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How to Make Your 1999-2004 Mustang's Interior Race Ready

Written By: Lisa Schaefer

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The 1999-2004 Mustang leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to the interior. Change your GT, V6 or special edition Mustang's run-of-the-mill interior and transform it into a fully customized, race-inspired cabin.

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This article lays out different ways you can bring an authentic race car look and feel to the interior of your 1999-2004 Ford Mustang.

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Tips to Consider

First thing that comes to mind when I think of a muscle car is speed and how fast it can go. Well, if your main goal is to go fast, or even just to give the feel of going faster when you hop in your Mustang, there are a few interior upgrades that can significantly aid in your objective.

  • Find a seat that offers both security and comfort
  • Purchase seat brackets that are compatible with your Mustang’s racing seats
  • Change from a standard steering wheel to a race style steering wheel
  • Purchase a new steering wheel hub to accommodate your new race wheel

Racing Seats

What Mustang seats are best for a racing application?
Everyone knows that when you are pushing some serious power, you want to have the perfect seat to keep you secure. While keeping you planted in your seat is a huge benefit, you also don’t want to sacrifice a lot of ride comfort. AmericanMuscle offers a great selection of racing seats for you to choose from, such as the black racing seats you see here. Several seats are even offered in a standard or wide sizing option to ensure there’s a style to suit anyone’s needs. 

Are racing seats for my Mustang OK for daily driving?
Most of the racing seats we offer are still daily driver friendly, having many similar functions as the stock seats that came from the factory. They can recline fully and offer supportive race-style bolsters for maximum comfort and convenience. While being DD friendly, they also offer the harness pass-through for your racing harness if and when you decide you want to track your Stang. 

Do factory seat brackets work with racing seats on a 1999-2004 Mustang?
One thing to be mindful about in regards to racing seats is the fact that most factory seat brackets are not compatible and new brackets will be required for proper installation. While the race seat itself does not vary by Mustang model or year range, the required brackets are generationally specific. So be sure to add the proper brackets to your order to complete your upgrade.

1999-2004 Mustang Racing Seats

Racing Steering Wheels

Does a racing steering wheel have any performance benefits?
One of the things you use the most, but tends to get overlooked when it comes to modifying your Mustang, would be your steering wheel. Upgrading your steering wheel to a race style, such as the Momo Race Style Steering Wheel shown here, will not only offer a significant visual change, but will also offer improved steering response giving you better control while driving. There are several different styles to choose from dependent on your personal taste and preference. No matter which one you pick though, your New Edge Mustang will surely look the part. 

Do I need a new steering wheel hub with an aftermarket steering wheel?
Similar to racing seats and their need for the proper brackets, installing a new steering wheel will require you to install a new steering wheel hub adapter for a proper install. Be mindful here as well to select the proper hub for your New Edge Mustang

Mustang Racing Steering Wheel

Rear Seat Deletes

Does removing the back seat provide any benefits?
If you want to take your interior to a whole new level, and you don’t have much use for your back seat, why not get rid of it? It will reduce your overall weight by about 50 pounds, which will surely help to drop your times at the track by improving your power-to-weight ratio. Adding a rear seat delete will also offer you that two-seater, sports car appeal that would definitely alter the feel of your interior. They are available for both coupe and convertible models; they feature an upholstered finish for a very clean look and include everything needed for a bolt-in installation. 

What other interior mods can I make to my Mustang?
Upgrading your interior with some mods to complement your engine mods will certainly have you feeling like you own a whole new car. With a new pair of racing seats, a better feel for the road with an upgraded steering wheel and less weight in the rear, your Mustang is certain to put a smile on your face. Take your new race feel and appeal to the track with set of racing harnesses to keep you safe and planted and a harness bar to provide some additional chassis stiffness. Whether you only daily drive your New Edge Mustang or intend to race your beast, these products will make a huge positive impact. 

Mustang Rear Seat Delete Installed