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Week To Wicked 2013 Mustang: Day 5
Final fit and finish
It’s been a long week that ran late into the nights during our Continental Tire Presents Mustang360 Week To Wicked build, where we took a stock 2013 Mustang GT and transformed it into a high performance thrill ride.
On day five, the Maximum Motorsports team buttoned up the suspension. Up first were the Koni single-adjustable struts with their Road & Track springs and caster camber plates. For the final piece of the puzzle, they installed the 36mm adjustable swaybar.
Moving on to the exhaust, lets admit it – no Mustang sounds complete without a set of aftermarket pipes. Our choice for this build was a Hooker BlackHeart cat-back exhaust kit with an X-pipe. This system features 3-inch diameter pipes and is constructed out of lightweight 18-gauge 304-stainless steel for longevity. One of our favorite features is the 4-inch dual-wall polished stainless steel tips; this setup looks great and the sound is second to none.
One thing we need to note is the tune in our 2013 GT. ROUSH Performance offers a complete Phase 2 625 horsepower calibrated system, which comes with ROUSH Flash Voucher card to be calibrated using a ROUSH Diagnostic Tool (RDT) software and pass-thru device. ROUSH has informed us that if you don’t have access to an approved pass-thru device, you can send your PCM back to ROUSH to be flashed for an additional fee. Since we installed a JLT Performance Big Air intake system and the aforementioned Hooker exhaust, we had a custom tune loaded into our DiabloSport inTune i3 programmer.
If you recall on day three, we swapped out the factory clutch with McLeod Racing's RST Street Twin clutch kit. In addition to that, we also wanted a more positive feel when it came to rowing the gears. To accomplish this, Steeda Autosports sent us their Tri-Ax short-throw shifter with base bushing combo. This shifter offers a 20% shorter throw, has a billet construction, retains the reverse lock-out, and does not increase noise, vibration, or harshness inside the cabin. To top it off, we added Steeda’s matching cue ball shift knob and we’re ready to bang some gears.
Since our GT came with the Track Pack option, it also features Brembo calipers. For this build, we opted for to upgrade the brake system with EBC Brakes' direct fit S6 kit. The GD Sport rotors have a thermic black coating for a long lasting corrosion resistant finish. The rotors are dimple-drilled to help with pad degassing and the slots not only help cool the temperatures of the pad contact, but help remove dirt, dust debris, and water from the braking area and help maintain a flat pad surface of the brake pad set. For pads, we went with their Bluestuff NDX race pads. While these are excellent for track applications, a huge advantage is their ability to bite from cold and progressive brake feel and its capacity to bring a car to a complete stop.
Rollers can make or break the way your ride looks. And while there are several options to choose from, we really liked the look of American Legend Wheels' Commando series in full satin black. To fill in the wheelwells, we added 20x9-inch (6.57-inch backspace, +40 offset) wheels up front and 20x10.5-inch ( 7.52-inch backspace, +45 offset) out back. To wrap up the big rollers, we completed the package with a set of Continental Tires' ExtremeContact Sport tires; P285/35R20 fronts and P305/30R20 rears.
If you’ve been paying attention, then you’ll know that our well-seasoned 2013 Mustang GT in Ingot Silver needed to be color corrected and thoroughly gone over. To do this, we relied on Wizards Products, who supplied us with everything we needed to bring back the luster to a better than a factory finish. With the exterior looking better then new, we’re ready to hit up our local cars and coffee spot later this weekend.
Now that our Continental Tire Presents Mustang360 Week To Wicked build has come to an end and you know what that means – it’s time for the smokey finale…
For this build, the official sponsors of the Continental Presents Mustang360 Week To Wicked build, includes: E3 Spark Plugs; Holley Performance; Continental Tires; Derale Performance; American Legend Wheels; JLT Performance; EBC Brakes; Wizards Products; Maximum Motorsports; McLeod Racing; ROUSH Performance; GForce Performance Engineering; Covercraft; DiabloSport; Steeda Autosports.
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