Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
December 16, 2013

Strange Brakes

If your drag 'Stang needs all the clamping force it can get, check out Strange Engineering's [(847) 663-1701; www.strangeeng.net] Pro Race Rear Dual Brake kit, available for all popular housing-end styles. Strange's dual rear-brake kit is designed to provide the extra clamping force needed to hold your car on the starting line, for additional braking or as a backup brake system. This dual rear-brake system is available with either soft or metallic pads, and a possible two-piece rotor upgrade option.


Here Spot

One water spot can ruin your day. Thankfully, Meguiar's [(800) 347-5700; www.meguiars.com] all-new Water Spot Remover is here to make things better. Ever park your Mustang too close to a sprinkler? This product is designed for spots Meguiar's describes as areas of dried mineral deposits and sub-serving etching left on a car's surface after being allowed to air dry. This product aims to provide the defect correction of a compound, with the gloss enhancement of a polish. It's easy to use on paint, hard plastics, chrome, metals, and glass, and can be used by hand or machine application.


Timing is everything

Whether it's a joke at the water cooler at work or the engine in your Mustang, timing is the key to success. Summit Racing [(800) 230-3030; www.summitracing.com] has this new True Roller timing chain set featuring a rugged double-row chain with steel crank and cam sprockets. The crank sprocket has three keyways—4 degrees advanced, 4 degrees retarded, and normal—to help dial in perfect cam timing for your next Mustang's engine.


Precise adjustment

Getting the lash right on your Mustang can be an arduous task. Engyne Metrics' [(310) 702-5940; www.valvetrax.com] new ValveTrax is a tool designed to help you make precise valve-lash adjustments with consistent results, regardless of engine type or size. ValveTrax is a magnetic vinyl strip that affixes around the harmonic balancer or pulley. Manually rotating the crankshaft, alignment is easy with the engine pointer matched to the proper adjustment symbol on the ValveTrax strip. The unit is custom-made for each specific application, and can accommodate a wide variety of engines, regardless of firing order, balancer/pulley size, or crankshaft offset.


Seasonal sport

Most of us want a tire we can throw on our Mustang and go—no matter the driving conditions. Goodyear's [www.goodyear.com] new Eagle Sport All-Season tire aims to fit that bill perfectly. The Eagle Sport is designed to deliver outstanding wet and dry performance with enhanced grip in ice and snow thanks to an innovative tread compound. Furthermore, as the tread wears, confident grip is maintained due in part to numerous full-depth tread sipes built into the tire. The Eagle Sport also features enhanced wheel protection against accidental curb damage as well, which we all need from time to time. It's also said to maintain a large tread surface area, which aids traction.


Waterless Miracle

Just a couple years ago, if someone had told us we could wash our Mustang without using water, we would've laughed at them. But now ... add Amsoil [(800) 777-8491; www.amsoil.com] to the list of manufacturers that utilize this technology with its new Miracle Wash Waterless Wash & Wax. It's designed to lift dust and dirt from the surface of your Mustang and hold it in suspension. Then it acts as a shield, protecting the surface from abrasion while you wipe the surface clean. Once applied, it's designed to protect against the sun's ultraviolet rays, repel light dirt and dust, and leave your Mustang with a shiny, tough protective finish.


Fox Injection

If your Fox Mustang's injector harness has seen better days, check out Ron Francis Wiring's [(610) 485-1981; www.ronfrancis.com] '87-'93 5.0-liter Mustang fuel-injector harness. Following on the heels of the company's transmission harness, this new harness is tailored to those doing a factory restoration. It matches the factory dimensions for an easy, trouble-free installation, and features the correct connectors and terminals, crosslink automotive-grade wiring, and protective high-temperature wire covering. This harness completes the connection from the injectors and sensors on top of the engine with the main harness at the back of the engine.


Matrix strength

If your Mustang needs a little strength and support, check out Kenny Brown Performance's [(855) 847-4477; www.kennybrown.com] Extreme Matrix kits for '79-'14 Mustangs. This kit represents Kenny Brown's ultimate in under-car chassis support, designed to maximize strength at the center section of the car with no loss of ground clearance and minimal addition in weight. The Extreme Matrix kit is made up of Kenny Brown's subframe connectors, jacking rails, and the company's Extreme Matrix brace support bridge connecting the subframe connectors to the jacking rails. This kit is designed to put an end to power-robbing chassis flex and twist.


Defending carbs

The use of carburetors on our Mustangs has probably diminished over the years as more have become accustomed to EFI. However, there's still a large carburetor contingent out there in the 5.0 Nation. To defend your carburetor from corrosion, check out Driven Racing Oil's [(866) 611-1820; www.drivenracingoil.com] Carb Defender. This product is designed to protect against ethanol corrosion and induction deposits caused by ethanol-blended pump gas and the moisture it attracts. High levels of ethanol dilution in motor oil can lead to rust and other corrosion problems in the fuel system and engine. Carb Defender is designed to control combustion chamber residue, plus clean and protect the surfaces of the fuel system and intake tract. The additive treats up to 25 gallons of ethanol-blended gas, and is designed to be used with each and every fill-up.


Back to Carbs

No, Airaid's [(800) 498-6951; www.airaid.com] 16-inch, round filter won't fit into the stock airbox of your Fox. It's designed for carburetor or carb-style throttle body applications. Airaid says this new design is capable of keeping up with the high-flow demands of racing engines, while filtering out dirt and debris. Available in a variety of heights, screens, and media, these new filters were developed in partnership with Airaid-sponsored, off-road racers, so they can handle your street 'Stang. They're available in red or blue, and offered in 3-, 4-, and 5-inch heights, with or without an external honeycomb-style wire screen.


Paddle faster

If you want to add a paddle shift-system to your Mustang, check out Altronics' [(888) 464-2587; www.altronicsinc.com] new Shift system, which uses paddle shifters to manually shift automatic transmissions. Mechanical shift functions are performed by a high-speed, motor-controlled actuator, which replaces the factory shift linkage. The actuator uses one cable connection that is easily routed. This system features multiple integrated safety lockouts to keep you from accidentally shifting into Reverse or Park at speed, which definitely would be a bad thing.


Black Steel

Black wheels are taking over the Mustang market. Every other Mustang you see has black wheels on it. Rocket Racing Wheels [(888) 307-7525; www.rocketracingwheels.com] would like to help you get the look with a set of its Rocket Black Spline Drive and Standard lugs. These lugs are made from carbon steel to meet or exceed industry standards. They are offered as a set of 20, and the Black Spline Drive lugs provide better clearance for recessed lug-type wheels, as well as security from theft. These lugs are perfect to go along with that fresh set of black wheels to complete a sinister look on your Mustang.