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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

The first thing that comes to mind when most people think of a muscle car is speed. Well, if your main goal is to go fast or even just to get the feeling 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 racing?
Everyone knows 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 seat 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.

1999-2004 Mustang Aftermarket Racing Seat

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

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 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 generation specific. So be sure to add the proper brackets to your order to complete your upgrade.

1999-2004 Mustang Corbeau Seat Bracket

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 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 for better control while driving. There are several different styles to choose from depending on your personal taste and preference.

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.

Aftermarket MOMO Racing Wheel Installed on a Mustang

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 which would definitely alter the feel of your interior. They are available for both coupe and convertible models. They also 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. For a full track-ready feel, consider adding a set of racing harnesses to keep you safe and planted as well as 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 parts will make a huge positive impact.

Rear Seat Deleted in a 1999-2004 Mustang