Justin: What's up, everybody? Justin with americanmuscle.com. I have Angelo in here with me today. He brought his brand new 2015 EcoBoost. We understand this isn't your first Mustang. Obviously, you have a little history with the Mustang. Tell us a little bit about it.
Angelo: Yeah. Before the 2015, I had 2 Mustangs. I had a 2008 GT California Special. That was supercharged, Paxton NOVI 2200, Ford racing hot rod cams, and some Kooks long tubes.
Justin: Very cool.
Angelo: I also had a 2014 GT Track Pack, basic bolt-ons, nothing too crazy.
Justin: How are you enjoying the new EcoBoost?
Angelo: Definitely can't complain. The gas mileage has been awesome and it still has all the fun. It's an incredibly balanced car to have some fun on the street.
Justin: That's what I like to talk about. We understand you like to do some events. I know you were talking to me about that. You love doing some solo stuff, some autocrossing. You've got to be loving the IRS.
Angelo: It's a much better package out of the box than I expected, to be completely honest.
Justin: Okay. As always, there's always room to improve. That's why you're here with us today. What are you looking for out of the car?
Angelo: I'm looking to improve the ride height a little bit and stiffen it. Get a little of that brake dive out of there. Improve the body roll. Have it a little more predictable while I'm having some fun with it.
Justin: It's probably a little quiet I'd imagine, right? We heard these stock EcoBoosts before.
Justin: It's a fine line. You don't want to go too loud with the four cylinder, but I think we have something for you that might help you out.
Justin: We definitely have something for the suspension that you helped us pick out. We're going to get you out of here. We're going to get to work on it. Then, we'll bring you back in and see what you think.
All right, guys. We're getting started here with Angelo's EcoBoost. Angelo is a self proclaimed road racer. He's done some autocross stuff in the past. Therefore, he's very familiar with Eibach, as most of us are. He really wanted to go with the pro-kit here. The pro-kit is the milder of the two options from Eibach, the other one being the sport line which do drop the car a little more. The pro-kit is going to drop his Eco boost just over an inch up front and an inch in the rear, getting rid of that wheel gap, lowering the center of gravity, and really helping his cornering in the process.
Guys, with any spring install, of course, you're going to need your spring compressor here. We've got ourselves a nice one. It makes the job a heck of a lot easier. Trust me. We already got the other side installed, so we're just going to finish up here with the driver side and then move to the rear.
With the car still up in the air, we have a couple more performance parts we're going to do. Let's do the exhaust first. Guys, just wrapping up the axle-back here with Angelo's EcoBoost. He wanted the Flowmaster Outlaw series axle-back for now. Definitely looking for a little bit more performance. A little bit more sound is going to be a given here with this exhaust. It is an axle-back with the 2015, so you do have to cut. As long as you make the right measurements and make a good cut with the Sawzall, you should have it up and in no problem in about an hour I'd say.
All right, guys, I'm a fan of starting with the hardest stuff first, the springs in that case, and then working towards the easier stuff, which in this case, is this brand new Airaid cold air intake that Angelo's getting for his EcoBoost. The Airaid is a great product. With these 2015 EcoBoosts, it's a no tune required intake. It shouldn't take any longer than 30 minutes to throw on. We'll get it on, get Angelo in here, and see what he thinks.
What do you think of the ride height?
Angelo: That's exactly what I was hoping for.
Justin: Yeah? Nailed it, huh?
Angelo: The ride height is perfect. It has just a little bit of rake. The front's a little bit lower. Got rid of that lifted front end it had from the factory.
Justin: Absolutely. I love the pro-kit, too, because of that. A lot of the springs level it out. The pro-kit drops a little bit more in the front as you pointed out. I think it really is a perfect stance.
Justin: Well, Angelo, before we set you loose on the roads, man, obviously we've got the car all go pro up here. Why don't you fire this thing up and let's hear how that Flowmaster sounds.
Angelo: Yeah, let's do it.
Justin: Okay, nice. Nice, man.
Angelo: Definitely more refined than I was expecting for the EcoBoost.
Justin: I'm with you, man. It's definitely not obnoxious whatsoever. It actually sounds really good. You get a little turbo noise through there.
Justin: You happy with it?
Angelo: Absolutely, that's exactly what I was hoping for.
Justin: Very cool. Let's get you out on the roads here. You can tear it up and let us know what you think.
Angelo: All right. Let's see how this exhaust sounds here. Oh yeah, nice little crackle out the end. That sounds perfect. Definitely a huge step up from the stock muffler, but still refined. Springs are definitely comfortable. Not too stiff, but definitely has a lot more control. Alot less brake dive. Springs feel perfect on the corners. Much more predictable. That blow off valve is a lot louder than I expected. The intake definitely helped out with the throttle response. It seems like I barely need to give it gas for that turbo to respond. It's crazy how much you can get out of three simple mods.
Justin: Angelo, you just got done blasting around in the EcoBoost with all the mods. What do you think so far, man?
Angelo: I think it's exactly what I was hoping for out of this package. It's got a balanced suspension. It's got a nice note out of the exhaust. And, I can hear the turbo on a little of that diverter valve.
Justin: There you go, man. Thanks so much for bring the car by, brother.
Angelo: Thank you.
Justin: We really appreciate it. I know you're not done with this thing, so maybe as you'll want to do some more mods, you'll bring it through.
Angelo: Sounds good.
Justin: All right, man. Thanks for watching guys, and for all things Mustang, keep it right here at americanmuscle.com.