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Old 10/11/12, 12:47 AM   #1
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Horse power gain 1996 v6

I have a 1996 mustang and I'm looking to add more power too it. I've done the cheap upgrades like the cold air intake, upgraded coil pack and wires. I'm looking for a upgrade that won't break the bank, but will still give me a bit more jump.
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Old 11/28/12, 11:35 AM   #2
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Not sure if you want to supercharge it but I have an Eaton m90 head unit for sale if you want it
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Old 12/1/12, 09:07 AM   #3

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How much do you want
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Old 12/1/12, 07:59 PM   #4
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I want to be quicker off the line and be able to beat them across the light
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Old 12/4/12, 04:33 AM   #5
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If you don't want to break the bank then buy the basic bolt ons but it won't yield you much power. Only way you're gonna get a large chunk of power and that throw you back in your seat feel is with forced induction. Probably your best bet would be to get gears. It will feel like a brand new car even though you won't gain any hp.
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Old 12/6/12, 11:23 PM   #6
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I want to be quicker off the line and be able to beat them across the light
Unfortunately you are starting with a hard sixxer to mod. The best thing you can do first and for most to get the most out of you sixxer is a spit-port swap from a 99-04 3.8 coupled with a windstar intake from a 94-98 windstar. This will not be the cheapest but will net you in the range on 30-50 rwhp and will respond better to other mods because of the increase air flow.

That being said, if your just looking for an increase in acceleration, gears would be your best bet. Its somewhat pricey (probably in the $500-800 range with labor) but will give you the best results vs just about anything you can do and will get you to your current goal. My recommendation would be 4.10s minimum. There's general ideas for gears out there that alot of people go by that say 3.73s for manual and 4.10s for autos, but IMO, on the 3.8, 4.10s would be the lowest I would go. I would even go as far as 4.30s or 4.56s.

But based on your goals and I assume this is a DD, I think 4.10s would be perfect for what your after.

Also look around v6power.net and 3.8mustang.com. Both are great resources for this motor.
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