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

Kooks Custom Headers
If you read our story on Competition Auto's supercharger install on a Boss 302 Laguna Seca, you know Kook's Custom Performance ( was working on an exhaust system compatible with the Boss 302 side-exit exhaust—and here it is. This X-shape mid-pipe completes the link between Kooks' long-tubes and the factory side-exit pipes.

Optima Batteries
It's not too often we get excited about a battery charger, but knowing that Optima Batteries ( have special charging needs, it was great to see the stylish Digital 1200 charger. It won't be available till the spring of this year, but it will look right at home next to your Optima. Better yet, it won't just charge your car's battery, but it will revive your digital devices via its USB port

Ford Racing Performance Parts
From bigger Coyote throttle bodies to turn-key race cars, there is something for everyone in the latest group of parts from FRPP ( What came across as one of the highlights of the show for us was this prototype Cobra Jet display engine. It's a built Coyote wearing Boss heads and a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger that should just be a monster. What's even cooler is the 10-rib belt drive that will allow stepping up the boost on all FRPP-blown Coyotes. Though built for a race car, this belt drive—which includes an ATI overdrive damper—is still compatible with all the factory accessories.

McLeod Racing
Upgrading the hydraulic clutch line in an '05-and-up Mustang can really improve clutch feel, and McLeod ( offered a way to do just that with its Hi-flow A.N.-4 Stainless Steel Braided Hydraulic Line. If you own an earlier Mustang, the company also offers a '79-'04 Ford Mustang Hydraulic Conversion Kit.

If rear coilovers are your desire, QA1 ( presented this Mustang Bolt-In Rear Coilover Kit, which allows installing single- or double-adjustable shocks and a myriad of spring rates on your '79-'04 Mustang.

Fidanza Engineering
We know about Fidanza ( from its flywheels and clutches, but the company obviously agrees that the factory MT-82 shifter can use a little help. This stainless steel stick obviously shortens the shift throw, but it also retains the factory reverse lockout functionality.

MGP Caliper Covers
Hiding ugly stock calipers is the job handled by MGP Caliper Covers (, and now they offer a carbon-fiber-look, hydrocarbon-covered variant for those that have Editor Turner's fetish.

Quick Time Performance
One of my favorite products from the show was this electric exhaust cutout from Quick Time Performance ( It is designed as a direct bolt-on for the '11-'12 Boss 302 side-exit exhaust, and it allows you to open the side exhaust with the push of a remote button. It should be a big hit with the Boss crowd.

SCT Performance
Your author has been into Apple products since my dad brought home a Lisa computer in the '80s, so it's no big surprise that my backpack is full of iOS devices. Thanks to SCT's ( innovative, new iTSX hardware and companion app, you can now tune your Mustang from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. How cool is that? It was definitely cool enough to take home an award from SEMA. We can't wait to try it out.

Modern fuels can be rough on your fuel system, but TechAFX ( says its PTFE-lined hose is up to surviving what those fuels throw at it. Additionally, the critical part about this hose is that it is non-conductive, as PFTE is good for durability, but can conduct electricity. TechAFX says its fuel hose is both durable and safe.