Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
April 1, 2009
Contributers: Tom Wilson Photos By: Tom Wilson

Prothane [(714) 979-4990; www.prothane.com] has two new Mustang part numbers. For S197s there are front control arm bushings and brackets; these replace the liquid-filled stock bushing. Prothane also has urethane bushings for '99-'04 Cobra IRS rear suspensions.

Headlined by a new bumpsteer kit and caster-camber plates for S197 Mustangs, QA1's [800-721-7761; www.qa1.net] lineup with robust with new parts, including a new line of double-adjustable shocks.

Our pals at Raceskinz [02057a8.netsolhost.com] expanded its lineup of ultra-sexy carbon fiber stripe packages to include a kit for the GT500KR, joining the standard GT500 and Shelby GT kits in the company's lineup. The KR on display also highlighted the company's new carbon-fiber-lidded rear-seat-delete kit, Ford GT-style front seat upgrade, and carbon rear valance applique. The stripe kits are coming to for under the Shelby Performance Parts moniker.

Last year Roush Performance [(800) 597-6874; www.roushperformance.com] unveiled its P-51A at the SEMA show, this year it was the P-51B. Just 51 of these most-powerful-ever Roush cars will be built at $65,800 apiece; specifications are nearly identical to the 510hp P-51A, save for detail improvements. One such is the move to Cooper Zeon RS3 tires, said to be a worthy dry-weather specialized performer with a back-up wet weather ability. Look for the Cooper on all future Roush Mustangs.

Gadget freaks will be lining up to sell their wired tuners so they can upgrade to this sexy piece of tech from SCT [(407) 774-2447; www.sctflash.com], the Touch Screen Xtreme. This device has a base station that plugs into your car's OBD-II port. You can then hold or mount the touch screen where you like, and transmit tunes to the base station via Bluetooth. One the tunes are briskly downloaded to the base, they are then flashed to the car's processor. The Touch Screen Extreme also handles the expected diagnostic and datalogging functions.

Speaking of 'ol Carroll, it just wouldn't be a SEMA show without him showing up somewhere. This year we need looked no further than the Shelby booth where he helped announce his company's sponsorship of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas. The race will lengthened by 18 laps to make it the "Shelby 427"; collateral action includes the inevitable "Las Vegas Motor Speedway Limited Edition Shelby 427 package for the Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang." Owners of '07 and '08 Super Snakes can purchase the "pace car upgrade" by emailing shelby427@lvms.com. And you can guess how many of these upgrades will be available: 427.

No doubt a spin-off from Shelby production cars, Shelby Performance Parts [(702) 405-3509; www.shelbyperformanceparts.com] showed a bumpsteer kit for S197 Mustangs. Priced at $159.99 the tie-rods feature aluminum construction, rod end bearings and the all-important Shelby logo. Down in the booth we took a double take when poking inside the red Shelby GT500 Super Snake standing guard. Turns out it is a righthand-drive conversion for the Australian market by Crossover Car Conversions [00 61 3 9753 5822; www.crossover-car.com.au].

Putting on quite a display at SEMA, Silverhorse Racing [(321) 722-2813; www.silverhorseracing.com] had its project car and a nice group of new products on display, including a GT/CS grille insert, and Tru-Billet Switch Control Plates in chrome and satin finishes. The plates are not just overlays, but complete replacements, and Silverhorse reports that it takes a specialized CNC machine to create these masterpieces.