Car Tech forum: Modding '00 V6 Mustang (Manual trans.)

by: W-Unit March 24, 2008 3:36 PM PDT

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Modding '00 V6 Mustang (Manual trans.)

by W-Unit - 3/24/08 3:36 PM

Alright, so my goal for this summer is to have my V6 5-speed manual transmission 2000 Mustang able to compete and hopefully beat a stock '99-'04 Mustang GT.
I've already started with minor upgrades like a cool air intake and high-flow air filter. I've also replaced the stock hood and side scoops with real scoops (the stock scoops are filled in and do not actually do anything performance-wise).
Now for my next upgrade, I'm thinking of a cat-back exhaust system, because the rule of thumb seems to be to get good intake and exhaust systems before anything else. So my first question is: what kind of exhaust system should I get? And is cat-back sufficient for the amount of modding I want to do, or do I need to upgrade the whole exhaust system?
After this, I'd like to get a short-throw shift kit. But let me know if you think that there are other things I should get first or that are more important.
After this, I think the most important matter is to push back the "Redline" (for lack of a better term). Stock V6 Mustangs have the red line on the tachometer drawn at about 5600-5700 RPM. This *needs* to be quite a bit higher if I'm going to compete with V8 'stangs (I would hope for a 1000 RPM increase, but I would accept as little as 300-400). I assume that with this change, a modification to gear ratios would also be a good idea, since each gear now has a higher "range"? If so, how exactly do I go about changing gear ratios?
Then, it's all just about getting the most performance. So, if I still have money to spend after all of this, I was hoping to get a turbocharger. I've seen prices on turbos range from $200 for the turbo alone to $1400 for the turbo plus a plethora of parts whose function I didn't understand. So, how much money do you think is a good amount to plan to spend on a turbocharger, including labor (I'm assuming that's not something you can install yourself lol)?

Thanks a lot for any and all suggestions.

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