What Do I Need to Lower My Mustang?

Question: I want to lower my Mustang; do I need anything other than lowering springs?

Answer:

Lowering springs are one of our biggest sellers, and if you want to slam your Stang to the pavement and tighten up your handling they’re undoubtedly the way to go, but installing just springs could lead to a slew of other problems down the road.  Check out our article on suspension basics and terminology, it will help you visualize what’s going on with your suspension from stock to slammed.

A Shocking Revelation…

$200-$300 for a 1”-2” drop seems like a steal, but in a few thousand miles your OE shocks and struts will be crying for help – aftermarket shocks/struts are a must.  Lowering springs are shorter than factory, so they compress the factory shock/strut beyond what it’s designed to handle. The additional pressure will eventually break through the seals, resulting in a “blown” shock/strut.  Lowering a car over stock shocks/struts causes the suspension to react uncharacteristically and can result in bottoming out and/or loss of control of the vehicle.  Tokico HP shocks/struts are a great match for any aftermarket spring and would be my recommendation for a daily driver or non-track car.  Adjustable shocks struts are great for street/track use, but keep in mind that they do not change the ride height – they allow the dampening to be fine-tuned for race applications.

AmericanMuscle Sends Mustangs to Troops

Not everybody can be home for the holidays. It’s sad but true, especially for the people who are deployed far from home while serving in the military. There are a few ways to help deployed military personnel make the best of their situations, including sending care packages. Two of the members of ModdedMustangs.com, a forum AmericanMuscle has worked closely with for years, decided to put together care packages for any deployed member of the forum who would like to get one. The organizers, Bob and Brandon, have both been deployed themselves, so they knew exactly what would be most useful and most appreciated.

Several members stepped up to the plate and donated cash or supplies, and AmericanMuscle was among them. We decided to send radio-controlled Mustangs, since the folks getting the packages hadn’t seen their ‘Stangs in a while. They were our favorite contribution, but we rounded things out with some coffee, beef jerky, and other provisions that are generally in short supply when you’re overseas. Other donations followed the same pattern and mixed the fun and the practical, too.

AMs donation to the care package for the troops
AM's donation to the care package for the troops


Happy 87th Birthday, Carroll Shelby!

Carroll Shelby is an icon in the Mustang performance world. Today, he’s celebrating his 87th birthday. His main goal in life has simply been to move faster, whether it was in the airplanes he’s flown or  the cars he’s raced. Shelby’s legacy is one defined by the many roles he took in the automotive world and by the legendary high performance Mustangs he created.

Carroll Shelby
Carroll Shelby - Image property of carrollshelby.com

Shelby has worn many hats over the years, and one of the very first was an aviator’s cap. He was a flight instructor and test pilot in Texas during WWII. When he returned to civilian life, he started farming chickens and driving in local races, often neglecting to change out of his work clothing before a race. The odd racing uniform didn’t seem to discourage major racing teams from asking him to drive for them.

Shelby’s racing career lasted from 1952-1960. During that time, he raced for some of the most famous teams of the era, including Cad-Allard, Aston Martin, and Maserati. In the 1959 season, he and Roy Salvadori won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is one of the racing world’s most grueling, challenging events. Shelby’s racing career ended shortly after this win, however, because of health reasons.

Pix 4 Pinups: Get a Free 2010 AmericanMuscle Calendar

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Ah, the 2010 AmericanMuscle Calendar. It’s both practical (you can use it to keep track of things like days, weeks, and even months) and sexy (hot chicks, hot Mustangs). And best of all, we’re giving it to you for free.

You’re probably thinking ‘there must be a catch’. You are, aren’t you? Well, you’re right. If you want one of our sweet calendars, you have to send us a picture of a part you got from AmericanMuscle installed on your Mustang. It’ll take you a couple of minutes, and you’ll reap the rewards all year!

How Can I Install a Supercharger on a Budget?

Ford Mustang Q&A

Michael asked: “I purchased a Vortech V2 supercharger for my ‘98 Mustang GT. What can I do to install it on a budget? I bought it second hand, and like so many other people, I don’t have money burning holes in my pockets. I was told to invest in an intercooler, MSD ignition, headers, and to remap my computer. It is a weekend driver so it won’t see any track time, only the road. The engine is a mostly-stock 4.6-liter V-8, just a chip and Borla exhaust. Any other info or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again!”


Answer: With the economy in the crapper, it seems we’re all on a budget these days. Many of our customers are taking the Do-It-Yourself route, which is saving them big bucks on install fees. However, Mustang supercharger kits are NOT a DIY project for anyone without years of hands-on experience with cars and performance mods.

Doing engine work like this “on a budget” is risky. It’s imperative that everything be installed correctly or you could wind up with a connecting rod poking through your engine block. No one wants to see that. If you don’t have the dough for the best parts and the best shop, then putting your money in the right places can make all the difference.

Movin’ on Up: Warehouse Time-Lapse Video

To say bigger is better is nothing new. To say that bigger means better service and better selection is something worth talking about.

I’m happy to report that we have just moved our entire inventory of Mustang parts into a new 110,000 square foot warehouse just down the street from our corporate complex in Malvern, PA. More than doubling our previous space, we’ve got 2,704 part numbers today, with more parts being added every day. In fact, with more warehouse space, we’ll be able to add hundreds of new Mustang parts we’ve had our eyes on for a while.

Operated by more than 35 AmericanMuscle staffers, this new state-of-the-art facility is stocked with loads of cool toys, like three forklifts running at full steam, dawn ‘til dusk. And the whole thing is run by cutting-edge software that keeps AmericanMuscle.com inventory levels up-to-date and on the money 24/7.

Check out this cool time-lapse video of the move in action.

4 Days in just 68 seconds.

Mustang Gallops into Vegas to Steal SEMA Show

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.

Which Exhaust Set-up Provides the Most HP for an ’06 GT?

Ford Mustang Q&A

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Long tube headers sometimes require oxygen sensor extensions, but always require a new mid-pipe (shorty mid-pipe).
  3. 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.
2011 v6 Mustang Road Racing

How Do I Add Horsepower to My V6 Mustang?

Ford Mustang Q&A

V6Stang04 asked: “I have a stock V6 Ford Mustang, what can I do to increase it’s performance?”

As a V6 owner myself, I understand how frustrating it can be trying to modify a V6. While there is not as much aftermarket support for the V6s as there is for the V8s, there are still plenty of performance parts out there; supercharger and turbo kits are available for V6s now.While it is hard to say how much longer enthusiasts will be able to modify V6 Mustangs after 2018.

But if you’re starting slow or don’t have quite that much to spend I would recommend these three modifications