KJ Jones Senior Technical Editor
January 5, 2010
Photos By: KJ Jones

Horse Sense:
Remember the days when nitrous oxide used to (unfairly, in my opinion) get a bad rap as being the almighty destructor of 5.0-liter Mustang engines? Thankfully, things are a lot different (and better) now with regard to nitrous oxide kits for late-model Ponies. Read on and see one of the reasons.

When it comes to discussing power adders for late-model Mustangs, it seems like most of today's talk is centered around superchargers or turbochargers-especially for the latest additions to Ford's Pony Corral, '05-'10s. Seldom do we hear 'Stangbangers sing high praises about nitrous oxide. It doesn't matter whether cats are bench racing at the shop, at the track, or on the Internet, bold statements of wicked performance and questions about achieving impressive horsepower and torque gains usually include some mention of boost.

While blowers and turbos are cool in the grand scheme of things, as longtime enthusiasts we recall the days when nitrous systems were the only over-the-counter controlled substance that was available for supernaturally enhancing a Pony. As such, we think it's crucial to also keep juice in the minds of 'Stang owners with newer cars, especially when a company puts a new spin on the manner in which it is delivered. After all, oxide still leads all adders as far as extreme overall value is concerned.

Ny-Trex, a division of Design Engineering Incorporated-the folks who market the CryO2 brand of air-charge chillers-is one-such company that has given nitrous fresh breath, so to speak, with its new Triple-Threat wet system for '05-'10 Mustangs.

You're probably asking, what could there possibly be that's "new" for a Mustang wet system, right? Well, we initially wondered the same thing, when Ny-Trex's president, Ken Brahier, contacted us to schedule a meeting and demonstration of his company's unique new unit. While we agreed to the visit, apprehension was somewhat high because, for all intents and purposes, "nitrous is nitrous" in our book when it comes to bolt-on wet kits for street/strip 'Stangs.

Breaking it down purely from a components standpoint, basic nitrous wet systems all usually include 10- or 15-pound tanks, bottle brackets, braided line for nitrous and fuel flow, electrical gear, a nozzle, and, again, like other entry-level setups, solenoids. There usually are two (one for nitrous and one for fuel), and sometimes a third solenoid (that is used as purge valve). This is where the traditional systems and the all-new Triple-Threat nitrous unit from Ny-Trex (PN 110029: $1,126.05) differ.

Ny-Trex has taken the all-in-one idea to the next level. Not only is every piece you can imagine you'll ever need for a nitrous install included in the box, the company also has completely revolutionized solenoid technology for nitrous systems. This is thanks to its sleek three-solenoid system (from which the unit gets its Triple-Threat moniker), which incorporates nitrous, fuel, and purge solenoids into one single component.

Yes, it does sound a bit crazy, but the curiosity to see an all-inclusive solenoid structure in action resulted in the Ny-Trex Triple-Threat installation that is detailed in the following pages. The effort took us out to the Arizona desert for a visit with Tom Thompson and his team at AMP Performance in Phoenix. AMP's lead technician, Chris Ciolek, is the original owner of an '06 Mustang that was in need of a little more oomph. Believe it or not, it was still wanting for power after a brief and bad experience with increasing power with a supercharger; the blower failed, but thankfully did not cause any catastrophic engine damage.

With the Pony returned to its stock trim (with the exception of twin Shelby GT500 fuel pumps and an S&B CAI installed), we followed along as Chris went about installing this new nitrous kit on his steed, and, as we always do, evaluated the Triple-Threat's performance potential by putting the Mustang through its paces on the rollers of the Dynojet chassis dyno, once the pieces were in place.

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The Triple-Threat nitrous kit is without question the most all-inclusive, power-in-a-box setup that we've worked with in a long time. If you're not taking notes and photos like we were, all you need is a full, eight-hour day to lay the pieces in place, and another hour or so on the dyno for custom tuning if desired/if your nitrous jetting goes beyond the 125 shot that Ny-Trex endorses as "safe" for S197 Mustangs with stock bottom ends.

We find it ironic that this new nitrous brand is identified by, well, Tyrannosaurus Rex ... a dinosaur. While there's no arguing the fact that nitrous oxide definitely is the old school Mustang power adder, Ny-Trex's solenoid consolidation and all-inclusive packaging has us confident that nitrous won't be extinct any time soon.

On the Dyno
Even though Chris Ciolek's '06 Mustang GT is set up with dual Shelby GT500 fuel pumps, we didn't push the envelope with the new nitrous system from Ny-Trex. We only used a 100hp shot for our dyno test. Ultimately, the hundie is the best (and safest) entry-level setting for enthusiasts who are first-time users, and Ny-Trex doesn't recommend shooting more than 125 horses for stone-stock 'Stangs, anyway.

"Tuning" required nothing more than taking out two degrees of timing, and the impressive rear-wheel power and, moreso, torque improvement (shown in the table below) left Chris wondering why he ever wasted his time with his busted blower.

"My expectations were exceeded big time," Chris says. "With the solenoids' all-in-one design and the thoroughness of the system itself, everything comes together with little effort. The torque that it added on my stock engine is crazy. I'm gonna have a lot of fun with this Ny-Trex Triple-Threat deal. I was a little skeptical at first, but after seeing and feeling what it does on just a hundred shot, I have to say, it definitely is legit!"

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BaselineNytrexDifference
RPMPowerTorqueA/FPowerTorqueA/FPowerTorqueA/F
2,400127.00277.9218.000.000.000.00-127.00-277.92-18.00
2,600130.08262.7712.930.000.000.00-130.08-262.77-12.93
2,800140.33263.2212.550.000.000.00-140.33-263.22-12.55
3,000151.63265.4612.54162.74284.8918.0011.1119.435.46
3,200164.48269.9612.60271.34445.3517.60106.86175.395.00
3,400178.01274.9812.39284.12438.8914.46106.11163.912.07
3,600195.63285.4112.06311.85454.9614.40116.22169.552.34
3,800207.63286.9811.49332.09458.9914.32124.46172.012.83
4,000224.58294.8811.65345.07453.0813.68120.49158.202.03
4,200240.16300.3211.89358.31448.0713.50118.15147.751.61
4,400250.02298.4411.67366.99438.0613.71116.97139.622.04
4,600257.48293.9811.43375.87429.1513.74118.39135.172.31
4,800263.84288.6911.75377.59413.1613.57113.75124.471.82
5,000270.46284.1011.75377.58396.6213.30107.12112.521.55
5,200272.19274.9111.22377.97381.7612.92105.78106.851.70
5,400265.03257.7711.00378.05367.7012.52113.02109.931.52
5,600264.46248.0311.21380.19356.5712.57115.73108.541.36
5,800263.26238.3911.38379.01343.2112.99115.75104.821.61
6,000263.94231.0411.75374.18327.5413.58110.2496.501.83

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