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.
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.
The Glory of Giggle Gas Explained
Question: I’ve heard that NOS is the easiest way to boost power, I wanted to know if that was true and how nitrous actually works.
Answer: Great question! You can learn a lot “through the grapevine” but it’s always important to do your research. Nitrous is considered to be the cheapest power-adder available, but it’s important to understand how it changes your car’s performance before you go all gas-happy…
There’s a stash of 2010 AmericanMuscle calendars in our warehouse, and we thought we’d share them with our blog readers. When you sign up for e-mail blog updates, we’ll send you a calendar. Here’s how it works.
- Click the envelope icon in the top right corner. (see the illustration below)
- Enter your email address and fill out the anti-spam verification box.
- Send an email to email@example.com from the email address you signed up with. Make sure you include your name, shipping address, and phone number, and that the email is sent from the address you signed up with, so we can verify it. Please note that any personal information will be used solely to process your calendar order, and that calendars can only be shipped to locations in the US and Canada.
- Hang your awesome calendar up and enjoy the pictures of all the gorgeous Mustangs.
We received some amazing entries for our Mustangs At the Ballpark Photo Contest. Locations ranged from the local little league field to some major league stadiums, and there were some truly awesome photos. In fact, there were so many great photos that we’ll be featuring several on the blog next week. In the end, we had to choose just three winners though. Thanks to everybody who sent an entry in, and congratulations to our winners, who are listed below with their winning photos.
Jordan S’s picture of his Mustang lit up in front of Progressive Field, where the Cleveland Indians play earned him a $25 AmericanMuscle.com gift card, plus an awesome prize pack.
A small adjustment can make a huge difference in the way something looks. Changing out your grille is the same principle–a minor adjustment makes a big difference in the overall look and style of your Mustang. You can make your Mustang sleeker, darker, meaner, or sexier with a relatively small amount of work. Not every look appeals to every person though, so we’d like to know which grilles are your personal favorites. Below are some of our most popular grilles, listed by generation and ready for your vote. Don’t see the grille you like best for one of the body styles? Leave a comment to let us know what your favorite is.
We all love our Mustangs. But for most of us, that’s where any commonality that we may have with the glitterati ends. Still, imagine this: You’re sitting at a traffic light. A tricked out Mustang pulls up next to your own street king, and you glance over. Would you give the “let’s go” nod to one of these fine rides – and the driver behind the wheel?
There are those of us of a certain age who crank up the volume and put a bit more pressure on the accelerator when rocker Sammy Hagar’s “I Can’t Drive (55)” comes blasting through the speakers. Apparently, Sammy still can’t drive 55. In fact, the speedometer on his GCM-R fastback Mustang doesn’t even have numbers on the dial until 55 MPH. And it’s all smoke and watching his tail lights disappear from there. Check out this video of Hagar’s thoroughly bad-to-the-bone California street ride.
Note: Starting this month, you can check out all our awesome Ride of the Month winners in one post!
Grand Prize Winner: Marty Brown’s yellow 2005 GT. Here are the details of Marty’s awesome ‘Stang.
Wheel style & size: Deep-dish Bullitt 18X10’s
Other Mods: Whipple 500 hp supercharger, courtesy of Cobra Motor Sports, KR500 exhaust system, Willwood rotors & 6 piston caliper brakes.
Marty’s Comments: “I started with what seemed to be a rather plain looking Mustang GT that I purchased from a Corvette dealer in Edmonton. The car only had 2,300km on it and to this day it still has under 5,000km. The transformation began approximately 3 years ago with custom-painted Eleanor racing strips, as vinyl did not cut it for me. The rear, side, and rear window louvers followed next and added a cool look. The 350hp stock engine with a cold air intake grew to be insufficient for me and had no choice but to go play with the big boys. I have yet to have the car dyno’d, but have been advised that I have at least 500hp at the flywheel and approximately 450 rear wheel. I have yet to install the smaller pulley for my supercharger, that should take the hp up to 550. The finishing touch to the extreme power I now have was the deep-dish Bullitt rims & tires that get so much attention at Mustang rallies. The only thing I was lacking in the end was brakes. Willwood 6 piston calipers and rotors were installed by Cobra Motor Sports to help me stop a little more efficiently. I hope you like my ride, as it sincerely turns heads every time I am out driving in sunny Alberta, Canada.
It’s always fun to scour the AmericanMuscle archives or the Internet for material for the Fotofix, but we love to feature pictures that are a little more personal and a little less anonymous. So, members of MustangForums.com were challenged to submit the best picture possible of their Mustang. Below are eight of the best pictures those members had to offer. Sit back, relax, and enjoy some gorgeous home-grown ‘Stangs.
Burnouts may not be good for your tires, but they sure are good for the soul.
Do you need something to do on your weekends? Do you need to spend more time talking Mustangs with fellow enthusiasts? Or, do you just feel the need to see if you can add a few more trophies to your collection? Friend, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 Mustang events of 2010, so you can find a place to mingle with other Mustang owners, test your track time, or show off your ‘Stang.
Number 10. 29th Annual Mustangs & All Ford Show in Grand Rapids, MI. — June 12th, hosted by the West Michigan Mustang Club. The show is open to any Ford-powered vehicle, and features awards for the top 20 Fords.
Number 9. 29th Annual Chester County Car Show in Kimberton, Pa. — May 30th, hosted by the Valley Forge Mustang club in Kimberton, PA. The show will feature People’s Choice awards for the top 3 Mustangs in each class, plus a President’s Choice award.
Number 8. 31st Annual Mustang & Ford Auto Show & Swap Meet in West Des Moines, IA. — June 6th, hosted by the Mustang Club of Central Iowa. Go for the Mustangs and the 38 popular vote classes, stay for the swap meet (private sales and commercial vendors) and the for-sale corral.