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Marti Reports now available for 1980-1986 Ford Mustang

A company known as Marti Auto Works is on the scene to let it be known they now offer expanded Marti Reports for owners of 1980 – 1986 Ford vehicles…which of course, includes the omnipresent Fox-body Ford Mustang.  These new reports offer up loads of details on every Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicle produced during the said time frame, giving owners a true sense of historical detail about their car.  Bummed about not seeing model years post-1986?  Not to worry; later this year Marti will be releasing detailed reporting for vehicles up to 1993, covering all Fox-body Mustangs.

These Marti reports are complete living documents, containing a plethora of intel, including door data plate information, optional equipment, important order and build dates, what dealer originally delivered the vehicle and on the exact date the vehicle was sold.

Keep your eye out for these reports–they are very informational & useful!

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BBK Headers for Fox 2011 5.0 Engine Swap

If you have been wondering just how in the heck we managed to get a 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0 into a Fox body Mustang with great form sans hacks, well, we’re here to tell about one great feat by a featured aftermarket player which helped make it happen.  BBK worked very closely with us to get the form, fitment, and function absolutely perfect.  If you haven’t already checked out the video we posted over the weekend, then you’re missing out!  It was the first crank-up of Built to Cruise, EVER!  We were completely stoked to see all the hard work by all come into play.

The end game of this note to everyone is to let it be known that StangNet and BBK have worked with great concern for detail on making this swap something that can be done in the future by anyone, anytime, with the will to make it happen.  We’ve taking on the burden of growing pains & lots of documentation so the entire aftermarket doesn’t have to!

Keep reading to get all the specs & notes, directly from BBK.

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Built to Cruise – She’s Alive!


It’s been hell week at the StangNet shop and MANY hours spent on this painstaking 2011 Fox 5.0 swap project…better known as Built to Cruise.  So what do we have in store?  How about the inaugural crank-start, woot!

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BTC Interior Restoration – Trim Pieces

As part of the ‘Built to Cruise‘ project here at StangNet, restoration of the 1989 Mustang was in order.  We not only planned to convert the ‘Notch over to the new 2011 5.0 V8 Coyote engine, but we wanted to give this 1989 a nice big refresher.  The car’s interior was originally Blue but any Mustang fan knows the rare and not often found Black interior is the way to go.  We wanted to document our adventure in converting this ‘Notch over to having a black interior and share with you some of the techniques we learned along the way as well as where to find parts and what all products are needed to make it happen, in a ‘professional’ way so to speak.  Jump on in and follow along as we give a brief overview of the details and we also hope that this may help down the road when refreshing your FOX body Mustang.

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2011 Mustang 3.7L V6 BBK Cold Air Intake Install

2011 Ford Mustang owners have been singing the songs of sweetness ever since the 3.7-liter 4v Ti-VCT V6 made its way onto the scene, bolstering the baseline pony car into the powerband which Mustang GT achieved just a few years ago.  What’s more, the new Ford Mustang power plant pumps out the 305 horsepower figure along with a economical feat–31mpg on average!  So, once a new Mustang V6 owner has had the keys for a while and the modification bug takes a bite..well, we all know what happens next!  The aftermarket players help quench the thirst for more power by supplying a stream of performance-enhancing goodies.

The latest we caught wind of for the 2011 Mustang V6 is a BBK cold air intake kit, installed on a 2011 V6 by LateModelRestoration.  Keep reading to check out their installation writeup and jump over to their page to check out all the play-by-play photography, guiding the way through the entire process!

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TSB for 2011 and 2012 Ford Mustangs with cold shifting issues

Owners of late model Ford Mustangs equipped with the Tremec 3650 transmission were/are no strangers to the effort-laden issues as is found in cool or cold weather.  Now, owners of the 2011 Mustang and the 2012 Mustang equipped with the MT82 6-speed manual transmission are experiencing similar symptoms.  Don’t fret, though–Ford has already addressed the issue and released an official Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) to provide a solution.  When an owner of a Mustang equipped with the MT82 6-speed experiences laborious shifting during warm-up, Ford’s recommendation is to replace the Motorcraft full synthetic manual transmission fluid (factory-filled) in the car with Motorcraft Dual Clutch transmission fluid; one with such a viscosity suitable for all temperatures and conditions.

Keep reading to see the official TSB from Ford!

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New UPR Ford Mustang products

If you haven’t been keeping up with the Fox body Ford Mustang aftermarket scene, then you’d better take a good look at the latest offerings from UPR Products.  The UPR coil over kit spanner wrench and the factory air dam replacement kit are two slick new products to revamp the resto mod project sitting in the garage this Spring.

Both of these products are designed, crafted, and shipped straight from the good ole US of A, so be sure to take a good look at them when you are looking to improve upon, replace worn, or replace missing OEM (or other rubbish) equipment.

Keep reading to get the exact product descriptions, straight from UPR.

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Built to Cruise Updates

You probably are asking “Where are the Built to Cruise Updates?”  Well we are back with some updates for you.  We had been in a holding pattern for the last month waiting on major components and with only myself working on small components of the build.  The most exciting part of this update is we expect to have BTC up and running by the end of April.  I would stand to say that we will be 95% done then.  Patrick Lee from Classic Design Concepts is coming down to StangNet headquarters on the 18th and we are going to be doing some power building.  I have threatened to put up a web cam and send out a live video feed during the build process, a lot is going to be happening the week he is here.  Jump on in for all the juicy details on where we are at and what is to come this month!

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2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 exhaust videos

The 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 has truly lived up to its nameplate and the Boss moniker isn’t exactly one to learn; it’s one to earn.  So many of us had been thinking Ford would have come back with a 2012 Mustang to sweep the sweet Shelby Mustang aside temporarily in the spotlight…and we were right.  Hey, what’s not to like?  The car has insanely-hot styling cues, 444 horses underhood, and now, a means to bring upon an even louder, more aggressive presence.

A team at Fox Motorsports took hold of a 2012 Boss 302 Laguna Seca and went to work removing the exhaust restrictors, cataloging exhaust notes for us, before & after modification.  So what do you do to a good thing to make it better?  Get more of it!

Keep going to see both videos of the 2012 Boss 302 Mustang singing its amazing song.

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CDC Shaker for the new 5.0L Ford Mustang

Aftermarket players have always done well with the Ford Mustang and Classic Design Concepts (CDC) is no exception to the norm.  They are back in headlines this week with an all-new 5.0 Mustang Shaker Hood System, which is designed to fit the 2011 (and up) Mustang GT.  This kit is crafted to be a direct fit and match perfectly with OEM specifications, as is any other CDC Mustang project.

What’s more, the CDC Shaker Hood kit maintains the use of all factory attachment points, leaves the under-hood state just as it was before installation, and leaves the factory strut tower brace alone.  But wait, there’s more! Additionally, there’s not paint or grunt work required to make the fitment and finish look like it came “that way”.

For more on the new CDC Mustang Shaker Hood kit, keep reading to get the full scoop in the Press Release that follows.

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