Marc Christ
Brand Manager, Modified Mustangs & Fords
November 2, 2010

As much as we're hooked on performance upgrades, we tend to overlook appearance. Not because it's not important, but mostly because we just don't have enough room between our covers to bring you the latest in upgrades so you can go fast and show you how to look cool doing it.

This month, though, we've set aside a few pages to bring you some bling for your S197. Kyndal Kelly trusted us enough to turn over her V-6-powered '05 Mustang for some tweaks. The aspiring model is a senior in high school, takes honors classes, and is a cheerleader. She deserved a break, so we called up AmericanMuscle.com for some exterior upgrades.

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Everyone wants his (or her) Mustang (or fast Ford) to look sportier, more aggressive, or just a little different than the next. AmericanMuscle is an online parts distributor specializing in '79-to-present Mustangs. Though it offers a full line of performance parts as well, most of AmericanMuscle's top-selling parts are appearance upgrades, especially for '05-'09 Mustangs. The website is easy to navigate; offers clear pricing, product photos, and videos-and shipping is free.

Instead of trying to make Miss Kelly's 'Stang look like a GT or a Roush, we decided to mix the parts to give it a unique look. We utilized a few of AmericanMuscle's top-selling and pre-painted parts, as well as new items.

The front end of an S197 is the most aggressive feature, and aftermarket parts can help emphasize it. We chose a set of new chrome headlights with built-in halos (PN 49060), matching chrome turn-signal lamps (PN 49054), upper and lower billet-style grilles (PN 17099), a black hood appearance kit (PN 11055), a Classic Design Concepts chin spoiler (PN 11033), and a pre-painted hoodscoop (PN 71301).

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In the rear, we chose a Steeda wing (PN 16148) and '10-style taillights (PN 49123). AmericanMuscle also sent us chrome door-handle covers and a Bullitt-style fuel door. To finish it off, we added a set of wheels and tires that we had left over from another project.

The total install took us about four hours, not counting having the unpainted parts painted to match. In fact, we took the Steeda wing and chin spoiler to a local body shop the previous day and had them painted black with a matte finish (flat black). Follow along with us as we transform this bone-stock V-6 into a mean-looking machine.

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