Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
February 27, 2012

Auto Meter
We never cease to be amazed by the creativity at Auto Meter ( You'd think the company would have the gauge market covered by now, but they had plenty of new gear at SEMA. For the racing crowd, the new Ultimate DL Playback Tach offers the ability to download data to your computer. They also added wideband oxygen sensor gauges to their Carbon Fiber line, introduced a GPS-powered speedometer, and opened a custom shop for car builders that need a unique touch.

While popping in to talk about a custom car cover for Fox 500, we couldn't help but notice a Mustang modeling gear from Covercraft ( Not only does the company offer a full line of car covers available with Ford licensed logos, but it has Colgan bras, like the carbon-look protector on this car. Likewise the company offers the UVS100 Ultraviolet Shield for your 'Stang's windshield.

D.S.S. Racing
Besides its expansive offering of Ford pistons and engine kits, D.S.S. Racing ( displayed its own new cylinder head for small-block Fords. Taking its years of experience working with other heads, D.S.S. has put that knowledge into these new heads. Stay tuned to these pages for some test data on these deep breathers.

BBK Performance
The bolt-on kings at BBK Performance ( had a bountiful presence at SEMA. Not only did they expand their line of throttle bodies to include the 3.7-liter V-6, but they introduced a new line of Blackout CAIs. Most compelling of the bunch, however, was the company's clever new Vari-Tune muffler, which allow you to adjust the sound and flow of your Mustang's exhaust with the spin of a wrench.

Drowning out sound is Design Engineering's ( business, and business is good. DEI offered several new variants of its Boom Mat product at the show, including Moldable Noise Barrier, Thick, Leather Look, and Under Carpet Lite.

DynoMax Performance Exhaust
If you are a regular 5.0&SF reader (and really, why wouldn't you be?), you've already seen a custom installation of DynoMax's ( VT Muffler. That muffler technology is now available in a bolt-on, axle-back kit for '11-'12 3.7-liter Mustangs.

After a big push into the supercharger game, it was reassuring to see there are still new pushrod small-block cylinder heads pouring out of Edelbrock's ( foundries. The latest in that lineage for the small-block Ford is the E-205, which is said to support 6,500 rpm and 500 naturally aspirated horsepower. Also from the big E is a 5.8-liter version of the Performer RPM II intake manifold.

Holley Performance Parts
By now you are familiar with Holley's ( Dominator fuel pumps designed for high-powered applications, but the company is committed to offer a complete system approach, including the fuel lines and fittings. The latest upgrade in this line is its re-formulated Super Stock hose, which is better suited to handle the additives in modern fuels.

MSD Performance
MSD ( took home the coveted SEMA New Products award hardware for its Atomic EFI ( system. If you are looking for an easy way to upgrade your pre-'86 'Stang to EFI, MSD bills this system as one you can install in a day thanks to its single fuel line and self-tuning capabilities.

With the power being created by today's aftermarket-influenced Coyote 5.0s, there's no doubt that factory clutches will be pushed past their limits. Offering a more durable solution at the show was Exedy ( with its Ford Mustang 5.0 Twin-Plate Racing Clutch. Said to support more than 800 lb-ft of torque, this multi-plate clutch should handle what you can throw at it.