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Project Six Appeal: V6 Mustang Performance & Handling Upgrades

Posted 11/19/2013 by Jeff Jimenez

We threw the book at Project Six Appeal our 2011 Mustang V6! Check out the list of suspension & performance mods we added to this awesome project!

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Our 2011 Mustang V6, AKA Project Six Appeal, got a major make over at the MCA Wild West Pony Show. Day one consisted of a complete tear down of the New 2011 Mustang V6 and then the installation of a Ford Racing Handling Pack, Ford Racing Brembo Front Brake Upgrade, Ford Racing Adjustable Rear Panhard Bar, SVE Heavy Duty Rear Lower Control Arms, Magnaflow Axle Back Kit, GT500 Rear Valance and a set of Ford Racing 19X9" Boss 302 Laguna Seca Wheels wrapped in 275/35/19 Nitto NT555's. You may say that seems like a lot of work in one day, but follow the blog and watch just how easy it is to transform a new 2011 Mustang V6 from stock to shock in a days work......

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Some may think it was crazy of us to take a perfectly good running and driving 2011 Mustang and begin a huge project on it with only 300 miles on the odometer, but come on, who likes to drive a stock V6 Mustang when you have all these parts at your fingertips! Needless to say, being it was my car, it meant quite a bit to me to get this show on the road. Bright and early Saturday morning, Scott and I put on our gloves and got busy ripping stock parts off the new 2011 V6 Mustang. As you can see we made quick work out of the stock Mustang with a complete teardown in only 50 minutes! You think we could open a chop shop with that kind of speed, but really working on a brand new car with the right tools makes the job 100% easier. Now remember, this is not all of the parts going on the car so some things were not removed like the stock headers, mid-pipe or intake system.....

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After the Mustang was all torn down, Scott and I took a lunch break and started back on the car around Noon Saturday. Our goal for the day was to have all the suspension and brakes on the Mustang, functioning properly by 5pm. With everything unboxed and ready to roll, Scott took the front suspension while I jumped in and started the rear suspension. We used theFord Racing Handling Pack,Ford Racing Adjustable Rear Panhard Barand a set of our ownSVE Heavy Duty Rear Lower Control Arms.

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All of the new Ford Racing Suspension Kit went is without a hitch, looks great under the car and will definitely make a huge difference when the Mustang hits the ground. After the suspension was all buttoned up and torqued down, Scott started on theFord Racing Brembo Front Brake Upgradefor the base Mustang and I removed the dual factory axleback mufflers and installed the new dualMagnaflow Axle Back Kitalong with the great lookingGT500 Rear Valance.

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After getting the new Magnaflow axle-back bolted in and the GT-500 valance attached to the rear bumper, we reinstalled the rear bumper. We also changed out the stock rear brake pads to the GT500 pads included in the front brake kit, which are simply a replacement for the stock pads.

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Once everything was bolted up and ready to go, all we had left was the wheels and tires! This was probably one of the most exciting parts of the build-up as we would actually get the car back down on the ground and see how the newFord Racing 19X9" Boss 302 Laguna Seca Wheelslook on the Mustang and not to mention how sick the huge black Brembo brakes looked sitting behind them. We bolted on the new wheels and tire kit and got her back on the ground for some final pictures and to stop the clock at around 3:30 that day, which left us an hour and a half before our schedueld deadline for the day. Not only were we able to completely transform the look of my new 2011 Mustang V6 but we were also about to install some of the best parts in the industry for a easy installation and a perfect finished product. Overall the day was a major success and with the car looking good now, all we need is some go fast goodies.

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Now that all the suspension and appearance mods that we have done, we started off with a full Ford Racing Handling Pack and Ford Racing Brembo Front Brake Upgrade, along with a new set of Boss 302 Laguna Seca Wheels wrapped in Nitto NT555's. Now that we made the Mustang handle like we wanted and stop on a dime, it's time to take a look at the performance mods we made to the car to help get us around the track a little faster! Now, there aren't just a ton of performance parts out there for the new 3.7L V6 but we added everything we could get our hands on!

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First off, we were still at the Wild West Pony Show in Mesquite Texas and were performing all the upgrades at the event to show just how simple you could transform a completely stock 2011 Mustang V6 into a capable road race/street car all in a weekends work. Our performance mods were planned out for Sunday starting at around 9:30 in the morning with the installation of a set of BBK Long Tube Headers and matching BBK High Flow Catalytic X-Pipe. We began this by simply removing the stock mid-pipe, which took no time at all, and then the unbolting of the stock manifolds. We know this may seem a like a lot of work to do on the ground with hand tools, but this was all in the effort to show how simple the new V6 Mustang platform was to modify. Also you can see the very few amounts of tools we used for this install that you can find in just about every Mustang owner's tool box and add in a big flat head screw driver. Keep in mind there are only 6 bolts that hold the mid-pipe on,2 bolts that hold each header heat shields on and6 bolts on each header.

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A lot of people out there would say a long tube header installation is not an easy task, but on the new 2011 Mustang V6 it is an absolute breeze. As you can see from the pictures above, we were able to remove the stock manifolds and mid-pipe in less than 20 minutes. Now that we had the old stuff out of the way, it was time to get some New BBK Long Tubes in place. We grabbed both headers, went under the car and simply lifted them into place. On most other Mustangs or any car for that matter, things usually need to be removed but with a little wiggling and an extra set of hands up to the new long tubes slid are into place. The hardest part of this installation was tightening the header bolts back down. Next up was the mid pipe which went right into place on the new long tubes and slide into the stock exhaust piping. Once we plugged the front o2's in and did some final tweaking our BBK Long Tube Header Installation and BBK High Flow Catalytic X-Pipe installation was completed!Notice we did not re-install the rear o2 sensors on the x-pipe, I used some Pypes o2 Plugsinstead. We turned the rear o2 sensors off in the Custom Blow-By Racing Tune due to the high flow design of the catalytic converters on the BBK Mid pipe.

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Check out the sound clip video in the video above!

Now that we had a completely finished full exhaust which included the BBK Long Tube Headers, BBK Catalytic X-Pipe and a Magnaflow Axle Back Kit, we couldn't stop there! We went under the hood to add a JLT Cold Air Tuner Kit, which includes a JLT Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake, an SCT SF3 Tuner and a Blow-By Racing Custom Tune. The tune also included the adjustments for the addition of the long tubes and high flow x-pipe.

Once the air intake was finished up, we put a Ford Factory Engine Cover Kit on to clean up under the hood. The engine cover makes the engine looks 100 times different than if does from the factory and simply installs with a couple of rubber retaining cups and a oil neck sleeve. It evens things out and give a nice, clean, finished look to the entire engine bay area. After the cover went on, we buttoned up the install with the last piece from our Ford Racing handling pack, a strut tower brace. This was a simple 4 bolt install.

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The final two things we did to the 2011 V6 Mustang were adding a Steeda Tri-Ax Short Throw Shifter and also a BBR Shorty Antenna, just for kicks. We made a full installation video on the shifter so show how simple the installation is, check it out here:

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We have done our best to show how quickly and easily a 2011 Mustang V6 can go from stock to styling in just about 12 hours of work. From suspension and brakes to go fast goodies, we tried to cover all the modifications we thought our customers would like to see and we have even more coming down the line. These will include some exterior upgrades, rear gear installation, and an aluminum driveshaft. The car will be making it's first on track appearance at the Mid-America Shelby Meet on June 15-19 with full coverage and racing footage. Overall we are calling this a huge success, we started with a stock V6 Mustang and ended up with a fun daily driver and a road course contender. So now that you've seen it all done, order some parts and let us see your new V6 Mustang Projects!

Last of all we have to give a huge thank you to everyone that had a hand in this build, Ford Racing, BBK Performance, JLT, and Blow-By Racing. Without all of their engineering and knowledge, building something this quickly wouldn't have never happened!


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