Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
September 12, 2014
Photos By: Suppliers

Getting the Boot

While automatic Mustang transmissions have come a long way since the AOD era, we’re still fond of grabbin’ gears; that is, rowing up and down through a four-, five-, or six-speed manual gearbox. For earlier Mustangs that undergo transmission surgery, especially late-model upgrades for vintage cars, or auto-to-stick swaps in Fox Ponies that don’t involve using a console, Finch Performance offers a superclean shifter boot that neatly finishes the job. The custom-sewn, black, leather shifter boot ($195) features a laser-cut, billet-steel ring that’s available in black or clear anodized, as well as textured powdercoating in custom colors. Installation options are simple, as the boot can be welded in, or secured with stainless-steel, button-head machine screws, for easier installation and removal.

Web www.finchperformance.com

Color Alternatives

While it seems that custom colorization has always been a major part of Mustang modifying, adding painted pieces under the hood has been popular for a long time. PA Performance has stepped up its colors game with a fresh lineup of vibrant candy colors for all of its late-model Mustang alternators. Color selections include blue, black, and red, and they really add an extra bit of uniqueness to engines that are accented with other painted (body color or other hue) parts.

Web www.paperformance.com
Phone 877/471-8010

Air Abundance

We definitely don’t call this section of the magazine Horsepower for nothing. When ’Stangbangers modify their rides, horsepower—specifically making/increasing horsepower—is usually the primary objective. Improving an engine’s intake airflow with a cold-air-induction system has long been one of the easiest, most cost-effective upgrades that results in power gains. For Coyote 5.0-powered, ’11-’14 Ponies, big tubes are proving to be the best option. Injen Technology covers the “big” requirement with a new, 4-inch CAI for ’11 and later GTs ($415). While the induction setup (designed for 5.0L ’Stangs with manual transmissions only) includes a dry filter, silicone couplers, clamps, and the aforementioned big tube, the highlight is Injen’s patented MR Technology (tuning), which keeps a Coyote’s air/fuel ratio within the factory’s specs at all times.

Web www.injen.com
Phone 909/839-0706

Squat Stoppers

Everyone knows that traction is the name of the game when you’re trying to get a Mustang down the dragstrip. The task is inherently daunting for lowered S197s, mainly because of a shift in instant-center geometry—the byproduct of dropping a ’05-’14 ’Stang in the weeds. With three relocated control-arm mounting locations providing incredible adjustability, UPR Products’ Pro Series brackets ($139) are designed to correct “instant center” and reduce the amount of squat that a Mustang experiences at launch. This upgrade, which includes two 1/4-inch steel brackets and all installation hardware, ultimately makes a noticeable improvement in an S197’s traction and is also perfect for the street and road-race enthusiast who enjoys stretching his Pony’s legs.

Web www.uprproducts.com.com
Phone 561/588-6630

Stouter Sticks

USA Standard Gear recently announced new 28- and 31-spline axleshafts for ’79-’93 Mustang 8.8 rearends. The axles are made from durable steel for aboveboard strength and performance, and include press-in wheel studs for your ’Stang’s four-, or five-lug wheels. In addition to axles, the company also manufactures differentials and gearsets, all of which are available through Summit Racing Equipment.

Web www.summitracing.com
Phone 800/230-3030

Super Regulator

Needing big-time fuel volume typically goes hand-in-hand with making big steam. And since the Coyote 5.0 and Trinity 5.8 engines that motivate today’s Mustangs are capable of making horsepower in the thousands, multiple fuel pumps are often called on to support big-power efforts. When it comes to regulating this fuel, Radium Engineering’s Multi-Pump Adjustable Fuel Pressure Regulator ($219.95) gets the nod. The regulator incorporates several unique design elements that allow it to work with multiple fuel pumps and be mounted virtually anywhere, in any direction, without the need for additional hardware. The regulator features five horizontally mounted, O-ring-sealed ports, and can be set up to support traditional return-style fuel systems as well as returnless setups. In tests, Radium’s regulator has displayed capability of regulating more than 1,400 lph of fuel flow at a 1:1 ratio, making it an ideal upgrade for boosted ’11-’14 mega-’Stangs.

Web www.radiumauto.com

Clean Bay

We all know that “cleanliness is key” when it comes to showing off our Mustangs, especially next-level Ponies like Shelby GT500s. For the engine area of ’07-’12 Shelbys, Moroso has created a slick dual-tank, coolant reservoir set that, when installed, assumes the look of a single container. A heavy-duty mounting bracket allows the aluminum tanks (which hold engine and supercharger coolants, or ice on the blower side for when it’s time to make really big steam) to be bolted directly into the factory location, making installation simple. And the dual tank sports a brushed finish that’s ready for polishing, powdercoating, or simply leaving natural, for a sanitized look under the hood.

Web www.moroso.com
Phone 203/453-6571

Overdriven Boost

Edelbrock brings engine builders and tuners a new option for high-horsepower, big-time-torque, supercharged Coyote 5.0L powerplants: an OEM-style, eight-rib crankshaft damper measuring 7 3/4 inches in diameter! The larger pulley delivers maximum traction and stability in supercharged applications, and serves as a more-than-suitable solution for blower applications that don’t support using a smaller pulley for increased boost.

Web www.edelbrock.com
Phone 310/781-2222