Review & Install Video
JUSTIN: Hey I'm Justin with AmericanMuscle.com and this is our PowerPack Bolt-On Build-Up for all 99-04 V6 Mustangs. Now, before we get started, let's address the elephant in the room. From the factory, these 3.8 L V6s weren't the baddest Mustangs on the block, just in terms of all-out performance. But thanks to the large aftermarket support, and bolt-ons that can really squeeze every ounce of power out of any car, well these V6s can be turned into quite the competent little street-car. So that's exactly what we're going to show you here today. But before we get into it, we're going to grab a quick baseline number first just to see what we're starting with. Then we're going to hand the car over to the crew, to get everything installed.
JUSTIN: Hey Mike, what's up man?
MIKE: Oh, nothing much, man, what's going on?
JUSTIN: It looks like we tackled some of the basics under here, I see that SR Performance Cold Air Intake, now obviously that's going to get us a little power of course, but maybe explain to us, maybe what else we can expect from using stuff like that?
MIKE: Well first is price, it's a very budget-friendly piece. It's easy to install, looks great, it's no-tune required, and we should see some increase in miles-per-gallon too.
JUSTIN: All right, cool, man. Now I notice a little yellow under the hood here as well, that's usually the calling card of Accel products. Tell us a bit more about this Super Coil Pack here.
MIKE: You're going to get some horsepower & torque as well on this, but the main thing it's going to smooth out our idle, give us better drive-ability and give us a cleaner, hotter spark.
JUSTIN: That's probably pretty important with an older car, such as this.
JUSTIN: Right on, man. Now I also know we've got the Pipes True Dual system on the car, that's been on for a little while, we're not going to lie, being car guys, this car didn't have much of a chance coming in here with a single exhaust.
MIKE: Oh yeah.
JUSTIN: So, talk about the benefits of a True Dual system on our V6.
MIKE: It's going to increase horsepower and torque, more importantly for most of the guys, it's going to increase the sound, it's an aggressive sound, it's high-quality and it's also easy to install.
JUSTIN: Now what's a Mustang without dual-exhaust coming out the back too, right?
JUSTIN: Now, finally, I guess we can be safe to assume you're going to toss one of your custom Bama tunes into the mix?
MIKE: Oh yeah.
JUSTIN: Awesome man, now what's that going to do for us?
MIKE: going to wrap all of our mods together, and make it a complete package. The fuel, the spark, the cooling fans, and being that it's an automatic, we're going to adjust the shift firmness, and the shift links.
JUSTIN: Alright man, I guess there's only one more thing to do. You ready to see how much power this little 3.8's going to make?
MIKE: Let's do it.
JUSTIN: So our baseline run with our 2006 V6 gave us 149 horsepower & 185 ft/lbs of torque. With our power pack installed we put down 163 horsepower & 192 ft/lbs of torque, giving us a peak horsepower gain of 14 over our baseline numbers, and gains of 15 horsepower and 15 ft/lbs of torque throughout the curve. Now it's obvious Mike was able to work his magic with the bolt-ons and the tune, but we wanted to give our V6 a little more giddy-up. So we installed a set of Ford Racing 373 gears along with Auburn's limited slip differential, now of course the gears are going to give us that increased acceleration we're looking for, but the diff's going to be equally as important. The limited-slip differential's going to distribute power to both wheels evenly, help us get off the line, and pull us out of the turns but, most importantly, no more embarrassing one-wheel peels. Alright, with everything wrapped up, let's get our V6 off the dyno and on to the streets so we can see how it does with all that new power, along with those acceleration goodies.
JUSTIN: So we're back out in our 2000 V6, after the PowerPack's been installed, and we'll just get one thing out of the way, right away. Is our V6 faster than the GT500? Absolutely not, but that's not a big surprise. What I will tell you though, is that our V6 is significantly quicker all around. The acceleration pulls from, pretty much idle, all the way to redline now, as opposed to before, when it kind of fell on its face around 4000 rpms, 'cause it was just kind of being choked out by the single exhaust, and the puny intake. Now the intake is letting it breathe, the dual exhaust is really flowing well, sounds great by the way, for a V6, and the Bama tune's just really pulling it all together. Our acceleration, by the way, is killer. That Auburn LSD along with our 373s, have really made for one peppy daily driver. In the end, V6, much more improved driving experience. That's what we were going for with this Power Pack, and we really did a good job with our little 3.8 L here. So that wraps up our Power Pack for our V6 Mustang. Be sure to check out some of our other 99-04 V6 Bolt-On Build-ups, where we dress up our V6 a little bit, and work on our handling.