one for you guys! Below are cropped images taken directly from the main website picture of six different parts. If you guess all six of them correctly, you could win one. The rules are simple, all you have to do is find the pictures the images shown below were taken from and fill out the entry form before midnight on July 28th. Each entry with all six pictures listed correctly will be entered into a drawing. The winner of the drawing will get to pick one of the parts below as their prize, and will be announced on the blog on July 30th. Good luck!
Official Contest Rules
- All entries must be made using the form below, and submitted before midnight on July 28th.
- All correct entries will be put into a drawing to determine the winner. The winner will get to select one of the parts as their prize.
- You can submit multiple entries, but please don’t send the same entry more than once.
- Please submit a link to the page where you find the picture of the part on the website.
- Parts are numbered 1-6, clockwise from top left.
- This contest is open to US residents only.
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.