Archive for April, 2010

American Muscle V6 Project Car

Friday, April 30th, 2010

How do you take a V6 Mustang from stock to super-powered? Dave Kaek from AmericanMuscle and Swarr Auto have teamed up to modify a stock 2005 V6 Mustang and see just how much horsepower they can crank out of 6 cylinders. Check out the video series to see what they did to make an average Mustang look and perform like a super-powered beast!

5.0’s Begin Arriving at ROUSH

Friday, April 30th, 2010
While ROUSH is still in production on the last of the 2010 model year Mustangs, they have also officially begun building on the 2011 chassis with the new 5.0L engine, which have started arriving from the Flat Rock, MI, assembly plant.

Photos: ROUSH Performance

The first cars will be transformed into ROUSH Mustangs with the addition of a Sport, Stage 1 or Stage 2 package. These versions will use the base 2011 Mustang GT powered by the 5.0-liter engine producing 412 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque as a platform for cosmetic, interior and suspension modifications. These models should start showing up on the dealer lots in the near future.

Already shaking up the pony car world, the standard production Mustang represents an amazing value propsition. Add in some distinctive looks, improved handling, OEM quality and a measure of exclusivity with the ROUSH name, and you’ve surely got a beacon of driveway envy.

“I expect that the 2011 Stage 1 and Stage 2 ROUSH Mustangs could come close to matching the performance of some ROUSHcharged Mustangs we have offered in prior model years which will make them extremely exciting to drive and at a reasonable starting price point,” commented Jack Roush.

The 2011 Roush 427R Mustang is currently under development with Roush engineers who are hard at work developing the 2011 model year ROUSHcharger. Roush engineers are also planning what kind of modifications can be done to the new 5.0-liter engine but don’t expect the 427R model until mid-year sometime.

CORSA Performance Exhausts just released their new axle back systems for the 2010 Ford Mustang GT and GT500. This kits offer a dual rear exit with twin 4 inch Pro-Series tips.

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CORSA Performance Exhausts, a TMG Performance Products company, introduces new performance exhaust systems for the 2010 Ford Mustang GT, Shelby GT500 and Mustang Bullitt. 

The axle-back Mustang exhaust systems feature a dual rear exit with Twin 4-inch Pro-Series tips etched with the CORSA logo.

Engineered using CORSA’s patented Reflective Sound Cancellation(tm) (RSC(tm)) technology, the exhaust systems deliver a bold performance note with no interior resonance. 

CORSA offers multiple versions of the Mustang exhaust system:

  • The Mustang Sport Exhaust System (part #14311) delivers 40% better flow than stock, resulting in a performance gain of 13 rear-wheel horsepower and 9 rear-wheel lb.-ft. of torque for the Mustang GT. On the Shelby GT500, performance gains are even greater with a gain of 16 lb.-ft of torque. CORSA’s Sport Exhaust System produces a robust, aggressive sound. 

  • The Mustang Touring Exhaust System (part #14313) features the same flow and power as the Sport system, but has a more refined, distinctive performance sound. It is available for the GT and Shelby GT500.
Engineered for a race-inspired, muscular exhaust note, the Mustang XTREME System (part #14314) is 10 lbs. lighter than stock and delivers a 43% flow increase for improved performance of the GT, Shelby GT500 and Bullitt. 

  • The 2.5-inch XO-Pipe (part #14312) is available for the 4.6L V8 3v Mustang GT and is designed to even out exhaust pulses for improved sound and performance on the original system. The CORSA XO-Pipe increases flow compared to a stock H-pipe.

”CORSA’s premium exhaust systems are designed using patented technology and the finest stainless steel available to ensure a quality fit and finish, evident by the fact that our systems are easy to install using simple, bolt-on installation that requires zero welding or cutting,” said Craig R. Kohrs, VP Marketing and Sales, TMG Performance Products.

Complete installation hardware and instructions are included with the Mustang exhaust systems, which can be purchased direct from CORSA Performance, your local dealer and through select retailers/distributors nationwide. A Limited Lifetime Warranty protects guarantees the exhaust system for as long as you own your vehicle.

The exhaust systems are crafted in the United States from premium stainless steel, and all tips are double wall, highly polished stainless steel laser etched with the CORSA logo.

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CORSA Performance Exhausts
Phone: 1-800-486-0999

We honestly love reading tech articles just as much as we do writing them. Learning is an important part of hot rodding – after all it was the sharing of what we have learned with each other that has gotten us here today. We were surfing over on the Spohn Performance Blog and found out about a series of tech articles they are putting together on suspension technology. The first one covers suspension alignment settings, and it is a great topic that many don’t understand. If you don’t know what caster is, or how thrust angle effects handling, you need to read this.

We went ahead and included the first part of the article below. While this one might be a little basic for some, look for the next segments to increase in tech. To make sure you get the rest of the series, you can follow their blog here via RSS.

From Spohn Performance Blog:

In our new series of technical articles we will address some of the most common questions our technical support group receives on a regular basis. Please leave your comments below this post with any suggestions you’d like to see us cover in future technical articles. These articles are being written to benefit you, so your input is greatly appreciated. Remember that you can always find our technical resources in the future very easily through our searchable online FAQ/Knowledgebase located at

Tech Article: Suspension Alignment Settings Explained


Camber is the tilting of the wheels from the vertical when viewed from the front of the vehicle. When the wheels tilt outward at the top, the caster is positive (+). When the wheels tilt inward at the top, the camber is negative (-). The amount of tilt is measured in degrees from the vertical. Camber settings influence the directional control and the tire wear.

Too much positive camber will result in premature wear on the outside of the tire and cause excessive wear on the suspension parts. Too much negative camber will result in premature wear on the inside of the tire and cause excessive wear on the suspension parts.

Unequal side-to-side camber of 1 degree or more will cause the vehicle to pull or lead to the side with the most positive camber.


Caster is the tilting of the uppermost point of the steering axis either forward or backward, when viewed from the side of the vehicle. A backward tilt is positive (+) and a forward tilt is negative (-). Caster influences directional control of the steering but does not affect the tire wear. Caster is affected by the vehicle height, therefore it is important to keep the body at its designed height, or correct the caster setting when altering the vehicle’s height. Overloading a vehicle or a weak or sagging rear spring will affect caster. When the rear of the vehicle is lower than it’s factory ride height, the front suspension moves to a more positive caster. If the rear of the vehicle is higher than it’s factory ride height, the front suspension moves to a less positive caster.

With too little positive caster, steering may be touchy at high speed and wheel returnability may be diminished when coming out of a turn. If one wheel has more positive caster than the other, that wheel will pull toward the center of the vehicle. This condition will cause the vehicle to pull or lead to the side with the least amount of positive caster.

Lead / Pull:

At a constant highway speed on a typical straight road, lead/pull is the amount of effort required at the steering wheel to maintain the vehicle’s straight path. Vehicles will tend to lead/pull in the direction of the road slope as part of normal operation. Lead/pull is usually caused by the following factors…

To read the rest of the article, visit the Spohn Blog.

2010 Brenspeed/Saleen Mustang Makes Debut

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
Saleen is easily one of the most recognizable names when it comes to Mustang Performance. The company has been around for decades, building high power and highly collectible Mustangs. But Saleen doesn’t go it alone. The have partnered with many other big names in the Mustang world. While now longer owned or operated by Steve Saleen himself, Saleen continues to build new Mustangs for a new world.

Saleen has recently announced an all new vehicle, the 2010 Brenspeed/Saleen Speedlab race car.

Picture: Saleen

The basis for this car is the redesigned 2010 Mustang. This means the engine was the 315 horsepower 4.6 liter V8, rather than the all-new 412 horsepower 5.0. But that doesn’t matter anyway, as Saleen ditched the old engine in favor of a new one built from the ground up. The basis for the engine is Brenspeed’s own B302 all-aluminum short block. This engine is purpose built for superchargers, and Saleen is happy to oblige.

By topping the Brenspeed engine with a Saleen series VI.5 supercharger, and letting the masters tune the engine, Saleen is claiming its Mustang makes over 600 horsepower. All that power requires some updated styling, and Saleen fits the Mustang with one of its own Speedlab body kits. This is a big debut for Brenspeeds aluminum block engine, and we think it is a great fit.

Gishs Auto Paint and Repair is sponsoring a heads up street racing event JUNE 5th at Chandler Motorsports Park in Chandler, IN. To anybody who has participated in any in the area in the past, you know attendance and racers are up and down but there is alot of advertising and sponsors going into making this work including NO BRACKET CARS, DJ in the Pits, Best Wheelie Bonus, multiple classes to get more people involved.

Some classes include…
1) Car must be stock appearing inside and out.
2) Full interior required except for rear seats. Racing seats and roll bar okay.
3) Suspension must be stock style setup. Aftermarket shocks, struts, K-member, and control arms okay.
4) All lights must be working.
5) License and registration required.
6) DOT tires only.
7) No Lexan windows.
Exhaust required.
9) Manual valve bodies and transbrakes legal.
10) Gasoline and E85 okay, No methanol.
11) Notched hoods okay.
12) Power adders okay

1) 4-link, ladder bar, back half, all okay.
2) Must have 2 front seats.
3) Aftermarket wheel tubs and any size DOT drag radial tire permitted, 29.5/10.5/15 slick or
30/13.5/15 DOT quick time pro or ET street.
4) All lights must work.
5) Lexan front & rear windows are okay as long as installed to look factory.
6) License and registration required.
7) Mufflers or header inserts required.
Manual valve bodies and transbrakes legal.
9) Gasoline and E85 okay, No methanol.
10) No complete chassis cars.
11) Notched hoods okay.
12) Working side windows (glass).
13) Power adders okay

275 or 28×10.5 DOT max.
POWER ADDER, stock suspension style setup. Rear conversion coilovers okay.

275 or 28×10.5 DOT max.
NO POWER ADDER, stock suspension style setup. Rear conversion coilovers okay.

1) Stock suspension style setup
2) Must be driven in
3) No back halves
4) Stock frame rails
5) Full interior
6) DOT tires
7) Exhaust
No temp tags or dealer tags
9) Current tags and insurance
10) Gasoline and E85 only

Outlaw Street
Anything Goes!!!!
Any tire
Any motor
Any power adder or adders
Any frame modifications
Any fuel

And to get all the everyday driving, bolt on having, less money having folks involved…

9.00 to 7.00
2 qualifying passes.
Paired and run on index.
Optical sensors, delay boxes, and electrical or pneumatic throttle stops are not allowed.
9 second winner, 8 second winner, 7 second winner
Run within 2 tenths + or – of qualifying passes or out.
1) Stock suspension style setup
2) Drive or trailer in
3) No back halves
4) Stock frame rails
5) Full interior
6) DOT tires
7) Exhaust
No temp tags or dealer tags
9) Current tags and insurance

Thanks and Hope to SEE YOU THERE!

Dyno Day, Cook-out and Car Show at RevXtreme Performance & Engineering in Bradenton!!

From 11am to ???? 1 acre paved parking! Yup thats right it can go all night!!

$40 for 3 pulls w/wideband.

Tune and Install specials.

Build specials…

Come on out and make this cruise in destination, Get to meet the Owners and Crew of RevXtreme Performance and Engineering that make great things happen!

Most Bolt on cars for $399 INCLUDES DYNO, no extra charge to rent someone else on top of the cost of tune!

We now have a separate Paint booth and Body Shop on the grounds with over 40years of experience, Check out our 67 Chevelle and 68 Mustang in there different restoration stages while your there.


6115 15th street east
Bradenton, FL 34203

With so much time on my hands waiting and waiting for work to restart on my project I’ve increasingly been looking at small parts to buy that I’ll be needing or maybe parts I don’t need but just want. But one part that I’ve been tossing up with is the MSD-6AL ignition control. Do I […]

V6 Pony Car Wars Hinting At The Future?

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
We have often lamented that we missed out on the days of the biggest, baddest muscle cars by a few decades. The fact of the matter is that we will never again see the kind of insane ingenuity, big block engines, and untold variety of our muscle cars. But without a doubt, today’s muscle cars are not only faster, but better built and more advanced. And the V6 models are ever an increasingly important factory to a muscle car’s success.

CNN ran an article yesterday comparing the new Mustang V6 to the Camaro V6, and we ask the question; how important are the V6 models? Is this recent rivalry a sign of things to come?

The 3.6 liter V6 found in the base Camaro makes 312 horsepower for 2011
Picture: GM

Ford made big news recently when it announced the 2011 Mustang would get two new engines, the 305 horsepower 3.7 liter V6, and the 412 horsepower 5.0 V8. While Ford’s V8 engine came in at ten horsepower less than the Camaro SS, Ford’s V6 beat out the Camaro by a single horsepower. That is, until GM got their V6 engine officially tested by the SAE, which rated the 3.6 liter V6 at 312 horsepower. But the real credit goes to the Hyundai Genesis, which debuted last year and offered pony car power at a base price, and forewent a V8 engine for a turbo four cylinder engine and a bigger V6.

Six cylinder pony cars have traditionally made up a bulk of the sales. They were cheaper both in upfront costs and insurance premiums, while still promoting a sporty image. But the engines themselves, like Ford’s ancient 4.0 liter V6 and GM’s anemic 3.8 liter V6, were often an afterthought. Today’s V6 engines are clearly being built to compete on a higher level, offering comparable horsepower to many V8 engines. But today’s car buyers are less concerned with horsepower, and more concerned with fuel efficiency and technology. So as both automakers take up the challenge of providing good gas mileage and high-tech compatibility, will the V8 engine and big horsepower take a backseat?

Ford’s 3.7 liter V6 makes 305 horsepower, and can deliver 31 mpg in the Mustang with an automatic transmission
Picture: Ford

It is enough to make us wonder what GM and Ford are planning for their pony cars down the road. The 35 mpg mandate is just six years away, right before both the Camaro and Mustang are likely to receive a refresh (or possibly even an all-new model). Neither car has ever had V6 engines this powerful, and the V8 engines are even more impressive. Is this a last gasp for the V8 as it gives way to a smaller-displacement future? Or will the Big Three somehow find a way to maintain big displacement and still manage to get frugal fuel economy? We can’t wait to find out.

New Combo Garage Cabinets from ModuLine

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
ModuLine has just released their new “Combo” Garage Cabinets. There are 15 different styles to choose from, and they include everything from cabinets, tool chests, and closets. These cabinets can either be installed by the ModuLine team or they can be easily installed by the owner.

Official Release

ModuLine’s New “Combo” Garage Cabinets

ModuLine has selected their most popular aluminum cabinets and reconfigured them into specially priced garage cabinet combinations. With 15 different designs to choose from, you’re sure to find just the right combination of cabinets, tool chests and closets. All “Combos” are factory assembled with backs, bottoms, shelves, closet poles (where applicable) and 4 inch toe kicks pre installed. Supplied with 1/8 inch thick aluminum countertops engineered to fit perfectly, the finished installation is not only attractive but ready for the “first job” that needs to be done. The high quality PRO II family of cabinets will provide years of trouble free service with minimal maintenance. Made from 100% aluminum with double reinforced corners, they are rugged and will never rust. Standard colors include black, white, red and blue. In addition, there are over 200 powder coat colors available.

• 15 different designs
• Available in black,white, red and blue
• Over 200 powder coat colors available
• Made from 100% aluminum with double reinforced corners

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Phone: 1-888-343-4463


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