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#88 of 2125 2003 Ford Mustang Sport Coupe
Sep 05, 2002 (5:54 pm)
Hello everyone i just bouth a 2003 Ford Mustang Sport Coupe GT Premium 2dr Coupe (4.6L 8cyl 5M. i was wondering if any1 knew about BODY KITS. i would like to get a full body kit for it. can you put a body kit from the 98 models or the 02's or must it be the 2003 body kits (witch i cant find any of) so it would be great if some1 could help me out. thanx
Sep 10, 2002 (9:12 pm)
99-03 kits will work. There are many many many companies that make kits...
just check out http://www.stangnet.com for info like this.
#90 of 2125 Aftermarket Performance Modifications
Sep 11, 2002 (7:44 pm)
What aftermarket modifications are recommended from your experiences? The x-exhaust with flowmasters seems like a good idea, and the dealer even says that is all right> But I have had gears, pulleys, and a custom burned chip also recommended by a Mustang aftermarket specialist. It sounds good, but there have to be tradeoffs, and the dealer says the warranty could be voided. I just got a 03 GT (an awesome car!) and I am wondering what to do. I feel like Stangnet, great website that it is, might be prejudiced in favor of mods. What are your opinions? I would appreciate any advice, thanks!
Sep 11, 2002 (8:48 pm)
I would do just the bolt ons. Catback, x/h pipe, throttle body, gears, cai, etc... those are things that shouldn't cause you any problems. For something to void the warranty, there has to be proof that the modification caused the problem to arise. Most of the stuff you'll do will not. Besides stangnet, try some magazines like Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords and 5.0 Mustangs and Super Fords.
Sep 11, 2002 (8:51 pm)
BTW... the chip more than likely will void the warranty, but from experience, I think they are worthless. I'd go with the x-pipe and catback first, then cold air and pullies, then gears... That should definetly give you an awesome edge on the stock cars. Also upgrade the 4x4 look with some springs such as Eibach prokit or something like it. Subframe connectors help a lot as well as a strut brace. Good luck, money will be your only limit.
#93 of 2125 New Mustang Owner
Sep 12, 2002 (5:22 pm)
I took delivery of an 03 Mustang GT 5M this past Sunday and I love it! Unlike most I am content to drive it as it is from the factory. It is an awesome ride! Can't wait to get it broken in!
#94 of 2125 Aftermarket custom chips
Sep 12, 2002 (6:02 pm)
But I understand though that if I change the gears and do not also change the chip to match it, that the speedometer will read about 30% too fast. Doesn't that pretty much necessitate a chip to compensate? Also, I have been told by the aftermarket people that cold air induction is not effective and can even reduce HP. Is this the case in your experiences?? Thanks1
Sep 12, 2002 (6:21 pm)
I love the retro touches, the car looks like the 68 hatchback to me. Also I love the pull out headlight switch, how retro! I hope the new mustang being developed looks back as well as forward and incorporates more retro elements.
Sep 12, 2002 (8:22 pm)
I forgot that the 99+ stangs are not a gear driven speedo... so yes, I suppose a chip would be in order. I don't think the intake will cause you to lose power at all. I put one on mine and although I didn't notice much difference if any at all, I definetly didn't lose any power. Make sure you go with a fender mount though as the engine mount one just draws in warm air and the effect of the intake is canceled out to become worthless. I think without a doubt you should do the xpipe, catback, intake and pullies. One of my friends with a 99 GT vert has those mods and is almost dipping into the 13's and i'm sure he could with a little more practice.
#97 of 2125 Retro Design Cues?
Sep 13, 2002 (9:50 am)
I agree with americanflag re the retro look of the current mustang; I absolutely love it (own a 2002 GT). But my question for the assembled is which year do people think the current design most mirrors? To me, it most evokes the 1967 model....basically similar to the original, but more aggressively styled (the fake scoops, etc.). What do the more knowledgable mustang enthusiasts out there think?