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The Bare Necessities - Tyler’s 2008 Ford Mustang GT

It may have a stealth appeal, but AmericanMuscle customer Tyler has a 2008 Ford Mustang GT that doesn’t go unnoticed. When modding his car, Tyler focused on the essentials many enthusiasts like to upgrade right off the bat. He installed new taillights and headlights, as well as a GT500 style rear spoiler for added styling. To improve his GT’s overall performance, Tyler opted for a set of BBK catted X-pipes, long-tube headers, Steeda underdrive pulleys, a Flowmaster Outlaw exhaust and SCT tuner. Other additions include 20-inch AMR black wheels and a sport spring set. 

Better Breathing

A cold air intake seems to be one of the most popular “first mods” you can do to your car. When searching for one, Tyler opted to go with the C&L Racer CAI to replace his Mustang’s stock restrictive air box and paper filter. C&L’s high-flow filter assembly maximizes airflow for a noticeable difference in horsepower and torque figures. It is specifically designed to match heavily modified GT Mustangs for optimal performance benefits. The 95mm MAF cast aluminum housing is pre-calibrated for use with the factory Mustang fuel injectors. To ensure he gets the most power from this system, Tyler used a SCT Mustang tuner to recalibrate his GT’s computer. This cold air intake has undergone rigorous flow bench testing to ensure it outperforms the competition for the best bang for your buck. Included with C&L’s Racer CAI is a high-flow, reusable and rechargeable air filter, which means no more wasting money on OEM paper filters. Instead, all Tyler needs to do is clean out the filter, re-oil it and put it back on to save some cash, and enjoy better performance too. The icing on the cake may just be this cold air intake is smog-legal in all 50 states.

Newfound Power

While in the market to replace the stock restrictive parts on his GT, Tyler decided to purchase the BBK Twin 62mm throttle body. This version features a generous, free-flowing 62mm twin bore design that is a simple bolt-on install and does not require any computer tuning. With this throttle body, Tyler see gains of about 20 horsepower and 25 ft-lbs of torque. Apart from providing newly discovered power to his pony car, this throttle body is also CARB legal in all 50 states. It is manufactured from high quality 356 aluminum to ensure it meets quality standards and is a perfect fit for its intended vehicle. It features OEM die-stamped throttle linkages, O-ringed throttle shafts and double-sealed bearings, which are one small part of why this is one of the best on the market. This throttle body also reuses the stock throttle body fasteners and O-ring, which makes for a seamless installation.

Modern-Day Lighting

Just because Tyler’s Mustang GT is a 2008 model does not mean it can’t have some of the flair found on the newer ones. Considering this, Tyler opted to install a set of smoked Raxiom Gen5 taillights that paired nicely with his bold GT500 style rear spoiler. These taillights use modern LED technology and feature built-in sequential turn signals just like the more recent Mustang models. When activated, the turn signals and hazard lights will sequence from the center light outward and repeat until they are turned off. While the brakes are engaged, the tails will blink once and then stay lit during braking. These lights are fully DOT compliant, which means it meets and exceeds the strict guidelines set forth by the Department of Transportation for vehicle standards. Not only do they look stylish and stealthy, but these 3D-esque lights also provide added driving safety with their high-intensity LED bulbs, that illuminate quicker and brighter than the stock incandescent bulbs.

Spring in Its Step

To give his GT even better handling, Tyler opted for the Eibach Sportline Spring Kit. This lowering spring kit not only lowers his Mustang’s center of gravity, but also gives it a sportscar-type handing that it deserves. It provides his Mustang with a more menacing stance all around. It’s a perfect way to add some ferocity to the car, even while it’s standing still. This version is better than the legendary Eibach Pro-Kit – and that’s saying something. A set of Eibach Sportline springs will provide any car with heightened performance in terms of cornering, braking and acceleration. These springs are designed to deliver the lowest drop possible for that racecar-inspired look, while maintaining a quality ride. The Sportlines are rated to drop the GT about 1.6 inches in the front and 2 inches in the rear. That means that it simultaneously eliminates the unappealing wheel gap that the GT has straight from the factory.

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