We have been talking about it for months, and there’s a good chance you may have even watched us on live video as we transformed our 2013 Week to Wicked Mustang. If not, then let’s bring you up to speed.
Week to Wicked is a five-day build, where we take a complete factory stocker and transform it into a wicked street performance ride. We started with a clean 2013 Ingot Silver Mustang that we purchased out of Florida. The exterior was in great shape with the exception of a minor door ding, while the Coyote powerplant, along with its drivetrain, was in perfect working order with relatively low mileage: 85,000 on the clock. Now you may be wondering why we opted for an older platform and not the new S550, but there are good reasons for that. While we are big fans of the S550 platform, we wanted something that was a bit more budget friendly. Think about it—it’s not uncommon to find these gems for under $20,000, Also, there’s obviously huge aftermarket support for them. These reasons make them a perfect candidate for a Week to Wicked build.
The first order of business was to have Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords tech editor, Michael Johnson, take our ride in to Jordan Performance and Racing in Ruskin, Florida, to swap out the factory oil pump gears for a billet set from Ford Performance. We knew we were going to supercharge our Coyote 5.0L, and the stock pump gears are a weak point when it comes to rpm and boost. With the new gears in place, we shipped the Mustang to our Tech Center in Santa Ana, California.
On the morning of January 15, the entire team assembled bright and early and got to work. We had a lot to handle in only five days. With the video crew in place, our social media guys ready, and the entire M360 team champing at the bit to get going, it was game on.
During those five days, we had arms and elbows flying all over the place to handle everything from the dress-up goodies to spicing up the engine bay to more elaborate installs, including a supercharger, a clutch, and a complete suspension makeover. At the end of the week, roughly Friday evening just after dark, we had everything buttoned up and proceeded to close out the build with a celebratory burnout!
It is also important to note that our Continental Tire Presents Mustang 360 Week to Wicked build would have been impossible without the incredible support from the following sponsors (in alphabetical order): American Legend Wheels; Continental Tires; Covercraft; Derale Performance; DiabloSport; E3 Spark Plugs; EBC Brakes; GForce Performance Engineering; Holley Performance; Hooker BlackHeart; JLT Performance; Maximum Motorsports; McLeod Racing; Roush Performance; Wizards Products.
We already have another Week to Wicked in the planning phases. All we can say about it now is that it will be another build you won’t want to miss. For information on that build and so much more, be sure to visit mustang-360.com.
On day one, Mark Houlahan, Mustang Monthly’s tech editor, pulled the front fascia to install the Roush upper and lower grilles, splitter, and foglight kit—all of which can be installed at the same time with the front fascia removed.
The Roush Phase 2 supercharger was a breeze to install, and we were able to fire it up with minimal effort. This is a turnkey system that utilizes quality components. Case in point: You can expect to receive an R2300 supercharger that features Eaton’s TVS technology; a high-efficiency intercooler setup; a twin 60mm throttle-body and throttle-body spacer; high-flow fuel rail with 47-lb/hr injectors; and an 85mm pulley. Best of all, it produces 625 hp and 525 lb-ft of torque with a three-year/36,000-mile parts limited warranty (Roush-supplied parts only).
We also installed a JLT Performance Oil Separator 3.0 and a color-matched Big Air cold air induction system featuring a 123mm inlet and all the necessary hardware for an easy install. Knowing we had the power we were craving, we also wanted to complete the aesthetics underneath the hood. JLT Performance had the answer by color-matching several of their components in Ingot Silver, including coil covers, Redline Tuning bolt-in hood lifters, and coolant and intercooler tank covers, along with a hydro-dipped carbon fiber fuse box and a radiator cover with custom Mustang 360 Week to Wicked logos.
For this portion of the build, we needed to get the Derale Performance direct-fit oil cooler assembly installed. This package comes with everything you need and mounts directly onto the Mustang’s forward crash bar. However, since we mounted the Roush intercooler pump bracket in that location, we had to move the cooler over slightly, which also required custom lines for our Derale setup. Even so, this wasn’t a big deal. Derale came prepared with additional lines and Push-Lok fittings for a quick install. The great thing about this combination is that you have plenty of room for an additional transmission or power steering pump cooler as well.
McLeod Racing stepped in to make sure we could transfer all the newfound horsepower to the rear wheels with the RST Street Twin clutch kit. The RST setup is perfect for big-horsepower, street-driven applications with its organic-lined clutch discs. The discs offer an incredibly smooth engagement with a mild pedal effort.
Continuing through the driveline, GForce Performance supplied a one-piece, 3 1/2-inch driveshaft that’s constructed out of 6061-T6 aluminum. Along with the 900 hp rating, you can expect no vibrations up to 160 mph. (Hmm. Anyone else thinking we should hit up a standing-mile event?)
Moving over to the suspension, we partnered with Maximum Motorsports to install the company’s Mustang Road and Track Grip Box, including additional options to complete the package. If you didn’t already know, Maximum Motorsports produces high-caliber, championship-winning suspension systems for hardcore open-tracking events, such as the American Iron series. For those who like to occasionally autocross or open-track on the weekends, Maximum Motorsports also offers a well-balanced system that can push over 1.2g and still maintain excellent street manners. This is exactly what we wanted, and Maximum Motorsports delivered.
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, MM installed a 36mm adjustable antisway bar.
Moving on to the exhaust, let’s 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 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.
We also wanted a more positive feel when it came to rowing the gears. To accomplish this, Steeda Autosports sent us the Tri-Ax short-throw shifter with base bushing combo. This shifter offers a 20 percent shorter throw, has a billet construction, retains the reverse lockout, and does not increase noise, vibration, or harshness inside the cabin. To top it off, we added Steeda’s matching cue ball shift knob. 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 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 also 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 the company’s Bluestuff NDX race pads. While these are excellent for track applications, a huge advantage is their ability to bite from cold and a progressive brake feel with the 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 20x8.5 wheels up front and 20x10.5 ones out back. To wrap up the big rollers, we completed the package with a set of Continental Tire’s ExtremeContact Sport tires: P285/35R20 front, P305/30R20 rear.
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 have been paying attention, then you will 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-factory finish.
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Continental Presents Mustang360 Week To Wicked build
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Week to Wicked 2013 Ford Mustang Build Presented by Continental Tire
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