Red Pill Or The Blue Pill?

Discussion in '2005 - 2014 S-197 Mustang -General/Talk-' started by Fast_5.0, Sep 2, 2013.


  1. Fast_5.0

    Fast_5.0 Member

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    I want to get everyone's opinion out there. I'm a former corvette guy so I'm not up to speed on mustang parts. I'm operating within a budget. I have a '14 GT 5.0 6MT w/o GT Track Pack. This is a DD. I'll run it on a drag strip or road course, doesn't matter. My end goal is to run around 650 hp 580 lbs (pending on which path I walk, I may remain closer to stock). I'm buying everything at once. It'll be a cold day in hell before I'll have another opportunity to blow this kind of cash on a toy. The prices vary but average is around the figures below. That said, here are my two options:

    Which would you choose?

    Option A: $~8700 (Handling & Sound, Small HP gains)
    • 1pc Aluminum driveshaft
    • aluminum 8 bolt flywheel
    • headers
    • catted x-pipe
    • Roush axle back exhaust
    • 90mm BBK TB
    • JLT CAI
    • 3rd wheel link hop kit
    • tubular control arms
    • FRPP Handling Pack
    • 275s all around and 19" lightweight wheels
    Option B: $~8600 (Stock Handling, Med-Sound, Large HP gains)
    • Roush 575 Phase I
    • 275s all around and 19" lightweight wheels
    • Roush axle back exhaust
  2. earleys94gt

    earleys94gt Active Member

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    Firstly, welcome to :SN:, and ditching the Corvette lol

    Since the overall prices are nearly equal on the two options, I'd say Option # 1. While you will not be adding a ton of power, you will be doing the suspension upgrades that will be needed if more power is added down the road:nice:

    The other mods., like the exhaust, drive shaft, and wheels will only add to the fun you'll have, and also serve as a base line for future work on the car.
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    Bojingles Well-Known Member

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    Supercharger, suspension, and cat back. Then you can add on more stuff later :D
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    I'm trying to make the EXACT same decision so I'll be very curious to hear everyone's thoughts.
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    What good is all that hp if you have trouble getting it to the ground? The recommendations I get are to do the suspension/drivetrain mods first, having it prepped for forced induction.
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    I'd go for option #1, but do a brake upgrade instead of the Roush catback. Your biggest HP gains in exhaust are in the headers and cats. I'd rather have brakes I can beat on and not overheat on track instead of 6-10 more HP.
    I'm in the same boat. Just bought my 2014 GT this week and I have owned 3 Corvettes in the past. Everyone I know keeps calling me a traitor... at least until I take them for a ride.
    :cool:
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    I ended up choosing Option 1. However, I removed all the suspension upgrades and went for power adder packages along with a new short throw and bracket. To hell with brakes, traction, and corners...for now...its burnouts and loudness. Since my costs are under $5k, I'll be holding onto the extra cash for 275s and wider wheels followed by all new suspension upgrade, a big brake kit, forged internals, and finally a supercharger.

    In the end, though I wanted to go all-in, one-time, and one-time only, I decided it's best to go slow n steady.
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    And by "power adder packages" I mean headers, exhaust, intake manifold, CAI

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