List of "free" and "cheap" mods

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2003-2004 SVT COBRA MODS UNDER $100

I have included links when possible...please let me know if any of these links become un-available or broken.


03'-04' Cobra Facts and other Late-Model Information:

1) Cobra Bob's Cobra Facts Page Terminator FAQs

2) 03'-04 Cobra Bang-for-your-Bite '03-'04 Mustang Cobra Performance Test - 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords Magazine

3) 2003 Cobra TSB List http://www.stangshiftergaskets.com/PDF Files/2003_Mustang_TSB_List.pdf

4) Late-Model Bang-for-the-Buck 101 Catch 22--Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords Magazine

5) Late-Model Mustang Suspension 101 Late Model Mustang Suspension Basics

6) Nitrous Tuning 101 Basic Nitrous Tuning(101) -- Muscle Mustang & Fast Fords

7) Supercharging 101 All About Superchargers

8) Chassis Dynos 101 Chassis Dynamometers - 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords Magazine


Cheap and Friendly Mustang Vendors:

1) Lethal Performance Lethal Performance, Performance parts for Ford Mustangs

2) SVTP Market Place The Market - SVTPerformance

3) Tousley Ford Tousley Ford: Full line Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Ford Racing Distributors. - SVTPerformance

4) Steeda Autosports Steeda Autosports | Ford Mustang Suspension | Ford Mustang Performance | Ford Mustang Tuning | Ford Mustang Cold Air Intakes

5) Racer's Edge Tuning Racers Edge Tuning :: Southern California's Finest Mustang Shop



Cheap or Free "How-To" Threads:

1) Remove or Redistribute Weight IronTerp's http://www.svtperformance.com/forums/terminator-talk-229/419119-weight-reduction-specifics.html

2) Hood Mod (Original) Vent Modification - SVTPerformance

3) Boost By-pass Mod * 03-04 Mustang Cobra ZERO Dollar Boost Bypass How To *

*Please note: Most Cobra tuners address "Boost By-pass" in their tunes. Therefore this mod is for "un-tuned" Cobras only!!!*

4) Oil Seperator Mod Make your own Oil Seperator for $21 - SVTPerformance

5) Snorkle Mod (Intake Silencer Delete) Mustangworld How-To's INDEX

6) Drilled T-Stat Mod http://www.svtperformance.com/forums/terminator-talk-229/510129-drilling-stock-thermo-pic.html

7) PPRV Delete Mod http://www.svtperformance.com/forums/how-230/538718-pprv-delete-dummies-hd-video-step-step.html

8) Gas Pedal Slack Mod Mustangworld - 99 - 00 Gas Pedal Adjustment tip

9) Boxed In Radiator Mod http://www.svtperformance.com/forums/open-track-racing-203/332482-boxing-radiator.html#post7670730

10) Hood Vents Mod http://www.svtperformance.com/forums/terminator-talk-229/578881-hood-vents-heat.html

11) Cut Springs Mod http://www.svtperformance.com/forum...tions-211/289160-truth-about-cut-springs.html

12) Adjust Clutch Cable Mod (FOR COBRAS WITH THE STOCK OEM QUADRANT) http://www.svtperformance.com/forums/how-230/389553-how-adjust-clutch-cable.html

13) Stuck Throttle Mod (HOW TO PREVENT) Solution To Stuck Throttle-cobra's - SVTPerformance

14) Shorty Antenna Mod Mustangworld - Cutting your Factory Antenna

15) Wiper Delete Mod http://www.svtperformance.com/forum...037-windshield-wiper-delete-kits-not-upr.html

16) Notched Tensioner Mod http://www.svtperformance.com/forums/terminator-talk-229/530870-notched-tensioner-pics-info.html

17) Clutch Pedal Stop Mod Stop, Thief! -- Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords

18) Coolant Sensor Relocation Mod Coolant Temp Sensor

19) Wiper Lowering Mod Mustangworld - Moving the wiper arms down

20) Cobra Grill Emblem Mod http://www.corral.net/tech/exterior/CobraInsert/insert.html

21) Steering Rack Bushing Install bushings

22) IRS Bushing Install IRS Subframe Bushings

23) Clutch Pedal Height Adjuster Install http://www.modularfords.com/forums/showthread.php?t=69555

25) Eaton Home Porting http://www.svtperformance.com/forums/terminator-talk-229/445199-self-ported-blower-pics-numbers.html

26) Custom Hood Vents http://www.svtperformance.com/forum...roduct-custom-road-race-style-hood-vents.html


Trick Parts Under $100:

1) Clutch Pedal Height Adjuster Steeda Adjustable Pedal Stop - '94-'04 Ford Mustang

2) Shifter Isolater Kit Steeda Shift Isolator Kit - 79-04 Ford Mustang

3) Coin Holder Delete Steeda Billet Coin Holder Delete - '07-'09 Ford Mustang - '07-'09 Ford Mustang

4) Jacking Plates Steeda Hardcore Jacking Plates - Ford Mustang

5) Clutch Quadrant Spacers Steeda Clutch Quadrant Spacer - '79-'04 Ford Mustang

6) Aftermarket Clutch Quadrants Steeda Quick Release Clutch Quadrant - '82-'04 Ford Mustang

7) Wheel Spacer 1" 5 Lug 6061 Billet Wheel Spacers - Set of 2 - '79-'09 Ford Mustang

8) Brembo Quick Release Pins Steeda Quick Release Brake Pins - '94-'01 Ford Mustang

9) Stainless Steel brake Lines Stainless Steel Brake Lines - '87-'04 Ford Mustang

10) Rear Shock Tower Brace Steeda Rear Shock Tower Brace - '79-'04 Ford Mustang

11) Lower Chassis Brace Steeda G-trac Bar - '79-'04 Ford Mustang

12) Drivehaft Safety Loop Ford Racing Driveshaft Loops - 79-09 Ford Mustang

13) Magnetic Oil Drain Plug Magnetic Drain Plugs - '79-'09 Ford Mustang

14) IAT Sensor Relocator IAT Sensor Relocation Pigtail - Ford Mustang

15) Steering Rack Bushings Steeda Aluminum Rack Bushings - '85-'04 Ford Mustang

16) IRS Subframe Bolt & Bushing Kit Cobra Rear Subframe Bushings - '99-'04 Ford Mustang

17) Shifter Handle Mustang Shift Handle

18) Brake Ducts Brake cooling ducts - SVTPerformance

19) Water Temperature Sender Another part from Midcontinent Mustangs... - SVTPerformance

20) Bushings Upgrade http://www.svtperformance.com/forum...g-kit-w-adj-sway-bar-links-bumpsteer-kit.html

21) Low Profile IRS Bolts Maximum Motorsports :: The Leader In Mustang Performance Suspension

22) Cobra Bob's T-56 Shifter Gasket Set http://www.svtperformance.com/forum...ter-gasket-sets-quiet-your-cobra-shifter.html

23) Hilton's Boost Overlay Kit Hilton Boost Overlay

24) Gary Loat's Custom ID Plates Terminator ID Tags

25) LDC Freeplay Mod LDC Chicago Clutch Freeplay Correction Kit [LDC-FREEPLAY] : Lethal Performance, Performance parts for Ford Mustangs

26) Budget CAI LFP Deluxe 10'' Powerstack Cold Air Kit 2003-04 Mustang Cobra [LFP-1147] - $89.00 : Lightning Force Performance

27) IRS Support Brackets BilletFlow 99-04 Cobra IRS Subframe Support Brackets [BF-IRSBRACKETS] : Lethal Performance, Performance parts for Ford Mustangs

28) EGR Delete Kit EGR Delete Kit [LP-EGRDELETE] : Lethal Performance, Performance parts for Ford Mustangs


Tune Up Tricks and Maintenance:


1) Tire Pressure Tire Tech Information - Checking Tire Inflation Pressure

2) Wheel Detail (Wheel Paint Stripper Mod) Stang2WRX - OEM Chrome Wheel Mod - SVTPerformance

4) Suede Seat Cleaning Instructions http://www.stangshiftergaskets.com/PDF Files/How to Clean Alcantara Fabric.pdf

5) Blower Belt Specs Belt Selection Guide

6) Tranny Flush DEXRON III (4.1 QUARTS) Terminator FAQs

7) Coolant Flush http://www.svtperformance.com/forums/how-230/435249-03-04-cobra-engine-coolant-flush-how.html

8) Intercooler Cleaning Intercoolor Cleaning - A How-To... - F150online Forums

9) Blower Oil Change http://www.svtperformance.com/forums/how-230/266284-eaton-oil-change-writeup-pics.html

10) Engine Oil 5W-20, 10W-30 (6.0 quarts) Terminator FAQs

11) Diff Fluid 75W-140 Synthetic (2.9 pints) http://www.svtperformance.com/forums/driveline-216/524242-how-change-gear-fluid.html

12) Brake Fluid DOT 3 (Fill to full line on resevoir) Castrol Synthetic GTLMA is a decent upgrade

13) Power Steering Fluid MERCON ATF (fill to between min and max on resevoir)

14) Battery Ford Motorcraft #BXT-59

15) PCV Valve Ford Motorcraft #EV-153

14) Spark plugs Ford Motorcraft #AGSF-12FM1

15) Fuel Filter Ford Motorcraft #FG-986B, FG-800A Terminator FAQs

16) Oil Filter Ford Motorcraft #FL-820S

17) Air Filter Ford Motorcraft #FA-1632

18) Overflow Tank Cap Stant#11238

19) K&N Drop in Filter Part # E-0945 - K&N Replacement Filters, Replacement Air Filter

20) K&N Drop in Filter Install Mustangworld 4.6L Performance Air Filter Install



Racing and Track Tips:

1) Getting Started (Drag Racing) The Path to Drag Racing Righteousness: drag racing

2) Rear Tire Pressure How to Check Tire Pressure Before Drag Race | eHow.com

3) Ice your Intake Ford Mustang LX Underhood Ice Intake Manifold Photo

4) Ice your I/C Tank Intercooler Theory

5) Front Swaybar Removal Ford Mustang GT Side Sway Bar Photo

6) High Octane Fuel Racing and Trackday Fuels - Trackpedia


Thermostat Options:

1) Stock 180*
2) Drilled 180* http://www.svtperformance.com/forums/terminator-talk-229/510129-drilling-stock-thermo-pic.html
3) Stant 180* STANT Part # 14138
4) Reische 170* Reische 6Performance Products Reische vs. Stock Performance Reische vs. Drilled http://www.svtperformance.com/forum...d-thermostat-testing-driving-impressions.html
5) Thermostat O-Ring Gasket Fel-Pro#35489



Coolant and Coolant Additive Options:

1) Water-Wetter Red Line Oil: Coolants and Others
2) 40-Below Cooling Systems
3) Evans NPG Evans Cooling Systems, Inc. High Performance Engine Cooling and Power Production.
4) OEM Coolant Terminator FAQs


Other Popular Installs, Links and Threads:

1) Cobra Head Porting http://www.svtperformance.com/forum...6693-i-want-proof-head-porting-not-worth.html

2) Extrude Honing The Art of Airflow

3) Aluminum Polishing 101 http://www.superstallions.com/tech/carcare/polish.html

4) Cooling your 4.6 with a Fan Controller Cooling the 4.6

5) Understanding the N/A FOX/SN-95 Cooling Systems http://www.allfordmustangs.com/techarticles/hotblues.pdf

6) Manual Fan Swith Mod for 5.0/4.6 Ford Mustang: Mustang Tech: Cooling and AC systems: Cooling fan manual switch install

7) Heat Exchanger Install Tech - Very detailed photos of GordsFord HE install - SoCalTerminators.com Forums

8) IRS Gear Installation Gear Installation Instructions For 8.8" IRS

9) 99' GT Battery Relocation Yellow Mustang Registry - UPR Battery Box REVIEW

10) Race Ready Radials Tire Testing With Nitto Street and Strip Tires

11) Barely Legal Radials Barely Legal

12) S-197 Brake Ducts http://www.svtperformance.com/forum...9-front-brake-cooling-ducts-finally-done.html

13) What's wrong with my clutch??? How to Diagnose Your Own Clutch System Problems - Classic Trucks Magazine

14) Cobra T-56 to 4R70W Swap http://www.modularfords.com/2008/08/08/installing-a-4r70w-into-a-03-04-mustang-cobra/

15) Boost-a-Pump Theory http://www.kennebell.net/techinfo/general-info/BAPtheory_kens.pdf

16) BAP Installation http://www.competitionspeedandsound.com/BAP Install instructions.pdf

17) My Dream Cobra Cobra Specs

Breaking Down an Eaton [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Lu6n5qBE2s"]YouTube - Breaking down an Eaton Blower[/ame]

Horse Power TV tunes a Terminator [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1Wdj-eEHk0"]YouTube - HP TV runs a 03 cobra[/ame]



Later...Dave
 
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SCT2003

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AzSonicSnake said:
conragts on the car! i got my 03 sonic coupe about three months ago, and have loved every day of it.

here is one kick ass place to sit back and read, there are some cheap mods in there, and some just good info in general.

http://www.stangshiftergaskets.com/2003_2004faqs.htm

Thanks for the info!!!

Congrats to you as well!!!

Later...Dave
 

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Speaking of "free" and or "cheap" mods...has anybody replaced their engine/intercooler coolant with one of those "extreme" type antifreezes. I forgot the brand names but their basically like Redline's "Water Wetter" but instead of being just an additive...it replaces your coolant completely and drops the temps by 10-20 degrees.

I'm due for a coolant change and was wondering what you guys have done with your Cobras???

Thanks...

Later...Dave
 

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It's called "40 below" and on the back of the can it says you should mix it with distilled water. The mix will completly replace your antifreeze and supposedly bring temperatures down a honest to goodness 40 degrees!!!

A 30 ounce can of this stuff goes for approx. $25 bucks, much more expensive than a $8 bottle of the "Water Wetter" additive!!!

Anybody try this stuff yet??? I'm thinking about using on the intercooler coolant first...what do you guys think???

http://www.pro-blend.com/coolsys.htm

Later...Dave
 
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you can mix water wetter with nothing but distilled water too.

I am running water wetter in both my IC fluid and radiator now that I have the whipple on.
 

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i have the water wetter in my i/c, and i noticed a slight improvement. but then again, i added the lfp ice box at the same time. both of which i would highly recommend if you ever race your car, or just get down on it alot.
 

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Lets keep the mods under $100 bucks...

Anything else guys???

Later...Dave
 
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hazmat404 said:
well you gotta explain what number 6, 8 and 9 are :)

#6-The Hood Vent Mod:
http://svtperformance.com/forums/showthread.php?t=283253

#8-The Boost Bypass Mod:
http://www.rpmoutlet.com/boost bypassc.htm

#9-The Oil Seperator Mod:
http://svtperformance.com/forums/showthread.php?t=173161

Oh yeah...and don't forget Cobra Bob's Web site:

http://www.stangshiftergaskets.com/2003_2004faqs.htm


If this doesn't help...try using the search function for more info!!!;-)

Later...Dave
 
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hey i saw on that site about cleaning the grey paint that ford put on our rims with aircraft remover.... anyone done this before??? it almost seems to easy to be true
 

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check out my thread two down from this on the complete 'how-to' thread, the link you're looking for is in that thread
 

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firecobra04 said:
hey i saw on that site about cleaning the grey paint that ford put on our rims with aircraft remover.... anyone done this before??? it almost seems to easy to be true
Yeah, did mine: I used paint stripper though, worked better that the aircraft stuff.

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I read that it wasn't a good idea to change the vac lines to do the boost bypass mod.
 

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The shorty antenna mod is nice. Worked for me..

Put a piece of tape on the ball (Cause when u pop it off, u won't lose it). Take needle-nose plyers and put it under the ball, and take a hammer and hit the plyers, the ball will fly off. Cut antenna to desired length. Super glue ball back on, and ur good to go. I would do this while the antenna is off the car, and I used a black sharpie to color some of the chips on the ball from when i took it off. Ya can't even tell it is a ghetto mod :)
 

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