(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
The Ford Performance High Torque Mini Starter would be a great option for all '96 to 2018 V8 powered Mustangs, excluding those Shelby GT350s who are looking to replace a worn out or defective stocker, or maybe even wanna go with a smaller unit to clear a set of aftermarket long tube headers. Now, the Ford Performance option will feature more cranking power than that factory starter, it's gonna weigh in at right around six pounds and it's gonna cost prospective buyers right around 250 bucks. The site calls this install two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter and about an hour or two of your time to get in place, and we'll talk about that a little bit more later in the video. So again, I feel like this product will be appealing for two big reasons, first and foremost, as a high powered replacement for a high mileage or failing factory starter. Now, for a full disclosure guys, if you wanted to grab a remanufactured stocker at your local parts store, you're gonna do so for roughly half the cost of the Ford Performance option here. But you have to keep in mind that this is a 100% new part and is not rebuilt or remanufactured. Now on top of that new construction, this starter also boasts more cranking power compared to the factory option which is always good to know and might even be helpful to guys who live in colder climates, to help with some of those cold weather starts which can be a little difficult from time to time. Another big reason V8 owners might wanna entertain the mini starter here from Ford Performance is size, a lot of guys run into fitment issues when swapping to a set of long tube headers in a number of generations. But especially on coyote swap applications in a Foxbody or even an SN95 and this little guy here has been the solution to a lot of problems, at least on the site, in addition to on the forums. On top of that guys, this is gonna be roughly six pounds which is gonna save you a couple pounds over that stocker which I get it, it isn't a ton of weight in the process but certainly is worth pointing out. Now, Ford Performance also tosses in a new set of cables to be used with the install which depending on your Gen in your garage setup will either be a one beer install or a few beers. So because of that, we're gonna go middle of the road, two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter here and at least an hour or two in the garage from start to finish. You will need to get under the car here so get the jack and jack stands ready or a lift if you have access. And also get your socket set ready to go to remove some cable connections along with the factory starter before you go installing the new Ford Performance option. So whether you're looking to upgrade a busted factory option or you just wanna make a little bit more room for those long tube headers, the Ford Performance High Torque Mini Starter would be a great choice and you can grab yours right here at americanmuscle.com.
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April 02, 2020
Install wasn't bad at all. works great. Small change on starter sound. Its worth the investmentHelpful (0)
February 04, 2020
I bought this because i had to remove the starter to replace the clutch. I have long tube headers so this isn't an easy job, so I figured I would preemptively replace the starter while it was out. It works great and is cheaper than a factory starter from the dealership.Helpful (0)
August 14, 2019
Works Fast As Advertised
Easy install of a Coyote Mustang. Starts car quick. New hardware is nice to replace the originals. The wires arent really needed unless you have an old model (like a new edge mustang). Overall good quality.Helpful (0)
May 16, 2019
Works great. No problems. Easy install, took less than a hourHelpful (0)
December 21, 2018
Put the new starter in and its amazing. The car starts in seconds and sounds good too. Very happy with this starterHelpful (3)
November 23, 2018
Starter fits well. More space now available. Installed in just a few minutes.Helpful (5)
October 25, 2018
Ford high torque mini starter
Did this with a floor jack and basic tools. Make sure you have a unervisal on hand and be prepared to work on the battery terminals not user friendlyHelpful (6)
September 01, 2018
I would highly recommend bench testing the starter and solenoid prior to installation! I installed mine without testing it and after wrapping up the install (quick and easy due to the smaller size btw) I attached the cables to the battery and the starter started to spin with the ignition off. The solenoid would not actuate properly letting current travel to the starter motor with no ignition..... I know it's not anyone's fault it's just a recommendation to test before install. I'm sure AM will do me right like always and exchange the starter.Helpful (8)
August 31, 2018
Great starter easy install took like 20 minutes to do on the ground super easy great buy highly recommend getting another one if ever neededHelpful (7)
July 07, 2018
Works great, fits perfect and clears BBK Ling tube headers. Would buy again if needed. Also has a unique sound when you start the car.Helpful (6)
Why is it stated that this starter will only fit '05-'14 Mustangs, and not '96-'04 GT Mustangs? There are numerous reviews left by owners of those model year Mustangs who purchased and installed this starter, and your review and installation video even states it fits '96-'18 V-8 Mustangs. What's correct?
This is compatible with 05-14 GT and GT500 models only.
is it necessary to use the starter cable that this starter comes with or can you use the existing starter cable wires under the vehicle on a 2007 mustang gt?
You would not use the cables included with the starter. They are intended for custom builds
hey there, i got a s550 with kook 1-7/8 long tube header. will this fit?
This Ford Performance High Torque Mini Starter will have no issues working with your set up.
will this mini starter fit on my 3.8L 03 v6 pony ?
This will not fit V6 Mustangs.
The original starter had a plastic piece that went over the electrical connections on the starter. The original did not fit on this starter as the connectors were different lengths than the original starter. Is there a protector out there for this starter.
The Ford Performance High Torque Mini Starter is not designed to accept a protector, however battery protector spray can be used on the terminals to prevent corrosion, and if you are worried about heat soak, several companies do make universal heat shields for starters
The Ford Performance High Torque Mini Starter will work with the Ford performance 5.3L engine, as this is a bored/stroked 4.6L
Yes, this Ford Performance High Torque Mini Starter would fit on the 351 (5.8) Windsor.
Hello there, I just purchased this starter motor. It's honestly not that much smaller, it's maybe an inch and a half shorter at the most from where it mounts vs. the stock starter, and only two pounds lighter. If you need every inch you can get, then it may work for you.
No, this is for 5.0 and 4.6 engines.
(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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