Michael Johnson Associate Editor
December 1, 2007

Resonate Performance
Obviously we love the new Mustangs, but we love them even more when they're equipped with a more aggressive exhaust tone. Bassani Xhaust is unleashing the pent-up musclecar sound and power with its own '05-to-current Mustang GT axle-back system (from $470), which is a direct replacement for the stock mufflers. Bassani's free-flowing mufflers feature 211/42-inch-diameter tubes and 4x8-inch direct-fit stainless steel mufflers with welded 4-inch rolled-edge, slash-cut polished tips. For an even more aggressive sound, GT owners can upgrade to Bassani's Race Series axle-back muffler system. Be forewarned: Bassani's dual round race mufflers are described as having "high resonance." The race muffler application is only available in the stainless steel Bassani Xhaust level, while direct-fit performance mufflers are offered in the Xhaust and price-conscious BX series. Contact: Bassani Xhaust, Dept. 5.0, 2900 E. La Jolla, Anaheim, CA 92806; (866) 782-3283; www.bassani.com.

Staged Gains
Have you ever heard a cammed-up '05-to-current Mustang GT? It sounds totally wicked. With Blow-By Racing's Stage I or Stage II Three-Valve Mustang GT camshafts (from $695.95), not only will you gain that menacing sound, you'll gain horsepower as well. The Stage I camshafts feature a noticeable idle and a 0.480-inch lift with a 114-degree lobe-separation angle. The Stage II examples boast 0.492-inch lift measurements and a rough idle. Blow-By recommends lower gears for the Stage I cams, but the Stage II examples require a lower gear (4.10-4.30). With both cams, custom tuning is needed to maximize their potential. Contact: Blow-By Racing, Dept. 5.0, 199 NW 28th St., Ste. 1&2, Boca Raton, FL 33431; (561) 417-5555; www.blowbyracing.com.

Covered Muscle
Tinted headlight covers have been around for years, and American Muscle is making sure they don't go out of style anytime soon. The '05-'07 Mustang headlight covers are featured here, but American Muscle has them for Mustangs going back to the '87-'93 Fox era, '94-'98, and '99-and-up cars. Foglight and taillight covers are available as well. These covers are made from a durable composite material with no drilling or vehicle modifications needed. Contact: American Muscle, Dept. 5.0, 2350 Yellow Springs Rd., Malvern, PA 19355; (888) 784-6448; www.americanmuscle.com.

Dude, You're Leaking
When it comes to our Mustangs, we're accustomed to leaks from various mechanical components. To help us out, Permatex's new Spray 'n' Seal leak repair seals in minutes without disassembly or part removal. The leak repair uses a wicking action to form a durable rubber barrier from the outside of the part or assembly. Applications include hoses, oil pans, differentials, transmission pans, thermostat housings, water pumps, valve covers, tubing connections, electrical harness connectors, and plastics. Permatex Spray 'n' Seal leak repair can fill gaps as large as 0.040 inch and works from -65 degrees Fahrenheit to 350 degrees continuous and up to 400 degrees intermittent. Contact: Permatex, Dept. 5.0, 10 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT 06106; 87-PERMATEX; www.permatex.com.

Big Thumpr
When you imagine the Mustang of your dreams, thoughts automatically recall a thumping small-block and ponder the direction of your first virtual burnout. Thanks to Comp Cams' new Thumpr camshafts, anyone with a Ford 221-351W engine built between 1969 and 1995 and originally equipped with a flat-tappet valvetrain can make those dreams a reality. While these camshafts are designed for the late 5.0/351W firing order-1-3-7-6-5-4-8-they're compatible with all '63-'95 small-block Ford engines; a simple firing order change is required for early motors. The new Thumpr series camshafts generate excellent power and torque figures, as well as a serious high-performance camshaft sound. Available in three different levels, Thumpr, Mutha' Thumpr, and Big Mutha' Thumpr, these are the ideal camshafts for street/strip Mustangs. Contact: Comp Cams, Dept. 5.0, 3406 Democrat Rd., Memphis, TN 38118; (800) 999-0853; www.compcams.com.

Classic Lines
We hate to use the word "classic" in the same sentence as our beloved Fox Mustangs, but Classic Tube's new '86-'93 5.0 Mustang fuel system tubing might as well have dropped from the heavens. Perfect for 5.0 swaps, or-ahem-restorations, this kit boasts a 51/416-inch fuel line, a 11/44-inch vapor line, and a 11/44-inch return line. These lines are available in pre-bent stainless steel or OE steel with the correct fittings. Over time, original rubber fuel lines can harden, develop cracks, and begin to leak. Classic Tube's lines are exact duplicates of the original parts and are worthy insurance against fuel-system failure. Contact: Classic Tube, Dept. 5.0, 80 Rotech Dr., Lancaster, NY 14086; (800) 882-3711; www.classictube.com.

Pony Strut
Why settle for that bent-coat-hanger hood prop to hold your '94-to-current Mustang's hood open? Wild Pony Motorsports has the same OEM hydraulic hood struts found on more expensive cars, and it offers that look and function for $99.99. This lifetime-guaranteed kit consists of two struts and brackets with all parts either plated or anodized. The kit includes an illustrated six-point installation guide for a simple install, using bolts at all attachment points. Contact: Wild Pony Motorsports, Dept. 5.0, 26943 Ruether Ave., Unit N, Santa Clarita, CA 91351; (661) 424-0878; www.wildponymotorsports.com.

For You Jacklegs
If you have a floor jack at your place (when you own a Mustang, how could you not), you'll know it can sometimes get in the way when working on other projects. T&J Manufacturing has the answer with The Jack Rack. This is a convenient storage alternative for floor jacks, keeping them off the floor and out of your way. The rack features a powdercoat finish for a long, rust-free life. Its 16-inch on-center mounting holes make for an easy installation into stud or concrete walls. A formed cradle holds the floor jack, while a tapered hook takes care of its handle. The Jack Rack includes mounting hardware and instructions, but the floor jack isn't included. Contact: T&J Manufacturing, Dept. 5.0, 2170 Sunnydale Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33765; (727) 462-9968.

Straight Roll
Because of the '05-'07 Mustang's three-link suspension, BMR Fabrication says its new '05-'07 Xtreme antiroll bar ($449.95) will dramatically improve a Mustang's 60-foot consistency, as well as the car's stability going down the track. Since the antiroll bar is designed to eliminate torque steer and body roll during launches, the car remains straight instead of raising the left side more than the right, causing chassis flex. BMR's antiroll bar is almost a complete bolt-on, with four small tabs that must be welded to the rearend housing. It will work with factory or aftermarket rearends and exhaust systems. Contact: BMR Fabrication, Dept. 5.0, 12581 U.S. Hwy. 301 N., Thonotosassa, FL 33592; (813) 986-9302; www.bmrfabrication.com.

We Need These
When we got news of Stillen's new Ford GT race pipes ($1,175) we knew they were the ticket for a Ferrari killer. The pipes replace the factory catalytic converters with Stillen sport mufflers, resulting in reduced weight and better flow during off-highway exploits. Stillen reports increased power and an enhanced tone with the pipes, but when combined with the company's Ford GT exhaust, they complete the Stillen full exhaust-system upgrade for the Ford GT. The pipes promise reduced restriction, allowing the engine to breathe better; reduced weight; and a deep race-bred exhaust note. Contact: Stillen, Dept. 5.0, 3176 Airway Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626; (866) 250-5542; www.stillen.com.

Crate Beginnings
If you prefer the satisfaction of knowing that Ford Racing Performance Parts built your engine, take a look at its new Aluminator line of modular crate engines. The foundation of these engines is the 4.6 engine block used in the '05-to-present Mustang GT. Working with Cosworth, FRPP employed zircon sand for casting molds, a chilled-bulkhead cooling process, and a proprietary method of pouring the aluminum that results in a more dense block with better alignment of the aluminum's grain. The main caps were standard six-bolt but are now ball-burnished for greater strength. All Aluminator engines feature Manley H-beam connecting rods, eight-bolt forged-steel crankshafts, Mahle forged pistons for Two- and Four-Valve heads, and high or low-compression pistons. Aluminator long-blocks feature '03-'04 Cobra head bolts and head gaskets; '03-'04 Mach 1 Cobra cylinder heads and cams; and Ford Racing blue wrinkle-finish valve covers, timing cover, oil pan, and rear seal. Contact: Ford Racing Performance Parts, Dept. 5.0, P.O. Box 51394, Livonia, MI 48151; (800) FORD-SVT; www.fordracingparts.com.

Remotely Cool
The enemy of any transmission is heat-especially automatic transmissions. Holcomb Motorsports' new Trans Cooler Kit for C4 transmissions (PN HMI-7000-A; $244.95) features a stacked-plate remote transmission cooler with billet brackets, a heavy-duty cooler-mounted fan, a -6 AN braided stainless hose, and correct -6 AN C4 fittings and line clamps. This cooler kit is ideal for hot street cars and drag cars. Contact: Holcomb Motorsports, Dept. 5.0, 900 Hardin Rd., Lumberton, NC 28358; (800) 475-7223; www.holcombmotorsports.com.