Down in the trenches on the main floor is the temporary glitz city madeup of booths. This shot taken from the top of our own two-story boothtypifies the SEMA show scene.
Horse Sense: If you think we wereexaggerating about the number of new Mustangs at the SEMA Show, theofficial count showed a total of 121 on the property. Of those, 97 wereS197s. How's that for a lot of new Mustangs? The "97" deal had to be acoincidence, right?!
From Ford's (www.ford.com; www.fordracingparts.com) booth overlooking the main SEMA show hall, the yellowlate-model Mustang GT lording over the scene from its chassis dyno saysit all. Only Daimler-Chrysler's 300C came close to offering the newMustang a challenge as the car to have at SEMA '05, and it was a distantchallenge at that. Hondas, the official car of SEMA, were tough to comeby.
If you aren't crazy about '05-'06 Mustangs, it was a good thing youweren't at the SEMA show. The LasVegas extravaganza was positively overrun with the S197 Mustang, whichis taking the entire aftermarket by storm--if not the nation at large.Not even the vaunted 5.0 Mustangs in their day so comprehensivelyovertook the Specialty Equipment Market Association's showcasetrade-show wingding, so it was fabulous to see Mustangs everywhere thisyear.
You might be justifiably enthralled by your '04 or earlier Mustang, butthe SEMA show is all about new--and nothing but new. Hence, the all-outattention to the '05-'06 Mustang--a godsend to the aftermarket, whichhugely appreciates a car that attracts everything from horsepower andhandling mods to dedicated air fresheners, floor mats, and othermainstream America hooey.
Frankly, we're thrilled with the SEMA show's infatuation with the newcar. It means our hobby is only getting stronger, which bodes well forMustangs past and future. And if there were little or no attention paidto the new Mustang, we'd have a dog on our hands, which nobody wants.
Ford's take on SEMA is high-brow, indeed. Selling car sizzle instead ofparts steak, Ford's ever-larger booth is now dedicated solely to newcars or finished project and dream cars. Not a single part from FordRacing Performance Parts was seen on display, except on project cars. GMfollowed a similar strategy, but with more technical displays and crateengines--the Daimler-Chrysler booth is jammed with performance and restoparts.
We found a good number of hardcore parts for the new car, which made usespecially happy. A surprising number of aftermarket parts were alreadyin production--or at least looked as if they were (this is SEMA, afterall). A few companies didn't have much new in their booths at the show,but will have gear early next year. For example, Koni [(859) 586-4100;www.koni-na.com] tendsto make a few large shipments to the United States, and will have itsnew FSD dampers here in the second quarter of 2006. After several yearsof inactivity, Weiand is busy updating its entire line of intakemanifolds and water pumps; the Ford castings are likely being massagedas you read this.
Of course, there is more to SEMA than new Mustang stuff. Companies arestill filling in their lineups for the Fox and SN-95 cars, earliermodulars and, yes, the pushrod engines. This is a process that seeminglygoes on forever--witness the flurry of FE stroker crankshafts andconnecting rods debuting this year at SEMA from Eagle [(662) 796-7373;www.eaglerod.com] and Scat [(310) 370-5501; www.scatenterprises.com]. Scat is also offering balanced rotating assemblies for thesmall-block Ford V-8.
Paul and Ronda Svinicki of Paul's High Performance are close to the Fordflagpole in Michigan, which pays off come SEMA time. This year theybrought the Platinum Pony, a drag-oriented '05 GT with a 5.4 GT engineto sit in Ford's booth. In the background is Ford's captivating GTcutaway. Literally a GT cut in half to allow visitors to walk through,the display cost much more than the GTwas made from.
Eagle's 4340 forged stroker crank for the 4.6 V-8 seemed an especiallysignificant new part for Ford tuners. Modular engines can use all thedisplacement they can get, and having a proper crankshaft for the job isa big first step.
Another tip of a smaller iceberg was the sighting of a few Fusionproject cars around the show halls. Too new to have much impact thisyear, Fusion is a good platform and ought to make a slightly largerappearance at next year's SEMA fall fling. We'll be there.
KJ's Top 10
1. Inalfa Sunroofs' EVO Sport Inbuilt Roof
I thought the day we'd see any sort of open-air feature in a Mustangwere long gone. This roof will definitely be a hit in warm-weatherplaces like Florida and Cali. I saw a deal go down for six of them whileI was in the Inalfa booth.
2. Koul Tools
No, it isn't another '05-Mustang-specific item--not by a long shot. Butthese tools are the most-innovative products for taking the hassle outof installing AN fittings on braided hose.
3. MSD's Lazer Gauges
These digital gauges were recognized as one of the best new productsintroduced at SEMA. "Look, Ma, no needles (on the faces of the gauges)."And they don't have any backlights or visible LEDs. It's pretty trippytechnology.
4. Trick Flow Systems' New, Improved "R" Heads
These race heads were revamped to eliminate the cracking problems thatunfortunately were common to the original design. The perennial sleeperof the small-block Ford racing world is now ready to rock.
5. Holley's ProCharged Engine
One would think some sort of crazy EFI system would be required for thisengine. Talk about disproving myths! That huge blower feeding a good ol'Holley carb and making 1,000 hp is way cool.
6. MSD's Mod-Motor Ignition Control
Finally! Note to self: Be on the lookout for mod-motored Mustangssporting carbs real soon!
7. Control Freak Suspensions' '05 Mustang IRS System
Editor Turner and I took a look at it on a car displayed at Hot Rod'sPower Tour during the summer, but seeing this suspension in stand-aloneform at SEMA gave me a much better understanding of what's involved. The'05s have decent handling in stock form, but this IRS probably makes thenew, longer Mustang handle a slot car . . . and it bolts in.
Since I use "borrowed" milk crates, parts boxes (usually with contentsstill inside), and step stools when I'm working on "sit-down" types ofdriveway projects (brakes or changing wheels), the Kreepster reallycaught my interest because it offers better support and you can use thepush/glide technique to get back and forth between the car and variouspoints around the shop.
9. Sony Xplod Giga Panel Faceplate Stereo
This thing is a dream for driving enthusiasts who have extensive musiclibraries stored on their computers and can't stand the repetition ofcommercial radio.
10. Hellion Power Systems' '05 Mustang Turbo Kit
Hopefully, all of the fine-tuning and tweaking will be complete and thissystem will be available for sale by the time you read this. It's reallynice. C'mon, Urist, git 'er done!
The serious fuel-system crew at Aeromotive [(913) 647-7300; www.aeromotive.com]showed off an improved version of its digital fuel-management unit forreturnless-fuel-system vehicles. This version offers a slick interfaceand allows you to reference useful data such as boost pressure.
Agent 47 Competition Products' "Innerframe" is a radical new setup fortightening up the overall chassis dynamics of an SN-95-based 'Stang. TheInnerframe is a bolt-in or weld-in, tubed and boxed frame structure madeof NASCAR-spec tubing that connects to every section of the car (enginebay, cockpit, and trunk). It makes up for the insufficiencies of thefactory's spot welds and thin sheetmetal, and bringstube-chassis/race-car-like handling to '94-'04 coupes and convertibles.Agent 47 [(760) 496-3809; www.agentfortyseven.com] also introduced its A-Wing rear spoiler for '94-'04 'Stangs.This unique wing is driver adjustable from inside the car (it can beraised for increased downforce in the corners or lowered for decreaseddrag on the straight-aways), and therefore doesn't extend or retract atpredetermined speeds like other rear spoilers.
New from Airaid [(800) 498-6951; www.airaid.com] is abolt-on, cold-air intake system for '05-'06 4.6L Mustang GTs (PN450-172; $454.62). This unique setup uses Airaid's Premium SynthaFlowfilter and a computer-designed Cool Air Dam and Modular VenturiTechnology to generate an estimated 17 additional horsepower and 21lb-ft of torque for the Three-Valve, while maintaining the correctair/fuel ratios. The system's removable modular venturi tube allows foreven bigger power and torque gains with the addition of a custom chip ortuning.
Editor Turner is a sucker for carbon fiber, so this real silver carbonon the '05 Mustang interior pieces stopped us in our tracks. This is noDIY stick-on kit, rather APsis USA [(631) 421-6800; www.apsisusa.com] moldsthe carbon-fiber to your pieces. You either send your interior parts tothem or pay a core charge. The treatment isn't cheap, ranging from$1,250 to $2,250 plus core charge, but it looks OEM. Currently they havepieces designed for '99-'04 and '05-and-up Mustangs, but they can customcover just about anything.
For 2006, Auto Meter has concentrated on filling in any gaps in itsexisting lines of gauges. Notable showings were Ultra-Lite andSport-Comp tachs and speedos in the smaller 21/16-inch diameter, whichis a popular request from users, according Auto Meter [(815) 899-0800;www.autometer.com].Other innovations include detail changes to some of the showierinstruments, to include color-changing illumination, display modes, andsuch. Of course, our favorite new upgrade was the company's new NexusOBD-II arrangement, which simply plugs into the vehicle's onboarddiagnostic port to grab data from the factory electronics.
Shifter specialists B&M [(818) 882-6422; www.bmracing.com] saysits new '05 Mustang manual-transmission shifter offers a 30 percentreduction in shifter throw by relocating the shifter's pivot point. A1-inch lengthening of the upper stick is part of the $249.96 package,which is part stainless steel, part aluminum, one part spherical pivotbearing, and Igus bushings for full isolation. B&M also showed its ProRatchet, Pro Stick, Black Diamond, and Street Bandit automatic floorshifters in carbon-fiber trim for various C4, C6, and AOD applications.
Baer Brake Systems
Baer Brake Systems [(602) 233-1411; www.baer.com] announced itsnew partnership with Roulunds Braking in a big way, using an after-hourspress conference with Chip Foose and his latest '06 Foose StallionEdition Mustang as a worthy draw. Roulunds, the world's second-oldestcorporation, is an established OEM supplier of friction components. Thenew agreement promises affordable, readily available brake pads fromBaer for a wide range of applications. Last year, Baer Brakes announcedits own six-piston caliper ($2,500 per front set). The good news is,Baer's new, giant CNC machine has come online to alleviate shortages ofthis popular new piece.
Our friends at Bassani [(714) 630-1821; www.bassanixhaust.com] had a unique display of '05 Mustang exhaust-system components. Theside closest to the camera is the high-end Bassani stuff, while theother side of the system represents the more affordable BX line. If youhave a Mustang, they have you covered.
Aside from the 5.0 intakes we've already tested, BBK [(800) 486-2681;www.bbkperformance.com; www.brothersperformance.com] was showing a whole board full of '05Mustang GT parts. These include a dress-up intake cover, a twin 62mmthrottle body, long-tube and equal-length 15/8-inch short-tube headers,underdrive pulleys, a cold-air kit, and upper and lower chassis bracingunder BBK's Gripp name.
Blue Moon Motorsports
Blue Moon Motorsports [(800) 893-0740; www.bluemooncars.com] was showing off its new Control Freak Suspensions' IRS setup for theS197 Mustang. The company offers complete, bolt-in independent rearsuspensions for a number of older cars, plus the aforementionedlatest-model Mustang.
Borla Performance Industries
The big noise at Borla was the addition of Borla's smaller, moreraucous, S-Type mufflers for Mustangs, including the '05 in V-8 and V-6trim. That gives Borla [(805) 986-8600; www.borla.com] completeMustang coverage starting with '87 5.0s, with either their quieter orlouder systems. Unfortunately, they didn't have any examples in thebooth for us to photograph, but you'll understand when we say the S-Typesystems use only small mufflers almost at the tailpipe, with onlystraight tubing in the stock position.
Always looking to take care of the important Mustang market, Centerforce[(928) 771-8422; www.centerforce.com]was showing a new 11-inch clutch for high-powered street Mustangs.Designed to be totally streetable, the assembly has held 603 lb-ft oftorque measured at the tires. It comes with a dual-friction discstandard, DFX paddle discs are optional, as is a matching 13.3-poundaluminum flywheel with replaceable friction surface. No pricing was setat show time.
Classic Design Concepts
Pushing nearly every Mustang styling button there is was thisexciting-looking GT in the GITI tire booth. Positively dripping withClassic Design Concepts [(248) 624-7997; www.classicdesignconcepts.com] bits, including a Glassback roof, bodykit, and Mach 1 hoodscoop, the car stood on FR500-type wheels and245/40ZR18 Champiro 328 tires. After wandering halls full of 22-inchrims, this almost seemed inadequate, but out on the streets it would bea real head-turner.
New hardcore cams for EFI 5.0s ought to please pushrod enthusiasts, andComp Cams [(901) 795-2400; www.compcams.com] nowhas two such bumpsticks in its new XFI hydraulic roller line. Maximumduration is 258 degrees at 0.050 inch, and max valve lift is aninteresting 0.608-inch--all on a 114 lobe center. Sounds like a dynotest to us. There was also an XFI cam for the '05's Three-Valve engine.Also new: Tri-Power Xtreme SOHC 4.6 truck/SUV cam, ovate-wire beehivevalvesprings, stainless or titanium 7-degree retainers, Hi-Tech7/16-inch pushrods, Endure-X pressure-oiled solid lifters, anti-pump-upPro-Magnum retrofit hydraulic roller lifters for 289-351W and 460s, andJohnson-style solid flat tappets for all the pushrod Ford V-8s(yep--Clevelands and 460s too).
Argentinean damper pros, Corven [(03462) 420396; www.corven.com.ar] hada new Mustang in its booth, and a set of coilovers for the latestMustang on display. The company also offers dampers for '94-'02Mustangs.
Hardware-wise, Crane was touting a Mikronite finishing process oncamshaft, lifters, rocker arms, and such for reduced friction andincreased strength. New cams for Three-Valve applications are in theworks. Electronically, Crane [(386) 258-6174; www.cranecams.com] had itsSniper tuning front and center for 4.6 modular, Power-Stroke diesels andother Chevy and Dodge applications. The system uses the vehicle's stockcomputer, an interface box, and Crane software. Each tune, or "bullet,"is downloadable over the Internet and requires no hardware changes. Anall-new Fireball HI-5RS ignition with dial-adjustable rev limits,magnetic triggering, tach output, and long-duration spark was alsoexhibited.
Continuing to build its line of quality, American-made internal engineparts, Crower [(619) 661-6477; www.crower.com] had steelbillet Three-Valve cams, titanium retainers, valvesprings, standard andoversized valves, connecting rods, and more ready for the new Mustang GTengine. And for those looking for major modular stroke, a new 4.415-inchstroke crankshaft was announced. It's a billet 4340 steel part retailingfor $2,800.
Steve's Top 10
1. Professional Products' Two-Valve Intake
The long-neglected Two-Valve engine should break into the mainstreamwith the new, affordable Typhoon intake.
2. Garmin 2730 Portable Navigation System
This do-it-all portable solution for navigation, traffic avoidance, andmusic (XM and MP3), offers everything Ford doesn't.
3. Three-Valve Turbo Systems
With the likes of Garrett, Hellion, and STS offering bolt-on turbosolutions for the latest Mustang, turbos may finally hit the mainstreamlike superchargers have.
4. Eagle 4.6 Stroker Crankshaft
It looks as if stroker modulars are about to gain some ground on pushrod347s.
5. Agent 47 Innerframe Kit
A complete chassis stiffening kit that bolts in and looks factory isgreat news for those of us without welders at home. The New Edge kit isready now, and an S197 kit is on the way (of course).
6. Painless 4.6 and 5.0 Harnesses
With Fox Rodding ready to hit prime time, we need an easy way to swapthose new engines into stripped four-banger chassis. Painless to therescue.
7. Granatelli Fuego Flash Tuner
Sure the world is full of flash tuners, but JR's Fuego is the first toincorporate direct input from a wideband O2 sensor, which willpractically let the car tune itself.
8. Pioneer AVIC-Z1 Head Unit
If you like to have it all and have it right in your dash, Pioneer's newAVIC-Z1 offers that and more in a package that fits the new Mustang'sdash.
9. Maximum Motorsports S197 IRS
We know how well Maximum has done with the solid-axle in the priorMustangs, so we're anxious to see what an IRS can do in the improvedS197 chassis.
10. Extreme Dimensions Carbon-Fiber S197 Body Kit
OK, it might be a bit flashy for some, but for me, you just can't gowrong with carbon fiber.
Usable cores of the robust 9-inch rear axle are drying up, so CurrieEnterprises [(714) 367-2677; www.crate-rearends.com] invented the crate rear end--the 9-plus--an all new 9-inch Fordrear axle built to hot-rod standards using all the desirable parts andto the Aftermarket Brake Configuration Standard (an industry set ofspecifications standardizing axles, brakes, and studs to avoid fitmentissues). The 9-plus is a brake-to-brake assembly, and the list ofoptions from Currie is all-encompassing. Mustang 9-plus fitments listedso far range from '64 to '93, and pricing is $964.95 for early cars and$1,124.95 for Foxes.
If you love rolling on Nittos, but you want something a littledifferent, check out the Nitto RD-1 Redline, available exclusively fromDirect Performance Tire & Wheel Wholesale [(866) 531-5217; www.directperformance.com]. It features a wide center rib, anasymmetrical tread design, a wide 3D groove, and a redline on thesidewall.
A new Mustang exhaust player is Dynatech Headers [(800) 848-5850; www.dynatechheaders.com], which showed off its new S197 GT long-tube headers andcatalytic X-pipe. Dynatech's headers feature 13/4-inch primaries andT-304 stainless steel, while the X-pipe wears dual high-flow Powercatconverters.
Eagle Specialty Products
Eagle [(662) 796-7373; www.eaglerodcom] has beenfeverishly building stronger con rods and crankshafts for years, and theFord V-8 scene was just about covered. But this year Eagle addedsignificant Ford items. Important to 5.0 readers is a 4340 chrome-molysteel stroker 4.6 modular crankshaft designed to yield 302 ci with an0.030-inch overbore. The others are similarly constructed cranks for theFE--an engine that seems destined to go forever--and 4.130-, 4.300-, and4.500-inch stroke 460 cranks.
Earthquake Sound Corp
Imagine the sound of a ground-shaking tremor rumbling through your'Stang's trunk or hatch. Earthquake's "Subzero" series brings the boomof the bass, with 10-, 12-, and 15-inch subwoofers that feature aspace-saving SWS (Shallow Woofer System that reduces the mounting depthof a speaker by 60 percent) construction. Subzeros are designed toprevent the type of cone distortion that's typical of most conventionalspeakers, with a triangular lattice flat piston that dumps massiveamounts of air into the cabin, without generating mechanical sounds thatcan compromise bass notes. And, thanks to Earthquake's [www.earthquakesound.com] forced-air-turbo cooling technology, the voice coils in Subzerowoofers stay cool all the time.
Edelbrock's [(310) 781-2222; www.edelbrock.com]aftermarket muscle is becoming obvious, and the company has hammered outthe goods this year in impressive quantities. For the '05 Mustang,Edelbrock wheeled out short-tube headers, an after-cat system, a nitroussystem, and five suspension pieces (various upper and lower trailingarms, a Panhard rod, and a strut-tower brace). There are three newintake manifolds: an FE EFI intake and two SOHC 4.6 intakes--one forcarburetors and one for EFI. There's also a timing control module for4.6 Two-Valve engines when running carbureted. For the cylinder head,four new Pro-Port versions of the Victor, Victor SC-1, Ford/GliddenVictor II, and Ford/Glidden 18-degree Victor Jr. heads are now availablefor those wanting more porting freedom. Late-model F-150s now have theirown after-cat Edelbrock muffler systems, and there's even a stand-aloneQwikdata Pro data-acquisition system. Finally, old-school finned valvecovers with "Edelbrock" script for FEs are listed--Granddad will love'em.
Eibach [(951) 256-8300; www.eibach.com] has longkept its Mustang offerings up to date, and at show time the company wasstill testing its '05 Mustang gear, so only the '05 sway bars werereleased and on display at the show (snazzy end-links, eh?). Keep an eyepeeled for '05 Mustang coilovers from Eibach soon.
Did we mention Editor Turner likes carbon fiber? Well, ExtremeDimensions [(866) 611-AERO; www.extremedimensions.com] and its affiliate company, Carbon Creations[www.carbon-creations.com], must have known because the companies built the Hot Wheelswidebody kit out of the strong, light composite weave. Look for afeature on the companies' project cars in an upcoming issue.
Comp Cams' electronic engine-management division continues to expand.New this year is an inductive pickup billet distributor for 302s and anupdated electronic distributor (that replaces the old mechanical unitwith an electronic version) called the eDIST2. The e-distributor workswith all coils and doesn't require a crank decoder box. FAST [(901)260-3278; www.fuelairspark.com] says it can be used as a stand-alone ignition for carbureted engineswith coil-on-plug conversions. The eDIST2 features a two-step sequentialrev-limiter.
F2 Focus Performance
Focus specialists F2 Focus Performance [www.f2focus.com; www.f2cars.com] dazzledthe crowds in its both with this bleeding edge Focus sedan featuring awild turbo setup, a big stereo, RS-style bodywork, and more. Check out afuture issue of Focus Fanatic for more on this wild ride.
Long known for its line of aluminum flywheels, Fidanza [(440) 259-5656;www.fidanza.com] ismaking the move to a companion line of clutches designed to suitanything from bolt-on Mustangs (Two Point One) to all-out Mustang racercars (Five Point Four). But Fidanza's new adjustable cam-timing gearsfor the 4.6 mod motors really caught our attention. Fidanza adjustablecam gears are made from high-quality 6061 T6 aluminum with 1050 steel(outer sprockets), and are CNC machined to more exacting tolerances thanOEM gears. The inner ring is designed for strength and durability, andthe gears feature 12 degrees (advance/retard) of laser-etchedadjustments for dead-nuts tuning accuracy.
Flex-a-lite [(800) 851-1510; www.flex-a-lite.com]has a new direct-fit Black Magic Extreme electric cooling fan for'87-'93 Mustangs, available with either a black or a blue shroud.
If you make mufflers, you were at SEMA with an '05-'06 Mustang GTafter-cat system. A major Mustang muffler supplier, Flowmaster [(800)544-4761; www.flowmastermufflers.com] was right there with a $336.04 pair ofAmerican Thunder mufflers featuring single 4-inch polished stainlesssteel tips on each unit.
Ever seen the stock radiator in an S197 Mustang? If you have, you'd bewondering how that little thing keeps the car cool. If you're makingmore power than stock, you better call Fluidyne [(888) FLUIDYNE; www.fluidyne.com]. Thecompany has a new two-pass, direct-replacement aluminum radiator.
If you want to give your interior panels a custom carbon-fiber look onthe cheap, check out the carbon-look Carstyling Cockpit Design Film fromFoliaTec [(866) FOLIATEC; www.foliatec.com]. Youcan install the stuff yourself with a cutter and a squeegee, and you caneven heat it up to form it to really curvy surfaces.
Foose Design [www.chipfoose.com] hasteamed with Unique Performance www.uniqueperformance.com] to build the limited edition (up to 3,000cars) '06 Foose Stallion Edition Mustang in coupe and convertible form.Slated to start at $38,000, with soon-to-come optional superchargingextra, the Foose Edition Mustang is mainly an exterior styling job,although the chassis, powertrain, and interior all receive the Foosetreatment via partners such as DuPont, JBA, BFGoodrich and Baer Brakes.It's billed as "the ultimate cruisin' machine that stands out from thecrowd." Production should begin in the first quarter of 2006.
Since Mustangs aren't available with factory navigation or satelliteradio options, Garmin's [(913) 397-8200; www.garmin.com] new 2730portable navigation system might be just the trick. It packs completenavigation for North America, along with an XM satellite radio, MP3storage and playback, and XM's new NavTraffic service, which helpsdirect you around traffic slowdowns. It retails for around $1,100, butgiven its capabilities and that you can move it from car to car, theGarmin 2730 looks like a killer app for gadget freaks like EditorTurner.
If you didn't already know the S197 Mustang was the hottest car to hitthe aftermarket, the fact that giants such as Garrett [www.turbobygarrett.com] are jumping on the bandwagon is a definite clue. Garrett showedoff a complete turbo system engineered for the latest Mustang GT. Itincludes two Garrett ball-bearing turbos, upgraded injectors, aprocessor flash, an air filter, and everything necessary to install thesystem. Garrett rates the horsepower output of the installed kit ataround 500, but rates the turbos for up to 800!
Using a new Mustang on a hoist, Granatelli Motorsports [(805) 486-6644;www.granatellimotorsports.com] showed a surprisingly long list of newMustang gear. For the chassis, GMS showcased a K-member, strut-towerbracing, a driveshaft loop, sub connectors, a Panhard rod, and a1.25-inch drop spindle (June release date) among other things.Granatelli also showcased underdrive pulleys, 2.5 and 3-inch exhaustsystems, mid-length headers, a twin 62mm throttle body, fuel rails, anda "slot-in" mass air meter to give the '05-'06 cars a conventional massair meter, thus allowing easy cold-air-kit installs. Of course, theheadliner is the company's new Fuego tuner, which is the first flashtuner to incorporate direct input from a wideband oxygen sensor.
One of many companies to promo a cold-air intake for the S197 Mustang,Green Filters [(724)-430-2050; www.greenfilterusa.com].
Tom's Top 10
1. Shelby CS6
Sure, it's a V-6 Mustang from an old, old-school tuner, but itsrock-star reception signified the enduring power of traditional hotrodding on classically American cars.
2. Eagle 4.6 Stroker Crankshaft
Mod engines need displacement, and grinding stock cranks doesn'twork--this does.
3. Comp Cams XFI Camshafts
Pushrod power builders in a sea of '05 Mustang parts is continuing goodnews, and these sticks take hydraulic rollers further than ever.
4. Edelbrock Two-Valve Intakes
Has there been a mainstream performance V-8 that's gone so long with sofew intake choices? Finally, there are some carbureted alternatives fromthe Edelbrock powerhouse.
5. Comp Cams eDIST2
One of many electronic gizmos at SEMA that allow creative enginebuilding and tuning.
Another much-needed step forward for e-tuning; this one approachesaffordability and doesn't require tons of specialized hardware.
7. Moroso Modular Parts
Moroso's line of brackets and plumbing fixtures is exactly the sort ofsmall, not-so-glamorous stuff that eases engine building--excellent newsfor modular engine builders.
8. MSD Modular Ignition Controller
It facilitates carbureted modulars; how else can the average guy do thisstuff?
9. Superchips Custom Tuning Strategy Flash Device
It's quick to market on the hot new Mustang, and gives just the rightamount of e-tuning capability without being too complex.
10. TCI 2005 Torque Converter
A significant hardware upgrade for the legions of automatic late-modelMustangs. End sidebar
If the new Mustang's grille looks like a bland sea of plastic to you,Grillcraft [(310) 970-0300; www.grillcraft.com]has a nice billet solution to make your car stand out from the crowd.
Ground Force Suspension
A straightforward lowering spring set, the Ground Force [(724) 430-2069;www.groundforce.com]bits for the '05-'06 Mustangs includes four springs, isolators, and analignment kit.
Black chrome seems the new rage in wheels; Halibrand [(866) 526-2111; www.halibrand.com]showed its Cobra III wheels with that finish on this pea-greenlate-model. That's a Thalon body kit over the 18-inch Cobra IIIs.Halibrand is promising a limited-production program of finished carslike this using Vortech blowers, Steeda suspension, the Thalon kit, andthe functional side pipes shown here. Complete Halibrand Specials willbe built at Halibrand Performance Centers. Simpler wheel and tire orperformance packages were also listed.
Promising low dust, quiet operation, and increased rotor life, HawkPerformance [(440) 528-4000; www.hawkperformance.com] debuted a line of Performance Ceramic brake pads for all thepopular applications.
How many of you have busted your knuckles or nearly lost your minds fromthe frustration of trying to remove spark plugs that are blocked byheaders tubes? Well, the ultimate in access tools is now available.HeaderSockets [(951) 677-4992; www.headersockets.com] are CNC-machined, 4130 aircraft-grade chrome-moly sockets that aredesigned for removing spark plugs from seemingly impossible positions ona Mustang equipped with equal-length short- or long-tube headers.HeaderSockets feature unique slotting, which shortens the sockets'effective length and makes installation on a plug possible (using theshort sockets) with slightly less than 0.500 clearance between the endof the spark-plug tip and a header tube or other obstruction.HeaderSockets come in short, mid, and full-length sets for both 5/8- and13/16-size spark plugs.
Hedman had the new Mustang covered with both long- and short-tubeheaders for the Three-Valve GT engine. Both headers employ 15/8-inchtubing; the short-tubes are equal-length bags of snakes with astock-type collector, 3/8-inch flanges, and an E.O. number pending. Areplacement part, they are ceramic-coated 28-gauge mild steel. Thelong-tubes are generally the same construction, but use a 3-inch slipconnector and cannot be E.O. numbered, of course. Hedman [(562)921-0404; www.hedman.com] offersmatching X-pipes, without cats, for both long and short headers. Pricingwas not available at the show.
Hellion Power Systems
NMRA Super Street Outlaw former champion John Urist introduced hiscompany's new turbo system for the '05 Mustang. The Hellion system[(505) 873-4670; www.hellionpowersystems.com] was still in the final testing stages, butwe were glad to get an early look and can't wait to have an opportunityto put the final product to the test. The hot-side tubing on this thingis killer.
With software there isn't much to show in a photo, but HPTuners [(330)963-0981; www.hptuners.com] wasoffering its sophisticated, full-service VCM Suite 2.0. Working throughyour laptop and the vehicle's OBD port, this software performs all theusual tuning tasks and modification adaptations, along with clearingdiagnostic codes, sensor scanning, performing logging functions, andmuch more. Ford systems are due out in early 2006, said HPTuners, whichis also offering tuner shop packages. The starting price for VCMSuite2.0 is $499; for more HPTuners news, see the Superchips entry inthis story.
Holley Performance Products
Holley [(270) 782-2900; www.holley.com] displayedthe wicked, 1,000hp, ProCharger-blown, pump-gas monster you see here.Tom Wilson gives us a closer look at this blow-through carb engine'smakeup in our April '06 issue. Of course, Holley and its affiliatebrands offered a whole rash of new gear for performance maniacs,including an NOS digital nitrous-pressure regulator, an NOS miniprogressive controller, a new Two-Valve 4.6 throttle body, Hookerexhaust gear, and much more.
Hot Rods & Horsepower
Showing off a wild Shelby Cobra Deuce street rod was Hot Rods &Horsepower [(203) 481-1932; www.hotrodsandhorsepower.com]. Based on a '32 Ford Roadster, this rideis powered by a 600hp, 600-lb-ft FRPP Cammer boosted by a Paxton Novi2000. The company is building only 100 vehicles and they retail for$135,000. We'd be happy with one of these engines for our next Fox Rod.
The phrase "fun in the sun" takes on new meaning for '05-'06 Mustangowners. Inalfa Sunroofs [(800) 521-9753; www.inalfasunroofs.com] gives us this first look at its incredible new "EVO Sport," aninbuilt sunroof for S197s that meets all federal motor vehicle safetystandards. The full-featured EVO Sport includes One Touch programmingfor automatic open, close, and vent positions, a Venus glass panel thatreduces UV light and heat penetration, and an integrated pop-up winddeflector that eliminates wind noise. Each EVO Sport has a unique andpatented headliner safety system attachment and sliding interiorsunshade, made of a smooth and attractive fabric that matches thefactory headliner.
Joining the ranks of S197 suspension tuners, Ingalls Engineering [(800)641-9795; www.ingallseng.com]adds to its replacement-parts business with a decidedly performancelineup of gear for the S197 Mustang. Ingalls is currently offering theexpected chassis bracing, lowering springs, control arms, and such, butthe company is promising big things in the future. Many of its partswill include rugged forgings, so durability should be top-notch. Ingallsalso offers a trick engine torque damper dubbed the "Stiffy." It keepsthe engine in its place, but introduces less vibration than a solid Heimjoint.
Speed Pro and Power Flow cold-air intake systems are Injen Technology's[(909) 839-0706; www.injen.com] offering for'05-'06 V-8 and V-6 Mustangs. The company, better known for itsinduction and exhaust systems for the sport-compact world, incorporatesthe same MR Technology used on the imports, for super-safe (air/fuelparameters are kept in check so there's no need for additional tuning)horsepower and torque gains on the fabulous new Fords.
The LC-1 Lambda cable is a new wideband controller from InnovateMotorsports [(949) 502-8400; www.tuneyourengine.com]. This cool unit, built entirely into a sealed cable, includes onedigital input and two programmable analog outputs and captures data onexactly how rich or lean an engine is running at any load. The cablealso features self-calibrating circuitry that has the ability toinstantly compensate for changes in temperature, altitude, and sensorcondition. The LC-1 is available for less than two-hundred bucks, withor without the wideband O2 sensor, and can be used on race or streetMustangs that use many popular data loggers, stand-alone ECUs, piggybackfuel and timing controllers, OBD II software, or chip programmers.
Always aggressive on making exhaust parts for the latest hot rods, JBA[(619) 229-7797; www.jbaheaders.com]was out in front with Mustang fitments at SEMA. With the usualshort-tube stuff covered, JBA was showing new long-tube headers with3-inch collectors for big-power Three-Valve Mustangs, with matchingH-pipes and exhaust. The company also announced its '05 Mustangaxle-back kit is now available in stainless steel, and for only $375.The same kit in standard aluminized form is $315, for example. And forthe V-6 guys, JBA now has a true dual 21/2-inch exhaust its says is goodfor 14 additional horsepower. JBA already has V-6 headers, but hasremained 50-state legal with the V-6 gear, so even with headers andaxle-back the stock center section with cats remains.
New in the K&N booth was this '05-'06 Mustang GT FIPK cold air unit. Ituses the well-known K&N [(951) 826-4100; www.knfilters.com]technology to achieve a claimed 15hp power increase. Pricing was notset, but the slot for relocating the mass air meter element is clearlyvisible. Not ready for release, but coming, is a hydrocarbon trap forV-8 and V-6 late-model Mustangs. It features a rounded air inlet of hardplastic designed to pick up power while keeping the engine emissionslegal.
Looking mighty fine was the Kenny Brown Boss Sixty Nine posing in theUnique Performance display in front of the main exhibit halls. Alimited-production tuner car, this one carried KB [(317) 247-5320; www.kennybrown.com]serial number 06X-001CSR, and was completely decked out for open-trackaction at the least with all the road-racing cues both past and present.The rolling stock is Pirelli on Forgeline modular wheels; the tire sizesare 295/30ZR18 front and 315/30ZR18 rear.
Kenwood[(800) KENWOOD; www.kenwoodusa.com] iscelebrating its 25th Anniversary with a big push dubbed "Listen to theFuture." This slogan is the harbinger of some exciting new technologiesthat should help you more easily integrate all the entertainmentpossibilities in your home, computer, and portable devices into yourmobile entertainment systems. The company displayed a number of cool newproducts, including some limited edition, 25th Anniversary gear such asthe XXV-05V in-dash entertainment center, with a TV, aDVD-Video/DVD-Audio player, and WMA and MP3 music file playbackcapability. The all-in-one video unit includes a 5.1 channel DSPprocessor, a TV tuner, and amplifier. The XXV-05V will be available inMay with a suggested retail price of $2,600.
How many times have you tried to assemble AN fittings andstainless-steel braided hose, and were damn-near brought to tears fromthe pain and frustration of enduring hundreds of tiny cuts in yourfingers and hands, the result of trying to muscle a fitting onto thefrayed end of the hose? Well, Dick Raczuk's brainchild--Koul Tools--putsan end to your pain and suffering. Koul Tools [(928) 854-6706; www.koultools.com] areglass-filled, nylon funnel-like devices that can compress slightly, oreven wildly frayed braided line, and make installing AN fittings on anysize hose (from -4 to -16) literally a piece of cake. When it comes toa "why didn't I think of that?" tool, Koul Tools are it.
KONI Shock Absorbers
Suspension science goes to the next level with KONI's [(800) 922-2616;www.koni-na.com] DragRacing Shock Controller and Data Acquisition System. This device, whichhigher-end NMRA or Fun Ford Weekend (Pro or Outlaw) racers wouldprobably benefit more from than Factory Stock competitors or bracketwarriors, allows for independent mapping of time-based shock adjustmentsfor optimum traction (based on track conditions). The programming isdone via a laptop computer, and shock data can be downloaded after a runfor analysis of suspension motion and speed.
We think this is a neat way to store and protect your winter,spring/summer, or even racing tires. It's the Tire Garage offered byKurgo Products [(877) 847-3868; www.kurgo.com]. This"garage" allows you to keep tires outside and frees up extra space inthe garage, basement, or other storage area. The cover is made from thesame weatherproof, durable material used for making boat covers andawnings, and resists mildew throughout years of exposure to theelements. The standard model covers tires up to 27 inches in diameter.An XL Tire Garage is also available, and will protect tires that are upto 32 inches in diameter.
Now available are KW's [(559) 875-0222; www.kwsuspensions.com] '05 Mustang offerings, which span their sport shock and coiloverlines. The Variant 1 dampers are pre-set and yield a daily driver ride.The racy Variant 3 is for weekend track action and featuredouble-adjustability using variable low- and mid-speed damping alongwith stock high-speed damping and stiff low-speed action to combatsquat. Expect a $1,300 price tag for the coilovers.
Not our normal thing, but LSD Doors [(559) 875-0222; www.lsd-doors.com] wasone of many offering "Lambo" style up-and-out door hinges at SEMA. ItsMustang offering seems well engineered from massive laser-cut steelplates and high-quality hardware. A gas damper aids opening; safetieshelp in side impacts.
Welcome Magnuson to the 2005 blower market. At SEMA, Magnuson [805)642-8833; www.magnusonproducts.com] showed its upgraded Three-Valve Mustang kit, which is builtaround an Eaton MP112 (112 cubic inches) blower. The interestingjackshaft ("auxiliary drive," in Magnuson parlance) was made from steelat SEMA, but will be carbon fiber in production. And the eight-rib driveshown will likely be upgraded to 10-rib specification. The system isavailable intercooled (about $4,500) and non-intercooled (about $3,500),includes a bypass, and uses the stock throttle body. Polished orpowdercoated finish is available.
Long known for its clean, widely popular alternator bracket for 5.0Mustangs that eliminates the god-awful hunk of cast aluminum the factoryused, March Performance [(734) 729-9070; www.marchperformance.com] introduced its Mid-Mount A/C Serpentine Kit at the SEMA show.The new, one-piece bracket setup is compact, and mounts the A/Ccompressor below the alternator on carbureted or EFI 302s withreverse-rotation water pumps. Each kit comes complete with stainlesssteel tensioning rods, chrome-moly rod ends, and all of the necessaryhardware for easy, bolt-on installation.
Manley [(732) 905-3366; www.manleyperformance.com] hasn't lost any time tooling up for theThree-Valve Mustang and 5.4 engines, and had pistons, valvesprings, andvalves at the SEMA show. These included some of its severe-duty Iconeland more typical stainless steel valves, plus a Three-Valve-specificforged piston and a Pro Series I-beam con rod for 4.6 engines. Using300M aircraft-grade material, Manley says it is exceptionally light andstrong. All of these rods are shot-peened and Magnafluxed, and they'refitted with 7/16-inch ARP capscrews. They carry a 900hp/8,500-rpm ratingand a retail price of $2,000 or more per set.
Ever wish you had a computer right in your car so you could tune it,slam this magazine on some message board, or even download an MP3? Wellwhat if you had a PC right in your dash? British tech firm Maxan [+82 53588 4100; www.infill.co.kr] isready to help with its in-dash Infill multimedia PC. Not only does thissystem run Windows XP, it also offers navigation, plays movies, storesand plays up to 10,000 digital songs on its 40-gig hard drive, playstelevision, and even has provisions for satellite radio! And--yes--itcan access the Internet wirelessly.
Maximum Motorsports [(805) 544-8748; www.maximummotorsports.com] took us by surprise with its full, newindependent suspension for the S197 Mustang from. The company has hadgood luck with its IRS race cars and obviously decided to port some ofthat technology to the latest Mustang. We'll bring you the full scoop onthis system as soon as development is wrapped up.
Moroso [(203) 453-6571; www.moroso.com] had oilpans, and this year the company was showing a modular V-8 positivelydripping with its parts. These included billet fuel rails, an electricwater-pump drive kit, fabbed valve covers, clear jacketed plug wires, a-16 AN water neck, an oil-filter adapter, an oil-pump mounting kit (forexternal oil pumps), a vacuum-pump mounting kit, and one of Moroso'suniversal drive mandrels that projects off the front of the harmonicdamper. The oil-filter adapter seems a significant part to us; itfacilitates remote oil filters, coolers, and plumbing external pumps.
S197 Mustang madness continues! Moser [(260) 726-6689; www.moserengineering.com] showed us its beefy new, direct-fit axles for the latest'Stangs. Made from the same custom alloy that Moser uses for its raceaxles, these new C-clip pegs are almost 30 percent stronger than the OEMpieces and are ready to take on generous amounts of street/strip furywithout failing. Blessed by both NHRA and IHRA for competition use,installing these babies is a wise choice if your Mustang sees a fairshare of dragstrip action.
Mr. Gasket, another aftermarket powerhouse, acts as the umbrella forsuch prestigious brands as ACCEL, Hurst, and Lakewood. Each company hadsomething new to offer for the Mustang crowd, including coil-on-plugcoils from ACCEL, a full line of S197 shifters from Hurst (V-8, V-6, andTremec swap), as well as a bolt-on Lakewood Watts Link for the S197 rearsuspension.
The guys with the red boxes have been working. We liked the new GMRpickup shift light, which uses an inductive pickup to signal astate-of-the-art LED shift light; it's the easy way with coil-on-plugmodulars, modern diesels, and other tough tach-signal customers. Thosewho put Holleys on their modulars, MSD [(915) 857-5200; www.msdignition.com]will have a $399 red box this spring or early summer to control thedistributorless ignition. It plugs into the stock wiring, pumps a littlemore spark energy, allows custom spark tuning, step retards, andadvances, along with vacuum advance. For NASCAR and other big-moneyracers, a new HVC Pro Racing distributor is available with dual Hallpickups and other goodies to go 9,000 rpm all day long. More down toearth is the Digital E-Curve Pro-Billet distributor, a stand-alone unitwith screwdriver-controlled pots for rev-limiting and timing-curvedials. A drop-in and three-wire installation make it a neat and cleanunit (no external red box is required). The 302 version is availablenow, and the 351W is due mid-year. A new gray box--the Smart Switch--islike the old window switches, but now it's for anything with a five-voltsignal, such as the TPS and MAF. It will apply either a ground or 12volts to control the system you wire into it. MSD now has a line ofgauges called Lazer Gauges. They are real Doc Raynoid stuff, have noneedles, are accurate to 2 rpm out of 10,000 rpm, are fast acting, anduse a spinning LED to provide arc sweeps as visual indicators. The lineincludes tachs, boost, oil pressure, water temp, volts, air/fuelmonitor, fuel level, and are best previewed on the Web site. Look for aGen II fuel-management system, which is a collaboration between MSD andBig Stuff 3.
Control of your nitrous system is practically unlimited with NitrousExpress' [(888) GO-FAST-1; www.nitrousexpress.com] new Maximizer 2, a progressive controller that delivers theperformance of a nitrous user's dreams. Some of the cool features ofthis wonder box include: Dual-stage independent output channels(independent profiles for each channel), time-based ramped delivery ofnitrous and fuel (unique programmable delay and ramp times for up toeight gears), a throttle-based modifier of nitrous and fuel (reducesnitrous delivery by up to 35 percent based on throttle position), geardetection for manual and automatic transmissions, inputs for the armingswitch, bottle-heater enable switch, trigger switches, throttleposition, tach signal, nitrous pressure, and air/fuel ratio (narrow orwideband). If you're gonna spray, do it the right way! The company alsohas a direct-fit plate system for the '05-'06 GT.
New for 2005 from Painless Wiring [(817) 244-6212; www.painlessperformance.com] is the PERFECT (Painless ElectronicReprogrammable Fuel and Engine Control Technology) wiring system for'86-'95 5.0 'Stangs. In a move that directly addresses Mustangenthusiasts' calls for a simple, plug-and-play wiring and processorsystem that's designed specifically for an EFI 5.0 transplantapplication (into a stripped 'Stang with no wiring or enginemanagement), Painless has eliminated the need for using costly andcomplicated aftermarket systems that require elaborate programming justto get the engine to run. In testing, PERFECT scored well when comparedwith the tried-and-true EEC IV system, producing 15 additionalhorsepower and a total of 305 lb-ft of torque from a stone stocker thatmustered only 293 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm with the factory equipment.
Paxton[(888) 9-PAXTON; www.paxtonautomotive.com] already had the '05 V-8 Mustang market covered with its1200-series standard supercharger ($3,890) and 2200 charge-cooledinstallations ($5,260), so the big news at SEMA was the Shelby CS6 inthe Paxton booth. A joint venture with Carroll Shelby, the CS6 is an'06 V-6 Mustang fitted with a Paxton intercooled package (theintercooling is a CS6 exclusive) rated at 350 hp. All the usual Shelbylogos, restyling, and certifications are present, along with Baerbrakes, Borla exhaust, and an upgraded suspension. It's a great-lookingcar that should perform vigorously, and having Carroll Shelby in thePaxton booth didn't hurt. Paxton is offering the V-6 Mustang kit--sansintercooler--outside of the Shelby agreement. It continues to offer allprevious Mustang kits, back to modernized carburetor blow-throughsystems for '60s Mustangs and its 351W engine-swap cousins. If you haveCS6 questions, give Shelby a buzz at (702) 932-6272 or www.shelbyautos.com.
Now the factory fill lubricant on all new Roush Mustangs PennzoilPlatinum synthetic oil [www.pennzoilplatinum.com] is trying to demystify synthetic oils for the mainstream,while letting us serious performance people know Pennzoil is using anexclusive, higher-quality base stock in its Platinum product. This basestock is set to better reject contaminants, which should better protectyour engine.
Talk about range, PerTronix [(909) 599-5955; www.pertronix.com]makes solid-state ignitions for just about everything (the back cover ofits catalog shows a drag car, a '65 Mustang, a mega-motor drag boat, afork lift, and a restored Farmall tractor). Now the company makes adrop-in 351W distributor, CNC-hewn from billet and filled withPerTronix's bulletproof Ignitor II module, which offers adaptive dwelland energetic coil energy. With no ignition box required, this is anaffordable way to update worn-out distributors with updated spark andzero maintenance.
The new AVIC-Z1 is as exciting a mobile audio/video/navigation productas we've seen since Pioneer [www.pioneerelectronics.com] debuted its AVIC line. The big news with theZ1 is an included 30-gig hard drive, which holds all the navigationmaps. This means your DVD/CD is free to play whatever you want. Andwhatever you want is just what the AVIC-Z1 will do. It plays movies,MP3s, connects to your iPod, offers XM or Sirius compatibility, has theaforementioned navigation, and is capable of utilizing XM's helpfulNavTraffic service, which tells you the quickest ways around trafficjams. We can't come close to listing all its capabilities, which is whatmakes the AVIC-Z1 so cool.
Professional Products' [(323) 779-2020; www.professional-products.com] Typhoon intake manifold for 4.6-litermodulars was another teaser. The intake, developed in conjunction withRick Anderson of Anderson Ford Motorsport, makes a reported 23additional horsepower over a stock piece at 6,300 rpm. A bolt-inperformance intake manifold is something the Two-Valve masses have beendemanding for a long time, and this one might be close. Stay tuned, aswe're sure we'll have more information on the Typhoon or any other newintakes in the near future.
Another suspension company with a full line of Mustang springs, shocks,and sway bars, Progress Group [(714) 575-1193; www.progressauto.com] had already debuted its '05 Mustang offerings when the SEMA show camearound. First seen on the Crazy Horse II show car, Progress Group hascoilovers or simple lowering springs and shocks, sway bars, frontsway-bar links, and an adjustable tubular Panhard bar for the latestMustang.
Should any proof the new Mustang is a hot item be required, considerthat ProParts [(301) 595-5767; www.propods.com] showedall sorts of A-pillar and dash gauge pods for the newest Mustang atSEMA. Furthermore, its line of SPEK instruments are designed to matchthe stock '05 Mustang's instruments in all respects (including sevenlighting colors). This is a full line of instruments (all the way out toEGT, transmission-oil temperature, and other esoterica), and featuresprogrammable shift-point lights, a 52mm tach that can beA-pillar-mounted to avoid drilling the dash, plug-and-play installation,chrome, aluminum or black bezels, clear or smoke lenses, and so on.
Prothane's newest offering was a full kit for the '05 Mustang. Itincludes all the normal suspension bushings and shifter bushings for thenotorious '05 shifter. Other newer Prothane [(714) 979-4990; www.prothane.com] partsinclude Cobra IRS bushings, 4.6 engine mounts, and Bullitt motor mounts.
Pypes Performance Exhaust
Pypes Performance Exhaust [(800) 421-3890; www.pypesexhaust.com] debuted its S917 GT exhaust system in Vegas. The 21/2-inch X-pipe isavailable in an aluminized or ceramic coating and features high-flowcatalytic converters. Pypes has fitments for '79-'05 Mustangs withshort-tube headers. The company also has after-cat systems for Mustangs
Quaker State [www.quakerstate.com]is moving its Q line of synthetic lubricants upmarket with a premiumbase stock, and expanding into gear lubricants and radiator coolingadditives.
Serious competition clutches are what Quartermaster [(888) clutch1; www.raceclutch.com]deals in. New this year is a 5.5-inch Duratech lightweight, one-piece,iron flywheel for Quartermaster clutches. The company recommends itsV-Drive clutch for sprint and club racers, and its Pro-Series for enduroapplications.
Recaro North America
If you really want to class up your Mustang and cool off your rearend,check out Recaro's [(248) 364-3818; www.recaro-nao.com]new premium seat, the Magnifica. This luxury seat features poweradjustable side bolsters, lumbar support, heat adjustment, and tiltangle. It also packs in heating and cooling, so it looks good, feelsgood, and keeps you comfortable. Recaro has also added anotherchild-safety seat to its line. The latest seat, the Recaro Young Sport,is designed to keep your child safe for many years, as it works forchildren 18-80 pounds.
Jack Roush addressed the SEMA faithful and pledged that his companywould make a return to its drag-racing roots with its Roush PerformanceCompetition Parts [(800) 59-ROUSH; www.roushperformance.com] line. NMRA Modular Muscle racer Don Bowles' '05 GT was onprominent display at the Roush booth and was proof ol' Jack isn'tkidding around. On the horsepower front, though, Roush introduced itsnew ROUSHcharger, a Roots-style blower and intake manifold for4.6-Liter, Three-Valve Mustang GTs. When equipped with high-flow fuelinjectors and lower-heat-range spark plugs that are included in theROUSHcharger package, the huffer produces 430 hp at 6,300 rpm and 385lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm on the '05-'06 'Stang's Three-Valve mill.If you can get it hooked, that's certainly enough for a little "grudgenight" fun. Roush is also offering its own line of wheels.
Shown here is the S&B '05 Mustang show car, which is wearing a ClassicDesign Shaker hoodscoop (similar to the Mach 1's), with S&B's newcold-air kit attached. S&B [(909) 947-0015; www.sbfilters.com] saysthe clear cover section allows quick filter inspection, and a machinedmass air adapter plate gives a more secure mounting for the stock massair element. Stainless steel hardware is used. No pricing was availableat show time, but S&B says its stick-on logos are being changed to aless conspicuous molded-in design.
Saleen [(949) 597-4900; www.saleen.com] alsodebuted its new supercharger for the '05-'06 Mustangs. The company'sSeries VI integrated TwinScrew supercharger with two-stage water-to-airintercooling system is a real looker of a blower system. The setupfeatures an integrated intake manifold, a blower housing/assembly, andan intercooler into one compact unit that nestles into the block betweenthe heads, and allows for a much wider intake manifold. A second 'coolerfor this kit is mounted down in the air dam, below the engine radiator,and assists the intercooler that's mounted up top. Saleen says thisdesign is much more maintenance-friendly. It has one sealing surface,and only eight screws need to be removed for access to all of the blowercomponents. At only 5 pounds of boost, the Saleen Series VI intercooledsupercharger reportedly makes 400 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
Carbon fiber is cool, no matter what the application. Seibon [(909)444-5900; www.seibon.com], anewcomer to the Ford aftermarket block, introduced its CF hoods, trunklids, and doors for the new Mustang, and we gotta tell you--they'reabsolutely sick. They are lightweight, clean fitting, and damn-nearexact replicas of the factory steel pieces. Seibon will no doubt be acompany to watch for future Mustang-specific products.
While we know about VDO's gauges, but as often as we install larger fuelinjectors, we'll all probably get to know more about Siemens VDO's[(610) 289-0488; www.siemensvdo.com/usa] new line of racing fuel injectors. They are available in 36-, 55-,63-, 72-, and 83-lb/hr flow rates.
Nothing beats cruising down the highway with an endless selection ofmusic, and the radio doesn't always play the stuff you want to hear.Enter the new Xplod MEX-1GP by Sony [(888) 222-SONY; www.sony.com/xplod].This advanced AM/FM, CD/MP3 receiver is capable of storing as many as500 of your favorite tracks, thanks to one gigabyte of flash memory anda USB port incorporated directly in the unit's "Giga Panel" faceplate.Simply plug it up to your PC and drag in your MP3 and WMA files. Wespoke at length with Andrew Sivori, Sony's director of marketing formobile electronics (Andrew's a big-time 'Stang nut), and he told us thatthe unique, Giga Panel receiver was designed as a way for "serious musicfans to have large, personalized collections of songs in their vehicleswithout the hassle of CDs scattered all over the car." And the beat goeson...
Squires Turbo Systems
Intercooled "twins" on an '05 Mustang GT?! When we first heard about theSTS twin-turbo 'Stang (the turbos are mounted in the rear) prior to theSEMA show, we thought it would look insane. Well, it does. It looksinsane, awesome, unreal, and phenomenal. The Utah-based company is ontosomething special with this unique setup, and says that by mounting theturbos in the rear and under the Mustang, it has eliminated the heatproblem that's common to a lot of underhood turbo installations.According to STS [(866) WE-TURBO; www.ststurbo.com], theremote-mounted turbos run cooler with no additional lag and require nomajor modifications to the car.
Stainless Steel Brakes
SSBC [(800) 448-7722; www.ssbrakes.com] showedoff its 13-inch Tri Power brake upgrade for the latest Mustang. Thecalipers feature three 38mm pistons for plenty of clamping force on the1.25-inch-thick rotors. The kit retails for $1,195.
A division of KW, STS suspension [(559) 875-0222; www.stsuspensions.com] offers coils, dampers, bars, and bushings for mainly the sportcompact crowd, but the company has late-model Mustang offerings as well.They also have Fusion parts, and one of just a handful of Fusions at theshow. Fusion is a good car, is selling well, and will get the SVTtreatment from Ford--something to keep in mind if you're in the marketfor a passenger-oriented ride.
The Superchips [(407) 585-7000; www.superchips.com]standard plug-in MAX MicroTuner for the '05-'06 Mustang was at SEMA. Itretails for $465, plugs into the car's data port, gives three Superchipsperformance-engine-management tunes, overrides Ford's rev limits, allowscontrol of the cooling fans, gives diagnostic codes, and improvesdriveability. Superchips says the MAX MicroTuner is good for 15 hp (withpremium fuel, of course). In the photo is the flashpaq from Superchips'newest division, Superchips Racing. With input from software partnerHPTuners, the flashpaq is aimed at sophisticated e-tuners--mainly shopsworking with modified cars. It gives almost unlimited engine-managementcontrol (fuel, spark, knock sensor calibration, shift speeds, mass airtransfer functions, and such), offers graphs, and on and on.Furthermore, Superchips allows you to upload and sell your softwaretunes through its server, and you're paid for each sale.
Superchips Custom Tuning
Last year, SCT [(866) 688-3049; www.sctflash.com] ownedthe world with the XCalibrator flash tuner that could handle late-modelFords; this year it's released the Strategy Flash Device. Thedifference? The XCalibrator is simply a tuning tool that comes blankfrom SCT and requires attention from an SCT dealer. The Strategy FlashDevice is loaded with three tune-ups and offers numerous tuningoptions/controls. Many parameters--such as fuel, spark, gear ratios, andinjectors--can be changed. Datalogging and diagnostic-code housekeepingis onboard as well. All interesting late Ford applications are alreadysupported (including Mustang, Cobra, Lightning, and F-150), with more onthe way. SCT says the new box is worth 17 hp for the '05 Mustang GT, 11hp for '99-'01 Cobras, and 15 hp for '99-'04 Mustang GT.
Another new exhaust player for the S197 Mustang is Supreme Performance[(800) 251-5932; www.supremeperformance.com], which offers an axle-back system for thenew GT. The company also offers after-cat systems for '86-'04 Mustangs,including a '99-'04 Cobra system with a rear X-pipe.
Venerable ignition specialist Taylor [(816) 765-5011; www.taylorcabletv.com] had a totally new twist at SEMA--a programmable, drop-in,multi-spark, "distributorless" ignition system for engines withdistributors. It uses a billet unit that looks like a distributor andfits in the same place, but outputs to a coil pack. Various programmabletiming curves and rev limits, rpm-activated switches, and so on areprovided; all small-block Ford applications are covered. Taylor also hada 16-volt, 150-amp racing alternator for you guys with the big fuelpumps.
TCI [(662) 224-8972; www.tciauto.com] washappy about its '05 Mustang torque converter. Apparently Ford left thema lot of room to tighten tolerances and, of course, build a moreperformance-oriented torque converter. The company was adamant itsconverter was worth 0.4 second in the quarter, and thought some folksmight see as much as a 0.6-second improvement. The converter features ahigher stall stator (approximately 3,000-rpm stall), modified impellerblades, needle bearings, and furnace brazing (natch). No pricing was setat show time. For C4 and C6 fans, TCI was showing Ultimate Streetfightertorque converters built to handle up to 1,200 hp, plus Max-Coolcast-aluminum pans for 5R110, E40D, 4R100, and the legions of AOD,AOD-E, 4R70W boxes. Better shift kits (C4/C6, AOD-E/4R70W), dipsticktubes, and Lightning Stick shifters for traditional Ford trans (C4/C6),diesel torque converters, and pans, and even a new elastomer harmonicdamper were also announced.
To showcase its relatively new D-Spec wide-range adjustable dampers,Tokico [(310) 898-3080; www.tokicogasshocks.com] built an '05 Mustang augmented with, among other items, aVortech blower, Baer brakes, Cobra seats, JBA long-tube headers, aClassic Design Concepts front splitter, 5Zigen 19x9- and 19x10-inchwheels, BFG 275/35 and 295/35 tires, PIAA lights, a Techno Squarerollcage, and Auto Explosion custom paint. It's a sharp looker anddefinitely designed to run, so chances are high we'll log some seat timebefore too long.
The hottest news from Trick Flow [(330) 630-1555; www.trickflow.com] wasconfirmation that it'll have an "innovative" 4.6 Two-Valve intakemanifold by mid-2006. You could put your hands on new CNC porting andslightly relocated spark plugs to reduce cracking on the R-Series,Twisted-Wedge, and High-Port cylinder heads (as-cast versions remainavailable), along with a pair of 460 single-plane--plus atunnel-ram--intakes.
If you want to dress up your gnarly brake calipers without removing orpainting them, check out the caliper covers from Tuner 01 [(317)536-5319; www.tuner01.com]. Thecovers are available in silver, red, yellow, and carbon-fiber-looks.
In addition to its new Mustang radiators, Visteon [www.visteon.com] showedoff all its new electronic goods on a new Mazda5 (hey, Ford owns partof Mazda), including a cold-air-induction system with variable soundcontrol, a Bluetooth hands-free phone kit, its Bass Audio Sensation(which sends bass through the chassis instead of a speaker), and itsDockable Family Entertainment center (which allows making your car's DVDplayer portable and allows you to move it to another car equipped with adocking station.
How about fresh seat covers for your Fox Mustang or retro-style coversfor your S197? Vizualogic [(951) 272-1006; www.tmiproducts.com]has you covered either way with its new upholstery.
New in the Vortech [(805) 247-0226; www.vortechsuperchargers.com] booth was this S-Trim, High-Outputsupercharged black-over-red '05 Mustang GT done with McCordMotorsport/Galpin Ford. Such dealer specials are gaining popularitybecause they're good for everyone--Ford dealers, aftermarket companies,and customers. This one carries a 3D carbon body kit installed andpainted by M&M Auto Arts/Creative Concept and Design, a Borla exhaust,Tokico suspension parts, Foose Design wheels, Baer Decela rotors, B&DRacing/HPTuning work, and a Starline interior. Vortech's '05 Mustang GTkit is available in standard (non-charge cooled) and High-Output (chargecooled), satin or polished form. Horsepower with the standard kit jumpsto 420; the High-Output version is said to pump 462 hp. Pricing is$3,889.95 and $5,259.95 respectively.
SEMA has an entire hall just for wheels and tires--it's so large no onecan see it all. But we saw Weld Racing's [(816) 922-6500; www.weldracing.com]Forged Star wheel on its in-house '05 Mustang GT project car. A 20-inchfitment, it was wearing 285/30 and 255/30 BFG tires. Other highlights ofthis ride are ProCharger supercharging, a Roush body kit, a Borlaexhaust, Bassani headers, HR springs, Baer slotted and drilled rotorswith four-piston calipers, a Steeda wing, Corbeau seats, and "Hot Hues"DuPont paint. Two-tone '05s must be in--check out the Vortech/GalpinMustang.
W.E.T. Special Products
Ever wished your seats were air conditioned in the summer? Nothing'sworse than jumping into a car with blistering hot seats. The ComfortCools cover from W.E.T. Special Products [(866) 838-6936; www.wet.de/englisch/index_e.htm] is an easy, add-on solution that will keepyour rear end cool on the long drive to the race or show.
This is probably the simplest entry in our lineup of SEMA products, butpound for pound it's one of the neatest things we saw at the show. Weall use or have used WD-40 [(619) 296-0605; www.wd40.com], and we alluse or have used the little red "straw" that's taped to every can toshoot the lubricant into tight areas with pinpoint accuracy. Not only isthe red straw a challenge to install in the nozzle, but for some reasonit never stays in the nozzle. Well, the folks at WD-40 finally devised amethod of keeping the straw with the can, at the ready whenever it'sneeded. Say hello to "Smart Straw." It sprays or streams wherever youpoint it, and never leaves the side of the can when you're done.
Willpak [(905) 827-0224; www.willpak.com] takesthe throwback '05 Mustang even closer to its old-school roots with thisrear-window-louver assembly. The standard louvers are made from texturedABS material, but a set of smooth slats can be ordered if that's moreyour liking. We recommend combining the louvers with Willpak'sside-window louvers (small or large sizes are available) or side-windowscoops, the hoodscoop, side quarter-scoops, and front valence for anall-around, fully classic look for your '05 'Stang.
Adding to its line of Ford forgings, Wiseco [(800) 321-1364; www.wiseco.com] hasreleased 302 flat-top and dished (reverse dome) pistons. These aresomewhat lower-cost units, but still come with Hastings plasma rings,chrome-moly pistons, and Spirolox pin retainers. Wiseco also reportsthat Roush is using its pistons in Roush crate engines. That's anatural, as Wiseco has a long history in NASCAR racing, making thecompany familiar to Roush and his customers.