Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
June 1, 2013

Summit 'Shaft

Summit Racing [(800) 230-3030; www.summitracing.com] says you can add strength and dependability in a lightweight package with its new aluminum driveshaft. The company also says adding an aluminum driveshaft to your '79-'04 Mustang is an easy way to improve throttle response while lowering e.t.'s. Made of aluminum, these driveshafts feature seamless tubing that ensures both strength and rigidity. They use high-performance, 1330-style U-joints that can withstand the additional power of a race-prepped Mustang.

Good Points

Kenny Brown Performance's [(855) 847-4477; www.kennybrown.com] '05-'14 Mustang rear shock-tower brace is designed to reinforce the shock mounting points and the mid-section of your Mustang over the rear axle. By triangulating this area, Kenny Brown Performance says it creates a much more rigid structure that improves ride quality and handling, while also adding the reinforcement needed for coil-over or racing shocks. The three-point design also allows for minimal weight addition with maximum strengthening. Installation involves OEM hardware with pre-drilled mounting locations, and is compatible with coilover rear shock assemblies. It is manufactured from high-grade steel, finished in a durable powdercoating, and includes all the required hardware.

Ram Flair

Cervini's Auto Designs [(800) 488-6057; www.cervinis.com] got its start creating ram-air hoods. If you want to add some flair to your '13 Mustang GT and '10-'13 GT500, check out the company's Type IV Ram Air Hood ($638.99). This hood features functional ram-air ducts and heat-extractor vents designed to improve cool airflow to your Mustang's engine. The hood also provides increased engine clearance if a bigger supercharger is in your Mustang's present or future.

Coyote Cover

This one's pretty self-explanatory. It's Shelby Performance Parts' [(702) 405-3500; www.shelbyperformanceparts.com] Shelby GT350 carbon-fiber engine cover for '11-'13 Mustang GT engines. It's simple—pop off the original, and snug Shelby's cover down onto your Mustang's engine. Shelby also carries matching coil covers to make it a clean sweep to dress up your Mustang's Coyote engine. The engine cover, combined with the coil covers, are designed to add a sophisticated race car look under your Mustang's hood.

As If

Does your '13 GT500 need more power? Corsa [(800) 486-0999; www.corsaperformance.com] has an exhaust system for you. To keep the drone away, it features the company's exclusive Reflective Sound Cancellation technology. “We designed this new exhaust to unleash the power of the 2013 Mustang GT500,” said Craig R. Kohrs, vice president and general manager at TMG Performance Products. “The combined axle-back system and XO-style crossover pipe improve airflow to deliver impressive performance gains of 35 horsepower and 47 lb-ft of torque.” Corsa offers the Mustang GT500 dual-rear-exit exhaust system with Twin Pro Series 4-inch tips in either polished (PN 14323) or custom Diamond-black finish (PN 14323BLK). The exhaust tips are manufactured from polished stainless steel, feature double-wall construction, and are laser-etched with the Corsa logo. The axle-back system (PN 14321) and XO-style crossover pipe (PN 14322) are also sold separately.

Wide Range

Hotchkis Performance Wheels [(877) 4-NOROLL; www.hotchkis.net] believes one of the most underappreciated components of a well-balanced performance suspension is a good set of wheels. To properly enhance the performance of a vehicle, Hotchkis says a Mustang's wheels should be light, strong, and provide a wider track. Its new H-Sport, S-Sport, and Y-Sport wheels are ready to provide those features. The H-Sport wheel is a multi-spoke design that is available in gloss silver or matte black. The S-Sport wheel features a double five-spoke design, is available in a gloss silver or matte black finish, and has machine polished accents. Featuring a classic Y-spoke design, the Y-Sport wheel is available in matte-graphite finish or with a machine-polished face and matte-graphite accents. Hotchkis Performance Wheels are, on average, 2 to 4 pounds lighter than the stockers.

Turbos & More

Dickmeyer Automotive Engineering [(260) 723-4584] is pleased to release DAE Turbo Systems, its new line of turbos, wastegates, and intercoolers. High-quality yet affordable, DAE's turbos are available in multiple sizes and configurations, and the company's wastegates are sized from 35mm to 66mm. DAE's efficient intercoolers are built with bar and plate cores in several sizes as well, but DAE can also build a custom intercooler to fit your Mustang's needs.

Kickin' Tunes

Kicker has a long history of answering the needs of audiophiles. Its new CX-Series amplifiers ($169.95-$449.95), Kicker [(405) 624-8510; www.kicker.com] continues that tradition by providing consumers with an amp to fill the needs of every music nut. The CX-Series consists of flexible multi-channel models and potent mono models, both with the power to exceed expectations. Kicker amplifiers come loaded with Fail-safe Integration Technology and advanced circuitry for superior power, clarity, and dependability. FIT uses lab-grade, balanced differential inputs to provide the best possible noise rejection, high- and low-level input capability, and the acceptance of output from virtually any factory or aftermarket source.

New Heights

Ridetech's [(812) 481-4752; www.ridetech.com] new '05-'13 Mustang strut offering is available as a coilover or in the company's Shockwave air suspension design. Both are designed with handling performance and ride quality in mind, featuring a custom extruded-aluminum clamp mount that integrates ABS and brake lines to make installation a true bolt-on affair. Not only are these struts available in coilover or Shockwave designs, they're available in several shock valving options, as well. In coilover form, a Hyperco spring is used; with either design, ride height is up to your discretion.

Torquey Tool

Everyone needs an impact, and Ingersoll Rand [(704) 655-4000; www.ingersollrand.com] thinks you need its new 2350XP 1⁄2-inch, composite Impactool. It operates with a six-vane motor and twin-hammer impact mechanism, delivering 690 lb-ft of reverse torque. The rugged composite housing and lightweight aluminum hammer case make the 2350XP just 4.1 pounds without sacrificing long-lasting durability. The ergonomic design and feather-touch trigger are intended to make the Impactool easier to use, increase comfort, and reduce fatigue. With a patented one-hand Forward/Reverse control and a wide range of power regulator settings, the 2350XP offers users precise control so you can perform multiple tasks with one tool. The silenced tool technology reduces noise levels in the garage, while the large grease fitting makes it easy to maintain.

Three Strikes

If you need a new shift lever for your Mustang, check out Bowler Performance Transmissions' [(618) 943-4856; www.bowlertransmissions.com] new line of billet shift levers for Tremec transmissions. These levers feature a direct bolt-on design for the Tremec TKO-500, TKO-600, and T56 transmissions. Lightweight and strong, while adding a cool custom look, the levers are available in 6-, 8-, and, 10-inch lengths. All three lengths are offered in either a straight or 30-degree-angled design. Finish options include brushed, black-anodized, and black-anodized with brushed edges.

Shelby Sauce

If you're looking for quicker e.t.'s from your Shelby GT500 (we're not talking to you, Editor Turner!), check out Nitrous Express' [(888) 463-2781; www.nitrousexpress.com] new GT500 System featuring a billet nitrous plate that fits between the throttle body and intake making for a quick, simple, and attractive installation. The system includes aluminum and carbon-fiber solenoids, and a fuel-rail adapter for simple fuel system hook-ups without the need to cut factory fuel lines. The system also features a throttle-position switch, a 15-foot nitrous feed line, a master arming switch, a relay, a relay harness, and all the necessary hardware to complete installation. Nitrous Express' GT500 system comes with jetting from 35 to 200 hp, and can be purchased with a 5-, 10-, or 15-pound bottle.