Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
August 22, 2011
Photos By: Chuck James, Manufacturers

Horse Sense: Billet interior knobs and handles add a nice touch to a Mustang's interior, but it's easy to go overboard. If you think you might have too much billet in your interior, you probably do.

If there's one thing that really makes an interior look cheap, it's plastic parts such as switches and knobs. Of course, plastic is inevitable-it's even preferred for many reasons. It's easy to shape and mold, it costs less than steel, it's lighter than steel, and it can be made from recycled materials.

That's fine for a door-panel assembly, a console, or a lower dash panel. But when you look at the A/C control knob, headlight knob, and other items in the interior, you can't help thinking, A nice set of contrasting knobs would look much better than that black plastic stuff.

Fortunately, our friends in the aftermarket agree. Today, billet interior accessories are big business, and even if it's only the A/C control knobs, just about every Mustang these days is sporting billet somewhere.

For this buyer's guide, we went to the companies that are whittling out the Mustang-specific billet goodies you see at the shows and in 5.0&SF features. While there are a few street rod- type companies that will sell you billet inside rearview mirrors and other non-Mustang-specific items, we haven't included them here. There's nothing wrong with their products-we're just looking for the Mustang stuff this time around. So, if you've been thinking about making your interior a brighter place to be, now's the time to open your wallet.

D&D Motorsports

Dave Cremarosa's D&D Motorsports is known for its Comp Hawk crate motors, suspension parts, and other high-performance engine products. Recently, however, Dave has put his CNC machines to use making a line of billet specialty products for the underhood and the interior of your Mustang. While the product line is just getting started, the company's take on the billet invasion is a fresh one, utilizing its own designs. Made from 6061 aluminum, the billet products feature a CNC-machine finish. Dave tells us his company can polish or anodize an item at the request of the buyer, and that it's working on new products for future release.

Steeda Autosports

Steeda's CNC machines have been cranking out suspension goodies, shifters, and other hardware for many years. The company's line of billet interior accessories now takes up some of its CNC machine's time to crank out high-quality billet accessories for your Mustang's interior too. Steeda's billet items feature a CNC cut or polished finish and proudly display the Steeda logo, where room is available. Billet parts are available for Fox, SN-95, and New Edge Mustangs.

UPR Products

UPR's line of billet interior items is a lengthy one. Known for cranking out some of the fastest Mustangs for the street and the track, UPR has had quite the success story with its Pro Series rear suspensions on such racers' rides as Chris Little, Bart Tobener, Jeremy Martorella, and the Hindman brothers. But the company is just as busy pumping out all sorts of billet interior items for every nook and cranny in your Mustang's interior under its new product line, Billetwarez. From the gauge cluster to the coat hooks, UPR has something in billet to cover it up, dress it up, or replace it. All items come in a standard CNC-machine finish, although some are offered in brushed or polished finishes as well.

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