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.
It’s no secret that a cold air intake is one of the best ways to get more power out of your Mustang. This simple bolt-on performance clears the way for your powerplant to pull more fresh cold air into the combustion chamber, often resulting in an additional 5 to 10 ponies or more at the rear wheel. But with so many cold air intake kits or, CAIs, available for virtually every Mustang to come out of the Blue Oval, choosing one that’s right for you can be a serious challenge.
As the holiday rush draws slowly to a gentle calm and frantic preparations turn to focus on family and friends, AmericanMuscle would like to wish all of our fellow Mustang fans, and friends, a very happy holiday and a prosperous New Year.
2009 was a banner year for the Mustang, and for AmericanMuscle.com. Why just this month the return of the 5.0 has been confirmed by the Blue Oval, and we have emerged as the leading, and best source for all aftermarket Mustang parts. Needless to say, the many Mustang owners here at AmericanMuscle are pleased.
Not sure what to get your favorite Mustang Enthusiast this holiday season? Sometimes the best gift of all is the gift of choice. AmericanMuscle.com has more than 2,500 unique Mustang parts to choose from. So when it comes time to go shopping, your Mustang fan will have no problem finding the right part or accessory for their ‘Stang.
• Free T-shirts with All $50 and $75 Gift Cards
• Free Hoodies with All Gift Cards $100 or more
• Fitments for All Stocking and Christmas Trees
For more information go to Gift Certificates at AmericanMuscle.com.
There is no better way to get the most performance out of your Mustang than an SCT tuner. With the ability to deliver more horsepower and better fuel economy, this amazing piece of technology really does give you the best of both worlds.
• Easy Operation
• Holds 3 Custom Tunes
• Maximize the Power of Your Mods
• Reads and Clears DTC Trouble Codes
• Fitments for All Mustangs ’96 and Newer
For more information go to SCT Tuners at AmericanMuscle.com.
Adding some racy style to your Mustang has never been easier. With a black Bullitt-style fuel door, black hood-pin appearance kit and black 8-inch shorty antenna, Stack Racing’s sweet blackout kit installs in minutes and dials in the exterior of any ‘Stang.
• Easy Installation
• Cool, Custom Look
• Durable All-Weather Construction
• Fitments for all 94-09 Mustangs
For more information go to 05-09 Exterior Blackout Kit at AmericanMuscle.com.
Or view all Exterior Blackout Kits at AmericanMuscle.com.
The next level of Mustang style is painted trim parts. Pre-painted mirror covers arrive ready to go. And they install in seconds covering those hideous stock Mustang mirrors that only come from the factory in black, or black. Painted is definitely the way to go.
• All 19 Ford OEM Colors
• Easy Installation
• Cutting-Edge Style
• Fits 05-09 Mustangs
For more information go to Pre-Painted Mirror Covers at AmericanMuscle.com.
Or view All Pre-painted Mustang Parts at AmericanMuscle.com.
Black is definitely back, at least when it comes to Mustangs that it is. Smoked headlight covers install easy on any Mustang and add an aggressive look that helps your ‘Stang stand out in the crowd.
• Easy Installation
• Durable Plastic Protects Headlights
• Slick Stealthy Look
• Fitments for All Mustangs ’87 and Newer
For more information go to Mustang Headlight Covers at AmericanMuscle.com.
Get rid of that giant mast towering over your hood. Swap it out for an 8-inch Black Shorty Antenna and add some style to your ‘Stang, on any budget.
• Easy 2-minute Install
• Durable Satin-black finish
• Excellent Radio Reception
• Available in Black or Chrome and 8” or 14” Sizes
• Fitments for All Mustangs ‘79 to ‘09
For more information go to 8-inch Fixed Black Antenna at AmericanMuscle.com.
Or, view All Shorty Antennas at AmericanMuscle.com.
Nothing is harder on your Mustang’s mirror-like finish than Mother Nature. Even garaged Ponies can suffer scrapes and bumps from foraging teenagers or unsympathetic spouses. Give your Mustang a fighting chance. Cover it up and make that finish last longer with less elbow grease come next spring.
• Durable Construction Breathes and Protects
• Available in Universal or Custom Fit Styles
• Indoor/Outdoor Use
• Fitments for All Mustangs ’79 and Newer
For more information go to CoverCraft Ready-Fit Covers at AmericanMuscle.com.
Or, view All CoverCraft Car Covers at AmericanMuscle.com.