Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
August 1, 2013

Power Probe

If you need a power-adder–friendly piston for your ’11-current 5.0 Mustang, check out Probe Industries’ (310) 784-2977; www.probeindustries.com new SRS forged piston offerings. Designed to handle boost or nitrous, these pistons are available in standard and 0.020-overbore sizes, and either dished or domed applications, which also decides a 9.5:1 or 11.0:1 compression ratio, respectively. Made from 2618-t61 forged aluminum, they feature a low-drag skirt design, lightweight and full-floating wristpins, drilled oil returns, and design-specific valve reliefs.

Light and Powerful

If your Mustang needs a little body work, one tool you will need is an Ingersoll Rand www.ingersollrand.com orbital sander. Ingersoll Rand’s orbital sanders are designed to offer maximum power and productivity thanks to more power, lighter weight, and reduced vibration. These attributes will help you finish your Mustang project, while ergonomic rubber grips and anti-slip hand supports help reduce operation fatigue. They are operated by a 0.27 horsepower motor and variable-speed regulator, while a multi-hole slim backing pad lowers the sander’s center of mass to make it more stable. The backing pad’s design also helps the removal of particulate from the work surface, increasing the abrasive pad’s life and productivity.

Plug and Spray

Speaking of nitrous, JMS Chip and Performance [(601) 766-9424;www.jmschip.com has a new plug-and-play nitrous kit for all ’11-’14 Mustangs. JMS markets its kit for street/strip Mustangs, and it even features a progressive nitrous controller that doesn’t require a laptop. The kit includes everything you need, from bottle to nitrous nozzle. Depending on jetting, you can add 50 horsepower, or up to 135 extra ponies. The progressive nitrous controller features rotary switches that allow you to control the flow of nitrous without a computer. One of the nicer touches is a built-in window switch that monitors throttle position and automatically activates the nitrous system at wide-open throttle, when engine rpm is above 2,800 rpm, and deactivates it above 7,000 rpm.

H is for Power

If you’re looking for an H-pipe that won’t break the bank, check out Latemodel Restoration Supply’s (866) 507-3786; www.latemodelrestoration.com new Fox design. These pipes for your 5.0 feature 2.5-inch-diameter aluminized tubing for maximum flow, horsepower, and an aggressive new exhuast tone. This H-pipe is also a great upgrade when converting ’79-’85 Mustangs to a true dual exhaust. The H-pipe’s modular three-piece design makes for an easy bolt-on installation, and features the OEM oxygen-sensor locations, as well as factory style die-stamped flanges for a perfect fit.

Engaging Power

With 11-’13 V-6 Mustangs making way more than those from just a few years ago, today’s models have truly become viable performance options—therefore, people are really trying to make power with them. Of course, one of the first hindrances to power is the factory clutch. Ram Clutches [(803) 788-6034; www.ramclutches.com comes to the rescue. Ram has several options to choose from, in single or dual-disc sets for any horsepower level. Options range from Ram’s HDX clutch set (450 lb-ft rating), to its top-of-the-horsepower-mountain Force 10.5 900-series dual-disc offering capable of transmitting 1,200 lb-ft of torque. Ram also has a choice of either a billet steel or billet aluminum flywheel to go along with this line of clutches.

Relocated Pressure

Shelby Performance Parts [(702) 405-3500; www.shelbyperformanceparts.com says its fuel-pressure-block relocation kit is essential for serious enthusiasts who want to supercharge a 4.6-liter Mustang. With any supercharged engine, the correct fuel pressure is crucial for performance and longevity. Running a supercharged engine too lean leads to expensive damage. Thus, a fuel-pressure gauge is highly recommended. “However, most fuel-pressure gauges have a clearance issue with the supercharger air intake tube,” said Shelby Performance Parts Vice President Jer Gervasi. “Our relocation kit puts the fuel gauge adaptor block over to the side of the intake tube, where there is ample space. The same relocation kit is used for gauge pod installs on the Shelby GT/SC and other packages at Shelby American.”

Accurate Reading

Nothing is more frustrating than innaccurate performance readings. To keep that from happening, ATI Performance Products (800) 284-3433; www.atiracing.com introduces four new Super Damper shell and complete damper combinations with integrated steel trigger options compatible with standalone engine-management systems. These fully CNC-machined trigger shells are available on 6- and 7-inch Super Dampers with a six-rib serpentine option for both. The integrated 24-tooth reluctor wheel eliminates the need for separate trigger wheels, which can come loose, and is designed to provide more accurate readings. These shells can be ordered installed on a new damper or retrofitted on your current ATI Super Damper. ATI says it provides balanced dampening of torsional crankshaft vibrations through all rpm ranges, exceeds the SFI 18.1 Safety Certification for competition use, and is fully rebuildable and tunable.

Breakin’ the Flaws

Used by Joe Gibbs Racing to break in and dyno all of its race engines, Driven Racing Oil (866) 611-1820; www.drivenracingoil.com says its new BR Break-In Oils are the perfect choice for the first 400 miles on the street, a night of racing, or dyno power pulls. BR Break-In Oils feature high levels of zinc and phosphorus, as well as a comprehensive additive package that’s designed to promote ring seal and provide the maximum protection available for cams and lifters during the initial break-in process. As a result, they do not require any additional ZDDP additives. All Driven BR Break-In Oils also feature low levels of detergent for maximum anti-wear film formation. The break-in oils are compatible with methanol and high-octane race fuels, and are available in 15W-50 (BR) and 5W-30 (BR30) formulas. Driven BR provides maximum protection for looser clearance and high-compression engines, while Driven BR30 is specially formulated for hydraulic-lifter engines, as well as those used in drag racing. BR30 is also ideal for OEM rebuilds and hydraulic-roller-camshaft engines.

Dry Nitrous

Never one to rest on its performance laurels, NOS’ research and development team continually strives to push the performance envelope to the next level. NOS (270) 782-2900; www.holley.com has developed three new dry nitrous kits: a single-stage kit and two dual-stage kits. NOS dry Pro Race Fogger kits are designed to be used with standalone engine management systems like the Holley Dominator and HP EFI systems that have programmable dry nitrous capability. This allows for complete control of the fuel, nitrous, and ignition for the most repeatable results possible. These kits come with jetting for 175, 250, 300, and 350hp levels, but can support up to 500 hp per stage.

Jackal Fuel

Blow-By Racing’s (561) 417-5555; www.blowbyracing.com new Jackal fuel hat will enable you to support big power under the hood of your ’99-’04 Mustang GT, Mach 1, or Cobra. This hat has the previsions set on the supplied bracket to run a GT, Mach 1, or Cobra fuel-level sending unit. This is an inline-type fuel hat, which allows you to run any size line, external fuel pump, and help customize a fuel system that will allow you to support the power you are looking for. This fuel hat is also 100-percent E85-friendly. Blow-By offers a standard system using the Jackal hat, pre-cut Push Lock hoses, fittings, relays, wiring, Aeromotive Regulator, and a Aeromotive A1000 Fuel pump. Injectors and rails are sold separately.

Plugged In

The nice thing about Mustangs is that you can upgrade to better components with relative ease. Ron Francis Wiring’s (610) 485-1981; www.ronfrancis.com new alternator wiring kit will enable you to install a 3G alternator onto an earlier Mustang. The 3G alternator is more than capable of handling the accessory upgrades you’ve added. This alternator wiring kit is actually available for all Ford alternators, including 2G through 6G units. They come complete for easy plug-and-play installation including either 6- or 8-gauge charge wire (depending on unit style), any adapters needed, and quality GXL insulation for added heat protection and peace of mind.

One Stop Cooling

If you need one place for your Mustang’s cooling needs, check out Be Cool’s [(800) 691-2667; www.becool.com new Aluminator direct-fit cooling systems. Be Cool’s Aluminator Crossflow radiators feature performance-grade, dual 1-inch cores; tapered tanks; billet filler necks; OE inlets; OE outlets; and fully welded epoxy-free construction. Aluminator Module assemblies include Euro-Black fans, aluminum fan mounting brackets and hardware, vented aluminum recovery tank, billet aluminum Be Cool signature pressure cap, wiring harness, temp-control sending unit, and 40-amp relays. Every Aluminator series radiator is custom-fit for flange or cradle-mounting, 100-percent pressure tested, and backed by a limited one-year warranty— two years if you use Be Coolant Super Duty antifreeze.